Oh Mary, Keep Our Family Alive in Love! 


    The 2015 Diocesan Pilgrimage will take place on October 3rd at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Please join Bishop Loverde and our diocesan family in celebrating Mary’s unique role in aiding us to live out the mission of the family - to be fully alive in love.  As the Holy Father has shared in his Wednesday catechesis, the family is a “school of love.”  We look forward to gathering in Our Lady’s Shrine to learn anew these lessons from Our Blessed Mother. 

    Catholic Diocese of Arlington



    9:30 a.m. - Opening

    9:45 to 11 a.m. - Confessions: Stations located in the Crypt Church and Memorial Hall

    10 to 11:30 a.m. - Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, and Benediction: 
    Exposition led by Bishop Loverde
    Meditation led by Father James Searby
    Five decades of the Rosary led by different multicultural Catholic families
    Benediction led by Bishop Loverde

    11:30 a.m. - Lunch (on your own) & Unbound Prayer Groups: 
    10 prayer groups throughout the upper Church in chapels to pray over and with families

    1 p.m. - Mass:
    Celebrant Bishop Paul S. Loverde, con-celebrants Priests of the Diocese

    2:30 to 4 p.m. -  Photo Opportunities:
    Professional photo opportunities for families in the Shrine (by Matt Barrick, available for purchase online)



    Pilgrimage 2015 website graphic


    Pope Francis' audiences on the family