The oldest continuing Italian American Church in the City of Chicago, located on the west side in the heart of historic “Little Italy”. We are a Catholic community, with Christ as our foundation, that welcomes all like family, that proudly celebrates its heritage and tradition.  Here the restless seeking of the soul finds a safe place to explore its sacred journey.

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Praying With Mary Magdelane, A Morning Retreat
22 May 2018

Saturday, July 21, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

As the first witness to the resurrected Jesus, Mary Magdalene, was entrusted to carry the heart of Jesus to others.

How can we continue to carry the love of Jesus to those we meet in everyday life? How does the story of Mary Magdalene translate to the lives of men and women today? What do we know about this woman who has been called “Apostle to the Apostles”?

Through conversation, reflection, and creative prayer experience we will share the story of Mary Magdalene as we celebrate on the eve of her Feast Day, from 10-11:30 AM, Saturday, July 21 in the Shrine Center.  All are welcome. Julie Berggren, MA

Julie is a spiritual director, chaplain, and retreat leader.

4 June 2018
Sunday July 22, 2018 at 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Our Lady of Manaoag has a permanent home at the Shrine

Folk tradition has it that the Blessed Mother showed herself to a middle aged farmer and gave him the message on where she wanted her church to be located, She showed herself on a low tree amidst the glow of heavenly light. Manaoag is known more as a pilgrimage town than anything else.

This feast has been celebrated at the Shrine since 2003.   The Shrine’s Filipino community celebrates our Blessed Mother Mary with their gift of song, worship and tradition.   Much like the Italian custom, you depart full of the Holy Spirit and good food.

Walking with Mary
22 May 2018

Saturday, August 4, 2018 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Join us as we gather to pray with Mary and take a closer look at the Salve Regina prayer. The Salve Regina is a prayer for all people—whether you are in a place of peace or at a crossroads.

Bring your prayers of joy and sorrow as we pray together and share the company of Mary, Mother of Mercy.

Saturday, August 4 9-10:30 we will meet on the front steps of the Shrine and walk across the street to Arrigo (Peanut Park) for a slow paced conversation and reflection on Mary.

All are welcome. Julie Berggren, MA

Julie is a spiritual director, chaplain, and retreat leader.

Piazza Pompeii
17 May 2017

Thank You! to all who supported us May 20 with fruit, donuts, coffee cakes homemade cookies & muffins

Thank you to Josephine Ponticello for Delicious Homemade Italian Ricotta Lemon cookies.

Please join us for our next Piazza Pompeii on October 14, 2018.


Volunteers will be needed!  Contact Mary Beth Howard 312.421.3757 if you can volunteer.

Also –

LOOKING TO SPONSOR THE FEATURE ITEM? Please call Mary Beth 312.421.3757.

Thank you.

“Shrine homilies speak to me, shrine liturgies touch my heart, the Shrine brings me closer to God.  My only response is to be generous in my giving”.