Media Contacts

Richard Barry
Holy Family Parish
Media Relations Volunteer
(312) 558-1770 ext. 121
Cell: (312) 607-5888

Rev. Jeremiah J. Boland
Holy Family Parish
(312) 492-8442

Holy Family Church Chicago Sets Exhibition Schedule for Unique Collection of 1870 Hand-Carved Angels from Montréal during 2007 Christmas Season


In response to wide interest, a special viewing has been arranged of a rare collection of 29 historic hand- carved gilded wooden angel orchestra statues, created by Charles Olivier-Dauphin in Montréal in 1870, before their final return next year to the upper reaches of the second balcony of Holy Family Church Chicago atop the massive case of the recently installed and donated European Rice Frobenius organ.


Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Road (at May Street), Chicago (Media parking at north end of church off Taylor Street)


During the 2007 Christmas season, as part of Holy Family’s 150th Anniversary Celebration, there will be several opportunities to inspect up close the whimsical orchestra of intricately carved gilded Dauphin angels before their return atop Holy Family’s massive 1870 two-story organ case built by Mitchell & Sons of Montréal. The case once housed the largest church organ in the United States but now has a newly donated historic organ that arrived from Europe. When funds become available the angels will be returned atop the organ case.

The angels will be on display during the Christmas season:

Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24 5:00 p.m. Mass with music featuring historic Rice Frobenius pipe organ. 9:30 p.m. Christmas Carols featuring the Holy Family Gospel Choir. 10 p.m. Solemn liturgy ( Mass) of the Vigil of Christmas

Tuesday, December 25 9:45 a.m. Celebration of Nativity of Our Lord Mass

Sunday, December 30 9:45 a.m. Feast of the Holy Family Mass, Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., presiding 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Open House, Church Tours, Music

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