Completed in 1965, the Basilica was designed as the chapel for the Daughters of Charity in conjunction with the construction of the new Saint Joseph's Provincial House. After Mother Seton's beatification, plans were altered for the chapel to serve as the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who founded the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph's in 1809.
Today, the Basilica is a testament to the spiritual heritage of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, reminding us of her faithful adherence to God’s will, deep prayer life, devotion to the Eucharist, and love of the Church. In reflection of these aspects of Mother Seton’s spirituality, the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is a place of worship, pilgrimage, evangelization and reconciliation.
Visit the Basilica
Open 365 days a year, the Basilica hosts thousands annually, attracting pilgrims and tourists from across the country and around the world.
"Earlier today, I had the absolute pleasure of visiting the shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for the first time. I wish I could put into words the feelings and awe that I experienced when I entered the Basilica."
The Basilica is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers Masses and hours of Confessions daily, as well as guided tours and a Catholic gift shop (Tuesday through Sunday). Masses are Wednesday through Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Confessions heard before Mass at 12:15 p.m. until 1:15 p.m. In addition, Special Masses, Devotions, Pilgrimages and Concerts are held regularly throughout the year, and on Holy Days and Holidays. Please check our schedule!
We thank you for visiting us online and look forward to meeting you in person! Plan your trip.
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.