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Christ the King Parish (CK) has been an integral part of the Beverly Hills neighborhood for nearly a century. Multiple generations of families have worshiped at Christ the King on Chicago’s far southwest side and have educated their children at our school.
CK was the 89th parish created by George Cardinal Mundelein to accommodate the growing population of Catholics in the Chicago area. Established in 1936 during the Great Depression, Christ the King opened its doors with a shortage of resources. Our first pastor, Farther Patrick J. Gleeson, served without a salary during that time. The first daily masses were offered in the chapel at Little Company of Mary Hospital. Sunday masses were held at the Vanderpoel School auditorium.
In 1937, construction was completed on a combination church-school building, and the parish began to thrive. A convent was added in 1940, with the Sisters of Mercy serving as teachers in the school. By the early 1950s, the CK community had outgrown their original building. They needed a new rectory, church, and more school space, which they built during that decade.
Today, our parish and school continue to flourish. Our PreK–8 school is completing a large capital campaign called CK 2050, which has raised funds to update the classrooms, enhance security, and increase capacity.
We invite you to explore our parish online and hope to see you at an upcoming mass or special event.