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  Joint Statement from the Diocese of Joliet and the Association for the Preservation of St. Rose of Lima Chapel
08/08/2019

 August 8, 2019

Joint Statement from the Diocese of Joliet
and the Association for the Preservation of St. Rose of Lima Chapel

KANKAKEE, IL –

On August 8, 2019, the Diocese of Joliet and Bishop R. Daniel Conlon announced the formal transfer of St. Rose Chapel (located at 486 W. Merchant Street in Kankakee, Illinois) to the Association for the Preservation of St. Rose of Lima Chapel (“Association”), an Illinois not-for-profit organization established in accordance with civil and canon law for the purpose of sustaining the historical religious location.

St. Rose of Lima Parish was founded over 150 years ago by French-Canadian residents in the newly-formed Kankakee County, Illinois, and formally established by Bishop Anthony O’Regan in what was then part of the Archdiocese of Chicago.  The church at St. Rose, constructed in 1877 under the leadership of Rev. Peter Paradis, was already one of the oldest buildings to became part of the Diocese of Joliet when it was established in 1948 by Pope Pius XII.

Due to a declining local population, economic factors and a decreasing number of available diocesan priests, in 2015 Rev. Santos (Sunny) Castillo was appointed simultaneously as pastor to three Kankakee parishes, including St. Rose.  In 2017, St. Rose of Lima Parish merged with St. Teresa and St. Martin to become St. John Paul II Catholic Parish, with St. Rose Church indefinitely closing its doors as a cost-saving measure.

Following a large outpouring of support for the building, the Diocese of Joliet Bishop, Most Rev. R. Daniel Conlon agreed to donate the property to a group of parishioners willing to maintain it in accordance with Catholic principles. That group formed the Association in coordination with Church leaders and, with Fr. Ray Lescher being assigned as chaplain, St. Rose of Lima Chapel will continue to host Eucharistic Adoration as well as occasional opportunities for the celebration of sacraments.

“St. Rose of Lima Chapel is obviously a culturally and historically significant location to the local Church,” Bishop Conlon noted. “I am very pleased that this motivated group of Catholic parishioners have stepped forward to maintain and operate the building after the parish could no longer afford to do so. Their dedication to their faith and to preserving the tradition handed down to them is a beautiful gesture that will be appreciated by future generations of Catholics in Kankakee.”

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About the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet

Established in 1948, the Roman Catholic Church of Joliet encompasses seven counties in Illinois to the south and west of Chicago, including DuPage, Will, Kendall, Grundy, Kankakee, Ford and Iroquois counties. The Diocese of Joliet services approximately 650,000 Catholic faithful across 125 parish and mission communities, under the pastoral care of Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon, the fifth Bishop of Joliet.

About the Association for the Preservation of St. Rose of Lima Chapel

The Association for the Preservation of St. Rose of Lima Chapel, an association of the Christian faithful established under canon law, has as its purpose that St. Rose of Lima Chapel will remain open so that all whose spiritual lives are enriched by this church can continue to worship within it by Eucharistic Adoration and other sacred activities. Funds for this purpose will be raised by the Association which will make St. Rose Chapel available to all in the geographic area for generations to come.

Contact for Association for the Preservation of St. Rose of Lima Chapel (APSRC)
P.O. Box 302
Aroma Park, Illinois 60910
st.roseoflimachapel@gmail.com



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