St. John Cantius Church, Chicago
St. John Cantius Church Reviews
St. John Cantius is a church that blew me away. Built in the 19th century and impeccably maintained, the golden altar and majestic art are stunning. I attended one of the 4 Latin masses since I'd hear... more »
I am a Catholic priest who has an interest in learning to celebrate the Latin Mass. St John Cantius is one of the spiritual centers of the Latin Mass here in the United States. Located just off of Chi... more »
Fantastically beautiful church with frequently available confessions and mass times. They offer masses in both Latin (more frequent) and English (less frequent), and both are among the most beautiful masses I've ever seen. Wonderful choir, wonderful priests, and an excellent people. If you're on the blue line on Sunday, you should be heading to St. John Cantius!
Beautiful traditional mass with confession (in confessionals) available during the service. The music is done by a stunning professional ensemble and the confessors are always really good. Some priests have a gift for hearing confessions and I think these ones do. The art in the church is akin to what you'd see in European churches, beautiful traditional statues and paintings, with an ornate alter. I really recommend going here at least once if you visit Chicago for their traditional Latin mass at 12:30 on sunday (go to their website and check out the times in case this changes). If you're a local, I'm sure you'll want to make time to see this place one sunday. It's also not too far from some great spots to eat, and there's normally parking near the church. Public Transport and walking are also not hard to do in this location. For the ladies, veiling is definitely present but not demanded, so feel free to wear yours if you do. It's also not a bad place to try it out for the first time if you are thinking of starting, since either option is pretty well represented and you won't feel out of place. One last note, there are always lots of children, so if you have kids, don't hesitate to bring them to the traditional Latin service. This wasn't my home church in Chicago, (byzantine catholic, not roman) but I always enjoyed coming here when I did.
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