Grand Rapids, Michigan: Saint Adalbert Basilica
About Saint Adalbert Basilica:
The Basilica is the result of the efforts of Saint Adalbert Aid Society, which was formed in 1872 to assist new immigrants settling in the area. With the help of the Saint Adalbert Aid Society, and on the initiative of the many Polish people of this area, two lots were purchased in 1880 at the corner of Fourth Street and Davis Avenue, NW, and in June of 1881 construction of a small wooden church was begun and St. Adalbert Parish was established. In 1891 the original church was enlarged to accommodate the ever growing Polish population, and in 1892, the Society constructed a large meeting hall which remains in use by the Society and its members today.
In early July of 1907, work began on the present church building. The cornerstone was laid on August 18, 1907, and the building was completed in late spring of 1913 for a total cost of about $150,000, including all of its furnishings.
St. Adalbert was raised to the status of Basilica on the occasion of the centennial of the parish in grand ceremonies on February 16, 1980. It is the first church in the State of Michigan to be so honored.
Finding Saint Adalbert Basilica in Grand Rapids:
Address: 654 Davis Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Tel: +1 (616) 458-3065
Click here for the official website of Saint Adalbert Basilica in Grand Rapids