The old Immaculate Conception Church building in Morris has been slated for demolition sometime before autumn, according to a voicemail statement by the ICC. A date has not yet been specified and the church has not yet obtained a demolition permit through the City of Morris.
Requests for comment from the ICC were directed to a voicemail box with the following statement issued:
“We were informed by Diocese of Joliet that the taking down of the old church building will take place sometime before this fall. You can leave any concerns you have on this voicemail.”
The old building was built in 1866 by Father Thomas Ryan and underwent renovations in 1905 following a fire and in 1990 after the church was struck by lightning. A pipe organ was installed in 1974.
ICC began raising funds for a larger building in 2002 and dedicated the new parish on Sept. 25, 2011. Rev. Ed Howe of ICC stated at the time that the congregation was open to the switch because the old building would live on in the new.
“What made the difference is what I call items of religious heritage,” Howe said, “The stained glass windows, the Stations of the Cross, the organ and other items [that were in the old church] are in this church now.”