Organ Restoration Project
"I am delighted with your musical fancy - 'soft remembrances' was quite a favorite with my William Magee. Mind the E flat - before you begin to play any thing examine every note and make yourself sure of the flats and sharps." -- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Total cost of project: $167,282
Funds raised as of August 6, 2011: $168,000
NEED TO RAISE: $0 – We met our goal!!! Thank you!
Taking our cue from St. Elizabeth's love for music, especially the piano, and desire to share God’s melodies, we seek to restore the original (since 1964) Möller Pipe Organ in the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
The majestic sound will resonate along with accompaniment of prayer in the Basilica for generations to come! Pilgrims by the thousands will have their hearts lifted, their faith nourished, and their spirits rejuvenated.
Replacing the Möller organ would cost nearly $1,000,000. Yet this historic Seton Treasure made by Möller can be repaired and preserved for under $170,000!
We have met our goal with the help of your generosity! We have completed two out of four restoration phases:
Swell and Great organs $71,629 – completed April 15, 2011
Choir organ $22,031 – to be completed by July 15, 2011
Pedal organ $25,000 – to be completed by August 15, 2011 – conditional upon receiving funding
Solid state conversion and console work $42,705.38 - to be completed by March 15, 2012 – conditional upon receiving funding
Other Special Projects
Visitor Center & Basilica Hours
10:00 am - 4:30 pm every day
Historic Houses & Grounds: Tuesday - Sunday on the hour, 10 am to 3pm
Civil War: Fridays and Saturdays at 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm
Mass & Confessions
1:30 Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Confessions heard before each Mass from 12:15 to 1:15 pm.