Thanks to the support of so many people, we can rest assured that the Shrine of Christ the King will not be demolished. But there still is a lot of work to be done! The restoration project is underway, and you will see news about its progress here. We will also update you when we are able.
Our focus now will be on raising funds for the restoration and finding ways to connect all of you who have been such an important part of this effort back to the work that is happening now. Please reach out to us with any questions or suggestions. We will continue to be in touch with you – though not with the urgency that the demolition threat demanded.
We are catching our breath, but will have a statement soon:
Shrine of Christ the King to be Stabilized
Archdiocese Deeds Building and Property to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest
Chicago, IL (February 28, 2016) – The Archdiocese of Chicago today announced that it has deeded the Shrine of Christ the King in Woodlawn and the land on which it stands to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. The members of the apostolic institute have confirmed that they have received sufficient funds for the immediate stabilization of the historic Shrine building, ravaged by fire in October 2015 and which has been determined to be in hazardous condition. The Institute has committed itself to promptly remedying the dangerous condition created by the fire and then following through with the full restoration of the building.
“We express our deep gratitude to all the individuals and organizations whose most generous and timely donations helped bring us to this moment. We are mindful of the dangerous condition of the Shrine and will begin stabilization immediately with funds already collected,” said Reverend Canon Matthew L. Talarico, Provincial Superior for the Institute in the United States.. “We are grateful to the Archdiocese for its partnership throughout our ministry in Woodlawn, especially during this difficult time. Since the day of the fire the collaboration with the Archdiocese has been remarkable: frequent communication, hard work and prayer.”
In thanksgiving for this agreement and in celebration of God’s blessings, the Institute has invited the public to a festive Mass on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph, at 10 a.m. in the Shrine’s current Mass location, the gymnasium of First Presbyterian church, 6400 S. Kimbark Ave. Afterwards, all are welcome for a St. Joseph Table luncheon reception with refreshments at noon in the church hall of the same building. For more information on this event, contact: Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico at 773-363-7409, ext. 4, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Archdiocese of Chicago is supportive of the Institute’s efforts to maintain its presence in the Woodlawn community and continue its ministry there. The Archdiocese wishes the Institute every success.
The media has been very concerned in recent days about the fate of the Shrine, and our struggle has inspired some more sustained coverage. From our friends at the Hyde Park Herald, we got this article and this one online. The Maroon wrote this piece. The Tribune and DNAInfo also covered the story. Read more
Only 25 more signatures are needed to reach the Petition’s next milestone: 1500 supporters!! To add your name to the Petition, click here: https://www.change.org/p/the-coalition-to-save-the-institute-of-christ-the-king-church-save-the-church-of-the-institute-of-christ-the-king?recruiter=47620043&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink
We have entered the period during which the Archdiocese could obtain its permit and begin demolition, so volunteers are checking on the Shrine throughout the day. We want to make sure everyone is aware of what is happening and alerted to any troubling activity. There are two ways you can get involved. Read more