Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: Holy Family

The next stop on my Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches is Holy Family.  Holy Family began its journey in 1857 when Fr. Arnold Damen began it’s construction.

Holy Family is forever linked to the Chicago Fire in 1871:

According to legend, when the Chicago Fire started in 1871 (a few blocks east), it was spreading toward the church when Father Damen, who was in Brooklyn preaching a parish mission, was advised of the danger and invoked Our Lady of Perpetual Help to save the building, promising to light seven candles before Our Lady’s statue if the church was spared from the fire. The wind shifted, the church was spared, and the candles were lit.  Seven electric lights burn to this day at Our Lady’s shrine in the east transept of the church.

Interestingly, Patrick and Catherine O’Leary, owners of the world’s most famous cow, were parishioners. – (from Holy Family Parish web site)

This historic church memorializes firefighters, victims of Our Lady of the Angels school fire, and also the victims and their families of sexual abuse by priests.

Holy Family is located at 1080 W. Roosevelt Road.  Fr. Mike Gabriel is the current pastor.  The church can be reached at 1-312-492-8442.

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