Please note the time line of the important dates of this process that the Parish and church of St. Adalbert is going through.
June, 2013-June ,2014 put under the Administration of St. Paul Parish, Rev. Michael Enright Administrator, In June 2014 Rev. Mike Enright made Pastor of St. Adalbert . Had 2 parishes under his tutelage .
April 2014- Initial talks between pastors of Pilsen of a committee to look into the future of the Pilsen Parishes.
May, 2014 -Scaffolding goes up at St. Adalbert.
Sept 13, 2014 – St. Adalbert’s celebrates it’s 140 anniversary
June 17, 2015- Pilsen Planning: Parish Leaders meeting
September 17 , 2015- Prayer Service held at St. Pius V Church. Presentation given for the planning process
September 20, 2015 -Survey was distributed at all masses in the Pilsen parishes.
September-November 2015,-Pilsen Planning meets for 6 times. St. Adalbert is represented by 3 parishioners picked by Fr. Mike Enright.
Dec 2015 & Jan 19, 2016 -General Parish council meeting where in the 3 members of the Pilsen Planning committee updated us. Possibility of the Closing of St. Adalbert is related as a very strong option .
Jan 20, 2016 First meeting of the Plan B committee- With St. Ann members of the Pilsen Planning committee. Plan B being the merging of the 2 parishes. Held at St. Adalbert.
Jan 28-Feb.4-Feb.7-Feb 12 subsequent meetings with Plan B committee. Came up with a proposal that was delivered to the Archdiocese of Chicago Reps-Bishop Rojas and Tim Weiske via email on Feb 8.
February 14, 2016-Announcement made of closure of St. Adalbert Parish– plus the merging of St. Ann to St. Paul Parish and Providence of God to St. Procopius . Related that further information and decrees to come.
Feb 16, 2016- Parish Meeting- Committee formed to fight closure.
Feb 18 ,2016-first meeting of the committee with TRP-Raul Raymundo CEO and Raul Hernandez .
Feb 22,2016 -Letter sent to Archbishop Rojas addressing closure and requesting 6 month moratorium of any action including the promulgation of decrees from committee.letter FEb 22, 2016 Cupich
February 25, 2016-Response sent from Bishop Rojas on , stating that the decision would basically stand as is.REsponse from Rojas Feb. 27 2016
March 18th -Further letter sent to Bishop Rojas- and subsequently to Archbishop Cupich on April 1,2016 after no direct response for face to face meeting from Archbishop Rojas. No direct response. Kept having Mass Mobs and Pancake breakfasts.Response to Bishop Rojas 3.17.16 Letter to Cupich April 1, 2016
March 31, 2016-First Finance meeting attended by committee, were given financial docs of the church from July 2015- Feb. 2016.St. Adalbert Finance Meeting March 31, 2016
On April 4,2016 bulletin insert with letter from Fr. Mike and including letter dated March 30, 2016 from Bishop Rojas stating that no further funds to the Save the Tower account were to be accepted and that all monies were to be returned.Fr. Mike Letter 4-4-2016 Response from Bishop Rojas 03-30-2016
April 23,2016- Celebrated St. Adalbert Feast day, big attendance by Polish community and dignitaries.
April 27, 2016-St. Adalbert Preservation Society Incorporated as a non-profit in the state of Illinois. Started process for federal 501 ( C) (3) status.
May 13, 2016-SAPS attended next to last Parish Finance committee meeting.
May 23, 2016-Public vigil at Zocalo with guests. Alderman Danny Solis expressed public support for SAPS efforts.
May 23, 2016 and May 24, 2016-Decrees promulgated – for Suppression of Parish and for Church being reduced to profane but not sordid use.St. Adalbert Decrees & Letter from Archdiocese 05-29-2016
June 7, 2016-Sent appeal response to Archbishop Cupich to decrees. Brody Hale- The Catholic Church Preservation Society- helped in this endeavor.St. Adalbert Appeal to Archbishop Cupich June 7
June 13, 2016- Appeal denied by Archbishop Cupich-sent decree upholding prior decrees.decree Cupich Denial June 13
June 1 & 26th 2016 & – Marches Around Cathedral.
June 9th -20th –PNA ( Polish National Alliance ) meetings.
June 19th 20th- Fr. Mike Enright and Finance council sent letters of disapproval of SAPS activity of fighting decrees.Fr. Mike Enright letter to Archbishop Cupich June _20160712_0001 Parish Finance Council letter to Archdiocese June 2016
June 30th, 2016- Mandate sent to Alessia and Aldo Gullo ( Canon Lawyers) to represent us in the Vatican per the Congregation for the Clergy appeal. Peter Borre also retained as advisor and translator to Gullos. Mandate 06:30 :2016_20160630_0001
July 1 ,2016- Appeal sent to Congregation for the Clergy to the Vatican to appeal AD rejection of June 13, 2016.
July, 2016-Parishioner meetings -18-Fiscal sponsorship partnerships discussed in committee meetings. Gathering documents for Peter Borre and Gullos for our defense in the Congregation for the Clergy appeal.
August 26, 2016- Kermes Zocalo fundraiser .
Sept. 19th, 2016-SAPS became a full 501( c) (3).
Oct. 5th, 2016-Landmark Status application started by Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago for St. Adalbert. Eventually rejected because of AD rejection.
October 31, 2016-Archdiocese of Chicago rescinded decree of May 24, 2016 of making Church building to profane but not sordid use. It was designated a sacred site (Church) per this decree, but sale to Chicago Academy of Music was mentioned in decree. Decree Oct 31 2016
November 9, 2016- Responded to October 31, 2016 decree , not for rescinding, but for the announcement of the Sale of the Church to the Chicago Academy of Music.Response to Cupich 11.09.16
November 11, 2016- TRP puts in a bid proposal for St. Adalbert property.
November 8, 2016- Held first in a series of meetings with TRP to start formalizing partnership arrangement. Architect plans shown for first time.
November 22, 2016-Congregation for the Clergy( in Vatican) decree upholding the suppression of the Parish of St. Adalbert.Decree-Congregation of the Clergy-November 22 2016
Dec, 2016- Subsequest meetings with TRP to get matters straightened out about sacred site status.
Jan 4, 2016- Letter from law firm of Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella hired by Archdiocese of Chicago to represent them in the sale of the property to the Chicago Academy of Music (CAM). Archdiocese Legal Letter Jan 4 2017_20170106_0001
Jan 9, 2017-Response to letter of Jan 4th, 2017.Sent to the AD lawyers stating we would like to know the particulars of the liturgical arrangements which we as former parishioners are entitled to know per canon law. Response to Wambach 01.14.17
Jan 23, 2017-Meeting with CLAPA members , TRP and architect.
Feb 4, 2017- sent our appeal to the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Segnatura in the Vatican for our appeal to the Decree dated November 22, 2016, from the Congregation for the Clergy upholding suppression of the Parish.StAd Parish Appeal to Segnatura 02-04-2017
Feb 7-11,2017- Meetings with Polish and TRP- 2 added members to SAPS nominated from Polish community.
Feb 17, 2017- Received Nuncio ( based in DC) confirmation of appeal to Segnatura, dated Feb. 8, 2017.Nuncio DC Reply Feb 8, 2017_20170217_0001
March 3, 2017 – Segnatura confirms the preliminary examination of our case and that they will review the case notes from the Congregation of the Clergy appeal. St. Adalbert Signatura Reply Mar 3 2017