W. 111th Street
Worth, IL. 60482-2197
Sepulchre is a large Catholic cemetery established on July 4, 1923 by the late
Cardinal Mundelein and also cares for and maintains the records for Sacred Heart
) and St. Michael (
Township, Will County, Illinois). From about
1901 to 1910/11 this was the location of the Worth Race Track.
Until since 1964 the entrance gate was the original racetrack entrance
with stone or lime balls, one on each side of the gates.
Holy Sepulchre bought property and began development in 1918/19.
The cemetery is rectangular in shape and contains 320 acres and is one of
the largest cemeteries in Metropolitan Chicago.
The cemetery parallels the entire111th Street
boundary of the Village of Chicago Ridge extending from Austin Avenue
to Ridgeland Avenue. Since its consecration, well over
90,000 interments have been made in the cemetery and approximately 1,800 are
late Mayor Richard J. Daley is buried in Section 19, near the cemetery entrance
on 111th Street. The same section also contains the
burial place of Dan Ryan, long time Cook County Board President after whom the
Dan Ryan Expressway is named. Helen
Morgan, famous blues singer is interred in Section 14 and more than 500 priests,
brothers and sisters are also interred here.
Within Section 7, visitors will find the highly decorated grave of Mary
Alice Quinn sometimes referred to as “Chicago’s Miracle Child.” Mary was born
December 28, 1920 to an Irish family. She
was very mystically inclined; almost the
version of Saint Theresa, to whom Mary was very devoted.
She claimed to have seen a religious image on her wall and since that day
became very devoted to religion. Before
she died, Mary told her parents that she wanted to come back to help people
after death. She died on November 8,
1935 at the tender age of fourteen. Many
incidents have been related, especially in the late 1930's and during the early
1940's of Mary’s apparition appearing to people throughout
Chicago’s south-side. In fact, she has
appeared to people around the world! They
come to the cemetery and leave candles at her grave and also pray for favors.
Some take away handfuls of dirt while others leave behind prayer books,
rosaries, crucifixes, religious medallions and notes requesting divine
current manifestation that is most often reported at the gravesite is the
overwhelming scent of roses even in the dead of winter when there are no trees
or flowers in bloom. The odor is not
somebody’s perfume or stray smell as it is concentrated within a few feet of
the grave and nowhere else. Even
though there may be a stiff breeze blowing, the psychic odor does not drift away
with the wind!
is also an alleged recent medical cure attributed to Mary Alice Quinn.
A young couple gave birth to an infant that doctors diagnosed as terminal
and would not live out the year. The
couple refused to give up hope for their child.
They had heard about the stories of Mary Alice Quinn and decided to pray
to her for help. They brought the
infant to the site, laid her on the grave and began to pray.
All at once there was an overpowering scent of roses in the air.
From that day the baby’s health took a turn for the better and lived,
mystifying the puzzled doctors.
cemetery has also been the site of a very interesting monument to an Irish
martyr, a Saint who was executed some centuries ago in
. Saint Oliver Plunkett Ashley’s
remains were brought back and buried in
Ireland. During the past several years, he
has gained some very unusual status on the south side of Chicago
where a number of people have been trying to get him to resolve their medical
problems. He has said to have cured
a number of people.
Shennan, mother of former Alderman Shennan of the 19th Ward, who was
related to a priest who came from the same parish that Saint Oliver was from,
was given two relics by this priest in 1970.
A first-class relic, a piece of the head of St. Oliver, which is on the
altar on display in Dublin, Ireland and a second-class relic which was a piece
of clothing that belonged to him while he was living.
first-class relic has been passed around the southwest side of
to a number of people suffering from all kinds of illnesses.
The most dramatic and most easily documented case regarding a cure took
place in 1974. Mrs. O’Neill of St.
Barnabas on the southwest side was diagnosed with cancer with only six months to
live. She had this first-class relic
and kept it with her. Shortly after
receiving this relic, her cancer went into remission.
The cancer, which was a tumor of the stomach, suddenly disappeared.
The monument to Saint Oliver Plunkett Ashley is located near the
and Ridgeland Avenue
side of the cemetery.
cemetery fence has also been the scene of numerous traffic accidents over the
years especially on the
side. During a five-week period in
1981 there were over four similar incidents where people ran into the fence and
took out massive parts of the fence. Recently
side was replaced with green cyclone fencing instead of the green bronze
vertical slat kind that had originally been here.
There have been just a very few explainable accidents in the past few
Worth Race Track
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