Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Pope grants Holy Hill minor basilica status

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The historic national shrine at Holy Hill in Erin, in southeastern Wisconsin has been granted minor basilica status, making it one of 60 such sites in the United States. Its new name will now be The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, at Holy Hill, said Father Cyril Guise, director of the Holy Hill shrine.

A formal rededication will take place later this year, possibly in October on the feast day of St. Teresa of Avila, founder of the Discalced Carmelites, he said. [snip] Winona DailyNews

Nearby minor basilicas are located in Milwaukee (St Josephat's); Minneapolis (St Mary, the Immaculate Conception); Dyersville, IA, (St Francis Xavier); Des Moines, (St John the Apostle); Chicago (Our Lady of Sorrows, Queen of All Saints, and St Hyacinth); and Jamestown, ND (St James).

This designation is a nice bit of compensation for the shrine as just over a month ago, on 6/6/06, satanist vandals desecrated the site with their hellacious slogans and symbols.
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