Via Assisi Gift Shop

Via Assisi is proud to Support Local Artists:

Our mission is to bring our guests quality religious items for every budget as well as those “one of a kind” gems that are created by Artists who reside and create in Arizona! Via Assisi is always looking to partner with local artists. If you are interested in displaying and selling your work at Via Assisi please submit up to five (5) jpgs of current work, price points, a short bio & 1-2 page resume. Submissions are accepted online only at   Accepted artists will be notified by email.

We are extremely proud to have Martin Moreno (2011 AZ Artist of the Year & current Valley Light Rail Artist) at Via Assisi.
His work on canvas and one of a kind prints are sure to please our guests.







The Garretts’ beautiful crosses  are back at Via Assisi!!
This local retired couple uses wood/beads and iron work to make their works of art.







Lynn Mascarelli (retired St. Mary’s H.S. Instructor) transforms colorful strips of paper into works
depicting her favorite saints; St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare







Sue Messmer graces our walls with radiant infused glass crosses which are handcrafted works of art,
no two are alike, brilliant colors, stunning design. As of August 2018 we have a brand new selection of Sue’s beautiful one of a kind crosses! We invite you to come in and browse our selection!

Jewelry and Rosaries handcrafted by Sylvia and Anna local Artisans with a passion for beads & style!
Rosaries can be personalized, come in for details.

Dia de los Muertos Festival

Join us on November 4th as we celebrate our 5th Annual Dia de los Muertos celebration!   If you are new to our event and are interested in vending (preference given to local artists with one of a kind items), please submit up to 5 jpgs of your work, a short bio and why you would like to vend at our event to  If your work is accepted by the committee you will receive an application along with Rules and Regulations. This year’s artist is Martin Moreno, 2011 Arizona Artist of the Year. We are proud to have him participating in this year’s event!

Artist Martin Moreno

As a preview to our festival CityScape is partnering with St. Mary’s Basilica in promoting our festival by premiering COCO downtown! In addition to the FREE viewing of the movie, we will be featuring some of our upcoming entertainment and Artisans. Come hear about what Dia de los Muertos means, how to create an altar and  make your own marigolds! Enjoy the sounds of our local Mariachi’s and feast your eyes on our Folklorico Dancers who will be their to whet your appetite for the REAL DEAL….Sunday, November 4th at St. Mary’s Basilica….downtown 231 N 3rd Street….11:00 AM – 5:00 PM    ST. MARY BASIILICA’S 5TH ANNUAL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FESTIVAL!

We will reveal more information as the time draws near… please stay tuned.


Past Workshops:

Via Assisi not only supports local artists in our gift shop, we also strive to bring you workshops that will inspire your growth in Christ.

We began our events by hosting Katy Cano-Murrillo “the Crafty Chica” who led a workshop of 100 participants in the making of their very own Advent wreaths to mark the coming of Jesus’ birth. The workshop included a brief history of the advent wreath as well as an opening prayer by Brother Scott, Cathy then began the fun with tree trimmings, ornaments, candles and GLITTER! At the culmination of the workshop each wreath was blessed by our Friars.

During the month of March we were proud to bring Diana Calderon to the Basilica. Her instruction and engagement with our participants created a fun and dynamic workshop.  “The Empty Tomb” is one of many projects I hope to bring to St. Mary’s.


My duties to the parishioner’s and community who visit our parish, is not only to bring you a Gift Shop filled with one of a kind items; it is also my goal to bring you new and exciting ways to explore your walk with Christ through our faith based workshops. Evangelization begins with Engagement.

If you have suggestions for workshops or would like to be considered as an instructor in the coming year, please email me at  I welcome your ideas!

Featured Reads:

Via Assisi has many books for sale, come browse our selection as always we are happy to special order! This month I have selected the following books as my “featured reads”:

  • Hope in Numbers / Written by Gordon Wickert
    In a world where hope seems lost and Christians seem to be losing grip on their faith, there are numbers that tell a different story.
  • Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know /  Written by Diane Moczar
    The divine surprises and chastisements that shaped the church and changed the world.
  • “ASK” You Said / Written by Michael Holsten
    With 3 passages taken from each chapter in the New Testament, the author invites the reader to “listen in” on conversations he had with the Lord through prayer and meditation, as the author learned the Lord has a lot to say.

Hope in Numbers and “ASK” You Said were written by local authors the proceeds from these books have been donated to St. Mary’s Basilica programs. Thank you Mr. Santor (for Hope) and Mr. Holsten (for “ASK”).

Wish List

Being an extremely small shop with a budget to match! There are often things that we find we need to make your shopping experience a much better one. With summer around the corner the shop is in need of a little TLC:

  • Lighting – donation and/or installation of spot lights in ceiling to illuminate items.
  • Donation of off white paint for interior of store.
  • Volunteers needed as cashiers and/or assistants to manager, training provided.

Thank you so much for your patronage. We at Via Assisi appreciates you.


Summer Hours of Operation

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
Thursday thru Friday
10 AM to 2 PM
1:00 PM to 5 PM
9 AM to 1 PM

Via Assisi Gift Shop Location:

St. Mary’s Basilica (Street Level facing Monroe)
231 N 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004




 For More Information:

Via Assisi Manager / Artist Ministry
Sylvia Hernandez-Moreno
Phone:  602-271-0046