Welcome to The Basilica of Saint Mary. You may be here weekly, even daily, or maybe you haven’t visited in years, or perhaps you are visiting for the first time today. Regardless of your history, I hope you take the time to look around and appreciate the gift that surrounds us.
Just imagine, in our lifetime a decision had to be made to save the Basilica.
The Basilica Landmark was founded as an independent, non-profit organization in 1993 by a group of forward-thinking volunteers who knew the community would care about this building. It was not only for the congregation, or even Catholics, but for everyone. Generations of generosity bring us to where we are today.
The Basilica Landmark’s mission is to preserve, restore and advance our historic Basilica and its campus. We call it “The Building of Hope.”
In any given year, hundreds of thousands of visitors walk through these doors for weddings, outreach services, concerts, tours, baptisms, funerals, and of course, for worship. The common thread tying these experiences together is inspiration.
These experiences inspire us to see people, everyone—from those at Mass to those in line for a sandwich. To see each other—really see them—and what is within. This space inspires us to give, not just take. It inspires us to improve our relationships—to love one another. Perhaps it inspires us to be better, to improve our relationships, our community—and in turn, even our world.
This is “The Building of Hope.”
This is a very exciting time for The Basilica Landmark, with so much good happening here on campus. Since 2010, The Basilica Landmark has invested $10 million in our mission. We have funded vital repairs to the interior of the historic Basilica school, restored the original bronze and leather doors, restored the Narthex, Sacristy and stained glass windows, and replaced the original church boiler from 1913. These are just a few of the hundreds of total projects already complete.
Last December, we met a $2.5 million matching challenge gift, making it possible to invest in a number of significant projects planned on our campus over the next few years, including a very significant renovation of the Reardon Rectory going on right now. This will address the limitations we currently face for service and programming growth.
Today, we are a thriving organization, investing more than $2 million each year in our campus. Major projects planned between 2016-2018 include Church tuck-pointing and roofing work, an expansion of the Cowley Center, and tuck-pointing, and a new window installation in the School. For more information on these projects, visit us online at www.thebasilicalandmark.org.
You can feel the momentum on our campus, and the progress paves the way for wonderful things in our future. To make these projects possible, we still need your support, and are thrilled to announce yet another wonderful opportunity to increase the impact of your gift. In 2015, a challenge gift has been made to The Basilica Landmark. For each new annual fund gift of any size this spring, a $100 donation will be made. To make a donation, please call 612.317.3455 or email Emily Hjelm. Thank you so much for your consideration.
In a city where historic architectural treasures have been demolished, The Basilica has held a prominent place on our skyline for more than 100 years. We have been given a very special gift, thanks to the thousands of people who gave generously to have it built and then thousands more gave generously to save it. Today presents our opportunity to participate in our own legacy. Thank you for your consideration and your part in “The Building of Hope.”