Chicago, Illinois: National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica
The history of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica:
The Servites (Servants of Mary) founded the Parish of Our Lady of Sorrows in 1874 with the acquisition of some farm land on the West side of the city. They constructed a small building that was soon outgrown, but now remains as the Servite Monastery. In 1890, ground was broken for the church you see today and Mass was held under a temporary roof until the building was finally completed and dedicated in 1902.
Fr. James Keane compiled a booklet of prayers to be used for the Sorrowful Mother Novenea and beginning in 1937 and continuing to this day the Novena was said not only here but at Parishes all over the United States.
In 1956 Pope Pius XII granted the title of Basilica to Our Lady of Sorrows National Shrine.
About the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows:
The breathtaking beauty of the building with its artwork and statues, including a full-size replica of Michelangelo’s “Pieta”. Of special interest is a relic of Servite Saint Peregrine, in the Chapel.
The Basilica is definitely worth a visit. The Novena is still held weekly and there are daily Masses and on Sundays, and special healing Masses as well .
Traveling to Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago:
Address: 3121 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612
GPS coordinates: 41° 52′ 37.3152” N, 87° 42′ 15.9840” W
Tel: +1 (773) 638-0159
Click here for the official website of Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago
Photos courtesy Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica