Cardinal George Crowns the Infant King, 2007

On Saturday, December 29, 2007, His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, visited the Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in Chicago to crown the statue of the Divine Infant King in a solemn ceremony. He then assisted and preached at a Solemn High Mass celebrated by Msgr. R. Michael Schmitz, Vicar General of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.

The event took place in the previously-gutted church building, which was beautifully prepared for the occasion, though its interior still must be restored. Local faithful and pilgrims from near and far, such as Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, California, New Jersey, and other areas filled the church to capacity.

The Infant King will help to bring the Shrine to its final beauty. The wooden statue crowned by His Eminence was given by a benefactor and comes from Spain where it was carved in 1640. The Infant King is a beautiful example of the devotion to the Incarnate Savior spread by St. Teresa of Avila, St. Therese of Lisieux, and other saints throughout the world. The Infant King awaits your visit to Chicago.

Video of the Coronation is also available.

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