Memorial Opportunities

One of the true joys of this - the Campaign for The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe - is the wide range of commemorative gift opportunities the campaign makes possible. Indeed, we have no parishioners to call upon. Our parish rests within the heart of every visitor and it is upon their spiritual involvement and generosity that we depend. Commemorative gifts afford the faithful a chance to forever link their own family name with this great undertaking - or to honor and perpetuate here the name of a loved one, living or deceased.

Several of these named gift opportunities provide for specially engraved plaques or nameplates. But all memorial donors receive a framed certificate attesting to their memorial; a personal listing in Stars in Mary's Crown, the Commemorative Register now on permanent display at the Shrine; remembrance in every mass; and all the spiritual benefits accorded the family of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe.

Most gratifying, though, you will be a part of our ministry. Together, we will fully realize this marvelous opportunity for evangelization and Catholic witness... this last great Shrine of the Second Millennium.

Popular gift opportunities include:

  • Campaign for Sacred Music/Pipe Organ

    Campaign for Sacred Music/Pipe Organ

    The overriding ambition of the Campaign for Sacred Music is to make possible all that is needed to celebrate the role of sacred music in the life of today’s Church…while invigorating the spiritual experience of the countless thousands of faithful pilgrims from across the nation and around the world, which come to Mary’s Shrine each year.

  • Commemorative Bronze Portal Inscription

    Commemorative Bronze Portal Inscription

    Bronze doors, sculpted with scenes from the Old and New Testaments, adorning the entryway, provide an opportunity for proclaiming the Gospel message even when the Church is closed. Your name on the inside of a Portal is an enduring testimonial to your faith and your desire to spread the Gospel of the Lord.

  • Commemorative Pew Seat

    Commemorative Pew Seat

    To be remembered within the Shrine Church is a special tribute; and donors dedicating a pew seat will have their name, or that of a loved one, inscribed on an individual brass plate mounted on the polished wood of a Shrine pew.

  • Commemorative Rosary Garden Brick

    Commemorative Rosary Garden Brick

    With bricks forming decades of beads, the Shrine’s unique rosary garden walkway takes the shape of a rosary, complete with a centerpiece and cross. Donors are honored in perpetuity – their names etched into a brick that is then set permanently into the walkway itself.

  • Commemorative Sanctuary Stone

    Commemorative Sanctuary Stone

    Those who donate a marble Sanctuary Stone help to preserve the very foundation for the Shrine Altar, which is the heart of our Church. On this altar, Christ is offered daily to the Father and comes present to His people.

  • Footsteps of Faith - Benefactor

    Footsteps of Faith - Benefactor

    Footsteps of Faith donors are contributing to our unique Interactive Theatre — a place where millions of visitors will explore Christianity’s storied history and traditions. Each generous donor is honored with a handsome certificate and their name is listed on a special plaque at the Theatre entrance.

  • Footsteps of Faith - Patron

    Footsteps of Faith - Patron

    Footsteps of Faith donors are contributing to our unique Interactive Theatre — a place where millions of visitors will explore Christianity’s storied history and traditions. Each generous donor is honored with a handsome certificate and their name is listed on a special plaque at the Theatre entrance.

  • Footsteps of Faith - Sponsor

    Footsteps of Faith - Sponsor

    Footsteps of Faith donors are contributing to our unique Interactive Theatre — a place where millions of visitors will explore Christianity’s storied history and traditions. Each generous donor is honored with a handsome certificate and their name is listed on a special plaque at the Theatre entrance.

  • Marian Portraits

    Marian Portraits

    A series of 60 strikingly distinctive plaques cast in bronze relief, each representation a beloved Marian devotion from around the world.

  • Mother & Child Plaque

    Mother & Child Plaque

    Honoring the bond that joins mother and child, family and friends, the Basilica’s Mother and Child Outdoor Chapel commemoratives – each a marble plaque hand-engraved – are testament to a love that endures.

  • Roof Tile Memorial

    Roof Tile Memorial

    The most affordable of our giving opportunities, your gift helps to maintain the roof on Mary’s Shrine. Roof Tile donors each receive a specially framed certificate which attests to their personal role in building this holy place.

A Legacy of Faith

By means of a bequest, naming the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe in your will, you can bequeath to a new generation a Legacy of Faith, and gain for yourself the immeasurable blessing and deep personal satisfaction of knowing that your gift will help, in perpetuity , to further the work of Our Lord Jesus Christ.