St George Catholic Church
St. George is one of three Catholic churches in the East
Side neighborhood. It is the only ethnic parish, the other two churches,
St. Francis De Sales and Annunciata, are territorial parishes. Territorial
Catholic parishes have defined geographical boundaries. Ethnic parishes
are established to serve particular ethnic groups. St. George's
parish serves the Slovenian community of the Southeast Side. It was
founded in 1903 and also had large numbers of Italian and Croatian parishioners.
The Croatians, when their numbers increased, founded their own ethnic parish,
Sacred Heart, in the South Deering community across the Calumet River in
1913. St. George's parishioners are predominantly Mexican at present.