200th Anniversary

1821 - 2021

Relive 200th Anniversary of the dedication of the Basilica of the Assumption by watching the events below.

May 15, 2022




Robert Cardinal Sarah celebrated our 10:45AM Mass and gave a talk entitled God or Nothing. Click here to view the events below.



Mass with Cardinal Sarah
Talk with Cardinal Sarah

Cardinal Sarah’s Biography

His Eminence, Robert Cardinal Sarah was consecrated bishop on 8 December 1979 by Cardinal Giovanni Benelli. He served as the Diocese of Conakry’s bishop for more than twenty years and during that tenure filled terms as president of the Guinean bishops’ conference and of the Episcopal Conference of West Africa.

On 20 November 2010, Pope Benedict XVI made him Cardinal-Deacon of San Giovanni Bosco in Via Tuscolana. Most recently, Cardinal Sarah served as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacrament, after being appointed by Pope Francis on November 23, 2014.

Cardinal Sarah was born in Ourous, a rural village in then French Guinea, on 15 June 1945, the son of converts to Christianity from animism.  In 1957, at age 12, he entered Saint Augustine Minor Seminary in Bingerville, Ivory Coast, eventually earning his baccalaureate in 1964. From 1969 to 1974 he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he obtained a licentiate in theology, except for the year 1971 which he spent at the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum of Jerusalem, where he obtained a licentiate in Sacred Scriptures

May 31, 2021

Anniversary Mass & Dedication of new Perpetual Adoration Chapel

August 14, 2021

Solemn Vespers


Archbishop Lori celebrated Solemn Vespers to commemorate the Solemnity of the Assumption. And after Vespers, Timothy Cardinal Dolan gave a talk on the rich history of our Basilica.

To watch this historic event, see below.



Cardinal Dolan’s Biography

His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan was named Archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI on February 23, 2009. He was installed as Archbishop of New York on April 15, 2009.

Born February 6, 1950, Cardinal Dolan was the first of five children born to Shirley Radcliffe Dolan and the late Robert Dolan. In 1964, he began his high school seminary education at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South in Shrewsbury, Mo. His seminary foundation continued at Cardinal Glennon College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. He then completed his priestly formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome where he earned a License in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas. Cardinal Dolan was ordained to the priesthood on June 19, 1976.

On January 6, 2012, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI announced that Timothy Dolan was to be appointed to the College of Cardinals.

Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Dolan participated in the Conclave that elected Pope Francis in March, 2013.

August 15, 2021

Solemnity of the Assumption Mass



Archbishop Lori celebrated our 10:45AM Mass with Bishop Robert Barron as the homilist.

To watch this historic event see below.


Bishop Barron’s Biography

The Most Reverend Robert E. Barron is the Episcopal Vicar of the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region, one of the five Pastoral Regions in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was appointed Titular Bishop of Macriana of Mauritania and Auxiliary Bishop in 2015.

Bishop Barron received a M.A. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America in 1982 and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris in 1992.

Shortly after his ordination, he served as associate pastor at St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Park Ridge, IL. Later on he was appointed to the theological faculty of Mundelein Seminary, and has served as a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, as well as scholar in residence at the North American Pontifical College at the Vatican.

Bishop Barron is the founder of Word on Fire, a global media ministry which has been spreading the message of the New Evangelization since the year 2000.

He served as the Rector/President of Mundelein Seminary University of St. Mary of the Lake, in Illinois.