Chicago’s Historic St. Stan’s
Added to Architectural Open House

St. Stanislaus Kostka as it looked before much of the complex was torn down to make way for the 90/94 freeway.St. Stanislaus Kostka as it looked before much of the complex was torn down to make way for the 90/94 freeway.

St. Stanislaus Kostka has long felt like home to me in Chicago, and I have been a parishioner there for many years. The church is well on its way to a total renovation, the most recent project being the replacement of the massive front doors with architecturally correct new doors. The earliest Polish Catholic parish in Chicago, St. Stan’s, as it is affectionately known, is legendary for the beauty and atmosphere of its interior. This year, the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s annual “Open House Chicago,” Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16 will include St. Stan’s. Father Anthony Buś is encouraging parishioners and their friends and family “to join some of the rest of Chicago in visiting our spiritual home and learning more about its religious art.”

St. Stanislaus Kostka is celebrating the 150th Anniversary of its founding in 2017, which will culminate with an “Anniversary Mass,” to be celebrated on “Divine Mercy Sunday,” April 23, 2017. Also being planned is an “Anniversary Memory Book” celebrating “150 Years of Fidelity and Gratitude to Our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is the story of many generations of faithful Catholic people. The text will be in 3 languages (English, Polish, and Spanish) reflecting the heritage of the parish. (Although today’s parishioners are largely Hispanic, a mass in Polish is still celebrated every Sunday at 8:45 a.m.) Funds to produce the book need to be raised, and St. Stan’s is offering a presale price of $30 for the book through December 4. Check the website and click on the 150th tab to order a book. Contact the parish at to request further information.

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