Monday, October 28, 2013

Chicago's haunted churches

via Word On Fire
8) St. Rita’s Church
Chicago, IL

On All Souls Day in the early 1960’s St. Rita’s parish had a ghostly visitation. More than a dozen parishioners had gathered there to pray when, sometime in the early evening, the organ began to play by itself. Suddenly, six robed monks appeared, three wearing black and three wearing white. The parishioners attempted to flee, but they found the doors of the church were locked. The phantom monks moved towards the parishioners while the organ continued its dirge. Finally, the vision faded as a disembodied voice whispered, “Pray for us.” So next time you see a ghost it probably just wants to ask you a favor, not kill you. So ignore your instincts and don’t run away or anything.

9) St. Turibius Church
Chicago, IL

During the 1950’s and 1960’s a priest named Fr. Joe Lechert was the pastor at St. Turibius’. When he was reassigned to another parish by the archdiocese, as is customary, he died, supposedly of a broken heart. Parishioners since then have seen the ghostly figure of a man wearing a priest’s biretta just like the one Fr. Lechert wore, often accompanied by whiffs of cigarette smoke. It’s unclear whether this is a real apparition or not, but “Smoking Ghost” would be a great name for a rock band. So there’s that.

10) Resurrection Cemetery
Chicago, IL

Once upon a time in the early 1930s, a young woman went dancing with her boyfriend. They got into an argument; she left the car and began walking up Archer Road, got hit by a car and died. Since then, passersby have reported seeing a blonde woman in a ‘30s party dress hitchhiking. Those who have picked her up say that she was quiet, formal, and her skin is cool to the touch. Once Resurrection Mary, as she is now known, reaches her destination—Resurrection Cemetery—she runs towards the gates, only to vanish into thin air.
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1 comment:

  1. So has anybody been offering Masses for these apparitions? Anecdotes from the saints tell of the reappearance of souls from Purgatory until the soul is freed by Masses and prayers.

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