Leadership Change

After years at the helm, President and CEO Susan Rabe left the St. Josaphat Basilica Foundation to pursue other opportunities. The Foundation board is currently engaged in internal planning, will be seeking replacement leadership soon and expects to make a further announcement about Foundation staff in May.

Under Susan’s leadership, the Foundation increased the visibility of the Basilica and helped raise its profile throughout the Milwaukee community and the entire country. Susan also spearheaded the Foundation’s current capital campaign and helped raise $1.3 million toward the phase one goal of $2.5 million. During her tenure, the Foundation successfully completed its Lighting the Way Campaign, which allowed the Foundation to add significant new lighting to the interior and exterior front of the Basilica building. Central air conditioning was installed in the main church and many other maintenance and capital projects were also undertaken with Susan’s guidance. The Foundation and the Parish are both very grateful for Susan’s service over the years and wish her happiness, good health and success in the coming chapters of her life.

Please contact Foundation board member, Claude Krawczyk, if you have any questions during this transition. Thank you.


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Raised to Date: $1,320,537

Help us reach our Phase 1 goal of $2,500,000

Our Mission: the preservation, restoration and enhancement of the Basilica of St. Josaphat as an historical landmark, center of spirituality, and community asset for Milwaukee, Wisconsin and our nation.

The Basilica of St. Josaphat, located in the historic Lincoln Village of Milwaukee, is a Franciscan parish which has a captivating story of faith, historical significance and unmatched beauty.

Built by Polish Immigrants and using salvaged materials from the U.S. Post Office and Custom House federal building from Chicago, it is often referred to as “an ignored wonder of the world”.

Since 1991, The St. Josaphat Basilica Foundation and its Board of Directors have provided the guidance, funding, and leadership for all preservation, restoration or enhancement work for the Basilica.

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