Church Madness: Midwest Regional

The first region of our inaugural Church Madness competition. You decide the best in the midwest!


Church Madness 2016

IntroductionMidwest Bracket (March 17) • East Bracket (March 18) • South Bracket (March 19) • West Bracket (March 20)


First, some basic rules: pictures included below are simply the first nice-looking, copyright-usable picture I found online. Often there were no images available for public use, so I have linked to the Google Images results page. Voting for all regions will end one week after they are posted. Comments or suggestions from the peanut gallery are welcome in the comment box below. Please share with your friends and social networks!

Without further ado:

Art and Liturgy - Church Madness 2016 Midwest Bracket


 

MIDWEST REGIONAL
SACRED SIXTY-FOUR

« Cast your votes here »

Matchup I

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Paul (Minn.)

Art and Liturgy - St Paul Cathedral - Minneapolis Minnesota
By Lisa from Plover, WI, USA – Cathedral, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2069346

St. Cecilia Church (St. Louis) — no representative image could be found. See Google Images here.

Matchup II

St. John Cantius Church (Chicago)

Art and Liturgy - St John Cantius - Chicago Illinois
By Sjcantius – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38557540

St. Cecilia Cathedral (Omaha) — no representative image could be found. See Google Images here.

Matchup III

St. Joseph Cathedral (Sioux Falls)nominated by Alexandra

Art and Liturgy - Cathedral of St Joseph - Sioux Falls South Dakota
By Forestwalton – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38188843

St. James (Lakewood, Ohio) — no representative image could be found. See Google Images here.

Matchup IV

Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary (Toledo) — see recent post here.

St. Thomas Aquinas (Newman Center at U. of Nebr., Lincoln)nominated by Jill — no representative image could be found. See Google Images here.

Matchup V

Church of the Gesu (Milwaukee) — nominated by Kate — no representative image could be found. See Google Images here.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Notre Dame, Ind.)nominated by MaryArt and Liturgy - Basilica of the Sacred Heart - Notre Dame Indiana

Matchup VI

Basilica of St. John (Des Moines) — no representative image could be found. See Google Images here.

National Shrine of the Little Flower (Royal Oak, Mich.)

 

1200px-National_Shrine_of_the_Little_Flower_(Royal_Oak,_MI)_-_nave,_view_from_balcony
By Nheyob – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28162055

Matchup VII

St. Josaphat Basilica (Milwaukee) — no representative image could be found. See Google Images here.

St. Peter’s in the Loop (Chicago)

Art and Liturgy - St Peter in the Loop - Chicago Illinois
Used under Creative Commons license. Photo by flickr user “Chicago Architecture Today” – https://flic.kr/p/cukKTy

Matchup VIII

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (Mo.)Art and Liturgy - Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis - Missouri

Holy Family Shrine (Gretna, Nebr.) — see recent post here.

« Cast your votes here »


N.B.: A full region of the bracket could have been reserved for Chicago churches alone. Many contenders were unable to be included this year to allow other regions to compete. Honorable mentions go to St. Mary of the Angels, St. Stanislaus Kostka, Holy Name Cathedral, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Hyacinth, St. Alphonsus, St. Hedwig, and many other breathtaking examples of sacred architecture in Chicagoland. To learn more about these churches, I direct you to Denis McNamara’s Heavenly City: The Architectural Tradition of Catholic Chicago.

 

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3 comments

  1. This is a wonderful and fun way to share the beauty of our churches and, most importantly, of our Catholic faith!

    David Kuhlman, President
    JNKA Architects, Park Ridge, IL
    Architecture firm devoted to serving churches and other faith-based clients

    • Hi Vicky, if you go to our homepage – artandliturgy.com – you can find all the links to the full tournament. As you’ll see, St. John Cantius in Chicago was the winner of the Midwest region. As I write this, the Ferial Four is ongoing. Thanks!

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