PRESS RELEASE: Installation of Steel Trusses for New Roof


For Immediate Release

Installation of Steel Trusses for New Roof of Fire-damaged Landmark Church

Press Conference at Construction Site at 6401 South Woodlawn Ave

Friday, March 22, 2018 at 11:00am

(WOODLAWN, MARCH 22, 2018) – After two years of preparatory construction work and successful fundraising, the fire-damaged landmark church Shrine of Christ the King will now be receiving a new roof and a new opportunity to grow its mission for the local community and beyond. This week, two cranes will hoist the first newly-fabricated steel truss into place atop the 1920s Italian Basilica-style church, as crews begin the roof installation process which is scheduled as of now to be completed in June.

On October 7, 2015, a multi-alarm fire destroyed the roof of this only remaining Catholic church in the Woodlawn neighborhood, causing widespread damage to the church interior as well. In order to expedite the church’s complete restoration, ownership of the building and property was given to the Institute of Christ the King in late February 2016. Since then, extensive masonry work has been done, while a completely new roofing system of steel trusses and purlins has been carefully designed and fabricated in view of its installation this week. To date, nearly $2.9 million have been raised for the Shrine’s restoration, including a $250,000 matching grant from the National Fund for Sacred Places. Partners for Sacred Places has been serving as the consultants for this project, while construction workers of good will have generously helped to keep the costs within the $3 million budget for this first phase of the church restoration.

A press conference will be held at the scene of the steel truss installation (6401 South Woodlawn Avenue) at 11:00am on Friday, March 23, as this historic and visual moment unfolds. Together with Woodlawn neighbors and supporters, the Shrine’s Rector, Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico, of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, will offer a brief progress report in gratitude, while the Save the Shrine Coalition and representatives from the historic preservation community will also voice their support of this project in celebration of this milestone moment.

For more info, contact:

Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico, call 773-363-7409, ext. 4 (office) or 973-590-6494 (mobile) or email:

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