St. Mary’s Basilica, named The Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin is the oldest Catholic parish in Phoenix. It holds a unique place in the history of the Church and in the diocese. In 1978, it was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. On September 2, 1985, His Holiness Saint Pope John Paul II solemnly proclaimed the Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary to be a Minor Basilica. At that time, for historical, cultural, artistic, and spiritual reasons, St. Mary’s became the 32nd basilica in the United States. While on his American Visit, His Holiness Saint Pope John Paul II visited St. Mary’s knelt in prayer in the center aisle and then spoke to the crowd from the balcony on September 14, 1987.
In 2015, they celebrated the Centennial of St. Mary’s Basilica. Although St. Mary’s is a strong and solid building, there are on-going issues that need to be addressed. Your contributions to the St Mary’s Basilica Patronato Foundation will help current and future repairs and special projects.
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