St. Mary's Basilica
St. Mary's Basilica
4.5
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9:00 AM - 4:00 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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David G
2 contributions
Apr 2023
Just a wonderful experience, from the grounds to the Basilica structure and finally to the beautiful Mass celebrated on Sunday. The choir was incredible. We felt like we were in Vienna. Very moving. The service was flawless and most reverent. Highly recommend a stop here for the faithful.
Written 17 April 2023
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tscheblo
Indianapolis, IN201 contributions
Mar 2023 • Friends
Enjoy seeing the colorful glass and pretty sanctuary. Fountain and restful area around the building. Directly across the street from the convention center.
Written 29 March 2023
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ItchyFeet
Camarillo, CA7,749 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Very large church and grounds next door. We like architecture and this is very beautiful church inside and out. Looks to be the main Catholic Church in Phoenix area. If your Catholic you’ll definitely want to check this out. Definitely worth a stop and close to everything downtown.
Written 12 November 2022
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Marian M
Arlington, MA2 contributions
Sept 2022 • Solo
Beautiful church. Attended mass- music, choir very good. Welcoming community. Grounds and park next to basilica nice respite & shaded.
Written 21 September 2022
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Claudette C
Washington1,801 contributions
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 16 May 2021
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Lee W
Lenexa, KS9 contributions
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 5 March 2020
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Dona B
Taylor Mill, KY36 contributions
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 12 February 2020
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903kristaln
20 contributions
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 19 January 2020
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Gene P
San Fernando, Philippines648 contributions
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 19 November 2019
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Renee D
New Port Richey, FL95 contributions
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 11 November 2019
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