At the onset of the 1960s, growth in the city of Elgin prompted the Chicago Diocese to purchase 5 acres of land on the southeast corner of Randall Rd. and Highland Ave. In July of 1967, twenty members of The Church of the Redeemer gathered together to form St. Hugh of Lincoln Mission. For two years, before and during the construction of the Church, services were held in the classrooms of St. Thomas Moore Roman Catholic Church. In addition, services were also held in the gymnasium of a local school until the Church was completed in 1971.
The First Vicar of St. Hugh of Lincoln was Fr. Jack Willis. Since he lived in Des Plaines, the vicarage was built first so he could relocate to Elgin. Fr. Willis stayed at St. Hugh for ten years overseeing the construction of the Church and the initial growth of the Mission.
In 1976, Fr. Russell Johnson, a retired priest, was appointed interim priest until another priest could be assigned. Fr. Johnson, like Fr. Willis, stayed for ten years.
In January of 1987, Fr. Richard Wagner was appointed Vicar of St. Hugh. During Fr. Wagner’s three years, the Mission experienced much welcome growth. Fr. Wagner’s calling to another church in Gurnee brought the people of St. Hugh an incredible opportunity. Instead of appointing a priest, the Bishop gave the Mission permission to hire a new Vicar for themselves.
In February of 1992, Fr. Thomas Atamian accepted the search committee’s call to become the new Vicar of St. Hugh of Lincoln Mission. Fr. Tom’s vision was to develop a strong Christian program to bring in and keep families with young children. In addition to bringing all the families closer to Jesus Christ through incredible worship, Fr. Tom oversaw an era during which many gifts became a part of St. Hugh. Pews, cushions, a piano and an organ were just a few of the generous gifts given to the Mission.
1995 was also a significant year in St. Hugh’s growth as an addition was built adding a beautiful fellowship hall, Sunday School Classrooms, church offices, additional restrooms, and a new kitchen. These added features help to give St. Hugh the distinguishing features that we are known for today.
The year 2001 was especially meaningful in that St. Hugh of Lincoln Mission became St. Hugh of Lincoln Parish, no longer needing financial support from the diocese.
In January of 2010, The Rev. Marion Phipps was hired as an Associate Priest, but with Fr. Tom Atamian’s retirement at the end of January of 2010, Marion was asked to serve as Priest-in-Charge, as the parish began a search for a new Rector. After completing the parish study and profile, Marion was interviewed by the Search Committee, and subsequently called to be the next Rector of St. Hugh Parish in February 2011. She was formally installed as the Rector by Bishop Jeffrey Lee on April 27, 2011 and continues to serve God and the people of St. Hugh as we seek to know God and make God known.