Well placed sources at The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception have confirmed that the retor has designated the Lourdes Chapel as the preferred site for all private and public masses celebrated according to the Extraordinary Form.

The chapel will not be used exclusively for the “Tridentine” mass, but it will be the exclusive location for such masses, sources say.

This would not bar other altars being used for the celebration of the Extraordinary Form in certain circumstances, say, a pilgrimage or special request.