A fabulous example of a 19th-century church still celebrates Mass daily in downtown Phoenix. Originally built in 1881, ... More
St. Mary's Basilica
A fabulous example of a 19th-century church still celebrates Mass daily in downtown Phoenix. Originally built in 1881, notable features include beautifully rendered stained glass windows and a carillon tower. Honored as a minor basilica in 1985. An historic visit by Pope John Paul II in 1987 brought this facility national attention. When visiting, please be respectful of this place of worship by maintaining appropriate behavior and attire. Admission is free.
The word Sanctuary means: "consecrated or sacred place, strictly a place of worship; largely the term denotes a place that gives refuge and inviolable asylum." I work downtown and take advantage of stealing away from work and the other pressures of life for some time to reflect, meditate and connect with God. Life and work can be so demanding and stressful, but taking advantage of my proximity to Saint Mary's helps me to keep my anchor grounded in what really matters in this life. It really is a place that gives me refuge.
A very beautiful church and atmosphere. My wife and I enjoyed the mass. We went there for the first time on Christmas Eve. The priest delivered a beautiful message with a lot of eloquence and clarity. We look forward to making it our new place to worship, since we just moved to the South Mountain area, near downtown. God bless.
I love the Church and going to that special place to pray and recive communion at st marys I like the Knights St marys Knights football program and baseball program I first discovered the church in 1981 I played alot of hoops And with the help of a few people such as charles lord at the YMCA inh topeka Kansas we developed a YBA program at the downtown ymca in phx. it was a trmendous success. I lived on 9th and fillmore while coaching there later moved into the ymca.I thank god for my experience there. I miss the people the church and some of the children I worked with I wonder what of some of the progress of the basketball team I had there know as the 9th street lakers I say hello to any of the players Ihad back then in 1981. And I pray god protecs them in battle. we did good. I hope to visit there soon I hope a shout out to all my cabalaroes. via con dious.my last visit was 1999 December I got injured at smithcraft a company on 9th st I am retired.
This is by far the most beautiful Catholic church in the valley! When we first moved to the valley, we were frustrated with the churches around here. They were overcrowded and the sermons weren't good enough to stay awake for. We discovered this church a few years ago for Christmas mass, and now we go here every Sunday for church, even though it is quite a drive for us, but it is so worth it! The Franciscan Monks are at the church too!
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