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Cornerstone for the Future: 90th Anniversary of the Basilica's Cornerstone

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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower

1715 North Zarzamora Street

San Antonio, TX 78201

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Join us for a Solemn Mass and gala dinner to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the blessing of the Shrine's foundational cornerstone.

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The Discalced Carmelite Friars of San Antonio invite you to join them at this celebration of the Basilica's past, and preview of its future. Following a reception at Little Flower School, the program and dinner will begin at 7 p.m.

Cecilia Abbott, First Lady of Texas, will be the keynote speaker. Randy Beamer of News 4 will serve as our emcee. Fuerza Flamenca dancers will perform the finale of the evening.

The ceremonial blessing of the foundation stone, a symbol of Christ, was held on Oct. 15, 1929. Join us to celebrate this event as we look to the future of the Basilica and its restoration.

The blessing of the foundational cornerstone, symbolizing Christ, of the Basilica on Oct. 15, 1929, with Archbishop of San Antonio Arthur Drossaerts and the Discalced Carmelite friars of the Province of St. Therese, which today still administers the Basilica.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower is dedicated to serving the community as a sacred space and place of spiritual pilgrimage and apostolic activity, where persons of all faiths can renew their commitment to God and grow in their journey of faith. The church provides a variety of religious services for the entire Archdiocese of San Antonio, with countless visitors from around the city and tourists to the city as well as 950 registered parishioner families. Dedicated in 1931, the Shrine is on the National Register of Historic Places and was elevated to the status of Basilica in the Catholic Church by Pope John Paul II in 1998.

The Basilica is one of only 86 in the United States and one of only four in the state of Texas bearing the papal designation of Basilica, the highest permanent designation for a church. Known as centers of spiritual and apostolic activity for the Catholic faithful, basilicas are traditionally required to hold historical, architectural and artistic value and significance as an active center of pastoral liturgy.

Dedicated to St. Therese of Lisieux, known as "The Little Flower," the Basilica was built during the Great Depression (1929-31) by Spanish Discalced Carmelite friars to promote devotion to St. Therese following her 1925 canonization.

Today the Discalced Carmelite friars of San Antonio continue are a community of five friars; they are one of five communities within the San Antonio-based Province of St. Therese, a group of 15 Friars. The friars promote the spirituality of St. Therese and other Carmelite saints through their work at the Basilica. Today, the Shrine stands as a monument to the great faith of devotees of St. Therese. The Basilica is a treasury of art, master craftsmanship, and relics. The Shrine's numerous stained glass windows, installed beginning in the 1930s, tell the stories of the lives of Carmelite saints. The Basilica is home to three first-class relics of The Little Flower and a first-class relics of the saint's parents, St. Louis and St. Zelie Martin.

The Little Flower Parish Conference of St. Vincent de Paul Society serves an average of 70 families in the community per month by providing assistance with utilities, rental, prescription payments and food.

The Basilica is also a premium music performance venue and was an official Tricentennial venue in 2018. As such it has many opportunities to serve the community and support local arts and culture. Numerous special events are held annually at the Basilica that are presented free and open to the community, including traditional Mexican music and dance programs, children's day and King's Day programs. The Basilica also collaborates with local nonprofit groups for performances of classical and sacred music.

A Westside institution for 90 years, the Basilica exemplifies the neighborhood’s unique heritage and identity as a center of Hispanic culture. The church’s iconic golden domes are a reminder of the Westside’s legacy that makes it a vital part of San Antonio’s past and present. A preserved and eventually restored Basilica will also lay the cornerstone to the cultural renewal and preservation efforts in course on behalf of the historic Westside.

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