Prayer request…

Prayer request…. Anna  and Jay will be attending the Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat at Mundelein Seminary (Chapel of the Immaculate Conception) in Illinois this weekend. Anna will be receiving the Cross of St. Francis de Sales. Jay has been a member for over 5 years.

If you would like more information about the Society…email us.

The Society of the Sacred Heart is a lay association within the spiritual family of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Through membership in the Society of the Sacred Heart, lay faithful can participate in the spirituality of the Institute directed to expand the kingship of Our Blessed Lord in all realms of the Church and society under the patronage of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

Breaking news: Shrine of Christ the King to be stabilized. Archdiocese Deeds Building and Property to the Institute!



Archdiocese Deeds Building and Property to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest

CHICAGO, IL (February 28, 2016) – The Archdiocese of Chicago today announced that it has deeded the Shrine of Christ the King in Woodlawn and the land on which it stands to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. The members of the apostolic institute have confirmed that they have received sufficient funds for the immediate stabilization of the historic Shrine building, ravaged by fire in October, 2015, and determined to be in hazardous condition. The Institute has committed itself to promptly remedying the dangerous condition created by the fire and then following through with the full restoration of the building.

“We express our deep gratitude to all the individuals and organizations whose most generous and timely donations helped bring us to this moment. We are mindful of the dangerous condition of the Shrine and will begin stabilization immediately with funds already collected,” said Reverend Canon Matthew L. Talarico, Provincial Superior for the Institute in the United States. “We are grateful to the Archdiocese for its partnership throughout our ministry in Woodlawn, especially during this difficult time. Since the day of the fire the collaboration with the Archdiocese has been remarkable: frequent communication, hard work and prayer.”

In thanksgiving for this agreement and in celebration of God’s blessings, the Institute has invited the public to a festive Mass on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph, at 10:00am in the Shrine’s current Mass location, the gymnasium of First Presbyterian church (6400 S. Kimbark Ave.). Afterwards, all are welcome for a St. Joseph Table luncheon reception with refreshments at 12:00 noon in the church hall of the same building. For more information on this event, contact: Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico at 773-363-7409, ext. 4, or at

The Archdiocese of Chicago is supportive of the Institute’s efforts to maintain its presence in the Woodlawn community and continue its ministry there. The Archdiocese wishes the Institute every success.


Dear Friends of the Institute: A very BIG THANK YOU from the Institute, and especially the Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest during this fire tragedy, for your prayers and generous support. Donations may be sent by mail to:
Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest
6415 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637-3817
Online at Institute’s website
or at
A small number of Shrine faithful gathered for Rosary with the clergy on Saturday morning, in front of the church.





Shrine update #5: “Our community will rebuild” – statement from Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico


October 8th 2015

“Our community will rebuild”

That is the statement the Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico, Provincial Superior of the US Province of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, would like to pass on to the many friends, benefactors, and residents of the city of Chicago regarding the October 7th fire that has devastated for a second time the historic church, now known as the Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, on 64th and Woodlawn. Thankfully, nobody was injured in the extra-alarm blaze. We are also very grateful to the Archbishop of Chicago, the Most Reverend Blase Cupich for expressing his support and prayers at this time from Rome.

The 92-year-old church landmark was in the second phase of a six million dollar renovation when fire broke out Wednesday morning destroying large parts of the roof, the choir loft, some of the windows, and apparently most of the interior furnishings of the church. The damage from water and smoke in the church and sacristy is extensive with early estimates running upwards of 3 million dollars.

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Since 2004, when the congregation of the Institute of Christ the King took over the historic church, the community and neighborhood has witnessed a great transformation. The Infant King devotion, introduced by the congregation, has attracted adherents from all over the country. “Hundreds of prayer requests come in weekly from the local area and across the country and it has been a great source of joy in watching this devotion grow,” said the Rev. Canon Talarico.As the interior and the exterior of the church were slowly renovated, the Shrine congregation, composed of members and families from the local community, some from as far away as Indiana, grew steadily.

The renovation of the church also positively touched the local community by reviving the cultural life of the neighborhood, offering concerts and social events that edified many. Mike Medina, president of the Woodlawn Residents Association, said “From organizing block clean-up days and hosting meetings with city and civic leaders, to promoting local businesses and teaching hockey to neighborhood youth, the Shrine of Christ the King has been a tireless advocate for Woodlawn and serves our neighborhood with a giving and gracious heart. We stand together with the Shrine!”
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Shrine update #4: Aftermath and Shrine Restoration fund


Here are some photos from the aftermath of the fire, taken from the Shrine of Christ the King Facebook page. All upcoming Masses will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Parish (5472 South Kimbark Ave., Chicago, IL 60615).  Public Masses will be: Thursday at 7:00pm, Friday at 7:00pm, Saturday at 9:00am and on Sunday at 12:30pm. This Sunday’s Solemn High Mass will be offered by Monsignor Schmitz. If you would like to help restore this historic landmark and community haven, you can also donate through the Shrine Restoration Fund by clicking here.

Shrine update #2: Video– Chicago Fire Department turning over the Infant Jesus unharmed to Canon Talarico!


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Photo credits: Chicago Fire Media



Shrine of Christ the King exterior

I am sad to report that when I turned on the TV this morning to the news at 4:45am. There was a report that a fire broke out in Chicago’s Shrine of Christ the King. The headquarters of the Institute of Christ the King. 

Please pray for the firefighters and for the Institute.

This is the only thing I could find online as of now from the internet….

“An extra-alarm fire broke out in an 80-year-old church in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side Wednesday morning.


There were no reports of injuries at the Shrine of Christ the King Church at 64th Street and Woodlawn Avenue, according to fire officials.

The fire broke out around 6 a.m. and was raised to a 3-11 alarm.

The church, formerly known as St. Gelasius, was built by the Calced Carmelite Order, which established a shrine to St. Thérèse of Lisieux, according to the church’s website.”

Look what I found!!

Look what I found when I was cleaning, sorting and shredding papers!!! Should I keep it or shred it!!!!???

The young Canon Mathew Talarico!!!! Canon Matthew Talarico is now the Provincial Superior, USA for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.


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During the recent Chapter meeting at the Motherhouse in Gricigliano, Italy, the Prior General, Monsignor Gilles Wach, has made new appointments for the leadership of the Institute’s American province. After fifteen years as provincial superior in the United States, Monsignor Michael Schmitz has been assigned to increased duties in the Institute’s European provinces. Thus, the Prior General has appointed Canon Matthew Talarico, who has served as vice-provincial for the past five years, as the new provincial of the American Province. Monsignor Schmitz remains as Vicar General of the Institute worldwide and is now the Delegate of the Prior General for the United States and the Provincial of France. Monsignor Schmitz will continue to visit the American Province, as he will do this October, and will assist Canon Talarico to guide the work of the Institute in the United States. Asking for your prayers, the superiors, canons, and oblates thank you wholeheartedly for your support and assistance of the Institute’s mission at the service of the Church.