St. Anne Catholic Community (Barrington, Illinois)

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St. Anne Catholic Community is a Roman Catholic parish of the Archdiocese of Chicago located in suburban Barrington, Illinois approximately thirty-two miles northwest of Chicago. Originally dedicated in 1884, St. Anne is the only Catholic parish in the Barrington area.[citation needed]

In 2000, the church was expanded significantly to accommodate its 3,700+ registered parishioner families; at the time, its Campus Development Plan was the largest in the modern history of the Archdiocese.[1] Rev. Bernie Pietrzak is the current pastor,[2] replacing Rev. John "Jack" Dewes, who served the community through 2009.[3]


Exterior of the original St. Anne Church, left, in 1910; a neo-Gothic limestone church replaced this wooden structure in the early 20th century.

Early history[edit]

St. Anne's history dates to the 1860s, when missionary priests celebrated the Mass in private Barrington homes, then a largely rural area.[1] The original St. Anne Church was dedicated in 1884, and St. Anne's maintained a resident pastor beginning in 1905.[1] St. Anne was named for St. Anne, the mother of the Virgin Mary.[4]

In or around 1949, St. Anne dedicated a new church at the southeast corner of Franklin and Ela Streets. The church served as the main worship space for the parish until the construction of the current St. Anne campus.

Campus Development Plan[edit]

In 1995, St. Anne approached several design firms regarding a multimillion-dollar update and expansion of its undersized facilities. The parish had outgrown its original church building by such a wide margin that some weekly Masses were held in the school gymnasium.[citation needed] After careful consideration, parish leaders chose lead architect RuckPate and YHR Partners to jointly facilitate a comprehensive master plan for the parish expansion.[5]

YHR and RuckPate designed the new worship space to employ non-traditional, antiphonal seating with a shallow mezzanine to maintain the intimacy of the worship area. The project also included improvements to other parish families on site for fellowship, religious education, parochial education, youth activities, senior activities, outreach ministries, and administration functions.[6] The parish dedicated the new building on April 30, 2000.[7] Later that year, the parish received the 2000 Association of Licensed Architects Design Award.[8] Among numerous other neo-Gothic artworks, the newly constructed Worship Space features twelve near life-size sculptures of saints by Jay Hall Carpenter.[9]


In 2000, the newly expanded church received the Association of Licensed Architects Award of Excellence in Architecture for its limestone and neo-Gothic design.[5][8] The current St. Anne campus features a 1300-seat, two-story Worship Space, a 160-seat chapel[5] (site of the church dedicated in 1949), and the St. Anne School for elementary education.[10] The Campus also contains a Gathering Space and Parish Library, in addition to the parish rectory and administrative offices. Since its expansion, the parish has grown to over 4,000 registered member families.[11]

Until recently, the church's longest-subscribing parishioner was Jim Hollister, who had been registered with the parish since his baptism in 1925 and died in Barrington in November 2009.[12]

St. Anne School[edit]

In 1927, the Sisters of Mercy founded and staffed the first St. Anne School, one of the earliest parochial schools in Lake County.[10] Three years later, the School Sisters of St. Francis took charge of the school and still minister in the parish today. The co-educational school numbers approximately 500 students, teaching children from three-year-old preschool through eighth grade.[13] The U.S. Department of Education has recognized St. Anne's School as a Blue Ribbon School.[14]

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  2. ^,barrington-firstpitch-082009-s1.article
  3. ^ St. Anne Barrington. "St. Anne Barrington". St. Anne Barrington. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Patron Saint". Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "RuckPate Architecture: Education / Schools, Religious / Church, Corporate Offices, Facility Planning Architects in Chicago Illinois". Archived from the original on November 19, 2010. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  6. ^ "YHR Partners". Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  7. ^ St. Anne Barrington[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ a b Design Awards Archived September 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Lee Carpenter, "Famed Sculptor Creates Saintly Dozen," Chicago Daily Herald, Sept. 24, 2001". September 24, 2001. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "St. Anne School Barrington Illinois USA". Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  11. ^ Stamos, Lisa. "Features". Retrieved May 1, 2010. [dead link]
  12. ^,barrington-catlow-111209-s1.article
  13. ^ "St Anne School - Barrington, Illinois/IL - Private School Profile". Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  14. ^ "St. Anne Catholic School-Barrington, Illinois". Retrieved October 31, 2010. 

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