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A Little Bit Closer Each & Every Day

We’ve all heard the expression, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. This little piece of Rome in the south side of Chicago will be no different.

Each day, the Shrine of Christ the King continues to get one step closer to opening its doors to the neighborhood of Woodlawn and to the world.

This beautiful, Roman-style, historic landmark will one day be a glorious sign of hope in our community, but it will take time; it will take commitment; it will take perseverance. In the end, the Shrine of Christ the King will be even better than before.

Become a part of this south side Renaissance!

To find out how you can help by donating to the 6401 Woodlawn Heritage Foundation, please email our Project Manager, Rev. Canon Matthew Weaver, at info@institute-christ-king.org

Contemporary Comfort within a Classical Design

This past week’s meeting with the mechanical engineers was not only highly productive, but also most encouraging. Through a collaborative effort of all present, the design and engineering of the various mechanical systems within the future Shrine of Christ the King will be efficient as well as effective, and never at the expense of the overall interior aesthetic. By utilizing the available space created by the additional columns introduced by the basilica style, all mechanicals will be discreetly incorporated into the architecture, providing contemporary comfort to this magnificent classical design.

Thank you for your continued support of this monumental project for the glory of God and the common good of the Woodlawn community. Together, we will rise from the ashes.

Click to enlarge designs of the Shrine.

To find out how you can help by donating to the 6401 Woodlawn Heritage Foundation, please email our Project Manager, Rev. Canon Matthew Weaver, at info@institute-christ-king.org

Restoring Woodlawn is a Family Affair

From windows to walls, landscaping to office work, building the Shrine of Christ the King is truly a Woodlawn family affair!

Fathers and sons from the community work daily to restore and repair the historic landmark church and the surrounding grounds as mothers and daughters work together to make the Shrine of Christ the King a beautiful, safe and sacred place for us all.

All of these great people work side by side with the priests and oblate brothers of the Institute of Christ the King to bring Woodlawn’s cornerstone back to life like a phoenix from the ashes.

We are dedicated to rebuild not only an historic landmark church in Chicago’s south side, but also to pull our weight to help restore and revive a community. This very important work begins with the family.

Your financial support of the 6401 Woodlawn Heritage Foundation does much more than simply to help rebuild an historic cornerstone church, you help support and restore the real and true cornerstone of every community: the family. May God reward you for your support!

To find out how you can help by donating to the 6401 Woodlawn Heritage Foundation, please email our Project Manager, Rev. Canon Matthew Weaver, at info@institute-christ-king.org

Result-Driven Confidence

We’ve all heard “freedom isn’t free”; neither is restoring a magnificent historic landmark church. Your generous sacrifices are what make our restoration work possible, and that’s why we are dedicated to keeping you up-to-date on our continual progress in this monumental project.

We are totally dependent on the generous donations of our neighbors and benefactors, and we owe it to you to show you the results.

Nothing says “thank you” more powerfully than our tireless dedication to responsibly using the funds received, and nothing builds confidence in a non-profit project than producing real results!

We look forward to showing you the results of your generosity each and every week, and building on the trust you have placed in us to restore Woodlawn’s cornerstone by keeping our promise to you.

100% of your donation goes to restore the Shrine of Christ the King.

To find out how you can help by donating to the 6401 Woodlawn Heritage Foundation, please email our Project Manager, Rev. Canon Matthew Weaver, at info@institute-christ-king.org

A Clean Slate Going Forward

In life, we all need a second chance. When we get one, we need to be ready to take advantage of it — No shortcuts, no excuses.

Rolling up our sleeves and getting to work, our goal is not only to take full advantage of the opportunity at hand to restore and refresh our campus, but also to positively impact the Woodlawn community of which we are an historic and integral part.

After having first removed the overgrowth from the front lawn, local workmen began this week power washing the façade and continued to tuckpoint the interior brick of the historic landmark church in order to insure not only the exterior beauty of Woodlawn’s cornerstone, but also its perennial stability.

In five years time, by your help and generous support, the Shrine of Christ the King will be restored both inside and out in order to stand strong for the next 100 years and beyond.

Help us prepare for our centennial in 2024 with your tax-deductible donation to restore Woodlawn’s cornerstone.

To find out how you can help by donating to the 6401 Woodlawn Heritage Foundation, please email our Project Manager, Rev. Canon Matthew Weaver, at info@institute-christ-king.org