Skip to content



National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception - Our Lady of Czestochowa Chapel

400 Michigan Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20017



Parish History

One of the most magnificent and largest churches in the United States, the basilica has dozens of chapels dedicated to the Virgin Mary, including the beautiful Our Lady of Czestochowa chapel, which contains an exact duplicate of the original icon in Poland often called the "Black Madonna of Czestochowa."

On October 7, 1979, Pope John Paul II, the first reigning Pope ever to visit the Basilica, proclaimed in the Great Upper Church:

“This Shrine speaks to us with the voice of all America, with the voice of all the sons and daughters of America, who have come here from the various countries of the Old World.  When they came, they brought with them in their hearts the same love for the Mother of God that was characteristic of their ancestors and of themselves in their native lands.  These people, speaking different languages, coming from different backgrounds of history and traditions in their own countries, came together around the heart of a Mother they all had in common.  While their faith in Christ made all of them aware of being one People of God, this awareness became all the more vivid through the presence of the Mother in the work of Christ and the Church.”

The Basilica exemplifies the “catholicity” or universality of the Church, while echoing its unity and inclusiveness.  The many chapels and oratories personify the cultural diversity of the United States and reverence that virtue which they have in common, faith.

Source: Basilica Website

Początek pracy duszpasterskiej dla Polonii w Stolicy Stanów Zjednoczonych. Migrant Echo, vol. VI, No 1, January - April, 1977. CAP at Orchard Lake.

_        *   *   *        _

We Need Your Help with Historical Preservation

If you have any important documents or other materials related to this parish and would like to share them with us, please contact us at:

Remember these materials, for example, parish jubilee books, celebrations of priests’ anniversaries, church and/or parish photos, pamphlets, etc., may be valuable to the next generation and may become lost forever.  Your contributions of historical materials may enrich our Polish American Liturgical Center website and archives and they will become a living memorial to your loved ones and your parish history.

We ask you to make an effort to help preserve your parish history as a memorial to all the parishioners who have contributed to making it a magnificent place of worship. We ask you to check the correctness of information about this parish and let us know if it’s incorrect.
May God reward your kindness!


Jeśli masz interesujące materiały dotyczące historii tej parafii, które uzupełnią zbiory Centralnego Archiwum Polonii w Orchard Lake i chcesz je do nas przesłać lub tylko wypożyczyć, to prosimy o kontakt. Jakiego typu są to materiały (zdjęcia kościoła lub innych obiektów parafialnych, opowiadania dotyczące dziejów parafii lub opis jej obecnej sytuacji)? Pragniemy zinwentaryzować i zgromadzić jak najwięcej materiałów dotyczących historii polskich parafii w USA, aby zapewnić pamięć o nich dla przyszłych pokoleń. Jest to jedyny cel prowadzenia działu PARAFIE POLONIJNE na naszej stronie. Prosimy także o sprawdzenie zamieszczonych tekstów i powiadomienia nas o błędach lub innych nieścisłościach. Zachęcamy do współpracy z nami pod adresem: