St. Mary's Basilica

St. Mary's Basilica, Phoenix

St. Mary's Basilica
4.5
Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
St. Mary’s Basilica, named The Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin is the oldest Catholic parish in Phoenix and was the only Catholic parish in Phoenix until 1924. It holds a unique place in the history of the Church and in the Diocese of Phoenix. On September 2, 1985, Pope Saint 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, Pope Saint 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. St. Mary's Basilica is a parish of the Franciscan friars of the Province of Saint Barbara. The first Franciscan came to the area in 1539.
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Claudette C
Washington1,524 contributions
A beautiful Basilica
May 2021 • Friends
My sister and I were in Phoenix for the day and we found that Phoenix had a Basilica so had to go. It did not disappoint. Beautiful building-great grounds and homage to Pope John Paul.
Written May 16, 2021
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Lee W
Lenexa, KS9 contributions
A beautiful basilica, an annual stop for my family.
Mar 2020
The Bishop's basilica... should be a very nice place and this one does not disappoint. We enjoy our annual (when my family gathers in Phoenix for a week) Sunday worship at this beautiful church.
Written March 5, 2020
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Dona B
Taylor Mill, KY30 contributions
Beautiful church, friendly parish
Nov 2019
A beautiful church! The mass was wonderful and I felt so welcome. This will be my church every day I visit my step son.
Written February 12, 2020
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903kristaln
20 contributions
Beautiful Church, beautiful services
Jan 2020
Beautiful Church, beautiful services. Father Michael gives the best sermons. He is excellent at tying in current events with biblical stories, and inspiring people to treat each other with kindness.
Written January 19, 2020
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Gene P
San Fernando, Philippines541 contributions
A beautiful and historic church
Nov 2019
The church is in the middle of the city. It was built on the original site of the first catholic church in the area. It is also historic in regards to its age and the visit of Pope John Paul II. The inside of the church is well decorated with statues of the pieta, Virgin Mary, etc. The pew where Pope John Paul knelt is also preserved and displayed near the entrance of the church. A very good place for prayers and contemplation.
Written November 19, 2019
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Renee D
New Port Richey, FL95 contributions
Ok
Nov 2019 • Couples
It’s nice but we have seen much more beautiful basilicas. Nothing special. The special thing was Pope John Paul II was there on my birthday
Written November 11, 2019
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL6,935 contributions
The only Basilica in Arizona
Nov 2019
St. Mary's Basilica in Phoenix, Arizona, or officially known as The Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was dedicated in 1915 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Located at 231 North 3rd Street, at Monroe Street, it is the oldest Roman Catholic parish church in metropolitan Phoenix and is significant for several reasons, which is why so many locals and tourists visit the Mission Revival-Spanish Colonial Revival structure with four domes, of all denominations. It is home to Arizona's largest stained glass windows collection and a 26 rank pipe organ built by the Schantz Organ Company. In 1987, Pope John Paul II visited St. Mary's and addressed crowds of thousands from the balcony on the facade, two years after elevating the church to the rank of a minor basilica, the only one in Arizona. The principal symbols of its status as a basilica, the Tintinnabulum (large bell on a column) and the Ombrellone (large gold and red umbrella), are displayed prominently in the sanctuary. And the Stations of the Cross, while not painted, are cast in high relief and highly visible. The center of worship for the Diocese of Phoenix, St. Mary's is known for maintaining a traditional form of liturgy featuring the pipe organ, choir, men's schola and a wide range of music from traditional Gregorian chant to Renaissance polyphony and contemporary composers in its services. The church has been staffed by the Franciscan priests since 1895, four years after the church was founded and the congregation met in an adobe structure that later was replaced by the current edifice.
Written November 9, 2019
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Alex S
Colorado Springs, CO25 contributions
St Mary’s Basilica
Oct 2019 • Couples
A beautiful church with Franciscan Friars as Priests
Welcoming congregation
Built in the Italian Style with beautiful stained glass windows
Written October 28, 2019
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey13,706 contributions
Noteworthy Spanish Colonial Revival Basilica.
Sep 2019
We visited this beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival church twice during our conference in Phoenix including once for the Sunday mass. St. Mary's Basilica or as it is called The Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the oldest parish in Phoenix and it is run by Franciscan Friars. Current 1914 building is known for its architectural beauty and style and it is part of the Phoenix Points of Pride trail.
If given a chance it is worthwhile to enter this church as it houses Arizona's largest stained glass windows collection. They are remarkable.
During the mass we were also able to admire its 26 rank pipe organ. Beautiful baptisterium in the middle of the church also draws attention.
When you enter the back of the church see the marked spot on your right facing the altar where in 1987 Pope Saint John Paul II knelt and prayed. He elevated St. Mary's church to the rank of a minor basilica.
Make also note of the Stations of the Cross which are not painted but cast in high relief.
Written September 27, 2019
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nativeNO
Mountain City, TN44 contributions
Lovely church
Jul 2019 • Friends
Was only able to make a swift visit as it was near closing. Wish there was more time to explore this lovely church.. The grounds outside-a park- are shady and have artwork.
Written July 11, 2019
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