In observance of the Year of Faith, Catholics from throughout the East Coast will gather in pilgrimage, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Popularly known as 'America’s Catholic Church,' the Basilica is the patronal church of the United States and its preeminent Marian shrine.
The date is also the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Basilica’s 56-bell carillon, which was a gift of the Knights of Columbus.
Pilgrimage highlights include:
• Solemn Mass at 12 noon with Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore
• Remarks by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson
• Marian Meditation by Archbishop Gerald Lacroix of Québec, Primate of Canada
• Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with recitation of the Rosary
• Rededication of the Order to the Blessed Virgin Mary
• Carillon and Choir Prelude; Carillon Postlude
• Confessions available 10:00 a.m. – noon
• Pilgrims will be eligible to obtain a Year of Faith Plenary Indulgence
When & Where
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus has a long history with the National Shrine. The K of C provided $1 million for the construction of the campanile, known as the Knights Tower, which was dedicated in 1959. Four years later, the organization donated a carillon of 56 bells. On the day of the dedication (Sept. 8, 1963), Archbishop Patrick O’Boyle of Washington said, “To the members of the Knights of Columbus, in the name of the bishops of the country, I say we are deeply grateful for this wonderful gift. Long after we are gone, this tower and these bells will be paying honor to God and to his Mother.”
The K of C also established a $1 million endowment in honor of Past Supreme Knight Luke E. Hart to promote Marian devotion at the National Shrine and to preserve and maintain the Basilica. For more than 30 years, Knights have funded, coordinated and staffed an usher ministry there. Since 1989, the K of C has regularly funded televised liturgies and other spiritual broadcasts from the Basilica. Most recently, the Knights donated $1 million for the installation of a mosaic depicting the Incarnation of Christ in the Great Upper Church.