Skip to main content
Shedd Aquarium

Corpus Christi Catholic Church

273 South Prairie Street, Galesburg, IL 61401

Historic Sites

Corpus Christi, located at the NE corner South & Prairie Streets, was constructed in 1884 in the Victorian Gothic style of architecture with a 150' spire. Reverend Joseph Costa was the first parish priest was credited for the design.

Only ten Catholic churches in the U.S. have such a relic and Corpus Christi houses the holy relic of St. Crescent, taken out of the catacombs in Rome. Inside, the body of a third century Christian martyr, St. Crescent, lies enclosed in a glass case. The body was taken from Rome in 1838 and given to Father Costa. Only 10 Catholic churches in the United States have a saint’s body. 

You might also be interested...

Old Main at Knox College


Nowhere on the Knox campus are the history and the ideals of the College so intertwined with the modern-day work of faculty and students as in…

Read more about Old Main at Knox College

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get inspired by top travel stories, gain access to exclusive promotions and contests, and discover even more reasons to #EnjoyIllinois.