St. Anthony's on Mitchell Street which is not only a beautiful church but it also wins my vote for the most beautiful Mass. Every Sunday at 10 AM you will find the pews filled with large families, eight altar servers assisting the priest, a glorious choir, outstanding homilies, incense wafting through the air, everyone receiving communion on the tongue while kneeling at the altar rail, and a closing which includes the sung Salve Regina followed by the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. It is perfection! Check out the panoramic view here for a really great view of the church.
|St. Anthony Church from the parish website|
|St. Anthony exterior photo credit: Flickr|
St. Joseph's Chapel inside the Motherhouse of the School Sisters of St. Francis This is perhaps the best kept secret in Milwaukee! The chapel is tucked inside a large brick convent/office building/nursing home. Take some time to visit the many reliquaries stationed around the chapel. An even better secret is the fabulously gorgeous adoration chapel in the back of the altar. If you arrive for adoration at noon, you can observe the revolving door of the tabernacle open to reveal the monstrance for adoration. Fabulous! It is my all-time favorite place to adore the Lord.
|St. Joseph Chapel photo credit: Badger Catholic|
Old St. Mary in downtown Milwaukee. This lovely old church is only a few blocks away from the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Fairly large crowds attend the daily 7 AM and 12 noon Masses. It's one of my favorite places for daily Mass and for praying the Stations of the Cross.
|Photo Credit: Flickr|
|Old St. Mary Photo Credit: Wikipedia|
The Basilica of St. Josephat I will never get over the awe I feel when I think about the poor Polish immigrants who sacrificed and saved to build this most holy church. Praying here always makes me feel small, as if I truly am surrounded by the grandeur of God and all of His heavenly angels and saints. Maybe that's because of the fabulous dome! The Basilica is managed by the Conventual Franciscans and on Tuesday mornings after the 7 AM Mass they always pray a novena to St. Anthony and everyone is invited to come up and personally venerate his relic.
|Interior of the Basilica of St. Josephat-image: Tripadvisor|
|Photo Credit: Wikipedia|
The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill It's a bit of a drive from my house out to Holy Hill, but it is always worth the drive. Not only is the church magnificent, but the Carmelites who manage the shrine always give amazing homilies. The outdoor stations of the cross are a treat to pray on days when the weather is warm.
|Photo Credit: Holy Hill website|
|Photo credit: Holy Hill Properties|
|Photo credit: Badger Catholic|
|Photo Credit: Milwaukee Polonia Project|
|Gesu interior photo credit: Pixels to Prove It|
|Gesu Church photo credit: Wikipedia|
Which ones did I miss? What are your favorite churches in Milwaukee and elsewhere? The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is offering a free Steeplechase Pilgrimage on February 9th which includes a tour of some of the above churches. Visit this link for more information.