May 17, 2021
Father Nicholas Blank, a Parochial Vicar at the Basilica of Saint Mary, gives a homily during a Mass at the Basilica for the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. It was recorded on May 16, 2021.
Founded in 1795, the Basilica of Saint Mary in Old Town Alexandria is the first Catholic parish established in Virginia. Pope Francis named the church a minor basilica on December 6, 2017 due to its important role in the growth of the Catholic Church in North America.