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Since St. Vincent Ferrer Orphanage principally served children from a limited number of parishes, the Polish community in Chicago no longer had an orphanage of its own. Under the leadership Bishop Paul Rhode, the Polish auxiliary bishop of Chicago, the Polish parishes built St. Hedwig Manual Training School in Niles, Illinois (1911). The Polish parishes committed themselves to raising the funds to operate the institution.

Father Francis S. Riesch was the superintendent and the driving force behind St. Hedwig's during most of its life. The Felicians operated the institution and cared for the children.

From "A History of the Offices, Agencies, and the Institutions of the Archdiocese of Chicago" - 1981

Reprinted with the permission of the Chicago Archdiocese.

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