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St. Constance Parish

5843 Strong St.
Chicago, IL 60630
Founded 1916



Parish History

"St Constance Parish was organized in 1916 by Rev. Alexander A. Knitter to meet the needs of the growing Polish community in the neighborhood of Jefferson Park.  The first parish church was located at the intersection of Lawrence and Central Avenue. 

As the Polish community continued to migrate northwest in the city, the need for a larger place of worship quickly arose. In response to this permission to purchase the land bordered by Ainslie, Marmora, Strong and Menard Avenues was requested from and granted by George Cardinal Mundelein, Archbishop of Chicago, in 1917. The larger property allowed both a school and rectory be built at St. Constance for the first time.   The church and school buildings were further enlarged in 1926 and a new rectory was built in 1929. The building which housed the original rectory was converted into a Sisters’ convent. Daily liturgies are delivered in both Polish and English."


St. Constance Church History. PGSA.

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