Memorable Past History
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1659 Diocese of Quebec established
1789 Diocese of Baltimore established
1810 Diocese of Bardstown established
1827 Diocese of St. Louis established
1834 Diocese of Vincennes established
1844 Diocese of Chicago established
1949 Diocese of Joliet-in-Illinois established
Mary Queen of Heaven
Catholic Church
Father Jason Stone - Pastor
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426 N West Avenue,
Elmhurst IL 60126
April 2,1956
Father Thomas B. O'Keefe appointed founding pastor
June 15,1956
Public announcement by Bishop Martin D. McNamara that
Fr. O'Keefe is to be founding pastor of new parish
June 24, 1956
First Parish Mass - celebrated in Emerson School
July 5, 1956
New Ladies Organization - forerunner of C.C.W.
August 22, 1956
Possession of Rectory taken
December 9, 1956
Ground-Breaking for new church building
April 21, 1957
Cornerstone Ceremony for church building
September 22, 1957
Mary Queen of Heaven Church used for first time
Fall, 1957
Mary Queen of Heaven School opens its doors
May 25, 1958
Bishop McNamara dedicates new church building
June, 1964
Reverend Stanley Orlickiewicz appointed as second pastor
June, 1965
Remodeling of Sanctuary after Vatican II
June, 1970
Reverend Paul Benson becomes the third pastor
June 24, 1977
Reverend Paul Benson dies
September, 1977
Reverend Thomas Fleming becomes the fourth pastor
January 1, 1985
Reverend Thomas O'Keefe now Rector of the cathedral dies
June, 1989
Reverend Victor Rudden becomes the fifth pastor
April 22, 1992
Stained glass windows project begins
April, 1995
Remodeling of the Sanctuary of church
March 6, 1996
Reverend Victor Rudden dies
June, 1996
Reverend John Barrett becomes the sixth pastor
March 16, 2003
Bishop Joseph Imesch dedicates the new Parish Center
March 28, 2004
Mary M. Foley appointed as Pastoral Life Coordinator, the
first in the Diocese of Joliet
April 2, 2006
50th Anniversary of Mary Queen of Heaven Parish
June, 2008
Father Anthony Taschetta becomes the seventh pastor
June, 2014
Father Jason Stone becomes the eighth pastor