Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches continues with St. Thérèse Chinese Catholic Church. It is a church close to my heart as our choir has been singing there since September 25, 2011.
Santa Maria Incoronata was established in November 26, 1899 when the first baptism of the parish was performed. The First Chinese Catholic Church in Chicago opened at 2302 S. Wentworth on September 11, 1940. St. Thérèse Chinese Mission was dedicated at 2311 S. Wentworth on April 8, 1945.
On September 4, 1960 the first Chinese Mass is celebrated at Santa Maria Incoronata parish and the building of Santa Maria Incoronata is passed on to St. Thérèse Chinese Mission.
The Chicago History Museum interviewed Fr. Michael Davitti (who was pastor at St. Thérèse in 2010) and gives details on the history of the two parishes.
Fr. Francis Li is the current pastor. For more information you can call 1-312-842-6777 or email them at StTherese@archchicago.org. Tell them The Joyful Noise sent you.
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