About Assumption Catholic Church:
Founded in 1881 to minister to the needs of Italian immigrants who had settled in the area, Assumption Catholic Church now serves a diverse community of neighborhood residents, downtown workers, historic parishioners, tourists, and intentional parishioners from all over the Chicago area. From the beginning Assumption has been staffed by the Order of Friar Servants of Mary, a religious community founded in Italy in the thirteenth century, and continues to be staffed by the Order.
The large stained glass window above the altar commemorates the Assumption. It is patterned after a number of famous paintings including El Greco’s The Assumption of the Virgin which is part of the collection at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Saint Peregrine Devotion at Assumption Church
Of particular note in this church is the shrine to Saint Peregrine in the rear of the church. He was a Servite Brother who was healed of cancer through prayer, and is now considered the patron saint of cancer victims (he has also been named the patron saint for all those living with life-threatening illnesses; and many people ask his intercession for healing of soul and spirit as well as for healing of physical ailments).
In addition to the shrine, he also appears in one of the murals in the sanctuary and in one of the stained glass windows on the east side of the church. The shrine also contains a relic of Saint Peregrine.
On Mondays, they have a brief (10 minute) service in honor of St. Peregrine following the 12:10 Mass. The service consists of prayer, petitions, litany, and a blessing with the relic of St. Peregrine.
Finding Assumption Catholic Church in Chicago:
Address: 323 West Illinois Street – Chicago IL 60654
Tel: 312-644-0036 (fax) 312-644-1838
Click here for the official website of Assumption Catholic Church
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