The Abbey Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury was constructed over a one-year period from August of 1997 to August of 1998. It was designed and built by the architectural firm of Prisco, Serena and Sturm of Northbrook, Illinois. The project architect was Edward Webb. The project supervisor was John Stryker and the project manager was Ronald Slotkus of Frederick Quinn Corporation of Addison, IL.
Art and Artists:
The statue of St. Benedict was designed and created by Anna Koh and Jeffrey Varilla of Chicago. They also designed and created the crucifix in the apse that was installed in 1999.
The carvings on the entrance doors and the Stations of the Cross in the ambulatory were designed and created by George Hoelzeman of North Little Rock, AR.
The paschal candle and the altar candlesticks were designed and made by Fr. Anthony Brankin of the Chicago Archdiocese.
The altar, the ambo, and the holy water fonts, made from Minnesota limestone, were designed by Edward Webb and created by Galloy and Van Etten, as well as Rigali Studios, of Chicago.
The choir stalls were made in part from the choir stalls of the original Abbey Chapel, crafted by the former Br. James Blanford of Marmion Abbey. They were rebuilt and refurnished by Woodwork, Unlimited, Inc., of Streamwood, IL.
The tracker pipe organ was designed, fabricated and installed (in 1998) by Martin Ott of St. Louis, MO.
The stained glass windows in the Lady Chapel and the Blessed Sacrament Chapel were designed and crafted by Claire Wing and Associates of Dallas, TX.
The antiqued statue of Our Lady of Einsiedeln in the Lady Chapel was carved in Italy.
The processional cross and the cloth tapestry of St. Augustine of Canterbury was a gift of Fr. Donald Walpole of St. Meinrad Archabbey, the original artist of the Abbey Chapel in 1952.
The icon of St. Joseph was painted by Peter Pearson of Jeanette, PA.
The icon of Blessed Columba Marmion was written by Br. Claude Lane of Mount Angel Abbey and put in place in 2005.
The icon of the Old Testament Trinity was written by Oblate Martha Piorkowski and the base was made by her husband Pete Piorkowski. It was installed in 2009.
The four icons on the pillars by the holy water fount at the entrance to the Church are of Serbian provenance and are gifts of St. George's Church in Aurora.