Archives: July 2020

Grief in Our City: Can We Talk? 

Recorded Zoom Forum
Saturday, June 27, 2020 
We are only six months into the year 2020, and we have all been stretched emotionally: We are challenged to deal with the effects of a global pandemic and struggle to find solid ground after the unbearable murder of George Floyd and the subsequent unrest and global action. This is added to the grief we all normally experience from the sickness and loss of family members, friends and neighbors.
The staff at The Basilica has had many conversations with parishioners and community members about emotional impact of these extraordinary times.  
During this forum, we explored the role of grief in our lives individually and collectively. So much in our world has been uprooted, lost, turned upside down and taken away. 
We are grateful for all who joined us in this conversation—and we’re especially grateful for our presenters Jenny Schroedel, Don Samuels and Mara Stolee.
About our presenters:
• Jenny Schroedel: Hospice chaplain with Optage Presbyterian Homes & Services
• Don Samuels: former City Council member and respected leader in North Minneapolis
• Mara Stolee: Basilica of Saint Mary parishioner and resident of North Minneapolis
Jenny Schroedel
Don Samuels
Mara Stolee
Mara Stolee
For more information about Basilica grief services.

In our weekly video series "Art That Surrounds Us," Johan van Parys, Ph.D., our Director of Liturgy and Sacred Arts, shares information about a piece from The Basilica of Saint Mary's art collection. This week's installment features The Hospitality of Saint Julien, which hangs in our Saint Teresa of Calcutta Hall.




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Noon Mass July 3

Welcome to our new Parish Council members, Steven Kim, representing Liturgy and Sacred Arts and Aara Johnson, returning this term, representing Christian Life. Parish Council members serve as a collaborative advisory group to the Pastor and assist with strategic planning, creation of effective communication structures, policies, and procedures. 

Parish Council members represent the voice of over 12,000 parishioners and help carry out The Basilica’s mission and vision. 

Steven and Aara recently shared their excitement for joining the Council in a few words. 


Steve Kim












I am honored to be joining the Parish Council during these turbulent times. I have had many thoughts as to what I can do for the community during these times of unrest so starting off my term in the Parish Council now feels like a step in the right direction for me—hoping that joining the Parish Council will lead me to more action along with prayer. 


Aara Johnson













I'm excited to continue serving and representing Christian Life on the Parish Council. The year 2020 has shown us the many decisions we must make to help our church community not only survive, but thrive. I look forward to implementing our strategic plan and strengthening our ministries.

Visit to learn more about the Parish Council.