Written by Luke Otten
The Concordia Steeple Chasers (CSC) have generated excitement for their first event, a tour of Milwaukee’s Basilica of St. Josaphat.
CSC started this semester and already has a following. Club Vice President and co-founder Logan Briscoe is pleased with the enthusiasm.
“Since the club first formed, we have had people consistently ask us when and where our first steeple chase would be,” Briscoe said.
Concordia student Andrew Newton has eagerly awaited an event.
“I’m jacked for this steeplechase and everyone I have talked to about it is excited for it too,” Newton said.
According to Newton, he has always been a fan of visiting “beautiful churches”. Once he discovered the club was going to the Basilica of St. Josaphat, he became excited.
“When I drive past the Basilica it is so large and so hard to miss. So I have always wanted to go in and admire the inside. Now I have the chance to,” Newton said.
According to the Basilica’s history on its website, Polish immigrants built the Basilica in 1901. The Basilica features many oil murals and large stained glass windows. In 1929, Pope Pius XI declared the church as a Basilica, making it the third in the nation.
The Basilica’s beauty is not the only thing drawing people to the event; the CSC are also featuring a drawing of church art items after the tour.
“I am ecstatic about the raffle. Hopefully I win something for my prayer altar,” Newton said.
The club spent just over 40 percent of their budget on these raffle items, which they bought from the church supply store, HT Stemper.
“A visit to Stemper’s is almost as glorious as a visit to a glorious church,” Briscoe said.
According to Brsicoe, the club might visit Stemper’s as an event. Until then, their first steeplechase took place at 10 AM on Saturday April 14 and was open to all CUW students.
To find out about the next event, contact email@example.com. To learn more about the St. Josaphat Basilica, click this link.