Church Madness: West Regional

The final group of contestants is revealed! Who will be the best in the west?

Church Madness 2016

IntroductionMidwest Bracket (March 17)East Bracket (March 18)South Bracket (March 19)West Bracket (March 20) · First Round Results (March 28)

Happy Palm Sunday! Thanks to everyone who has contributed and voted so far. Here are the last matchups of the first round. Remember, voting stays open for a week. We’ll announce the winners on Easter Monday.

Church Madness West Bracket



Matchup I

Mission Basilica of San Juan Capistrano (Calif.)


Chapel of St. Ignatius at Seattle University

Art and Liturgy - Saint Ignatius Chapel at University of Seattle Washington
Joe Mabel [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Matchup II

St. Benedict (“The Painted Church”) (Captain Cook, Hi.)

Art and LIturgy - Saint Benedict Painted Church Captain Cook Hawaii
By Nnachappa64 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

St. Thomas Korean Center (Anaheim, Calif.)

Matchup III

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph (San Jose) — nominated by Gidel — view on Google Images

St. Mary (Mount Angel, Ore.) — nominated by Pablo Antonio — view on the parish website

Matchup IV

St. Francis Xavier (Missoula, Mont.)  view Cathy’s photo on flickr

St. Mary in the Mountains (Virginia City, Nevada) view on Google Images

Matchup V

Cathedral of St. Mary (Portland, Ore.) view on Google Images

Chapel at Brophy Prep (Phoenix) view photo from Jefferson Todd Photography

Matchup VI

Holy Ghost Church (Denver)

Art and Liturgy - Holy Ghost Denver Colorado
Photo by Flickr user dixielaw (; used under CC 2.0 license

Chapel of the Transfiguration inside Grand Teton National Park (Moose, Wyo.) — view on Google Images

Matchup VII

Cathedral of the Madeleine (Salt Lake City, Utah) — This is a nice photo but it really doesn’t do justice to the space. If you have the time I encourage you to check out this 360° panorama. 

Art and Liturgy - Cathedral of the Madeleine Salt Lake City Utah
By Antony-22 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Mission Santa Barbara (Calif.) — nominated by Tommy, the Catholic Hipster

Art and Liturgy - Mission Santa Barbara California
By Kevin Cole from Pacific Coast, USA (en:User:Kevinlcole) – Mission Santa Barbara Also known as “Queen of the Missions for its graceful beauty.”, CC BY 2.0,

Matchup VIII

Chapel of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity at Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula, Calif.)

Chapel of the Holy Cross inside Coconino National Forest (Sedona, Ariz.) view on Google Images


One comment

  1. You need to see The Cathedral of St. Helena in Helena Montana. All the others are battling it out for 2 nd place. In my humble opinion.

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