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The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception

Religious (Places of Worship), Churches

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The Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception is located in downtown Norfolk. It is the oldest parish community in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond and often referred to as "The Mother Church of Tidewater Virginia." It came into existence in 1791 as St. Patrick's Church which was two years before the establishment of the United States hierarchy and twenty-nine years before the institution of the Richmond Diocese. Its first parishioners were French Catholics, compelled to abandon their native land by the French Revolution. In a matter of years, it received some of the earliest Irish Catholic immigrants to the United States.

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23 Reviews

23 Reviews

Bob &

9/25/2015

The priest is a awesome homilist. He feeds you spiritually. The basilica is beautiful. Daily Mass there is a joy filled experience.

Cheryl W

1/6/2016

It's SO BEAUTIFUL, warm and inviting. The staff are beyond kind. I love and cherish it's African American history and the roots of its existence.

Elizabeth M

4/8/2016

St. Mary's is in a poverty-beset area of Norfolk. It is a magnificent church that is truly welcoming to all. Services at 5 on Saturday, 9 on Sunday, or my favorite, noon on Sunday, are all beautiful. The homilist, Father Curran, is inspirational. But the choir, oh the choir! And the witness, just like in black Baptist churches. Whatever your ancestry or color, if you are of the human race, you will be happy in this place. Never boring, always uplifting. (Leave a good donation. This church helps the poorest of the poor.)

Howard S

7/10/2016

Outstanding worship experience led by Father James "Jim" Curran. This is the only Basilica (minor) in Virginia and is a beautiful example of late Gothic revival style of parish.

Earlene R

10/30/2016

Starting attending in the mid 40's, was a flower girl in a wedding. Attended a funeral. I loved this church. I quit in the late 50's. Would like to join this beautiful Basilica.

Elizabeth B

11/30/2016

St. Mary's is the most welcoming church I've been to. Father Jim is inspiring and challenges you to be more Christ-like every service. Everytime I go, it feels like I've come back home.

Deborah P

4/4/2017

Everyone makes you feel equal a friendly atmosphere

Ettisha B

8/13/2017

Fr Curran teaches as he speak and I learn. The atmosphere within is pleasant and friendly. I love being there for any occasion.

Wisdom K

11/14/2017

The glory of God is always full in this place of worship

Angelic S

12/15/2017

Love this church..its my home..I'd never ever leave it..even if im not able to be there..its in my heart always. Love everyone there. Great people.

Deborah C

4/23/2018

I have been to Mass a few times and I went to one of Christmas programs. I went today, Palm Sunday, and I throughly enjoyed myself. I will be going back. Father Jim is very passionate in his sharing the Word of God.

maria D

5/24/2018

I know it shouldn’t matter what church we attend as long as we’re praising the Lord but I do love the vibe here! Everyone is friendly and you feel at home. The choir sounds amazing and the priest are funny. I wish I live in the area.

DONNA R

6/25/2018

Amazing and uplifting service Father Jim & Deacon Calvin are the best! Always an awesome service and music.

Ken W

7/26/2018

Beautiful. Under renovation. St Joe's Chapel is nice.

Luther A

8/27/2018

It's very welcoming and the homilies are relevant and the music is inspiring.

Donna M

10/27/2018

We are blessed to have you in our prayers.

Kanisha s

11/27/2018

They give away a lot of good stuff for the food bank

Maura G

12/27/2018

Gorgeous Church, people are amazing, mass is so beautiful and Father delivers the best homilies ever!!

Nina

12/27/2018

I grew up in this church and my mother and grandmother still attend there. It has always for the most part been a family type environment and less churchy...even though I Am no longer religious since 2007...when I do go for special occasions there is always a great message. I love how father Belinda came in and brought in an african vibe to the church especially since most of the members are of african descent..but regardless race has not ever been an issue in this church far as my 28 years of being here. Father jim has great messages that all can learn from and he gave a great sermon at my uncle's funeral who passed last year. Yes it may be in tidewater park but I dont see why that is relevant to some of these reviewers especially since the neighborhood for the most part is respectful of the church because they do give back to the neighborhood. Like I said it's always been a family environment here and I appreciate hearing from my mother how involved father jim is with the community. Even though I'm not religious anymore I surely have no problem telling people St. Mary's is the church I grew up in.

Andrea G.

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1/25/2018

I love this church. Its my home church and i love everything about it. The people are wonderful and my children love it. I dont get to go offen but I enjoy...read this and 3 more

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