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As summer is slowly winding down, staff members at The Basilica are gearing up to welcome back our community. We are looking forward to the opportunity to reconnect with dear friends and renew our commitment to serve one another. It is wonderful to see The Basilica’s doors open again and watch our campus gradually return to the vibrant spiritual home we all admire. I have been especially comforted by my own return to The Basilica and find that I appreciate the beauty and serenity of our buildings and campus more than ever.
The care and upkeep of our buildings and campus requires a constant process of renewal and is made possible thanks to support from The Basilica Landmark whose mission is to preserve, restore, and advance The Basilica of Saint Mary for all generations. We are so grateful for the generosity of all those who have already supported the Basilica Landmark’s Annual Fund. If you have not done so already, I hope you will join me by making a gift to The Basilica Landmark’s Annual Fund at thebasilicalandmark.org/give. Your donation will serve the most urgent of our Basilica Landmark initiatives, including tuck-pointing the exterior church walls, installing additional air purification systems, waterproofing the school basement, and replacing exterior campus lighting.
Making an estate gift through your will or trust, as a beneficiary of a retirement account (such as a 401K or IRA) or an insurance policy, is another wonderful way to show your support for The Basilica Landmark and its critical mission. With planning, your estate gift will help continue this vision and maintain our historic buildings and campus for future generations. To learn more about the benefits of making an estate gift, and how it can help continue the critical work at The Basilica Landmark, we encourage you to reach out to Monica Stuart.
Lastly, we are especially excited that our biggest event of the year is back on the block! For 25 years, the grounds of The Basilica have welcomed countless music fans, volunteers, and parishioners to the Cities 97.1 Basilica Block Party. This long-standing summer tradition unites and connects us to the broader Twin Cities community. Proceeds from the event benefit The Basilica Landmark and a portion of the event proceeds will also go to The Basilica’s St. Vincent de Paul ministry to assist our neighbors in need. I invite you to reconnect with The Basilica Block Party by attending this important community gathering and fundraiser on September 10 and 11! Visit basilicablockparty.org for ticketing information, volunteer opportunities, and the fantastic lineup of new bands as well as some old favorites.
May you find many opportunities in the coming weeks to reconnect with your Basilica family and renew your commitment to this incredible community.
Learn more about Angels Unawares through one of our many video presentations.
In our 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. In this episode, Johan tells us about some of the specific migrants and refugees depicted in Timothy Schmalz's Angels Unawares sculpture.
The Basilica is hosting the Angels Unawares throughout August on our front plaza along Hennepin Avenue. Angels Unawares depicts 140 almost life size migrants from all times and places aboard a boat. It was created by Canadian Catholic sculptor Timothy Schmalz, who also created our Homeless Jesus sculpture.
The original sculpture was dedicated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on September 29, 2019, the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The name Angels Unawares comes from Hebrews 13:2, which admonishes Christians to “show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."