Our year dedicated to a Revolution of Love and Tenderness has been an exciting time for our Parish. Everyday we continue to welcome all who pass through our doors, and through our many ministries we try to respond to their needs and help them along their spiritual journey. In this year in review report, I am pleased to share many of the highlights from our vibrant community. Thank you to all those who help make The Basilica a place of welcome, acceptance, and love.
Welcoming our Neighbor
Through our partnership with Lutheran Social Services, The Basilica has co-sponsored four refugee families. These families were welcomed from Somalia, Iraq, and Burma/Myanmar. Each family is settling into life in Minnesota and busy enrolling their children in school and attending to medical and dental issues.
Life Changing Programs
Our mentoring programs served over 950 people, including 30 students through our partnership with Metropolitan Community and Technical College, providing support and encouragement to reach personal, academic, and career goals. Through our St. Vincent de Paul Ministry, 4,222 people received a voucher for a state identification card, driver’s licenses, or birth certificates, allowing them access to housing, employment, and other essential services.
Sharing our Faith Journey
We celebrated a total of 973 Masses with almost 170,000 attendees. This year 309 children and 436 adults participated in our faith formation programs. We have continued to build our Young Adult and Young Family programs serving hundreds of participants.
We are a Parish full of hope as we look to the coming year. We have many exciting plans for our community including the installation of a new Homeless Jesus sculpture and the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. I look forward to sharing more information about these and other events with you.
Following Pope Francis’ lead, we hope to continue to live out a Revolution of Love and Tenderness together. Thank you to our parishioners, volunteers, and visitors for sharing your stewardship gifts and making The Basilica strong 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