Catholic in DC

The Archdiocese of Washington’s Young Adult Ministry

Washington, DC is one of the most exciting places in this country to be a young Catholic.  The Archdiocese of Washington has a very active Young Adult Ministry that puts on engaging events throughout the year.

Christ in the City is one of the more popular programs put on by the Archdiocese, and is often attended by GW Catholics.  On the second Thursday of each month, young adults from across DC congregate at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church to pray and worship. The gathering begins with a Rosary at 7:00pm followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Scripture Reflection, Praise and Worship, and Confessions until 8:30pm.

Theology on Tap is another event put on by the Archdiocese of Washington (as well as the Archdiocese of Arlington) that is frequented by GW Catholics.  The evening begins with a happy hour from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and is followed by a talk from a featured speaker.  Topics have included everything from married life to Confession, and are meant to provide straight talk and honest answers to your deepest questions about faith, love, work and other real life experiences.  Theology on Tap provides an opportunity to not only learn about the Catholic faith but also meet like-minded people and make new friends. Theology on Tap is open to all young adults, regardless of religious affiliation.

To sign up for updates from the Office of Young Adult Ministry and to get more info, email

Our Cathedral

The Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, named for the Patron Saint of civil servants, is the seat of the Archbishop of Washington.  The rich history of the Cathedral includes the funeral Mass for President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and a Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II during a visit to the United States in 1979.  Annually, on the Sunday before the first Monday in October when the Supreme Court of the United States begins its regular term, a special Mass is celebrated praying for the Holy Spirit to guide all those who are members of the legal profession. Known as the “Red Mass” in reference to the vestment color, the Supreme Court justices, members of Congress, the President’s Cabinet, diplomatic corps, local municipal, state and national government leaders, and sometimes the President of the United States join the celebration.  Be sure to check out their website for Mass times, Confession schedules, and for updates about upcoming events.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and North America, and is one of the ten largest churches in the world.  Visited by Pope Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II, and Mother Teresa, among others, the Basilica, though distinctly American, rivals the great sanctuaries of Europe and the world.  Open 365 days a year, the Basilica is host to nearly one million visitors annually, attracting pilgrims and tourists alike from across the country and around the world.  The Basilica offers six Masses and five hours of Confessions daily, as well as Guided Tours, a Catholic Gift Shop, a Catholic Book Store, and a Cafeteria to accommodate its visitors.  Be sure to visit their website here to learn more and for worship schedules!