Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Youngstown named Minor Basilica
Monday, 14 July 2014 13:50

NEWS RELEASE, JULY 14, 2014

Bishop George Murry announced to the Faithful during the Celebration of the Feastday Mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Youngstown, that Pope Francis has granted to their church the title of Minor Basilica. The decree from the Holy See, received June 17, 2014, said in part, “Such honorific title is intended to strengthen the relation of this important church with the Chair of Peter and to make it an ideal center of special liturgical and pastoral ministry in the Diocese.”        

            While the Cathedral Church of St. Columba holds first place and the greatest dignity in the diocese, the Holy Father may elect to honor another church with the title of Minor Basilica, signifying their particular link with the Roman Church and the Supreme Pontiff.

            Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church was placed on the National Registry of Historic Buildings in 1976. The church building was completed in 1913. Its membership is 1100 households. The Basilica Church is part of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Anthony of Padua Parish. In the Diocese of Youngstown, St. John the Baptist in Canton is also a Minor Basilica.

            A solemn celebration will be announced once plans and date are established.

Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio, Pastor, is most grateful for the honor bestowed by the Holy Father on Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.