St. Ferdinand is made up of numerous ethnic groups, each with it's own unique culture and traditions. We believe diversity should be celebrated by highlighting each group and it's own special identity. For the past several years we have been able to provide a growing number of activities and programs to celebrate both the diversity of our parish families and our unity in faith. Currently, we celebrate nine Masses each weekend in two languages - English and Polish.
A Little About our Patron
Saint Ferdinand Catholic Community is dedicated to our patron Saint Ferdinand of Castile (c. 1199 -1252). A wise ruler and an excellent administrator. Saint Ferdinand became the king of Castile at the age of 18, and then, after the death of his father, assumed the kingship of Laon, where he governed for 35 years. He died on May 30 and was buried in the habit of a friar minor at the Cathedral of Seville; he was canonized in 1671.
During his life, Saint Ferdinand lead and defended his people, built up the Church, and achieved peace among various factions. His life and work serves as a daily reminder to us to be united with one another in building up the Kingdom of God here on the northwest side of Chicago.
Saint Ferdinand is know as the patron saint of soldiers.
At the conclusion of our parish's 75th Anniversary, a statue of our patron was commissioned and dedicated. The Saint Ferdinand Statue and Garden are located on Mason Avenue at the northwest side of our parish property.
Missionary Sisters of Christ the King
St Ferdinand Church • 5900 W Barry Ave, Chicago, IL 60634 • tel: 773 622 5900 • fax: 773 622 5903
Br. Dr. James Drangsholt
Director of Music & Liturgy
Fr. Peter Gnoinski
Sr. Zofia Turczyn
Sr. Agnes Michna