Defying all odds, historic church moved an expressway and celebrates 150th Anniversary Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at 2 p.m.In keeping with the upcoming Easter Season, a church that long ago should have been razed, buried, and ultimately forgotten continues to resurrect new life in its West Town neighborhood and beyond.
St Stanislaus Kostka Church-Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, survived the Chicago Fire, the Kennedy Expressway (original route would have destroyed church), averted total collapse of the roof (compromised wooden trusses holding up roof underwent immediate emergency repair), financial hardships, and ongoing neighborhood changes to emerge as a perpetual oasis of peace, worship, and multi-cultural unity in this time of division.
St Stanislaus Kostka is the only Catholic church in Chicago open 24/7, never closing its doors in hopes of bringing healing and comfort to the walking wounded which pray in front of the largest Eucharistic Monstrance in the world.
Embodying Pope Francis' call for a more merciful church, St Stanislaus Kostka reaches out with its strong mission of mercy by having a soup kitchen operated by the Daughters of St. Mary of Divine Providence. Hundreds of Chicago’s poor are fed and clothed daily. Also, in keeping with Pope Francis' effort for parishes to reach beyond their doors, St Stanislaus Kostka Church, for nearly ten years has been broadcasting multi-lingual programs from two radio studios on its premises. The daily Winds of Change program on 750 AM at noon, hosted by the parish’s pastor, Fr. Anthony, offers hope and encouragement in these trying times. The parish is also home to Radio Maria which broadcasts in Spanish daily.
Educating Chicago's children for 150 years, St Stanislaus Kostka School is the only Chicago leadership academy and one of 285 in the world with the Leader in Me Lighthouse award.
Finally, St. Stanislaus Kostka, in keeping with its unique history, has the distinction of having Venerable nun, Mary Theresa Dudzik, who worked at the parish during the turn of the century, founding the Chicago Franciscan Sisters, opening up orphanages, and homes for the sick and elderly. Dudzik is one of only 16 Americans on the path to being officially recognized as saints by the Roman Catholic Church. Another unique character, a priest from the parish, is credited with the greatest invention of modern warfare to help save lives: the bullet-proof vest.
All are invited Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 for a 2 p.m. Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Divine Mercy and to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish. Join Cardinal Blasé Cupich along with Fr. Anthony Bus C.R., parishioners and friends for this celebration in gratitude for 150 years of religious, spiritual, and charitable service to the people of Chicago. During the Mass, Cardinal Cupich will bless a statue and shrine for the veneration of Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik.
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