Prayer for Peace in Our Communities

For an end to the violence perpetrated by harsh words, deadly weapons, or cold indifference. May our homes, our nation, and countries around the world become havens of peace, let us pray to the Lord…

For the grace to see every human being as a child of God, regardless of race, language or culture, let us pray to the Lord…

For the strength to teach our children how to resolve differences non-violently and respectfully, and the courage to model it in our own behavior, let us pray to the Lord.

For our faith community, that we may respond boldly to the Holy Spirit's call to act together to end violence and racism, let us pray to the Lord…

For healing and justice for all those who have experienced violence and racism, let us pray to the Lord.

For the protection of all police and first responders who risk their lives daily to ensure our safety; for fair and just policing that will promote peace and wellbeing in all our neighborhoods, let us pray to the Lord…

For the courage to have difficult conversations about racism, and for a better appreciation of how our words and actions – or even our silence – can impact our communities, let us pray to the Lord…

For solidarity in our global human family, that we may work together to protect those who are most vulnerable and most in need, let us pray to the Lord…


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The Fall 2021 issue of BASILICA Magazine  

Beauty that Saves: A Basilica Celebration of the Sacred Arts



Inside this issue

6 Angels Unawares
A sculpture by Timothy Schmalz
by Johan M.J. van Parys, Ph.D.

11 Basilica Homecoming
Renew & Reconnect
by Mae Desaire

12 Shelter Me
Our hearts’ song during the pandemic
by Teri Larson

14 Archbishop Hebda
Celebrating five years
by Eileen Bock

16 From Patent Law to Priesthood
Fr. Mike Reinhardt
by Rachel Newman Hogness

18 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)
Our call to heal and grow together
by Frank Christopher

20 New Faces, New Roles
Welcoming team members to The Basilica staff
by Elyse Rethlake

22 Welcome Dr. Katherine Crawford Luber
Mia’s Nivin and Duncan MacMillan
Director and President
by Johan M.J. van Parys, Ph.D.

24 Our Sacred Arts
New acquisitions to The Basilica collections
by Kathy Dhaemers

27 A Virtual Basilica
Expanding our online ministry
by Mae Desaire

28 The Spirit of Generosity
Reflections on giving
by Sue McGuigan

30 Basilica Block Party 2021
Back on the block


The cover features the Angels Unawares sculpture on display at The Basilica in August 2021.

Thank you to the dedicated team of volunteers who created this piece.

The award-winning BASILICA magazine is sponsored by The Basilica Landmark, a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to preserve, restore, and advance the historic Basilica of Saint Mary for all generations. 

Each issue includes in-depth features about the people, art, history, and spirituality that make The Basilica a vibrant community. 
BASILICA is published twice a year with a circulation of 15,000. 

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A New Journey Begins

Our Immigration Support Ministry has been busy preparing for the resettlement of Afghan refugees. We have been in many conversations with Lutheran Social Services, our co-sponsor in this effort. They have provided excellent training about how to work with families, what the expectations are and how to best support them. During this time, we have recruited Circle of Welcome members who will walk beside these families as they begin their new lives in the United States.

Our first Circle of Welcome team of five was notified that a family of 10 would be moving into a house, after spending 3 weeks in a hotel. LSS was lucky enough to find housing suitable and large enough for their family. Finding permanent housing is one of the most difficult services for LSS to secure currently. The Basilica was able to utilize our partnership with the St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store to find furniture and furnishings for the home. In all things, LSS has reminds us, we need to be flexible because things are happening at a fast pace.

The day before the family was to move into the home there was a cadre of volunteers cleaning, setting up and moving furniture. Asia, Muhammad and six of their children made a surprise visit to the house and dropped off items they had been storing in their hotel. Their children range in ages from infant to 17 years of age. As with many rental properties, there are several items the landlord will need to attend to.

The Circle of Welcome team hopes to meet the entire family of 10 people and their case worker early in the week of November 15th. They will be meeting with them regularly the next six months, and maybe longer. During this time some of the things they will do is help the family tackle the outstanding items on the fix-it list, practice English with the children and mother (the father speaks English very well), show the family how to ride the transit, help locate Halal grocery stores and take them shopping. They may need to help set up bank accounts, take family to doctor or dentist appointments. The goal is to help this family achieve self-sufficiency as soon as possible and make the experience as welcoming as possible.

As our partner at LSS has said, “this is an historic time!” We hope to make their resettlement as positive as possible.


Dorene Wernke
Immigration Support Ministry




27th Annual Icon Festival

Exhibit: October 31-November 21
The Festival opens with a procession of Icons during the 9:30am and 11:30am Masses on Sunday, October 31. Icons dating from the 17th century to contemporary time will be displayed in the sanctuary. 


  • Our Lady, Untier of Knots
    Our Lady, Untier of Knots: This Icon finds its origins in a meditation of St. Irenaeus. He wrote about how Adam and Eve tied the knot of human disgrace for the human race by disobeying God, while Mary undid it by saying yes to God and becoming Mother of Jesus. We all have knots in our lives; knots of alienation, addiction, discord, hurt, fears, a lack of respect, or the absence of peace or harmony. We hope to invite people to invoke the powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin as we seek her assistance in untying those knots that hold us bound and keep us moving forward in our relationship with God.
  • Saint Mary of Magdala
    Saint Mary of Magdala: Saint Mary was the first to see the Risen Lord, and the first to announce to Caesar the Resurrection of Christ.
  • Theotokos Supplicating (Deisis)
    Theotokos Supplicating (Deisis): See how Mary stretches forth her arms in petition, connecting to her son through prayer. She tells those who pray with this Icon that she is entrusting not only her own cares and needs to her Son, but embraces those who pray with her for God’s life and true joy.
  • The Merciful Jesus/Divine Mercy
    The Merciful Jesus/Divine Mercy: Christ appears in white representing the Resurrection. His white robes are created with shades of blue and shades of red denoting the nature of His humanity and His Divinity. The rays are rendered in light blue and light red signifying John 19:34: “Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out.” Water represents baptism and blood represent communion.
  • Saint Joseph
    Saint Joseph: Guardian of the Holy Family, for centuries Saint Joseph has been one of the most beloved saints of the Church. The saint holds a flowering staff which was the miraculous testimony that signaled God's choice of Saint Joseph as the betrothed of the Blessed Virgin.
  • Saint Dymphna
    Saint Dymphna: Patron Saint of those with mental illness.
  • Saint Josephine Bakhita: Born in Olgossa in the Darfur region of southern Sudan, Josephine was kidnapped at the age of 7, sold into slavery and given the name Bakhita, which means fortunate. After being resold several times she was declared free by a judge in Italy in 1885. Josephine entered the Institute of St. Magdalene of Canossa in 1893 and made her profession. Assisting her religious community in Schio she soon became well loved by the children attending the sisters’ school and the local citizens. She once said, “Be good, love the Lord, pray for those who do not know Him. What a great grace it is to know God!”