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About Us

On November 8, 2019 the Archdiocese of Chicago announced its intention to close both St Matthias Parish and St Matthias Church during 2020.  As parishioners, school parents, students, alumni and fellow Lincoln Square community members, we were shocked and saddened by this news.  We decided to come together as a community to ensure that St Matthias Church will remain open, as an active place of Roman Catholic worship for the future generations. 


The Archdiocese of Chicago is governed by Canon law, passed down from the first apostles, through the generations of Catholic disciples.  Canon Law stipulates very specific rationale that must exist to close a Catholic Church – understood through Canon law to be a sacred space of God.  It is much more than just a building!


The Committee to Save St Matthias Church was established in January 2020 to support our canonical efforts as a community to stop the Archdiocese of Chicago from closing our great church.  Please see attached several articles that discuss the significance of the church in canon law doctrine and the process/ rationale that any Archdiocese must follow to successfully close a church.  It is our Committee’s firm belief that no canonically valid rationale exists for St Matthias Church to close.

Committee Members

  • President

    • Gerry Winters

  • Vice President and Legal Counsel

    • Sean Vinck 

  • Alumni Coordinator​​/ Website Developer

    • Chloe Hasmonek

  • Fundraising Chairperson

    • Terry Touhy

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