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Saint John Cantius: Restoring the Sacred

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Released in 2008

The true story of a dying parish miraculously restored to life.

ON ASSIGNMENT investigates how a decaying old church in Chicago became a thriving religious and cultural treasure. Once an integral part of Chicago’s Northwest-side, Saint John Cantius Parish fell victim to the city’s numerous street and freeway expansions. Frequented more by pigeons than people for nearly 30 years, the church was destined for the wrecking ball when Father Frank Phillips, a priest with no parish experience, was appointed pastor. Soon after his arrival, Father Phillips was inspired with an idea that would change everything.

Masterfully photographed, with key scenes underscored by the sacred music of Saint John Cantius orchestra and choirs, ON ASSIGNMENT’s presentation of this incredible true story will leave you believing in miracles.

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