Prayer request…

Prayer request…. Anna  and Jay will be attending the Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat at Mundelein Seminary (Chapel of the Immaculate Conception) in Illinois this weekend. Anna will be receiving the Cross of St. Francis de Sales. Jay has been a member for over 5 years.

If you would like more information about the Society…email us.

The Society of the Sacred Heart is a lay association within the spiritual family of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Through membership in the Society of the Sacred Heart, lay faithful can participate in the spirituality of the Institute directed to expand the kingship of Our Blessed Lord in all realms of the Church and society under the patronage of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

Shrine update #5: “Our community will rebuild” – statement from Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico


October 8th 2015

“Our community will rebuild”

That is the statement the Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico, Provincial Superior of the US Province of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, would like to pass on to the many friends, benefactors, and residents of the city of Chicago regarding the October 7th fire that has devastated for a second time the historic church, now known as the Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, on 64th and Woodlawn. Thankfully, nobody was injured in the extra-alarm blaze. We are also very grateful to the Archbishop of Chicago, the Most Reverend Blase Cupich for expressing his support and prayers at this time from Rome.

The 92-year-old church landmark was in the second phase of a six million dollar renovation when fire broke out Wednesday morning destroying large parts of the roof, the choir loft, some of the windows, and apparently most of the interior furnishings of the church. The damage from water and smoke in the church and sacristy is extensive with early estimates running upwards of 3 million dollars.

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Since 2004, when the congregation of the Institute of Christ the King took over the historic church, the community and neighborhood has witnessed a great transformation. The Infant King devotion, introduced by the congregation, has attracted adherents from all over the country. “Hundreds of prayer requests come in weekly from the local area and across the country and it has been a great source of joy in watching this devotion grow,” said the Rev. Canon Talarico.As the interior and the exterior of the church were slowly renovated, the Shrine congregation, composed of members and families from the local community, some from as far away as Indiana, grew steadily.

The renovation of the church also positively touched the local community by reviving the cultural life of the neighborhood, offering concerts and social events that edified many. Mike Medina, president of the Woodlawn Residents Association, said “From organizing block clean-up days and hosting meetings with city and civic leaders, to promoting local businesses and teaching hockey to neighborhood youth, the Shrine of Christ the King has been a tireless advocate for Woodlawn and serves our neighborhood with a giving and gracious heart. We stand together with the Shrine!”
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Shrine update #2: Video– Chicago Fire Department turning over the Infant Jesus unharmed to Canon Talarico!


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Photo credits: Chicago Fire Media



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I am sad to report that when I turned on the TV this morning to the news at 4:45am. There was a report that a fire broke out in Chicago’s Shrine of Christ the King. The headquarters of the Institute of Christ the King. 

Please pray for the firefighters and for the Institute.

This is the only thing I could find online as of now from the internet….

“An extra-alarm fire broke out in an 80-year-old church in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side Wednesday morning.


There were no reports of injuries at the Shrine of Christ the King Church at 64th Street and Woodlawn Avenue, according to fire officials.

The fire broke out around 6 a.m. and was raised to a 3-11 alarm.

The church, formerly known as St. Gelasius, was built by the Calced Carmelite Order, which established a shrine to St. Thérèse of Lisieux, according to the church’s website.”

Look what I found!!

Look what I found when I was cleaning, sorting and shredding papers!!! Should I keep it or shred it!!!!???

The young Canon Mathew Talarico!!!! Canon Matthew Talarico is now the Provincial Superior, USA for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.


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During the recent Chapter meeting at the Motherhouse in Gricigliano, Italy, the Prior General, Monsignor Gilles Wach, has made new appointments for the leadership of the Institute’s American province. After fifteen years as provincial superior in the United States, Monsignor Michael Schmitz has been assigned to increased duties in the Institute’s European provinces. Thus, the Prior General has appointed Canon Matthew Talarico, who has served as vice-provincial for the past five years, as the new provincial of the American Province. Monsignor Schmitz remains as Vicar General of the Institute worldwide and is now the Delegate of the Prior General for the United States and the Provincial of France. Monsignor Schmitz will continue to visit the American Province, as he will do this October, and will assist Canon Talarico to guide the work of the Institute in the United States. Asking for your prayers, the superiors, canons, and oblates thank you wholeheartedly for your support and assistance of the Institute’s mission at the service of the Church.

Happy 25th Anniversary!


The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest celebrates their 25th anniversary today!



Video: Solemn High Mass of Ember Saturday in Pentecost Octave (May 30, 2015)

We were able to attend the Society of the Sacred Heart Annual Spiritual Retreat at the University of St. Mary of the Lake Conference Center, Mundelein, IL (also known as the Mundelein Seminary) last month. The Society is the lay association within the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. This video is a recording of the Solemn High Mass of Ember Saturday in Pentecost Octave, celebrated by the Very Rev. Msgr. Gilles Wach, Founder and Prior General of the Institute. We will be posting some pictures from the retreat in the next few days or so.

June is the month dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus




June is the month dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. As we transition from the season of spring to summer, and embrace the warmth of God’s unconditional love, let us in return show our great love and devotion through the Sacred of Heart of the Infant King.

Join us at the Shrine of Christ the King and participate in the monthly novena to the Infant King from June 17th to June 25th. The Christ Child has promised us, “The more you honor Me, the more I will bless you.”

While you meditate on the Most Sacred Heart’s divine love for all of humanity, please prayerfully consider offering a candle or flower in honor of the Infant King, as a visible symbol of your love, devotion and thanksgiving. Your intentions will be placed at the foot of the altar of Christ our Infant King and will be remembered on the 25th of June during a Solemn High Mass, offered for your petitions.