Our Lady’s Altar Restoration

Help Us Honor Our Lady

We are inviting friends of Our Lady to make an offering and a prayer intention to Our Lady of Czestochowa. All prayer intentions will be placed in the restored altar when it is completed.

Our Lady’s altar is in dire need of repair and restoration.

It has sustained a wide scale of damage due to the passage of time, the aging process of wood, and the materials used. There are numerous abrasions and unstable areas. The structure of the wooden ornaments and other gilded decorative elements is fragile and cracked, including four entire missing compositions which must be completely reconstructed.

This past Ash Wednesday, restoration began.

Our Lady’s altar has always been an important station of prayer for parishioners. Cantius’s earliest churchgoers donated their precious gold and family jewelry to make up Mary’s crown. We invite you to join our founding parishioners in making your mark on Our Lady’s altar by making your offering here:


Our goal to complete the restoration is $235,000.

Please make your prayer requests here:


The restoration is expected to be finished on this year’s Feast of the Rosary, October 7.

Read more about the incredible story of the special at Our Lady's altar, that was blessed by Pope St. John Paul II as "Our Lady of Chicago."


WE INVITE YOU to make an offering with your prayer intention to Our Lady of Czestochowa:

  1. Donate Online now or send in a donation by mail.

  2. Submit your prayer intention online or include it it with your check

All submitted intentions will be permanently placed in the restored altar where Mass will be celebrated. We are also seeking leadership gifts from individuals who can assist the Canons Regular in this project. If you are interested in making an offering above $5000, please contact Father Joshua Caswell, SJC at office@cantius.org or call the office at 312.243.7373. Please make checks payable to the “AMDG Foundation” with, "Our Lady's Altar" in the memo line. Mail checks and prayer intentions to: Our Lady's Altar AMDG Foundation 1025 W. Fry Street Chicago, IL 60642 Download a prayer intention form below.

Our Lady's Altar Restoration Prayer Request
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