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As a vibrant co-cathedral parish with almost 6,500 families and one priest, we rely on additional priests to assist with the six masses held every weekend. Meet three of The Basilica’s newer weekend presiders.
Fr. John Berger
Originally from North Dakota, Fr. John Berger moved west and was ordained for the Diocese of Honolulu in 1991. He served as Rector at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu until 2013, when he suffered a dama
ging heart attack and blood clot. He received a medical retirement from that diocese and relocated to the Twin Cities to be near to his sisters.
Fr. Berger has always been drawn to helping people, and enjoys the unique opportunity afforded to parish priests to restore people's ability to participate fully in the life and liturgy of the Church. Through ministry and his own personal challenges, he understands how “the experiences of human frailty and disappointment can actually become opportunities for growth and, by the grace of God, segues to new perspectives and a renewed purpose.”
He occasionally attended The Basilica over the years during visits with his sisters, and got to know Fr. John Bauer through the bi-annual Cathedral Ministry Conference. Fr. Berger enjoys presiding at weekday and weekend Masses. “Though my time here has been relatively short,” he shares, “I have been glad to get to know parishioners, and to do what we in Hawaii call ‘talk story.’”
Fr. Peter Brandenhoff
Growing up in Duluth and then Fairmont, MN, St. John Vianney parish and school was a central part of Fr. Peter Brandenhoff’s life. It was there that his love of the liturgy grew as an altar server and budding organist. During his sophomore year of high school, a Rochester Franciscan sister gave him a rosary with the instruction: take this to the seminary with you. ”I still have that rosary,” he shares. “God truly does drop hints at unexpected moments.”
Fr. Brandenhoff was ordained for the Diocese of Winona and served as pastor for a number of parishes. IN addition he served as director of the diocesan Office of Liturgy and the Commission on Sacred Liturgy, as chaplain, and as a high school religion teacher. He later received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota and worked in a metro area psychotherapy clinic for 18 years. He also served several churches in this Archdiocese as a weekend presider.
“The liturgy has been the highlight and greatest love of my ministry,” Brandenhoff says. “Being a weekend presider at The Basilica of Saint Mary is pure joy because the highest priority is given to the celebration of the liturgy, so beautifully enhanced by the sacred arts and the lively participation of the community.”
In his free time, Fr. Brandenhoff enjoys baking bread, cooking, and outdoor activities including camping, biking, cross-country skiing, and kayaking. He also is taking piano lessons and enjoys playing Scrabble.
Fr. Harry Tasto
Fr. Harry Tasto grew up on a western Minnesota farm near the South Dakota border. He was interested in building and architecture, but his parish priest (and the diocesan Vocations Director) was insistent that Harry go to the seminary.
His father’s cousin was the Bishop of Superior, WI, and Fr. Tasto was ordained in the parish church that had served three generations of his family. At his ordination almost 50 years ago, he invited the pastors from the seven Protestant churches to join in the procession with their spouses. One month later they formed a ministerial association, which still continues today.
Fr. Tasto came to the Twin Cities and earned graduate degrees in Speech and Education from the University of Minnesota. He also completed a doctorate in Communications and Preaching. While in graduate school, he worked at parishes in this Archdiocese and transferred to this Presbytery 36 years ago. He served as pastor at a number of parishes, including St. Timothy’s in Blaine for sixteen years.
Known as a man of a million hobbies, Fr. Tasto enjoys woodworking, home remodeling, vegetable and flower gardening, cooking, and baking, honing these skills over the years. He is also a Harley rider and avid bicyclist who has been bicycling around the world in almost twenty different countries. These international trips can average about 40 miles of bicycling per day.
He retired from active ministry almost four years ago and started presiding at the Monday and Tuesday noon Masses at The Basilica. Last fall, Fr. Tasto began helping as a weekend presider. “I am enjoying my ministry here,” Tasto shares, “and am grateful for the welcome and acceptance I’ve received. I hope that I may be here for years yet to come!”
By Melissa Streit, BASILICA Magazine Editor
Published BASILICA Magazine Spring 2017, A Revolution of Love and Tenderness
Youth in grades 4-8 will enjoy a week of Music and Art Immersion Camp, complete with field trips to local arts/theater venues, percussion ensemble and handbell ensemble, and throughout the week prepare a musical based on the book of Esther from the Bible. Breakfast and lunch are served.
The daring, triumphant story of Esther is brought to vivid life in this new musical by composer Erik Whitehill. Through the story of Esther, travel to the citadel of Susa where King Ahasuerus names Esther his new queen—and where Esther faces the decision of her life. Will wicked Haman prevail? Or will selfless Mordecai convince Esther to trust in God and save her people?
With a nod to Broadway, Esther is filled with memorable melodies—from fun and whimsical reprises to expressive, heartfelt ballads.
Cost: $100; Scholarships available.
Contact Teri Larson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 612.317.3426 for more information or for the registration brochure.
The Basilica of Saint Mary proudly releases BASILICA Magazine, Spring 2017: A Revolution of Love and Tenderness.
Thank you to the volunteer Magazine team for their dedication creating this issue.
