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Work at the Parapets

CHICAGO, IL – Work continues at the parapets to reinforce the wall in preparation for the steel installation. The parapet walls over the north vestibule had five courses of existing brick removed and rebuilt with brick, block and bond beam to fortify the wall. Masonry ties were used to tie the new brick in with the existing brick.

South Wall Work Continued…

CHICAGO, IL – Last week at the Shrine, work was done on the South Wall at the altar. Below you will see photos of before, during, and after the work at the parapet.

Demolition of the loose brick at the parapet

After Demolition

During the brick rebuild of the parapet

During Brick Rebuild

The final build of the parapet

Final Build


Our Commitment

The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest stands committed to the rebuilding of the Shrine church for our faithful, neighbors, supporters, and the continuation of the Shrine’s presence and mission in Chicago and throughout the United States.

We pray you will be able to help us with this important commitment: or

Busy Week at the Shrine

CHICAGO, IL – Busy week here at the Shrine! Scaffolding was erected at the altar walls. Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) was on site to inspect the demolition of the first four courses of brick. It was determined that the interior brick wall was not stable at four courses and more courses needed to come out. New brick will be installed to replace the existing to create a strong bond for the wall. Both walls are being ground out and prepared for tuckpointing.

The October 2015 Fire

Did You Know? In October 2015, a fire devastated the Shrine of Christ the King, destroyed its entire roof structure, and threatened demolition of the building. Four and half months later, in February of 2016, the Archdiocese of Chicago conferred ownership of the Shrine to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Rebuilding has been underway ever since!

Help to rebuild the Shrine!


South Wall Work

CHICAGO, IL – Work continues at the Shrine. This week was finishing up the bond beam installation on the south wall at the parapet. 24” threaded stainless steel rods were set vertically through the new bond beam and brick and connected into the existing brick. Rebar was set horizontally and the bond beam was grouted solid. The bond beam was installed to fortify and strengthen the wall. When the old steel is removed the wall needs to have the strength to stand on its own until the new steel is set in place.

Canon Talarico Working Hard

CHICAGO, IL – Canon Talarico was on site overseeing the work at the south parapet wall, even getting his hands a little dirty assisting with the grout pour in the bond beams.

You can help restore the Shrine as well!

Coupon Testing at the Shrine

CHICAGO, IL – Coupon Testing was done yesterday at the Shrine. What is Coupon Testing?

Coupon testing is essential in the design of renovations of steel in historic buildings to understand the yield strength of the steel and the chemical content to determine the feasibility of welding to the new steel. When the carbon content of the existing steel is known the new steel can be made to make welding feasible.

Coupon Testing at the Shrine
Coupon Testing at the Shrine
Work at the Shrine
Work at the Shrine

The Shrine & the Community

Since the Shrine’s inception in 2004 under the leadership of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, the Shrine community has multiplied its members from all ages and backgrounds, developed many traditional Catholic devotions, and hosted cultural and civic events such as concerts and neighborhood meetings.

Help the Shrine continue to be an instrumental and vital part of the Chicago Community!

Tension Testing

CHICAGO, IL – Tension Testing was done on Friday, August 4th to test the strength of the stainless steel rods in the new brick and bond beam construction. 5-7 layers of existing brick were removed to install new brick with a bond beam on top. 24” stainless steel threaded rods in a mesh sleeve are installed every 8” alternating 16” o.c. (on center). These rods tie in the existing brick to the new construction creating a stout bond and strengthening the top of the wall. This is all preparation work for the new steel trusses.