The first region of our inaugural Church Madness competition. You decide the best in the midwest!
Church Madness 2016
Introduction • Midwest 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:
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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Paul (Minn.)
St. Cecilia Church (St. Louis) — no representative image could be found. See Google Images here.
St. John Cantius Church (Chicago)
St. Cecilia Cathedral (Omaha) — no representative image could be found. See Google Images here.
St. Joseph Cathedral (Sioux Falls) — nominated by Alexandra
St. James (Lakewood, Ohio) — no representative image could be found. See Google Images here.
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.
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 Mary
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.)
St. Josaphat Basilica (Milwaukee) — no representative image could be found. See Google Images here.
St. Peter’s in the Loop (Chicago)
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (Mo.)
Holy Family Shrine (Gretna, Nebr.) — see recent post here.
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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.