The Continuing Legacy of a Spiritual Father

    On April 27, 2014, the feast of Divine Mercy which John Paul II himself instituted, the pope was canonized before tens of thousands of worshipers in St. Peter’s Square. The legacy of this dynamic pope and saint continues as Catholics celebrate the first anniversary of his canonization.



    A Morning for Hope and Healing

    An event for hope and healing for those struggling with infertility or pregnancy loss will take place at the shrine on Saturday, April 25. The event, which includes a Mass and a talk entitled “Living as a Family of Two,” is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington Office of Family Life.



    In cooperation with the Center for Cultural and Pastoral Research, the St. John Paul II Shrine is hosting a retreat centered on the affects of divorce. The retreat begins at 6:30 PM on Friday, May 1, continues through the day on Saturday, May 2 and ends at 3:30 PM on Sunday, May 3.


    Former Swiss Guard’s Reflection Focused on John Paul II

    Andreas Widmer, a former Swiss Guard and author of a papal memoir, delivered an inspiring talk at the shrine on the vigil of Divine Mercy and the 10th liturgical anniversary of the pope’s death.



    John Paul II in America: Uniting a Continent

    A new K of C-produced documentary on St. John Paul II and his relationship with North and South America will screen this month on national television networks.



    The Shrine Announces New Hours of Operation

    The Saint John Paul II National Shrine announces its new hours of operation including expanded weekend hours for liturgical worship beginning January 24-25, 2015.


    Mission Statement

    The Saint John Paul II National Shrine is a place of pilgrimage and the veneration of St. John Paul II, and above all, the worship of God. The shrine and its programs respond to St. John Paul II’s call for a new evangelization by communicating the inherent relationship of religion and culture to all interested parties through its liturgy and prayer, education and Christian formation, as well as its exhibits and conferences.


    Submit Your Requests for St. John Paul II's Intercession

    Your prayer requests will be offered up in the daily Masses at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine.


A Jubilee to Celebrate Divine Mercy

St. John Paul instituted the Feast of Divine Mercy in the Great Jubilee 2000. This year, Pope Francis highlights the feast with a Jubilee Year of Mercy.

John Paul II’s Easter Message

Echoing the words of the men who walked with Jesus to Emmaus, Pope John Paul II reflected in his final Easter message, “Jesus, crucified and risen, stay with us!” In the spirit of our patron, the Saint John Paul II National Shrine wishes all a Christ-filled and Glorious Easter.

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Shrine: Monday – Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Noon — 5:00 p.m.
Mass: Monday – Saturday
11:30 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
Exhibit: The exhibit on St. John Paul II is open during shrine operating hours but is closed on Mondays, Good Friday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
Gift Shop: Monday – Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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11:10 a.m. Rosary
11:30 a.m. Holy Mass
12:00 noon Angelus
12:00 noon — 1:00 p.m. Veneration
Confession immediately after Mass
1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. Veneration
2:00 p.m. Holy Mass
3:00 p.m. Divine Mercy Chaplet
Confession immediately after Mass


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