Archdiocese of Chicago

Statement from Archbishop Blase J. Cupich
on the Death of Fr. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

The death of Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., marks the passing of one of the most influential figures in higher education, the Catholic Church, and national and international affairs in the 20th century. At his retirement as President of Notre Dame in 1987, his 35-year tenure was the longest among active university presidents of the day. While Notre Dame was his first love, he was a champion for civil rights, immigration reform, world peace and justice, and care of the poor.

Yet, amid all the accolades he received during his lifetime and those which come now in death, we should place at the top his faithful service as a Catholic priest. He was known to carry a Mass kit with him when he travelled so that he could celebrate Mass daily. And, like the beloved disciple at the foot of the cross, this devoted son of the Church made a place in his home and heart for the Lord’s Mother, Mary, for whom the university is named. To the very end, Father Ted wanted his legacy to be that of a good and faithful servant to the God he served so well, and that his first and foremost title to be, simply, “priest.”

May he now hear those promised words of Christ: “Well done, good and faithful servant…Come into the joy of your master.” May Father Ted rest in peace.

Archdiocese of Chicago

Medical Update
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago

Cardinal Francis George was admitted to Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, on Sunday March 1, 2015. He will stay for several days of tests to evaluate his condition since he stopped treatment for cancer over a month ago.

The Cardinal continues to count on the prayers of so many who have written to wish him God's blessings.


Ash Wednesday marks the start of the Lenten Season. In observance of Lent, we are called to actively take part in prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Begins Wednesday, February 18

Life Advocacy Day

Join the Respect Life Office in traveling to Springfield to advocate for life with legislators.

Wednesday, March 4

National Catholic Sisters Week

Celebrate and honor women religious this week! This week offers an opportunity to recognize and learn more about our Catholic Sisters.

March 8 – 14

Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture

Join Archbishop Cupich for the 20th Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture at 7 p.m., at DePaul University. This year's guest lecturer will be Rabbi David Sandmel.

Monday, March 9

Catholic Chicago

The latest episode of Catholic Chicago features a discussion with Archbishop Cupich about Lent, highlights from Parish Leadership Day and more. Catholic Chicago airs on Chicago Loop Cable Ch. 25 on Friday, at 7 p.m., and Comcast Network Ch. 100 on Sunday, at 2:30 p.m.

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Catholic Chicago Blog

This week's blogger, Dawn Fitzpatrick, invites all to participate in Life Advocacy Day in order to make our voices heard!

News Releases

20th Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture Monday, March 9, at DePaul University in Chicago

Chicago, IL (February 26, 2015) – Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, will deliver the welcoming remarks at the 20th Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture on Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m., at DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 North Sheffield in Chicago.

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