religious art, liturgical art, and church photography from S. Smith Photography

Restoring the sacred at St. John Cantius Parish, Chicago, Illinois

I stopped into St. John Cantius Church last Thursday, as I am wont to pray the Holy Rosary and Vespers with the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius on Thursday nights.  I had my camera along and decided to share with you a little bit of the wonderful progress being made to restore this beautiful church that I have grown to love so much.  There are images of what some of the columns look like after they have been restored along with some detail images of a side chapel by the sacristy door that is used to teach priests the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.  St. John Cantius does a wonderful job of finding pieces of sacred art that might easily gather dust somewhere, and restore them to good use.  The adoring angel is part of a pair of angels that have been added next to the crucifixion scene at this side altar.  The stained glass window of Our Lord bound is another example of incorporating sacred art from other places into a new space.

detail image of re-gilded plaster work on the south side of the church nave.  Restored paintings of children and their guardian angels can be seen in the background.

re-gilding work done near the sanctuary

while re-gilding and plaster work restoration happens above, Italian artisans repaint the faux marble effect on the column below


after, with the gilding and marble effect restored on the flat column

adoring angel to the left of the side altar

Our Lord bound: a panel of stained glass inset into the window to the left of the side altar

As you can see, so much beautiful work is already being done to restore a beautiful church.  If you have enjoyed these images, please consider donating even 5 dollars to the restoration of the sacred space of St. John Cantius Parish.  The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius and the parish of St. John Cantius have always been good to me and my work, and I’d like to help return the favor to them.  Please consider donating to a very beautiful work in progress! You may so with ease by following this link.  God Bless You for your support!


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