St. Mary’s Basilica in Marietta, OH, was recently named a minor basilica by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in Rome. A minor basilica is an honorific title bestowed by the Pope on certain Catholic churches that are considered to be a religious center of notable importance. Preparation for this honor began with the revitalization of the Basilica in 2006 by preserving the heritage through necessary repairs to the church building, augmenting the interior beauty through more permanent fixtures and updates, and the restoration of the devotional items. Liturgical Designer Rolf Rohn of Rohn and Associates Design, Inc., helmed the project and worked closely with Rev. Msgr. John M. Campbell and Fr. Mark A. Moore to determine the needs of the church and how best to execute them while Designer Kathy Maglicco developed a majestic decorating scheme to complement and enhance the interior.
With our expertise, the once glorious Basilica was restored to its original splendor and beyond – a place that is worthy of the responsibility of the location for special liturgical celebrations and to provide pastoral outreach to the people of God. Rohn and Associates, Inc. also designed a special Tintinnabulum for consecration of the now noble Basilica.
The Inaugural Mass for The Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption was on November 5, 2013. The Principal Celebrant was His Excellency, The Most Reverend Jeffrey M. Monforton, Bishop of Steubenville, and Concelebrants were His Eminence William C. Skurla, Metropolitan of the Byzantine Catholic Metropolitan Church and Archeparch of Pittsburgh, and Their Excellencies The Most Reverend Gilbert I. Sheldon, Bishop Emeritus of Steubenville, and The Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of Joliet-in-Illinois. Rolf, Kathy and Renate all attended the celebration. The proceedings were videotaped for later broadcast on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). We are currently working on paintings for the Narthex to represent the first mass, as well as collaborating with a local agency on a visitor's guide that features this distinguished beauty.