January 21, 2016
To Whom It May Concern:
Today is the feast of the Epiphany.
It was nine years ago to this date my family first attended Mass at the Shrine of Christ the King. Little did I know back then as a 13 year old that I would be writing this letter begging you to not tear it down today. It has been an absolute blessing to see before my eyes the improvement of the neighborhood, in the expansion of the church congregation, and the developments of the Shrine’s restoration these past nine years.
Good afternoon gentlemen,
I am writing as a concerned member of the Woodlawn community. I understand both of you have significant influence, and I would hope, interest in the preservation of the Shrine church located at 6401 S. Woodlawn. Several of our community members have shared the findings of the engineering report commissioned by the Archdiocese, none of which indicates that the building must be demolished after the terrible fire that took place several months ago.