The Basilica of St. Josaphat has been chosen to participate in a national grant-making program. We received a Planning Grant which funded the above “Call for Support” video. They will also provide in-kind professional services leading to the opportunity to access up to $250,000 in capital grants.
The award comes as part of an unprecedented $14 million National Fund for Sacred Places announced by Partners for Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to assist aging churches in need of repair and restoration. Partners for Sacred Places is the only national, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to the sound stewardship and active community use of America’s older religious properties. The Fund will provide up to $250,000 in capital grants, in addition to planning grants and an array of services, for at least 50 individual congregations from a diversity of faiths.
The Basilica was selected for its lasting architectural significance. It is a stately example of the design work of Erhard Brielmaier who designed dozens of churches. “We are delighted to be supporting such a significant landmark for the city of Milwaukee. The Basilica continues to serve its community with impact and meaning. We believe this project of national importance for the stewardship of America’s sacred places,” says Chad Martin, Director of the National Fund.
The National Fund for Sacred Places is a collaboration that builds on Partners for Sacred Places’ decades of work helping churches use best stewardship practices with their historic facilities in order to strengthen, serve, and celebrate their communities for the common good.
The Fund was launched with two grants totaling nearly $14 million from the Indiana-based Lilly Endowment Inc.
Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular musicians of his generation. His concert music has been performed throughout the world by millions of amateur and professional musicians, while his Virtual Choirs have united singers from over 110 different countries.
Eric Whitacre and the Eric Whitacre Singers will be coming to Milwaukee to perform at the Basilica of St. Josaphat as part of their 2017 US tour. The concert will be on March 7, 2017 at 7:00pm.
This fundraising event supports our “Renewing a Destination of Inspiration” Campaign. All proceeds will be designated to the restoration projects as outlined here.
Please click here for more information on the Eric Whitacre Singers.
Please click here for additional information about this tour.
“The average historic sacred place in an urban environment generates over $1.7 million in economic impact.”
-Partners for Sacred Places
The Basilica has undergone an Economic “Halo Effect” study to support the “Renewing a Destination of Inspiration” Campaign. The study is an in-depth analysis on the annual economic impact the Basilica has on the Milwaukee community.
The size and complexity of the economic impact of sacred places provides powerful new evidence that America’s sacred places have enormous community value that is increasingly at risk when these buildings decline and close.
“Congregations employ, on average, 5 full-time and 6 part-time staff, and purchase goods and services from a network of local small businesses and individual vendors, sustaining an important community economic ecosystem,” based on a study conducted by Partners for Sacred Places of 90 congregations in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Fort Worth.
Sacred places, such as the Basilica, are also a magnet for visitors, attracting 780 visits on average each week into its neighborhood or locale.
You can find further in depth information on the Campaign here.
For more information about Partners for Sacred Places click here.
Have you noticed the new images of the Basilica of St. Josaphat popping up on your daily commute?
Perhaps you have seen the new directional signs on the off ramps and streets surrounding the Basilica?
The mission of the Foundation is to preserve and restore the Basilica of St. Josaphat. However, that’s a little hard to do if people don’t know you exist or even how to get to the building!
Raising awareness of the Foundation, and what we do for the Basilica, has become a key component to working within our mission and completing projects.
We decided to promote the Foundation on freeway billboards to make the community aware of the Foundation. We also wanted to get the Basilica out in front of people who would otherwise drive by unaware. Get them curious about us and the building.
The directional signs on the off ramps and surrounding streets was a project that began a few years ago with a simple inquiry to the Department of Transportation. Many of the Basilica’s visitors come from out of town and are unfamiliar with the area. It could be difficult to navigate your way to the Basilica without any directional signs for help.
We learned that our own bill needed to be created in order for freeway directional signs to be put up. In July our bill became law, now it will be much easier to find your way to the Basilica!
The freeway directional signs have now been installed. There has been wonderful news coverage about the signs and the Foundations efforts!
Every year, tens of thousands of people from every walk of life come from all over the world to visit the Basilica. It is currently ranked as a top visitor attraction on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. This ranking is based on reviews of real travelers to the Basilica. Read their jubilant reviews here:
The Basilica Visitors Center, located in the John Paul II Pavilion on the west side of the Basilica, is open daily. Public and private schools visit on a nearly weekly basis to focus on subjects like history, art, immigration, theology and architecture. Visit the Basilica today!