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  • An update from your Pastor

    Please click here to read a short update from Fr. Lawrence.

  • Need hope during this trying time?

    The Archdiocese is offerings different avenues to connect with Our Lord and one another during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here to read the short letter.

  • Pope Francis' Urbi et Orbi message

    Click here to read the Holy Father's reflection from the Urbi et Orbi blessings on March 27th.

  • A word from your Pastor

    Back in 1973 I received my first paycheck and purchased this statue of Our Lady for my mother. For many years it held a prominent place in our living room. As my mom aged and her health began to fail, she would often pray the rosary in front of it. When she passed away in 2009 and my family asked if there was anything of mom's I wanted, without hesitation I asked for this statue. It has been in my room ever since and I, too, often find myself praying the rosary in front of it. Ever since the COVID19 pandemic started, I have kept a vigil light burning in front of it, praying the rosary daily for all of the parishioners of the Basilica, for the medical personnel who are putting their lives at risk taking care of the sick, for our president and his advisors, as well as for a timely end to this pandemic. Though you are not able to attend Mass or receive our precious Lord in Holy Communion, please join me and countless others in praying the rosary daily, either alone or better yet, with your family. "Mary, comfort of the afflicted and help of Christians, pray for us!"
    - Fr. Lawrence

  • All Holy Week and Easter liturgies have been cancelled in the Archdiocese.

    Please click here to read more on the cancellations.

  • Wednesday Adoration, Confessions are CANCELLED

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Basilica is suspending all activty. This includes confessions, adoration, and all other parish events.

  • Pope Francis' Prayer to Mary during the COVID-19 pandemic

    O Mary,
    you always shine on our path
    as a sign of salvation and of hope.
    We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
    who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
    You, Salvation of the Roman People,
    know what we need,
    and we are sure you will provide
    so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
    we may return to joy and to feasting
    after this time of trial.
    Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
    to conform to the will of the Father
    and to do as we are told by Jesus,
    who has taken upon himself our sufferings
    and carried our sorrows
    to lead us, through the cross,
    to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

    Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

  • Welcome to the Basilica

    The Basilica of St. Josaphat is a ministry of the Conventual Franciscans on the South Side of Milwaukee in Historic Lincoln Village.

    The Basilica is a Franciscan center for prayer and spirituality, inspiration and beauty. It is home to a vibrant Roman Catholic parish and remains a testament to the faith of the Polish immigrants that created it.

    We invite you to join us for a visit, a tour, for worship or in prayer. Learn about our heritage and check out our offerings. Welcome to the Basilica Online!