Working together for good

Learn about all our valued partners helping us care for our parish and our community:

The Basilica Landmark

This non-profit organization preserves and celebrates The Basilica as a religious and cultural symbol for all people.

Devoted to the ongoing restoration of our beloved church, The Basilica Landmark:

  • Supports the restoration and preservation of The Basilica campus
  • Offers educational programs
  • Organizes fund-raising and special events
  • Encourages the use of The Basilica as a cultural center for secular and liturgical arts
  • Manages the Rev. Michael J. O’Connell Endowment Fund to provide financial support for the ongoing capital needs of The Basilica campus

The Basilica Block Party

The Basilica Block Party began in 1995 as a fundraiser to help pay for the structural restoration of The Basilica of Saint Mary. Today, proceeds from the Block Party are directed through The Basilica Landmark to fund the continued renovation of The Basilica and its campus. These critical investments preserve and protect our landmark today and help to avoid the huge costs of emergency repairs tomorrow.

In addition, a portion of all proceeds from The Basilica Block Party go to The Basilica's St. Vincent de Paul outreach program, which provides services to those in need, including employment assistance, job training and workshops, transportation assistance and shoes.

Align Minneapolis

Align Minneapolis (formerly Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness) is a coalition of 14 interfaith congregations educates and engages congregants in the work of the Heading Home Hennepin plan to end homelessness. The Basilica is a founding member.

Align Minneapolis ensures that all congregations are active in the full continuum of work from direct service to advocacy, working in partnership with the broad community. Learn how to get involved with the efforts to end homeless at The Basilica of Saint Mary. Find ways to make a difference in our community.  

Ascension Parish

Our sister parish to the north, the Church of the Ascension has been a mainstay of the near north side of Minneapolis since 1890. Today, it has one of the most diverse communities of any Catholic parish in the Midwest.

For over 100 years, The Basilica and Church of the Ascension have provided an answer and symbolized peace for the North side through:

  • Monthly Peace Dinners
  • Annual Neighborhood Night of Peace
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy
  • Basilica Choir Camp at The Church of the Ascension
  • Volunteering at the Ascension School

Co-Cathedral of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

This official designation acknowledges the growing Catholic community in Minneapolis and its western suburbs. Confirmations for the west metro suburban parishes are held at the Basilica, as well as other special archdiocesan liturgies and activities.

The Minneapolis Downtown Council

Comprised of business people, the council works for the betterment and common good of the downtown community. The Basilica of Saint Mary is a Council member.

Meet Minneapolis 

The Greater Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association attracts conventions and visitors to the Minneapolis area. The Basilica of Saint Mary is a Meet Minneapolis member.

Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers (MAP) 

This coalition of 50 peace and justice organizations pools their resources, ideas and strategies to promote common goals related to peace and justice. The Basilica of Saint Mary is a MAP member.