The atmosphere is
electric ecclesiastical here in St. Peter’s Arena as we’re down to the final eight churches!
Church Madness 2016
Introduction • Midwest Bracket (March 17) • East Bracket (March 18) • South Bracket (March 19) • West Bracket (March 20) · Sacred 64 Results (March 28) · Theological 32 (March 29) · Stunning 16 (April 4) • Ecclesiastical 8 (April 8) • Ferial 4 (April 11) · National Churchpionship (April 14) • “One Shining Moment” (April 17)
There were over 5,000 votes cast in the last round alone! Thank you to all our participants and commenters.
Amid all the excitement, I published a short post you might like about why we Catholics are so fussy about liturgical colors. I also have a couple more posts in the works, including an “Art History for Normal People” feature on ancient Rome and an international edition of the Spotlight series. If any of that sounds interesting to you, then I hope you’ll stick around.
Back to Church Madness: On the the suggestion of my friend Rob, the final four churches will get an auto-bid into next year’s tournament. Thanks, Rob.
Who will earn these automatic entries? You can decide now: the latest bracket and polls are open below. Voting will remain open through Sunday evening, April 10, and the winners will be announced on Monday morning, April 11. Vote early, vote often (that’s for you Chicagoans) and may the best church* win!
* They’re all great
— Voting is now closed. Results and the next round will be posted tomorrow morning, April 11. —
St. John Cantius (Chicago, Ill.) — 360° panorama ⚠︎ NOTE: Sound autoplays! But it’s Allegri’s Miserere mei, which is nice ⚠︎
Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (Mo.) — 360° panorama via Google Maps
Cathedral of St. Patrick (New York City) — 360° panorama via Google Maps
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception – Upper church (D.C.) — virtual tour on Shrine website
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (Savannah, Ga.) — photo gallery
Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery (Hanceville, Ala.) — photo gallery
Mission Basilica of San Juan Capistrano (Cal.) — search results on Flickr
Cathedral of the Madeleine (Salt Lake City, Ut.) — 360° panorama