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Parish Sesquicentennial

A Traditional Church with a Modern Message



October 4, 2018, marks The Basilica Parish’s sesquicentennial anniversary.

From October 2018 to October 2019 we will mark this occasion throughout our Parish with celebrations and exhibits. 


If you have a family or personal story to share, please contact Heather Craig, archivist for The Basilica.







Parish Celebrates Its Sesquicentennial

A look at where we started

Shed Church
Shed Church

How does a parish grow from a modest group of Irish and Italian immigrants worshipping in a wooden shed to a grand Basilica whose members hail from 434 different zip codes across the Twin Cities metro area? In the words of Florence Brown, intrepid chronicler of the earliest years of our parish, it takes “boundless zeal, ardent faith, unstinted charity, holiest simplicity and deepest consecration to the service of religion” . . . and about 150 years. This October we begin a year-long celebration of the sesquicentennial of our parish; a parish history of three churches, two locations, eleven pastors, and the people who lived and worshipped here.

The first Catholic church in what is now Minneapolis was on the northeast side of the river, Saint Anthony of Padua. Each Sunday, west bank Catholics had to cross the river by ferry, toll bridge, or for free across the ice come winter, to go to Mass. 



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1875 Immaculate Conception Church
1875 Immaculate Conception Church