Cecilia Hofmeister, Melissa Streit, Carol Evans, Rita Nagan, Elyse Rethlake
Inside this issue
A Revolution of Love and Tenderness:
Embracing the Pope’s Message
by Johan M.J. van Parys
A Revolution of Love and Tenderness:
In Our Community
by Janice Andersen
Living the Pope’s Message: In Our Homes
by Paula Kaempffer
The Power of the Pulpit: 500 Years Later —
Luther in Our Time
by Johan M.J. van Parys
Reflecting The Basilica: Photographer Michael Jensen
by Michael Jensen
Celebrating the Conclusion of the Year of Mercy:
From Minneapolis…to Rome
by Eileen Bock
Meet Our New Development Officers: Supporting
The Basilica and The Basilica Landmark
by Mae Desaire
Space Needed: It’s a Good Problem — Seek the
Well-Being of the City
by Peggy Jennings
Accessible and Welcoming to All: Improving Access
to Our Historic Church
by Emily Carlson Hjelm
Revealing the Story: Visiting the Artist’s Studio
by Kathy Dhaemers
Meet Our New Presiders: Weekends at The Basilica
by Melissa Streit
A Passion for Art, Architecture, and Giving: Meet The
Donors behind the St. Anthony Chapel Renovation
by Monica Stuart
The award-winning BASILICA magazine is sponsored by The Basilica Landmark, a 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is the preservation and restoration of the historic Basilica of Saint Mary and it campus. BASILICA is published twice a year (spring and fall) with a circulation of 20,000.
For advertising information please contact Peggy Jennings.
The Basilica Landmark has announced a funding initiative to make accessibility improvements to historic The Basilica of Saint Mary. The Basilica continually strives to make the church and campus facilities accessible and welcoming to all parishioners and visitors. The Basilica’s Disability Awareness Committee has identified and addressed opportunities to make The Basilica free of barriers to prayer and involvement since 2005.
Every year the Basilica Landmark Ball supports a specific project. This year’s Fund-A-Need is designated to improving the accessibility of the historic structure. The project encompasses adding automatic openers to many of the restroom doors and the exterior bronze center east doors, weighing over 300 pounds each.
The Ball’s Chair, Jackie Millea, AIA, ASID, is especially passionate about improving accessibility from her personal family experience. Jackie believes, “Accessibility is not about calling out a disability. It’s about creating an environment that allows people to be autonomous—having the dignity to do things on their own.”
The Basilica Landmark Board of Directors invites the community to support our effort to make The Basilica more accessible. It is important that the physical building reflect our message of hospitality and inclusivity to everyone.
The Basilica Landmark Ball
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at US Bank Stadium
The signature fundraising event features creative cuisine, specialty cocktails, and fantastic giving opportunities to support The Basilica Landmark.
To purchase tickets or make a gift to support the accessibility Fund-A-Need initiative visit www.thebasilicalandmark.org
The Basilica welcomes all to celebrate Holy Week and Easter. The beauty and tradition at The Basilica will draw over 5,000 people for the sacred celebrations.
The most important days of Holy week, known as the Sacred Triduum, begins with Holy Thursday on April 13 and continues with Good Friday April 14, Holy Saturday April 15, and Easter Sunday April 16.
Join us July 7 and 8 for the Basilica Block Party.
Friday, July 7, 2017
Great Clips Stage
John Paul White
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Star Tribune Stage
Jaedyn James & the Hunger
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Great Clips Stage
WALK THE MOON
Walk Off The Earth
Star Tribune Stage
Jackson & The Roosters
The MN Lottery Silent Disco returns on the East Lawn - dance like knowbody is watching (and only you can hear) until 11pm
Gates open at 5pm each night
All bands and order of appearance subject to change.
The Basilica Block Party began in 1995 as a fundraiser to help pay for the structural restoration of The Basilica of Saint Mary. Today, proceeds from the event benefit The Basilica Landmark, which preserves, restores and advances the historic Basilica of Saint Mary for all generations. In addition, a portion of all proceeds from The Basilica Block Party go to The Basilica’s St. Vincent de Paul outreach program, which provides services to those in need.
A letter and video from Archbishop Hebda regarding the Archdiocese settlement agreement and bankruptcy. Please continue to pray for all the victims, survivors, and their families.
We’ve advanced to the next round in the Church Madness: Most Beautiful Church tournament. We need your vote to make it to the Sweet Sixteen!
Scroll down to the Midwest bracket- The Basilica vs. St. Mary’s Church in David City, Nebraska.
Elections will be held this spring for Parish Council representatives for our Liturgy and Sacred Arts and Christian areas. If you know parishioners who would make excellent representatives, please fill out a nomination form by April 6.
Parish Council members serve as an advisory group to the Pastor and assist with strategic planning, creation of effective communication structures, policies and procedures, and educating parishioners about biblical stewardship.
Our Parish Council is composed of:
- 6 elected members including 2 representatives each for Learning, Christian Life, and Liturgy areas,
- 3 appointed "at large" members,
- appointed representatives from the Finance and Development Committees,
- 4 ex-officio members including 2 Parish Trustees, Pastor, and Managing Director.
All elected and appointed at large members serve terms of 3 years and can serve a maximum of 2 terms.
Council members should be sensitive to the needs, ambitions and desires of The Basilica community to fulfill its mission, and through collaboration, consultation and support, serve as an advisory group to the Pastor. The
Parish Council also responds to and acts on the recommendations of the Parish Finance Committee and Stewardship Council.
Contact Terri Ashmore more information.
This Lent, The Basilica’s SVdP Ministry is partnering with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to support Lenten Rice Bowls. We invite all parishioners to join nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the U.S. in a life changing Lenten Journey. Families with children enrolled in Basilica classes will receive information about participating during their weekly class. And all parishioners are invited to pick up a Rice Bowl at the back of church beginning on Ash Wednesday. Each Rice Bowl kit includes information about this program, a calendar, and recipes. Watch for additional details about The Basilica’s CRS Rice Bowl participation throughout Lent. May these 40 days better prepare us to encounter ourselves, our neighbors, an our God.