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Access and Inclusion Ministry

Committed to Making The Basilica Barrier Free

Access and Inclusion Ministry (AIM), formerly The Disability Awareness Ministry.

The Access and Inclusion Ministry's mission is to remove barriers that prevent the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities and their families in parish life and in the community at large. We do this by ensuring that the Basilica is a welcoming and supportive environment for all.    

The Basilica’s AIM:  
  • We AIM to make our faith accessible
  • We AIM to remove barriers
  • We AIM to include more people in the work we do
  • We AIM to always work to make things better
  • We AIM to ensure that everyone feels included regardless of who they are or where they are on their personal and faith journey

We believe that all persons have multiple gifts to share. We also believe that a measure of spiritual and personal growth can come from the purposeful engagement of persons with apparent or with hidden disabilities. This engagement begins with opportunities to increase awareness leading to a realistic understanding of the nature of disabilities--it does not come from pre-conceived notions or from stereotypes portrayed in the media. 

A barrier can be defined as anything: 

1) serving to obstruct passage or to maintain separation, such as a fence or gate;

2) that prevents or obstructs passage, access, or progress; or

3) that separates or hinders union. 


Listing of all accessibility information 

Sacramental Information

Guidelines for Sacraments for Persons with Disabilities from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


Statement by President-elect Joe Biden on United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 03, 2020

Today, Jill and I join with communities, advocates, and activists around the world to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities and to recommit ourselves to upholding the civil rights of persons with disabilities around the globe.

This day is an even more necessary reminder of this fight as the world struggles to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic — a crisis that has uniquely and disproportionately impacted the global disability community. As we combat the pandemic and rebuild our economy, we can't just build back to the way things were. We have to build a stronger, more resilient, and more inclusive society. That means providing access to high-quality, affordable health care, protecting and strengthening economic security for Americans with disabilities, and ensuring that students with disabilities have the resources necessary to mitigate the significant effects this pandemic has had on their education. We must ensure that people of color with disabilities have a fair shot and are treated equally. And, as the global pandemic underscores how connected we are to communities across the globe, we must also recognize the ways we can champion and promote inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities everywhere.

On this day and every day of our administration, we will be fully committed to dignity, equity, and civil rights for all people with disabilities — who will have a voice and will be at the table in our administration for the critical work ahead.


Lift Every Voice: Race, Disability, and Equality in the Arts

On Saturday, March 13th, moderator Aaron Gabriel and panelists Kymani Queen, Michael Wolfe, and Naa Mensah, all Twin Cities artists and educators, shared their experiences producing works that explore the intersections of race and disability.

Click here to watch this powerful conversation.



"An usher helped me with the listening device. He had me feel the device until I found the little wheel and then he had me practice moving the volume wheel. He uses the device himself so he was a very good teacher, and checked with me after Mass to see how it worked. As it turned out, I heard Father Bauer very well when he read the gospel and gave his homily. I could also hear the various speakers in the pulpit."  

How you can help:

Help us accommodate your special needs by letting us know what you require to worship freely and participate fully in community life at The Basilica. 

Let us know whenever you encounter a barrier blocking or impeding your worship, service, learning, or community life so that we may address the situation you experienced. 

How to get involved:

If you would like to participate in the work of the Access and Inclusion Ministry contact Janet Grove.