This Place Matters


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.  The grant from Partners for Sacred Places 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 architectural style 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,” said 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.

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