Shrine of Christ the King Earns Acceptance in National Grant Program


Shrine of Christ the King Earns Acceptance in National Grant Program

Chicago, Illinois (October 11, 2017) – The National Fund for Sacred Places, a program of Partners for Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, announced the acceptance of Shrine of Christ the King as one of 17 congregations nationwide to participate in a national grant-making program that supports capital building projects at historic houses of worship. Launched last year with grants totaling $14 million from the Indiana-based Lilly Endowment Inc., the National Fund will offer planning grants, professional services, and capital grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 to a minimum of 50 congregations over four years.

Chad Martin, Director of the National Fund, says that Shrine of Christ the King was well positioned for acceptance into this year’s cohort, for which over 220 congregations applied. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to be a part of this major preservation effort, a project to save a building rooted deeply in historic Catholic architecture. The story of the Shrine re-enlivening this sacred place as an asset for the community, and persevering despite two major fires in recent years is important for Chicago and for the country.”

The Shrine will use awarded funds to complete Phase One of development work after a 3-alarm fire in 2015 turned the 1928 structure into ruins. After previous decades of saving the building from demolition, preservationists and residents have rallied to rebuild the last Catholic church in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side.

“Because of the National Fund, we will be able to complete the roof installation on this Chicago landmark,” says Shrine Rector Canon Matthew Talarico. “It’s the first step in getting us home in the Shrine building.”

The final grant amount will be determined upon the completion of the technical support parts of the program — including training and project consultation.

The complete list of National Fund awardees for the 2017-18 program year include the following:

● Church of the Epiphany—Los Angeles, CA

● Congregation Beth Ahabah—Richmond, VA

● Downtown Church—Memphis, TN

● Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church—Charleston, SC

● The First Baptist Church of Boston—Boston, MA

● First Church—Oberlin, OH

● First Presbyterian Church—Santa Fe, NM

● Grace United Methodist Church—Dallas, TX

● Holy Ascension of Our Lord Cathedral Russian Orthodox Church—Unalaska, AK

● Judson Memorial Church—New York, NY

● Lutheran Church of the Reformation—Washington, DC

● Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purisima Concepción de Acuña—San Antonio, TX

● Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church—Indianapolis, IN

● Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church—Cedar Rapids, IA

Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest—Chicago, IL

● United Baptist Church of Poultney—Poultney, VT

● Wesley African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church—Philadelphia, PA

About The National Fund for Sacred Places The National Fund for Sacred Places is a program of Partners for Sacred Places in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

About Partners for Sacred Places Partners for Sacred Places helps congregations and others with a stake in older religious properties make the most of them as civic assets in ways that benefit people of all faiths and of no faith. Learn more at

About The National Trust for Historic Preservation The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, protects significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action and inspiring broad public support.

For more information, contact the following: In order to set up media interviews with the Shrine Rector, Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico, please contact Jacqueline Lee at

For questions regarding The National Fund for Sacred Places, please contact Chad Martin, Director, at 215-567-3432 x19 (Philadelphia office)