News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Lehmans

Greater Akron Chamber

Hennes Paynter Communications


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Social Issues


Canton welcomes a new basilica
The Basilica of St. John is one of two minor basilicas in the state
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


Reporter
Kabir Bhatia
 
Bishop George Murry was an honored guest during Sunday's service. He facilitated the elevation of St. John's to basilica status
Courtesy of Carl Carlson
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
Basilicas are Catholic churches given special ceremonial rights by the Pope, and Canton is now home to one of just two in the entire state. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
Canton welcomes a new basilica

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (3:14)


More than 400 people packed downtown Canton’s St. John’s Catholic Church Sunday to witness its elevation to the Basilica of St. John the Baptist. 

Going from church to Basilica requires some work. A half-dozen parishioners spent the last three years filling out a lengthy questionnaire – in Latin -- and documenting the qualities of the church, from its beginnings in 1823 to construction of the soaring red-brick edifice in 1872 to its ongoing commitment to downtown Canton. George Mangus is parish council president.

“A building is just a building. A parish is made up of people. So many parishes had come from St. John’s as start-ups, if you will, over the many decades. And one of the things that really stood out was not only the fine example of Gothic architecture, but really fine examples of liturgy as well as social outreach in the community.”

Mangus has been attending St. John’s since 1979. His friend, Veronica Sirpilla, has been coming even longer.

“I was baptized in this church. Had my first communion in this church. Went to St. John’s grade school here. My grandparents were married here in 1903.”

Stunning interior
Sirpilla says St. John’s stunning interior is one reason for the new designation.

“Each Station of the Cross, each stained-glass window, represents a certain period of Christ’s life. The whole church itself was designed by the architect that did St. Patrick’s in New York City. So there’s a lot of historical significance. One Protestant that came here once told me, ‘I have never heard pews that creak so much.’ And our pews, of course, are very old, too.”

Those wooden pews line a cavernous but gleaming sanctuary with a brick floor and ornate columns that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Social outreach
When parishioners sent their original application to become a basilica to the Vatican, they knew an honor like this does not come easy. There are only 73 in the country, and the designation recognizes historical and architectural value, as well as parish contributions to the community. The Rev. Ronald Klingler has led the church for 24 years.

“One of the things that I think we’re most proud of is our social outreach to the neighborhood. We have a Samaritan table, which we’re partners with Stark County Community Services. We serve 500 meals every Thursday. We have our own parish pantry which we serve pretty close to 85 meals a week. And those are some of the things that we can do.”

Klingler has repeatedly noted that being a basilica does not make St. John’s a museum. He intends to fulfill the Vatican’s mandate to place added emphasis on Catholic Church teachings, while humbly accepting this new honor. 
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Pluto: The Browns split from Manziel is long overdue
Get Brock Osweiler from the Denver Broncos! He's fantastic and seems like a great person.

Democratic Senate hopeful P.G. Sittenfeld pushes for local gun control
That makes no sense at all... why not let cities determine driving codes as well? Maybe Cincy want's folks to drive on the left side of the road. What could go ...

Exploradio: Autism in the workplace
I would love to get more information re: Autism on The Town and other such programs in Northeast Ohio. Thanks!!

Human trafficking cases rise in Ohio
It is about time this is presented to proceed with a plan of prevention..to protect our youth.And very necessary to inform communities through school, churches ...

Fermented food company aims to preserve Cleveland's farm-to-table movement
This is terrific! I make my own sauerkraut and consider it vital to good health. Well done, I wish you all success.

Ohio doctors get new guidelines for prescribing certain painkillers
I would gladly smoke pot to get off pain killers but its not legal.It would save the hassle of doctor visits for pill counts,pee tests,blood tests,driving to pi...

Ohio unemployment cuts are nearing a Statehouse vote
What about those that are laid off seasonally? My husband has been employed by the same company for 26 years and has been laid off (for the last 17) mid-Januar...

Ban on microbeads is a big step in fighting plastic pollution
What a bunch of liberal "so open minded their brains fell out" tree huggin yuppies. Professing to be wise they became fools.

Who's on -- and left off -- Ohio's medical marijuana task force?
Biggest joke everm these people are evil they know marijuana is harmless they rigged the polls last nov everypne kmows it

Dayton 'Black Lives Matter' protesters to appear in court today
Police to fast with the trigger finger and not the brain.A lot of police officers out here judge by color first instead of accessing the situation first. If a p...

Copyright © 2016 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University