Interior of the Basilica dome over the sanctuary

Welcome Fr. Daniel Griffith

Join our new Pastor, Fr. Daniel Griffith, for donuts and conversation after Mass in Teresa of Calcutta Hall (lower level).

Sunday, August 21, 5:00pm Mass

Sunday, August 28, 7:30am


Fr. Daniel Griffith


Fr. Daniel Griffith, was named pastor and rector of The Basilica of Saint Mary effective July 1, 2022. He was ordained in 2002 and has served in a variety of assignments in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis since ordination including pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes for 10 years and as the archdiocesan delegate for safe environment in 2013 and 2014.

Fr. Griffith joined the University of St. Thomas School of Law faculty in 2011 and currently serves as the Wenger Family Faculty Fellow of Law. At St. Thomas Law, Griffith teaches courses in Catholic Thought, Law, and Policy, Jurisprudence, and Restorative Justice, Law, and Healing. Fr. Griffith is the founding director of the Initiative on Restorative Justice and Healing (IRJH) which launched in fall of 2021. Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, IRJH seeks to respond to harm that occurs from leadership and institutional failures, racial injustice, and polarization in a way that promotes accountability and healing.

In addition to his work at St. Thomas School of Law, Griffith Fr. Griffith, preaches, teaches, and facilitates restorative practices in response to harm of the three focus areas of IRJH. His work in restorative justice has taken him beyond the Twin Cities where he regularly speaks and facilitates programming.

The youngest of nine children, Griffith grew up in Northeastern Wisconsin and is an avid golfer and sports fan who enjoys music, travel, and cooking.




Father, I joined the Basilica in 2000 after being away from the church since 2000. I joined because no matter what the Catholic Church believed theBasilica offered an inclusive open and affirming parish for the LGBT community. This has been demonstrated many ways from welcoming friends and family on pride weekend from the alter to always being included in diversity statements and inclusion as example in bible reading in acceptance. I’ve been in an incredible loving gay relationship for over 7 years, and have many friends that belong or left the church due to the lack of acceptance from Rome. All of this to ask you what is your position on acceptance on the LGBT community and will we continued to be warmly accepted at the Basilica? Ken


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