Planning for the construction of the new chapel had begun. Fr. Marco contracted architects to help him with the various concepts and designs to repurpose the old gym. In 2015 the general plans for the new chapel were presented to the community in order that the community commit to financially support its completion. These original plans conceived of an entirely new façade and new interior. The projected estimated cost for the project was $7 Million that included the building of a small plaza and parking. The following video is an illustration of what the original plans were.
In October of 2015 there was a change of leadership at the Shrine once again and on March 1, 2016 the Very Rev. Esequiel Sanchez was named as the new Rector by the Archbishop of Chicago (now Cardinal) Blase J. Cupich. Taking the help of the ministry and the vision set out by Fr. Mercado, Fr. Sanchez began immediately to evaluate the viability of the construction project and the development of the Shrine as a whole. Supported by the entire Shrine community and the Finance Council, Fr. Sanchez began to move the project forward by hiring new architects and developing new strategies that will help achieve the communities vision for the Shrine. After months of consultation and evaluation of the previous designs and the projected budget, the Finance Council and Fr. Sanchez agreed that a new design was in order that would be achievable in a shorter period of time.
“St. Joseph, husband of the Most Holy Virgin Mary.”
The total cost for this new design is estimated at approximately $5 Million: $2 Million less than the previous concept.
We would like to invite everyone to participate in making this dream a reality. Please consider making a special gift that will help us honor St. Joseph and through him, Our Lady of Guadalupe.