Celebrating the Basilica

Celebrating the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul: A final offering

Julie-Ann Baumer inside Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul in Lewiston. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)Celebrating the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Last Sunday, Oct. 22, was a beautiful autumn day. The temperatures were comfortable, the sun pleasantly warm and the sky bright blue. I cut a...

The future of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

The procession during last week's Red Mass at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is a blur in this time exposure.The Basilica of...

The unusual, amazing and often overlooked

Celebrating the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul In August 2001, the Historic Preservation Review Board of the city of Lewiston published a pamphlet. It...

An enduring wedding destination

Celebrating the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Not only has the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul been a center of spirituality and community...

What the Basilica could have looked like

Celebrating the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul The first St. Peter’s Church, built in 1872 where the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul now...

Patience and the Basilica's lower church

Despite the knowledge that the lower church would eventually be topped by a more grand upper church, church leaders and designers took great pride...

Inside the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul 'nerve center'

Head Sacristan Mark Labonte looks through one of the holy books used at Masses that are kept in the sacristy at the Basilica of...

Celebrating the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

The high altar at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston is unique and considered one of the most beautiful in the...

Keeping the Basilica humming

Celebrating the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul LEWISTON — Watch maintenance supervisor Dave Cyr flipping through a computer screen that shows him data about...

Basement holds clues to history

Celebrate the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Few people have been in the cellar and sub-cellar of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul,...

The Basilica's wooden saints

The Basilica's wooden saints While construction of the Basilica was officially completed and the magnificent structure open for parishioners in 1938, changes and enhancements to...

The Dominican medallions

Celebrating the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul This past Tuesday, Aug. 8, was the feast day of Saint Dominic. Dominic established the Dominican order...

Early skepticism and L-A's iconic image

Celebrating the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul In most literature about the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, the church and its place on...

The Basilica's mysterious bend

The center aisle of the Basilica takes a turn near the front of the church.Celebrating the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul One of the...

The welcoming baptismal font

Celebrating the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Father Robert D. Lariviere, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Auburn, served at Saints Peter...

The beautiful, solemn Dominican choir

Celebrating the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Gail Gregoire Lawrence was a student at St. Peter’s School in the 1960s and remembers the regular...

St. John, the Infant of Prague and the curly locks that...

Celebrating the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul The prophet Isaiah identified John the Baptist as one “crying out in the wilderness.” The gospel of...
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The majestic Casavant organ

Celebrating the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul In 1916, the renowned pipe organ builders Casavant Freres of Saint-Hyacinthe, Canada, installed a three-manual (three keyboard)...

Louis Malo: Builder left lasting legacy

Celebrating the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Editor's note: This is the second of two parts. The first part ran Sunday, June 4. Catherine Malo...

Louis Malo: Builder of the Basilica

Another article dated Aug. 18, 1928, featured information about the soon-to-be-built Saints Peter and Paul Church. The plans proposed by the Boston architects O’Connell...

1935: Basilica and post office buildings rise in a busy year

Celebrating the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul In spite of economic hardship and adversity across the country, 1934 and 1935 were blockbuster years for...

The rose window’s heavenly light

The rose window in the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is framed by the pipes of the Casavant organ.Celebrating the Basilica of Saints...

Roofing the Basilica: The sky’s the limit

Henry Hoffman, right, holding the fedora, stands at the top of a spire of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in this 1950...

The design of the cross

A view from the air highlights the cross shape of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.Celebrating the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul LEWISTON...

Saint Mary: Welcoming worshippers

This statue of Mary stands above the front entrance on the Ash Street side of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.Celebrating the Basilica...

Refuge for the faithful; shelter from the Cold War

One of the fallout shelter signs at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston.Celebrating the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul The book...

Easter and the Stations of the Cross

Celebrating the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul On Good Friday, the Friday before Easter Sunday, Catholics commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is...

Mystery Photo for November 19

Mystery Photo for November 12, 2017. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)If you can identify where this photo was taken, contact us at bmail@sunjournal.com or call 207-689-2896 and leave a voice mail with your answer, your name, town and phone number. Correct entries will be eligible for...