Special August-Only Performances
See the Basilica of St. John the Baptist through the eyes of the man who dreamed it into existence
A Construction of Faith
One Man's Journey to Build the Basilica and Unite a Nation
This summer, journey back to the late 1840s and experience an unforgettable one-man play and guided tour of the Basilica of St. John's the Baptist, presented by the Basilica Heritage Foundation.
Join historic Bishop Michael Anthony Fleming, interpreted by actor Paul Rowe, as he guides you through the Basilica. One of the most influential Newfoundlanders of his time, Bishop Fleming is brought to life as you witness his tireless efforts to construct the largest cathedral to date in the New World.
As Bishop Fleming recounts the early days of the Basilica, you'll learn about its social and cultural significance, and about the formative and often turbulent history of the young Colony of Newfoundland.
See how citizens of all faiths came together to construct this National Historic Site, as you explore its remarkable halls.
All welcome. Admission $10 for tour and play. Cash only please.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Anne Carew at 709-754-2170.
To preview some of the historic art and architecture you'll experience during A Construction of Faith, or on your next visit to the Basilica, please see here.
Bishop Michael Fleming is one of the most celebrated Newfoundlanders of the 19th century. The first Roman Catholic Bishop of Newfoundland, he worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the his parishioners and his community. A devout pastor, he travelled the island ministering to the sick and poor, famously wintering in Petty Harbour during a smallpox outbreak in 1836. His most lasting legacy is the Basilica of St. John the Baptist, a landmark in St. John's overlooking the city and providing a beacon to ships in the harbour. Bishop Fleming spent five years securing the land on which to build, and oversaw the massive project with great persistence and collaboration. To learn more about Bishop Fleming, please see here.
Long an icon of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Basilica of St John the Baptist is a functioning church and a repository of some of the province's most treasured art and documents. More than 170 years since its cornerstone was laid, it remains a unique symbol of the strength, faith and determination of a people committed to living on a harsh coast of the North Atlantic. To learn more about its history and cultural significance, please see here.