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Parish Pride

By Dolores Madlener

Mision San Juan Diego

2323 N. Wilke Road, Arlington Heights

Faith and patience have been hallmarks here. Cardinal Albert Meyer, concerned for the religious needs of Hispanic farm workers in the Northwest Suburbs, gave them a church outgrown by a neighboring parish in 1961. Named Santa Teresita, it became the first mission for Hispanics in the area. Once the struggling community was renamed Mision San Juan Diego, around 1997, good things seemed to happen. Juan Diego, the Catholic Aztec Indian to whom Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared in 1531, was canonized in July, 2002. A new worship site, the former Scandinavian Club, was dedicated here by Cardinal George in 2003 (expansion plans are now contemplated). The cardinal later changed its status to a parish, but the people have retained their sentimental favorite, “Mision San Juan Diego.” With a ministry to over 3,000 parishioners, it draws additional faithful to its all-Spanish liturgies, perhaps one-of-a-kind in the archdiocese.

Father Juan Bosco Jimenez-Garcia, SDB
Saturdays 5 p.m./ Sundays 8 & 10 a.m., 12:30 & 7
p.m., all offered in Spanish
Seating capacity:
(847) 590-9332
Parish founded:
Photo by:
Sandy Bertog