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Fraternité Notre Dame

Shrine of Our Lady of Frechou

Address

502 N. Central Ave.

Neighborhood

Austin

Hours

Sat, Oct 13: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 14: 10am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available

Architect

Sidney R. Badgley, 1909

Description

Once home to Chicago’s largest Methodist congregation, this early 20th Century church is now a shrine to Our Lady of Fréchou. The Fraternité Notre Dame—a religious order started in France in 1977—hosts daily mass, a soup kitchen and a food pantry in the space, which it acquired in 2001 after the church had been vacant for nearly 30 years. The property also serves as the Mother House for the order, as well as a novitiate and seminary for future priests and nuns. The seating is striking, arranged in a semicircle to face the altar in the northwest corner. Painted murals by the sisters surround the shrine to Mary and decorate a skylight above the seating.

Behind the Scenes

View painted murals and a shrine to Mary in this distinctive former Methodist church.