St. Josaphat Roman Catholic Church (Chicago)

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St. Josaphat
Church
St. JosaphatChurch is located in USA
St. JosaphatChurch
St. Josaphat
Church
Coordinates: 41°55′25.1″N 87°39′46.8″W / 41.923639°N 87.663000°W / 41.923639; -87.663000
Location Chicago
Country USA
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website St. Josaphat's Parish
History
Founded 1884 (1884)
Founder(s) Polish immigrants
Dedication St. Josaphat
Dedicated  ()
Consecrated  ()
Architecture
Functional status Active
Heritage designation For Polish Kashubians immigrants
Architect(s) William J. Brinkmann
Architectural type Church
Style Romanesque Revival
Groundbreaking 1899 (1899)
Completed 1902 (1902)
Construction cost $125,000 (1902)
Specifications
Materials Brick

St. Josaphat (Polish: Kościół Świętego Jozafata and in Kashubian as Kòscół Swiãtégò Jozafata) is a historic church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago located at 2311 North Southport Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.

It is a prime example of the so-called 'Polish Cathedral style' of church in both its opulence and grand scale. St. Josaphat's two massive Romanesque belltowers are a hallmark view of the Lincoln Park skyline.

History of Saint Josaphat's Parish[edit]

The congregation dates back to 1882, when a 13 member committee of Chicago's Kashubian Polish community formally approached the Resurrectionist Father Vincent Barzynski, then Chicago's preeminent Polish priest, for his assistance in establishing a Kashubian parish. Prior to this most of the Kashubian families had been attending Mass at Saint Michael's Parish, a "German" parish which they preferred to Father Barzynski's own "Polish" parish of Saint Stanislaus Kostka. The current combination church-school building, an imposing brick edifice, was dedicated on May 22, 1884.[1]

The parish attracted Polish settlement in this area of the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, most of them hailing from Cassubia along the Baltic Sea. This concentration led to the neighborhood being referred to as Kaszubowo by local Poles.

By 1980, roughly half of Saint Josaphat's 450 families self-identified as Polish American, with 30% self-identifying as Mexican American.[1] In the twenty-first century, Saint Josaphat's now serves an overwhelmingly young, white, urban professional congregation in a newly prosperous, gentrified neighborhood. The renovated church, with its traditional Catholic architecture, is popular for weddings, with over 65 a year.

Architecture[edit]

The Romanesque church, built at a cost of $125,000 in 1902, was designed by William J. Brinkmann, who also drew plans for the Neogothic masterpiece of St. Michael the Archangel in South Chicago.

See also[edit]

Church in architecture books[edit]

  • Sinkevitch, Alice (2004). The AIA Guide to Chicago. Harvest Books. 
  • Schulze, Franz; Harrington, Kevin (2003). Chicago's Famous Buildings. University Of Chicago Press. 
  • McNamara, Denis R. (2005). Heavenly City: The Architectural Tradition of Catholic Chicago. Liturgy Training Publications. 
  • Chiat, Marylin (2004). The Spiritual Traveler: Chicago and Illinois: A Guide to Sacred Sites and Peaceful Places. HiddenSpring. 
  • Lane, George A. (1982). Chicago Churches and Synagogues: An Architectural Pilgrimage. Loyola Press. 
  • Kantowicz, Edward R. (2007). The Archdiocese of Chicago: A Journey of Faith. Booklink. 
  • Kociolek, Jacek (2002). Kościoły Polskie w Chicago {Polish Churches of Chicago} (in Polish). Ex Libris. 

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Archdiocese of Chicago (1980). "St. Josaphat Church History". Polish Genealogical Society of America. Retrieved 2013-10-28.