St. Mary's Basilica is located in Phoenix, Arizona and was founded in 1881 as The Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The church building was completed in 1914, dedicated in 1915 and as the oldest Roman Catholic parish in the Phoenix, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Mass is celebrated each day of the week at the basilica and also hosts many other community events each week.
The church features the largest stained glass window collection in Arizona and has a Spanish Mission structure that support four domes that span the length of the Basilica. The church was elevated to a basilica after Pope John Paul II visited the church in 1987.
The church has a Ministry of Care, where trained lay ministers are able to visit members of the church who are unable to attend a service at the church. The church also hosts the Morning Meal Program where dedicated volunteers provide a morning meal to those in need.
Visitors are able to take a tour of Via Assisi Gift Shop and walk along the cobblestone streets of Assisi. The shop stocks many religious gifts to deepen faith or spirituality or express faith in the home. There are many modern and traditional versions of the Cross available for purchase along with many unique candles.
St. Mary's Basilica believes in the power of the Sacred Liturgy that challenges all too faithfully live out Gospel values of peach and justice. They are committed to educate and form a community that joyfully celebrates an oneness in Christ.