Shrine of the Saints of the Americas

Icons painted by Meltem Aktar

Saint Barnabas Church is the home of the Shrine to the Saints of Americas. As part of its Millenium Campaign, St. Barnabas commissioned Meltem Aktas to create an icon of each American saint. Mounted together, these beautiful images form the Shrine. A convert to Catholicism, Turkish born Aktas has embraced the art of iconography as part of our ancient spiritual tradition. The ultimate purpose of the icons is to encounter an invisible God through the image in an ancient form of quiet, meditative prayer.

Please come and see these magnificent paintings.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Patron Saint of seriously ill children and of widows
Feast Day - January 4

Saint Isaac Jogues
Patron Saint of the Americas
Feast Day - October 19

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha
Patron Saint of ecologists and environmentalists, loss of parents and people exiled
Feast Day - July 14

Saint Katharine Drexel
Foundress of community serving African-Americans and American-Indians
Feast Day - March 3

Saint Martin dePorres
Patron Saint of interracial and social justice
Feast Day - November 3

Saint Frances Cabrini
Patron Saint of hospital administrators, immigrants and orphans
Feast Day - November 13

Saint Barnabas Parish


Saint Barnabas School

10134 S. Longwood Drive
Chicago, 60643
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10121 S. Longwood Drive
Chicago, 60643
P. 773.445.7711 | F. 773.445.9815