Photography with a neighborhood dimension…

Derrick Curtis (18) David Moore (17)

LET’S VOTE AND SUPPORT DERRICK CURTIS IN THE 18TH WARD ON TUESDAY, APRIL 7TH. HIS VISION IS OUR VISION FOR A PROSPEROUS AND HEALTH COMMUNITY THAT WE LIVE IN!

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Why David Moore you might ask me a resident of the 17th Ward? Because I live in the Marquette Park community and have been involved in this community for the major portion of my life. Whether it is my parish or the community at large…I saw this involvement as critical to helping me and my neighbors provide each other with a secure and safe neighborhood. Security…only look at the Marquette Park Security District…Special Service Area 14…the rapid response to crime in the area…but what lacked was ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT! We are only a few minutes away from Midway International Airport…the CTA Orange line to the Loop…the new Ford City Shopping Center…10 minutes to Evergreen Park and 15 to Oak Lawn…now this would be a great place to live…if there were not board-ups on every block…that Lithuanian Plaza Court from Western to California  would have the mom  and pop businesses and new…

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DAVID MOORE…17TH WARD ALDERMAN… DERRICK CURTIS…18TH WARD ALDERMAN

Why David Moore you might ask me a resident of the 17th Ward? Because I live in the Marquette Park community and have been involved in this community for the major portion of my life. Whether it is my parish or the community at large…I saw this involvement as critical to helping me and my neighbors provide each other with a secure and safe neighborhood. Security…only look at the Marquette Park Security District…Special Service Area 14…the rapid response to crime in the area…but what lacked was ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT! We are only a few minutes away from Midway International Airport…the CTA Orange line to the Loop…the new Ford City Shopping Center…10 minutes to Evergreen Park and 15 to Oak Lawn…now this would be a great place to live…if there were not board-ups on every block…that Lithuanian Plaza Court from Western to California  would have the mom  and pop businesses and new town home construction. Then we get into education and see what the Christian Brothers are doing with Calayst/Maria elementary and high school…would it not be wonderful if they would also offer late afternoon classes in education and business management with Lewis University in Romeville…a Christian Brothers sponsored university…what about Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago…they are bring in 200 employees to the Saint Casimir Campus (formerly the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Saint Casimir)…would it not be beneficial for the community to interact and provide programs to the community and surrounding Catholic parishes? Sinai’s commitment to Holy Cross Hospital has been solid and we should work with Sinai Health System to further the growth of Holy Cross Hospital. The question now comes forward…where were the Aldermen…Thomas and Lane…nowhere to be found…this now brings me to Derrick Curtis who is an aldermanic candidate in the 18th Ward… closely adjoining us…his vision repletes David Moore…both want to doing something with our TIF’s (Tax Incretment Financing )…for economic development…and not not let RAHM and the present Aldermen take this money from our community for the downtown investment interest…let us put a stop to this NOW!

CONGRATS ALDERMEN-ELECT DAVID MOORE (17TH WARD) & ALDERMAN CANDIDATE DERRICK CURTIS IN THE 18TH WARD RUN-OFF ON TUESDAY, APRIL 7TH…

David Moore

David Moore

WHY ALDERMAN FOULKES FOR THE 16TH WARD…

Alderman Toni Foulkes

Alderman Foulkes with State Representative Thapedi

It is quite obvious when you look at here resume…

  • Wants a Elected School Board…
  • Voted to increase the Chicago minimum wage to $13/hr…
  • Supported a $15/hr minimum wage that included tipped and domestic workers…
  • Voted to put siphoned property tax dollars back into neighborhood school…
  • Moratorium on Charter school expansion as Chicago Public Schools were being closed
  • Voted against closing half of the city’s mental health clinics…
  • Supported Special Service Area 14/Marquette Park Security District…

That is why Alderman Foulkes deserves to be reelected to city council…

CONGRATS ON THOSE WINNING NUMBERS…THE BEST IN THE RUNOFF!…

Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis, MIC

On Tuesday, January 27th the Catholic Church both universally and in particular the Lithuanian Hierarchy commemorate the Memorial of Marian Archbishop Jurgis Matulaitis, MIC. Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Shrine Parish in Chicago’s Marquette Park community joins with all Lithuanian parishes throughout the world in prayer for the canonization of this saintly man; the Renovator of the Marian Congregation of the Immaculate Conception. His ministry here in Chicago is still alive and well on the Marian Campus in the West Lawn community where the Lithuanian newspaper DRAUGAS is still published…let us join in prayer for that final miracle to bring this man to sainthood…

Francis Cardinal George, OMI blesses the mosaic and relic of Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis at Nativity BVM here in Chicago…

Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis, MIC with Francis Cardinal George, OMI

Saint Casimir Motherhouse

The Sisters of Saint Casimir Motherhouse remains dark and desolate today…all of the 66 Sisters have left for the Franciscan Village in Lemont…they left Venerable Mother Maria Kaupas, SSC entombed in the Chapel wall…wonder what she thinks of all this…the empty buildings that Father Staniukynas helped purchase for the Sisters; and over 35 years the lack of even one vocation to the congregation! The Marians (Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception) have thirty young men in formation and continue to minister to the Lithuanian community through the Lithuanian newspaper DRAUGAS which is on the Marian campus in Chicago’s West Lawn community…

Saint Casimir Motherhouse

Farewell Luncheon

Farewell Luncheon

At a farewell luncheon held today at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish Hall, 6820 S. Washtenaw Avenue here in Chicago…Sister Regina Dubickas, SSC, the General Superior of the Sisters of Saint Casimir gave the sad news of their departure from the motherhouse in the Marquette Park community for the Franciscan Convent in Lemont. The future was not painted bright for the Saint Casimir Motherhouse. The facility is large and there seems to be no takers for the property. The 200 seat renovated chapel with the entombed remains of the congregation’s foundress Servant of God…the Venerable Mother Maria Kaupas, SSC remains a big question mark for the Sisters. The campus also includes a chaplain’s residence at 68th and Rockwell together with a Lourdes Grotto; and numerous Lithuanian statues and Crosses throughout the property. The final contingent of Sisters is to leave at the end of the year. Sister Regina Marie said it is the Cardinal’s intention that if no Catholic organization assumes the property…everything must be dismantled…including the stain glass windows. The Ad Hoc Committee on Lithuanian Concerns, chaired by Juozas Polikaitis have had a few meetings with the nuns and discussed the establishment of the Lithuanian archives…museum and Lithuanian cultural schools for the older part of the motherhouse building. With the appointment this Fall of a new Archbishop for the Chicago Archdiocese more options might become available.

A Sad Farewell…

A Sad Farewell...

The Sisters of Saint Casimir will say goodbye to the Marquette Park community that was their home since the their arrival in 1911. The St. Casimir Motherhouse was purchased by Rev. Anthony Staniukynas (whose statue stands in the front of the motherhouse). The future of the Motherhouse complex and campus is still unclear… as is the fate of the Venerable Mother Maria Kaupas, who is interred in a wall crypt in the 200 seat convent chapel. The Sisters will be relocating to the Franciscan Sisters Motherhouse in suburban Lemont. The Farewell Mass will be at on Sunday, June 22nd at 11 am at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish with a dinner following in the parish’s social hall…