Media Contacts

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

Rev. Jeremiah J. Boland
Holy Family Parish
Administrator
(312) 492-8442
Holyfamily-may@archchicago.org


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Media Contact: 
Dick Barry
Holy Family Parish PR Volunteer
Cell: ( 312) 607-5888/
Office: ( 312) 558-1770 ext. 121
e-mail: rbarry@pcipr.com

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Holy Family Parish Makes Pre-Chicago Fire Original Slate Roof Tiles Available To Mark City’s Second Oldest Church’s 150th Anniversary Celebration

CHICAGO—December 18, 2007—Original slate roof tiles, dating to 1859, that protected  Holy Family Church Chicago until 1991 when the Victorian Gothic church was saved from demolition and a major restoration project was launched at Chicago’s second oldest church, were recently uncovered in a little used basement cellar of the 150-year-old building.

The pre-Chicago Fire slate tiles covered the massive structure that was designed by architects Dillenburg and Zucher. At the time, Holy Family was the third largest church in America. The church interior was designed by John Mills Van Osdel, Chicago’s first registered architect. From 1874 to 1890, the church’s bell tower was the tallest structure in Chicago. Holy Family’s 12 large round stained glass clerestory windows are the oldest stained glass in Chicago.

(l. to r.) Rev. Jeremiah J. Boland, parish administrator, Odell Gordon, president, Holy Family Parish Council; and Rev. George A. Lane, S.J., founding board member, Holy Family Preservation Society, examine a sample tile that has been prepared as a memento of the Parish’s Sesquicentennial (1857-2007).

A day-long special event is planned Sunday December 30 2007, the Feast of the Holy Family, beginning with a 9:45 a.m. liturgy celebrated by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., archbishop of Chicago. All are invited. Free parking is available.

Slates are available for a donation of $50 each at Holy Family Parish, 1080 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago 60607 (312) 492-8442 or via e-mail holyfamily-may@archchicago.org.

(Photo: James Caruso, Holy Family Parish Chicago)

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Media Contact: 
Dick Barry
Holy Family Parish PR Volunteer
Cell: ( 312) 607-5888/
Office: ( 312) 558-1770 ext. 121
e-mail: rbarry@pcipr.com

PHOTO CAPTION

Holy Family Parish Makes Pre-Chicago Fire Original Slate Roof Tiles Available To Mark City’s Second Oldest Church’s 150th Anniversary Celebration

CHICAGO—December 18, 2007—Original slate roof tiles, dating to 1859, that protected  Holy Family Church Chicago until 1991 when the Victorian Gothic church was saved from demolition and a major restoration project was launched at Chicago’s second oldest church, were recently uncovered in a little used basement cellar of the 150-year-old building.

The pre-Chicago Fire slate tiles covered the massive structure that was designed by architects Dillenburg and Zucher. At the time, Holy Family was the third largest church in America. The church interior was designed by John Mills Van Osdel, Chicago’s first registered architect. From 1874 to 1890 the church’s bell tower was the tallest structure in Chicago. Holy Family’s 12 large round stained glass clerestory windows are the oldest stained glass in Chicago.

(l. to r.) Rev. George A. Lane, S.J., founding member, Holy Family Preservation Society; Odell Gordon, president, Holy Family Parish Council; and Rev. Jeremiah J. Boland, parish administrator, examine a sample tile that has been prepared as a memento of the Parish’s Sesquicentennial (1857-2007).

A day-long special event is planned Sunday, December 30, 2007, the Feast of the Holy Family, beginning with a 9:45 a.m. liturgy celebrated by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., archbishop of Chicago. All are invited. Free parking is available.

Slates are available for a donation of $50 each at Holy Family Parish, 1080 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago 60607 (312) 492-8442 or via e-mail holyfamily-may@archchicago.org.

(Photo: James Caruso, Holy Family Parish Chicago)

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