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Join us after Mass to meet Fr. Daniel Griffith.
Sunday, July 17, 11:30am Mass
Sunday, July 24, 9:30am
Sunday, July 31, 9:30am
Sunday, August 21, 5:00pm
Sunday, August 28, 7:30am
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.
Greetings once again from The Basilica of Saint Mary. I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to do well.
Today, I would like to talk about three things with you. First, I wanted to mention once again that as we re-open and renew our various ministries, services, and programs here at The Basilica, we are in need of volunteers to help us with this.
In our weekly newsletter/worship aid we have created a space listing the various areas where we need volunteers. This list is also available on our parish website. If it has been a while since you have volunteered, or if you are looking for a way to get involved, please check out these various volunteer positions.
Second, as always, I want to thank you for your ongoing financial support of our Basilica community. Your financial support, especially during the past couple of years has been especially important. Please know of my gratitude for your past support and for whatever financial support you are able to offer in the future.
Finally, I wanted to thank you for your support and care these past 15 years. I have been blessed in ways too numerous to count these past 15 years. Thank you for being a part of these blessings.
In addition to the blessings I have enjoyed, I will also take with me many fond memories of my time here. Please know of my great gratitude for the blessings and memories I will take with me.
As we continue the transition to a new pastor, I want to let you know of my ongoing prayers for our community. The Basilica is indeed a very special place--made so by our parishioners and staff.
As always, I would like to close today with a prayer.
Lord God, help us never forget all that you have done and continue to do for us.
Strengthen and sustain us with the hope you offer us and with the countless blessings you have given us.
Help us to strive to recognize your presence in our lives and to be open to your grace.
Through the witness of our lives, may your love be made known and experienced by those we encounter, those we serve, and those we love.
We pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.
News and Resources
Ukrainian Families in Need of Housing
In partnership with St. Constantine Church, The Basilica is seeking housing for families coming from the Ukraine.
St. Constantine parishioners are prepared to sponsor families from Ukraine to Minnesota. The families are ready and paperwork is complete, but they can’t come unless they have housing.
The Basilica is partnering with St. Constantine to support their parishioners, as they sponsor families. We hope to identify possible housing options for the families.
Right now there is a family of 5 waiting to come.
Second Archdiocesan Synod
Synod Parish Delegates
Homelessness in our Community:
A Zoom Forum
Saturday, June 25 at 9:00am CST
An update to Basilica Strategic Area of Focus:
Homelessness—Responding to the needs of people experiencing or at risk of homeless.
Homelessness is a reality in our community. As people of faith, we seek to learn from and support those experiencing homelessness. Together, we work to reduce its impact and make homelessness rare, brief, and a one-time experience.
Come to hear from people with lived experience of homelessness and from leaders in the state, county, and city. Learn about progress made through collaborative efforts to address homelessness in Minnesota. What has worked? What has not worked? How can we move forward to reduced homelessness in our community?
The Forum Panel will include:
- MN State: Cathy ten Broeke, Director to Prevent and End Homelessness for the State of Minnesota—along with consultants with lived experience of homelessness
- Hennepin County: David Hewitt, Director of Housing Stability
- Minneapolis: Katie Dillon, Director of Align Mpls
- Street Voices of Change: insight and wisdom from people with lived experience of homelessness
Register for the zoom credentials: Click HERE
For more information, call 612.317.3477.
Resources and more information
Farewell Fr. Bauer Ice Cream Socials
June 19, 25, & 26
Basilica West Lawn and Plaza
Join us in celebration and appreciation of Fr. Bauer. You are invited to thank Fr. Bauer and wish him well as his tenure as pastor of The Basilica comes to an end.
Sunday, June 19 - after the 7:30 and 9:30am Masses
Saturday, June 25 - after the 5:00pm Mass
Sunday, June 26 - after the 11:30am Mass