This past year, we have grown together as a community and shared our faith journeys. Our Year in Review highlights the programs and ministries from the past year that reflect our values and connect us to each other. Thank you for helping to build our spiritual home as a place of welcome, support, and acceptance.
Commitment to Compassion and Awareness
Our milestones this year included the dedication of the Homeless Jesus bronze sculpture on November 19, 2017, the World Day of the Poor, designated by Pope Francis. We also held the Archdiocesan Mass of Solidarity and Cultural Celebration in December of 2017 and Seeing All as God’s Children in January of 2018.
On April 25, 2018, after many months of discernment, our Parish Council decided that The Basilica would become a Sanctuary Supporting Congregation. In making this commitment, we continue to be a community serving the needs of our neighbors, and responding without judgment, to the needs of those who come to our doors.
Commitment to Interfaith Dialogue
This past year we held many opportunities for interfaith dialogue through liturgy, art, and educational discussions. The art exhibits included Transfer of Memory, presented in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) and Tracks In The Snow: Muslim Experience In Minnesota presented with the Islamic Resource Group in May.
Commitment to Communion
Throughout the fall and winter months of 2017 we hosted a series of lectures, art, prayers, and music commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and exploring the international Lutheran-Roman Catholic document From Conflict to Communion. The performances included a premiere concert of the Holy Spirit Mass by The National Lutheran Choir and My Soul Cries Out: 500 Years of Singing with the St. Olaf Choir and The Basilica Cathedral Choir.
As we look to the coming year, we plan to celebrate our 150th anniversary as a parish with a year of sesquicentennial celebrations and exhibits. Our parish is actively preparing for the future growth and needs of our community through our Strategic Planning and Campus Space Planning initiatives. These action plans will guide our parish staff and leaders’ next steps in the coming years.
We look forward to carrying out our vital ministries and sharing our faith as a community rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you to our parishioners, volunteers, and visitors for sharing your stewardship gifts and making The Basilica strong, welcoming community.
Please remember, no matter what brings you to The Basilica and wherever you are in your faith journey, you are welcome here.
Rev. John M. Bauer
Pastor, The Basilica of Saint Mary