Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Photo of the Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, in Chicago, Illinois

Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, in Chicago, Illinois, USA - exterior 2

This is the Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, in Chicago, Illinois, and U.S. headquarters of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.

This photo taken in September 2007.  According to the Institute's website:
In late 2003, His Eminence entrusted St. Gelasius Church in the south-side neighborhood of Woodlawn to the care of the Institute of Christ the King. Formerly “St. Clara”, this majestic eighty-year-old edifice was built by friars of the Calced Carmelite Order who established there the first National Shrine of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. With the gradual decline of the neighborhood, the dwindling of the congregation, and vicissitudes such as a fire in 1976 that well-nigh destroyed the interior of the church, St. Gelasius was eventually shut and in peril of being demolished. However, following the success of the Institute of Christ the King in beautifully restoring St. Mary’s Church in Wausau, Wisconsin – thanks to Divine Providence manifested through the generosity of donors -- Cardinal George has entrusted to the Institute the task of re-opening St. Gelasius for public worship.
Shrine website.

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