Parishioners Attend Final Mass At St. Adalbert

Rachel Pierson
July 14, 2019 - 3:49 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- St. Adalbert's Catholic Church held its final mass Sunday, after the Archdiocese of Chicago announced its closing back in June. 

"It just seems like the Archdiocese is in the real-estate business now and not in the spirituality business," said Karen Kranz.

Ward Miller, Executive Director of Preservation Chicago, says he's been trying to get St. Adalbert's landmark status for the last five years.

"Really we shouldn't be tearing these buildings down. We should find different ways, but the Cardinal and the Archdiocese are blocking that."

The church is now working with elected officials to rezone the building and keep commercial properties at bay, though some are skeptical.

"I don't know. I've given up. They're gonna do what they want, anyway. That's politics here and in Washington and all over,” Kranz said.

The Archdiocese of Chicago did not address future uses of the property. In a statement online, it said:

"St. Adalbert has been an anchor in the Pilsen community for more than 100 years and the Archdiocese recognizes its prominent role in Chicago history. However, we must be mindful of parish resources and the significant investment required to repair and stabilize the church building.”