The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii is the oldest continuing Italian-American Roman Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Chicago, located on the west side in the heart of historic “Little Italy”. As a Shrine we offer healing and hope, we ask for mercy and grace, and we preach the love of Jesus Christ to all like family, proudly celebrating our heritage and tradition. Here the restless seeking of the soul finds a safe place to explore its sacred journey.

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Winter Spirituality Series (3 parts), Pilgrimage for the Planet, Care for our Home
16 December 2019

Winter Spirituality 3-Part Series: Pilgrimage for the Planet

 Saturdays: 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.  January 25, February 22 & March 28, Come to 1 or all 3

What do aquaponics, community gardening, composting and food deserts have to do with the Bible?   Come to our Winter Spirituality Series, as we join a Scripture scholar, Dianne Bergant, CSA, an environmental interpreter, Amy Lentz, and an agriculturist, Tucker Kelly, to find out!

If you liked our “Fall Spirituality Series”, you won’t want to miss this complimentary 3-part series. Come to 1 or all 3.  Free Will Donations gratefully accepted.

Contact: Cathy Lentz: 312.421.3757, ext. 306

PLEASE REGISTER with Name/Email/Phone by Wednesday before each date.

Where: The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington, Chicago, IL

All are welcome to this Complimentary Series.  Freewill donations gratefully received.

January 25A Sister of St. Agnes of Fond du Lac, WI, Dianne Bergant, served on the faculty at Catholic Theological Union from 1978 to 2014. She has earned numerous awards and served on many boards related to theology and Scripture. She has taught and lectured in various places in the United States, as well as in South Africa and Namibia, Trinidad, England and Ireland, Kiribati, Philippines, Thailand, Mexico, Nicaragua, Rome, Australia and New Zealand.



February 22 An environmental interpreter, Amy Lentz  is a master’s student in the School of Freshwater Science at University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and History from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Although she grew up in the Chicago area, she has been working with low income and at risk youth in the city of Milwaukee for almost five years. Her presentation will address Food Deserts and their implications for public health and social justice. She will also be discussing the science of less conventional agriculture methods such as aquaponics and vermicomposting.  Her hope with this presentation is that it will encourage us all to live a more just and sustainable lifestyle.


March 28 An Agriculturist, Tucker Kelly…joined Urban Autism Solutions (UAS) as the Lead Grower of Growing Solutions Farm in fall 2018. He works closely with young adults with autism and related disabilities from Chicago Public Schools, Easter Seals, and UAS residents, at the farm, providing vocational programming on customer service, food safety, principled agriculture, and environmental stewardship.

Join us at Growing Solutions farm for a brief tour of the facility, after which we will roll up our sleeves and do some planting. Along the way we will learn what a small scale, neighborhood level agricultural production does for our environment.

Please Register or 312.421.3757, ext. 306

with Name/Email/Phone by Wednesday before each date.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington, Chicago, IL

Valentine’s Dance 50’s Dance
9 January 2020

Shrine Auxiliary & Friends Invite You To A Valentine’s Day ‘50s Dance Saturday, February 15 (‘50s attire optional)

 The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 West Lexington Street, Chicago, IL 60607

 (Doors open) 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Check-In at Will Call!

 $25 Per Person or $200: Reserved Table for 8 due by Tuesday, February 11. ($30, cash only, at the Door), or Please click here to pay online.

Your Reservation includes –

Choice of 1 FOOD item & 1 DRINK item. Pick up your Food/Drink Ticket at Will Call 

Additional Food & Drink Tickets – available for purchase: Cash, or V/MC (Min. $25.00)

DJ spinning all night!

“Split the Pot” – 6 for $5 or 14 for $10

Parking Available on Cabrini, Lytle and Lexington Streets.

NO Smoking Allowed!

For Reservations or Point Person: Gary De Leonardis at or 312.218.5507 cell

Call the Shrine Office at 312.421.3757

Or click here to print, complete and mail in to the Shrine Office..

Padre Pio of Pietrelcina Prayer Cenacle
27 June 2017

Join us the first and third Wednesdays of the month 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

On a September morning in 1918, praying before the Crucifix in the choir of the old church, Padre Pio received the gift of the stigmata, or visible wounds of the crucifixion, that remained in his body, fresh and bleeding, for half a century, until his death September 23, 1968.

The Holy Father John Paul II granted the title of “Venerable” on December 18, 1997, and he was canonized a saint on June 16, 2002.

The Shrine has held a prayer service to Padre Pio for many years.  Many pilgrims place their intentions in his care.  Join us the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.


“Shrine homilies speak to me, shrine liturgies touch my heart, the Shrine brings me closer to God.  My only response is to be generous in my giving”.