St. John Cantius of Chicago stands uniquely in the United States as a classical epicenter for the sacred and the beautiful. Founded by Polish immigrants at the end of the nineteenth century, the parish today represents a broad cross-section of every ethnic, socio-economic and age group.  Recently, The Chicago Tribune, reported St. John Cantius, was awarded “The Most beautiful Church in the United States.” On any given day- one can step through the doors and be easily transported to different historic periods and countries via exquisite liturgies, devotions (including sung Vespers), orchestral concerts and recitals, paired with the gorgeous European architecture.


WFMT, Chicago’s premiere classical radio station, says of the artistic community, “St John Cantius Church has established itself as a cultural hub in the Chicago area. The church’s many ensembles and visiting artists offer a wide array of music events in one of Chicago’s most inviting and visually spectacular sacred spaces.” Lisa Flynn, WFMT


“While listening to music by some of history’s most prolific composers, audiences will enjoy the breathtaking Baroque design of St. John Cantius Church, an ornate architectural gem originally built in 1898.” – Chicago3Media


The unique baroque interior has remained intact for more than a century and is known for both its opulence and grand scale—reminiscent of the sumptuous art and architecture of 18th century Krakow. The imposing 130 ft. tower is readily seen from the nearby Kennedy Expressway. In 2012, St. John’s returned the interior to its original splendor.


Throughout the year, St. John Cantius Church is overflowing with musical events.  St. John Cantius itself has several community choirs, including: The Resurrection Choir & Orchestra, St. Cecilia Choir, Cantate Domino Choir, Ensemble Cor et Vox, and Healey Willan Singers and are all conducted by Rev. Scott Haynes, S.J.C.


Fr. Scott Haynes, the Director of Music and Liturgy at St. John Cantius, is an accomplished musician in his own right.  Previously an organ and choral scholar at Washington National Cathedral, he earned his degree in choral conducting at the University of Alabama, with post-graduate studies at Westminster Choir College. Fr. Haynes was awarded the American Society of Composers and Arrangers’ Raymond Hubbell for orchestral composition.


In January of 2017, The Canons of St. John Cantius inked a global recording deal with AimHigher Entertainment, who has two recording labels distributed by Sony Classical. As part of this new collaboration- the two labels, De Montfort Music and AimHigher Recordings will be re-releasing all previous titles of the St. John Cantius community, as well as new titles, which are currently in the works. Sony Classical/AimHigher/De Montfort will be releasing the catalog titles in three ‘Batches.’ Batch one will begin to be released March 31, 2017 world-wide. and will include the following titles:


Renaissance Polyphony of Portugal for Our Lady of Fatima

Christmas Music from St. John Cantius

Te Deum, Music of Midnight Mass

The Nutcracker

O Holy Night

The Traditional Rosary with Music and Devotions in Honor of Our Lady

Carols by Candlelight

Mozart Requiem (CD)

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Mozart’s Requiem (DVD)

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Coronation Mass

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Puer Natus

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