Chicago, Illinois: National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica

 

The history of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica:

Main altar of the Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows in Chicago, Illinois
Main altar of the Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows

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:

Life size replica of Michelangelo's "Pieta" in Our Lady of Sorrows basilica in Chicago, Illinois
Life size replica of Michelangelo’s “Pieta”

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

e-mail: [email protected]

Click here for the official website of Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago

Photos courtesy Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica

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