|John Paul II Foundation - Chicago|
On Saturday evening, May 10th, 2014, the visit of Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as "Black Madonna," began in the Chicago parishes. The Icon is traveling from parish to parish throughout the Archdiocese, under the honorary chairmanship of His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., the Archbishop of Chicago. The visit of the Icon has been organized by Elizabeth Ceisel-Mikowska, the president of the Society of Friends of the Foundation of John Paul II Chicago Chapter, who deserves a special recognition for her involvement and great assistance in coordinating Our Lady's visit in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Thanks to the dedication of the well-known carpenter and sculptor, Mr. Jan (John) Slodyczka, the visibility of the Icon traveling through the city has been made possible, as he and his friend Stefan (Stephen), built a new "Life Mobile" for Our Blessed Mother with incredible speed and skill.
The parish of St. Ferdinand was the first place of visit, where Our Blessed Mother was welcomed solemnly.