Friday, December 22, 2006

Yearend Roundup-2006

Everyone needs one of these, so if you missed it, here is some of went on in the Chicago area in traditional eclesiology.

1) James McCrery has been chosen to design the $8 Million Shrine to the Divine Mercy at St. Stansislaus Kostka, the mother Church of Polish Catholics in America. Round of applause to Mike Sullivan for answering prayers (and the telephone) leading this effort.

2) Church closings were minimal in the Archdiocese, but Quigley Preparatory Seminary will be closing in 2007. However, it will be kept in good condition and adaptively reused by the Archdiocese. Anyone want to restore the old library at Quigley? Send me a note and we'll do it.

3) Fr. Bob Lombardo, CFR put the flag in the ground for the Franciscans on the far West side at Our Lady of Angels Rectory. This is a Venetian Palace of a rectory (minus some of the frills, this is a Franciscan house!). Fr. Bob pulled off a minor miracle on this one, with help of his patron Saint, AJ Weinheimer and American Cleaning and Restoration

4) Fr. George Lane SJ continues to build the west side with a Historic 1879 G.F. Steinmeyer Organ being installed at Holy Family Church. Yes, this was once in the Danish National Cathedral, and yes Bach once tuned it, and yes, it sounds great on the West Side. Fr Lane also got these angels shined up.

5) The Insitute of Christ the King has won the Hyde Park neighborhood. How you say? When they moved in, empty lots were free for the taking. Only 2 years later the same lots are selling for $650,000 (too rich for me, but that is the going rate).

What an amazing way to build a neighborhood economy...take a bombed out church, say the Latin Mass, wear the traditional Robes, and Civilization has returned to the South Side, with a little help from Mt. Carmel High School and Tom Levergood at Lumen Christi.

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1 comment:

Columcille said...

Another bright moment in Chicago this past year was from Fr. Richard Simon at St. Lamberts.

Recently installed at the parish as pastor, within the first 6 months, returned the tabernacle to the center of the sanctuary and replaced the electric tabernacle light with a candle. This was to the 99.99% approval of the parish.

Also, after moving in to the rectory, the celing collapsed, provadentially triggering a renovation.

Out came the pink kitchen cabinetry and he has created a kitchen with the look and feel of a germanic grand hall.

Fr. Simon has a project to transform one of the large rooms in the school into "Robert's Hall" which he wants to look classy and sacred for prayer meetings, lectures and other events.