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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: Holy Family Catholic Church bits and pieces
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 23:59:20 -0500

> People today can't even imagine how successful Holy Family Church
> was. In the 1880's they had 26 parish priests here.
> "This was really the immigrant church triumphant. You know with
> 20,000 parishioners, 3200 kids in school," said Fr. Jerry Boland.
> It's a church that is absolutely filled with Chicago history. It
> was built by those dirt poor immigrants 144 years ago and then
> survived the Chicago fire. And what's interesting about that is
> that one of the parishioners here was Mrs. O'Leary.
> "I think Holy Family should have a statue to Mrs. O'Leary as the
> patron saint of architecture. Without the great fire of 1871 and
> its massive urban renewal program Chicago would not be known as the
> great center of architecture that it is today," said Skerrett.

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