Site of deadly 1958 Chicago school fire to reopen

April 14, 2012

Associated Press

The Chicago church where a 1958 fire at the parish school killed 92 students and three nuns will be reopened as a Catholic mission.

Cardinal Francis George will celebrate a rededication Mass on Saturday at Our Lady of the Angels Church on Chicago's West Side.

A fire that engulfed the parish's elementary and middle school more than a half-century ago. It forced an almost immediate reform of school building and safety codes in Chicago and around the nation.

The parish closed in 1991 and the church building was rented to a Baptist church until 2009. Since then, Cardinal George invited Franciscan priest the Rev. Bob Lombardo to open an outreach mission for the poor at the renovated church. The rectory, convent and parish center also were renovated.