Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (St. Gelasius, St. Clara)
6401 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Sat, Oct 17: 9am - 5pm
Sun, Oct 18: 9am - 5pm
Henry J. Schlacks, 1927
The former St. Gelasius (later St. Clara) Church was the final work of ecclesiastical architect Henry J. Schlacks. It was rescued from demolition in 2003 after suffering a devastating fire. Its restoration was entrusted to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, and it has become their American headquarters. It is now Shrine to the Infant King, focused on an 18th-century Spanish statue of the Christ Child. It is once again a vibrant religious community where neighbors and congregants from the entire Chicago area come together for traditional liturgy. A complete restoration of the interior is planned, but for now the exposed ceiling trusses and lingering charred spots bear witness to the church’s near-demise.
Behind the Scenes
After severe fire damage last week, tours will be limited to exterior only (weather permitting). Several salvaged artifacts from the building will be on display to visitors.
For more information please visit http://www.institute-christ-king.org/chicago/