Church Madness 2017: Theological 32

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CHURCH MADNESS 2017

Full BracketEast Regional (3/13)South Regional (3/14)Midwest Regional (3/15)West Regional (3/16)Theological 32 (3/19) • Stunning 16 (3/22) • Ecclesiastical 8 (3/26) • Faithful 4 (3/30) • National Churchpionship (4/3)

 

S64 Results

 

 

EAST: In the East region, the biggest blowout went to Newark’s Cathedral, annihilating Sts. Cyril and Methodius Basilica 87% to 13%.

St. Mary in Norwalk, CT, prevailed in the East’s closest contest. They survived the contest with Providence’s Blessed Sacrament by a mere 11 votes!

SOUTH: The matchup I predicted to be closest in the South region wasn’t close at all, as Charlotte’s St. Ann Church demolished St. Peter’s of Lindsay, TX, 77% to 23%. In truth, these two churches were probably my favorite in the whole tournament, and I feel sort of bad about placing them together in the first round.

I was surprised to see the St. Basil Chapel at Houston’s University of St. Thomas prevail over St. Jude in Tequesta. I tend to think I know the readership pretty well, so I figured that the collegiate competitor would prove too modernist for this blog. I was wrong.

MIDWEST: St. Patrick’s of Imogene, IA, received more than twice as many votes than residents of the town.

WEST: St. Paul’s in Nampa, ID, has so far taken the competition the most seriously of anyone, and it paid off with their resounding 91% to 9% victory. I also tend to think their church is the one that looks most plain from the thumbnails, so be sure to view the full size pictures.

I was bummed to see St. John Chrysostom in Inglewood, CA, go out early, as I think their recent renovation is one of the best I’ve ever seen. I’m planning to do a Spotlight post after Church Madness ends. That renovation is still ongoing, by the way, and needs your help.

With that, let’s move on to the Theological 32!

 

CM 2017 Bracket 32 THUMB
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Theological 32

 

Click photos for larger views. All polls open through March 21.

 

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MATCHUP I
Battle of Mid-Atlantic Giants

Baltimore Basilica
Baltimore, Maryland

vs.

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Newark, New Jersey

 

 


 

MATCHUP II

Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian
Washington, D.C.

vs.

St. Mary Church
Norwalk, Connecticut

 

 


MATCHUP III

National Shrine Crypt
Washington, D.C.

vs.

Blessed Trinity Church
Buffalo, New York

 

 


MATCHUP IV

Holy Trinity Church
Gainesville, Virginia

vs.

Cathedral of Mary our Queen
Baltimore, Maryland

 

 


 

South

MATCHUP V

St. Anthony Cathedral
Beaumont, Texas

vs.

St. Patrick Church
New Orleans, Louisiana

 

 


MATCHUP VI
Rumble of the Recently Renovated

St. Teresa of Avila Church
Grovetown, Georgia

vs.

St. Ann Church
Charlotte, North Carolina

 

 


MATCHUP VII

Cathedral of Christ the King
Atlanta, Georgia

• Few good photos available for public use. Click here to see an album on The Catholic Photographer’s awesome site. •

vs.

Chapel of St. Basil at the University of St. Thomas
Houston, Texas

• Few good photos available for public use. Click here to see a really great album on Flickr. •

 


MATCHUP VIII

St. James Church
Louisville, Kentucky

vs.

St. Theresa Church
Sugarland, Texas

 

 


 

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MATCHUP IX
Marian Melee

Basilica of St. Mary
Minneapolis, Minnesota

vs.

St. Mary’s Church
David City, Nebraska

 

 


MATCHUP X

Chapel of St. Joseph at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
St. Louis, Missouri

vs.

St. John the Evangelist Church
Indianapolis, Indiana

 

 


MATCHUP XI
Christ the King Clash

St. Stanislaus Oratory
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

vs.

St. Francis de Sales Oratory
St. Louis, Missouri

 

 


MATCHUP XII
Rust Belt Rivalry

Sweetest Heart of Mary Church
Detroit, Michigan

vs.

St. Bernard Church
Akron, Ohio

 

 


 

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MATCHUP XIII
Duel in the Desert

St. Augustine Cathedral
Tucson, Arizona

vs.

Mater Misericordiae Mission
Phoenix, Arizona

• Few good photos available for public use. View photos on Google Images. •

 

 


MATCHUP XIV

St. Helena Cathedral
Helena, Montana

vs.

Sts. Peter and Paul Church
San Francisco, California

 

 


MATCHUP XV

St. Paul Church
Nampa, Idaho

vs.

Caruso Catholic Center/Our Savior Parish at USC
Los Angeles, California

 

 


MATCHUP XVI

St. Timothy Church
Los Angeles, California

• Few good photos available for public use. See photos here. •

vs.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis Assisi
Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

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