Officially called the Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is more commonly known as St. ... More
St. Mary's Basilica
Officially called the Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is more commonly known as St. Mary's Basilica or simply St. Mary's. Located in downtown Phoenix, the splendid architecture is a mix of Mission Revival, Spanish Revival and Roman designs. Moreover it is known for its opulent stained glasses which are the largest in Arizona, while the religious carvings and statues inside add to its beauty. St. Mary's was elevated to being a minor basilica in 1987 by Pope John Paul and is the only one of its kind in Phoenix. This striking church conducts daily mass for the faithful and tours of its healing garden and the monument itself for visitors.
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!
Did I mention they are within a very short walking distance to the Arizona Center?
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