Notre Dame Marks Basilica’s 125th Anniversary

  SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is marking the 125th anniversary of its consecration with a special Mass and reception at the University of Notre Dame.
 
  The idea for the Basilica grew from the Rev. Edward Sorin in 1842, when he and his brothers arrived in Indiana to found a Catholic university and build a church.
 
  The dream began with a log cabin but has been transformed over the years into North America's oldest church for the Congregation of Holy Cross.
 
  The Rev. Peter Rocca serves as the Basilica's rector. He tells the South Bend Tribune that hundreds of priests have been ordained there over the years.
 
  The building saw more than 100,000 visitors last year.