WELCOME TO ST. MARY OF GOSTYN PARISH
A History of Many Parts, But One Body
Founded in 1891, St. Mary of Gostyn is rich in Faith, Education, Service, and Community. Father James Schwab is the 26th pastor to lead our parish. Far from the humble beginning of 25 families, today 2,700 families make up St. Mary of Gostyn. Over 400 students are enrolled in Preschool through 8th Grade at St. Mary of Gostyn School and over 500 children attend religious education classes. In addition, over 30 ministries provide service to our parishioners as well as those outside our Church. With a tradition rich in faith, education, service and community, our parish continues towards a bright future enriching faith life, educating on Catholicism, serving those in need, and enjoying our close community.
ST. MARY OF GOSTYN
St. Mary of Gostyn Parish is a welcoming, faith-sharing Christian community rooted in scripture and Catholic tradition. We are called by God through the Holy Spirit to nurture and minister to the spiritual needs of all through prayer, liturgy, education and service.
Our Parish History
St. Mary of Gostyn Parish, the oldest Catholic church in Downers Grove, was founded by poor immigrants who came from Gostyn, Poland, shortly after the American Civil War. By the 1880’s, Polish-speaking priests from Chicago were regularly serving this rural settlement. Masses were said in homes or tents because there was no church.