2017 Excursions

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Off-Site Excursions
Friday January 20
2:45 – 6:00 pm


  1. Tours of Cathedral and Basilica, led by Father Allen Kuss. The Basilica of Saint Mary in downtown Minneapolis is the first church in the United States to be designated a Basilica. The church is an outstanding example of French architecture and is the Co-Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.  The interior of the church boasts 675 angels! These angels appear in virtually every artistic medium: glass, marble, steel, bronze, plaster and wood. The exterior of the building is almost one football field long and its dome is 5/6 of a football field to the top. The Basilica was designed in 1906 by Emmanuel Masqueray, also chief architect for the 1904 Saint Louis World’s Fair and the Cathedral of Saint Paul. The interior was completed in the late 1920’s by the Boston firm of McGinnis and Walsh.  Besides being an architecturally and historically significant site, the Basilica of Saint Mary enjoys a thriving congregation of over 6,000 households.
    The Cathedral of Saint Paul is one of the most distinctive cathedrals in the United States and one of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture. Instigated by Archbishop John Ireland in 1904, construction began in 1906. Its architectural grandeur and prominent site make it an integral part of the landscape of the capital city of Minnesota – whose name derives from the title of this great building. The Cathedral is listed as a landmark on the National Register of Historic Buildings. On March 25, 2009, the Cathedral of Saint Paul was designated as the National Shrine of the Apostle Paul by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Vatican. It is a treasure for all Americans and one that we can proudly compare to the great cathedrals of Europe.
    cost:  $20
  2. Earthkeeping Ministry. Rev. Chris Kliesen Wehrman, Pastor of Prospect Park United Methodist Church will lead a tour of Earthkeeping ministries in the Twin Cities area.
    cost: $20
  3. CPE in Social Justice Ministries. The Rev Dr Sue Allers Hatlie has developed CPE in close to 100 different settings from prisons, to shelters for people who find themselves homeless, to ReEntry Centers for men coming back into the community after serving long prison sentences.  She has developed CPE  in Refugee Services working with new residents to the US and in low income Long Term Care and hospice. She has developed CPE at Wet Houses and Dry Houses,  in Addiction Treatment Centers and Recovery Churches.
    cost: $20
  4. St. Joseph Workers’ Reflection on and tour of Ministry Sites, led by Charlotte Berres.  St. Joseph Workers spend a year living in intentional community, exploring spirituality and digging into social justice issues at work placement sites across the Twin Cities– all while building their skills as leaders for positive change in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (the program’s sponsors). Join the St. Joseph Workers as they introduce you to some of their work sites, which address a variety of social issues including immigration, homelessness and poverty alleviation. Possible site visits include:
  • The Lift Garage: Providing low cost, high quality car repair for people living in poverty.
  • Sarah’s…An Oasis for Women: A home for women from around the world seeking safety, stability and new beginnings.
  • Learning in Style: English and citizenship classes for new Americans and high-quality care for their children.
  • Catholic Charities Opportunity Center: Connecting people experiencing homelessness, poverty or crisis with resources including medical and mental health care, employment counseling and job skills training.
  • cost: $20
  1. Ride the Green Line that connects St Paul and Minneapolis.  Led by Kathryn Ostlie. We’ll explore the neighborhoods along the way and learn about the ministries and faith communities that surround this light rail transportation corridor. There’s an amazing diversity of people and faith communities that define the changing landscape of the Twin Cities.  The Green Line bisects the Capitol City, offers access to unique culture and cuisine along University Avenue, draws on the energy of the University of Minnesota campus, and the bustle of downtown Minneapolis.  Power, people, poverty and promise will be themes as we experience what happens on the other side of the tracks.
    cost: train fare