In addition to attracting pilgrims and visitors from both near and far, the Basilica is an active parish. The daily costs to maintain, operate, promote, and staff the Basilica–which opens its doors 365 days a year–are extraordinary. However, because the Basilica is a small urban parish, its parishioners, with offertory gifts representing only 57% of the Basilica’s total operating budget, cannot shoulder maintaining America’s First Cathedral alone. Your gift helps bridge that gap.
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Reverend Monsignor Arthur F. Valenzano (1949-2015)
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul, and all of the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace.