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Annual Report 2022

Seek the well-being of the city to which I have sent you. Pray for it to the Lord. For in seeking its well-being, you shall find your own.

Jeremiah 29:7

What does it mean to ‘seek the well-being of the city,’ as this prophetic verse from Jeremiah calls us to do? As the new pastor of The Basilica, I am humbled and honored to discern and to live out this call with you, on our shared journey of faith. With over 12,000 parish members, The Basilica community has robust capacity to meet the noble goal of serving the well-being of the city.

We are grateful to reflect on this past fiscal year and the remarkable work that has been done, and look ahead to the opportunity to create and build a vision that is filled with light and hope for all. Both our parish and city face challenges, including financial, but I am confident that with God’s grace and your commitment, we can meet these challenges and together chart a course to a sustainable future. Our work at The Basilica is aligned to our Strategic Areas of Focus: The Arts, Inclusivity, and Homelessness—which remain central to our mission. This annual report captures the highlights of the year, including a few items I’m excited to share with you.

  • This past year, we launched our Intergenerational Faith Formation program online with 22 participating families—giving families the opportunity to grow in faith together.
  • Throughout the year, our Immigration Family Support ministry worked with nine families, including refugee, asylum, and sanctuary families. Recently, in partnership with St. Constantine Church, The Basilica is also seeking housing for families coming from the Ukraine.
  • In August of 2021, we had the opportunity to host the incredible Angels Unawares sculpture that depicts more than 140 refugees. We worked with over 20 local organizations and churches to gather, reflect, and share the message of this amazing piece of art.

This coming year we plan to build on our commitment to justice and peace here at The Basilica and within our broader community as we fulfill God’s command to ‘seek the well-being of the city.’ Thank you for your commitment to The Basilica and to our shared journey of faith as we walk together in the light of the Lord.


Fr. Daniel Griffith

Pastor and Rector, The Basilica of Saint Mary




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A Message from Fr. Daniel Griffith: All are welcome

The Basilica is a place of refuge, a place of welcome, a place of healing for all. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the wonderful events and programs held this past weekend. 

I’m proud to be your pastor and journey with you and I hope you will join us. 

Fr. Daniel



Pastor's Blog


This Sunday, Archbishop Hebda will preside at the 9:30 Mass. Following Mass there will be a procession to the new Our Lady of the Rocks painting for a brief dedication. This impressive piece of art is a wonderful addition to The Basilica permanent art collection and exemplifies our commitment to the arts in our community.


Our Lady of the Rocks

Our Lady of the Rocks
Tempera Grassa on Panel
71. 5”  x   71 “
Mark Balma 2022


From the Artist: Mark Balma

The painting is a work that I have contemplated for many years. It is painted on a gesso wood panel using an earth 15th century painting technique called tempera grassa using egg, oil/resin and dry white wine. ( Lacrime Christi) I learned this technique from the Italian Master Pietro Annigoni of Florence with whom I studied portraiture and fresco for several years.

The painting is inspired from the Song of Songs, “ My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely”

The painting incorporates traditional colors used by Leonardo Da Vinci. The Virgin’s blue mantle is actually genuine Lapis Lazuli from Florence. The setting of the painting comes from the rocky wooded landscape behind Assisi. Dave Laurent from the Basilica helped join and glue the panel and Fr. Bauer Blessed the white wine used in the grinding of the colors. 

It is certainly an honor to contribute a work to the Basilica, as my family have been members of the church since their immigration from Italy to Minneapolis in the 1950’s.


The painting was donated to The Basilica by Jack and Cathy Farrell


Support our school supply drive for the scholars at Church of the Ascension Catholic School in North Minneapolis. 

You can order items directly from the Target Charity Registry to ship to Ascension School by September 6.