Monday, June 16, 2014


Today we enjoyed our preparation day by visiting a truly stunning Catholic place of worship, The Basilica of St. Josaphat.  We have seen breathtaking buildings in Mexico, but they paled in comparison to this!

From the Basilica's website:

"The Basilica of St. Josaphat is a ministry of the Conventual Franciscans on the South Side of Milwaukee in Historic Lincoln Village.

"The Basilica is a Franciscan center for prayer and spirituality, inspiration and beauty. It is home to a vibrant Roman Catholic parish and remains a testament to the faith of the Polish immigrants that created it."


"St. Josaphat parish was founded in 1888, and its first home was a modest building that burned to the ground in 1889. The parish built a second church but it was too small for the growing parish of 12,000 parishioners. 
"Father Wilhelm Grutza, the pastor, hired a German-born architect named Erhard Brielmaier to design what is, in essence, a smaller version of St. Peter’s in Rome. This church has the same cross-shaped floor plan and the same huge central dome that distinguish St. Peter’s. 
"When the plans were nearly complete, Fr. Grutza learned that the Chicago Post Office and Custom House needed to be razed and he was able to purchased it for $20,000. The building (pictured below) was dismantled and the salvaged materials were loaded up on 500 railroad flatcars and brought up to Milwaukee. They were stockpiled on a vacant lot across the street."

There's a Youtube video on their site. Here is a link to their website :

Below are some of my pictures, but Sister Lenhard took pictures, too!

Note the listed Prophets.

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