Archdiocese of Chicago
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Facts & Figures
For the Year Ending 2012

ARCHDIOCESAN OVERVIEW

Statistics Reported for the Year Ending 2012

The Archdiocese of Chicago serves more than 2.2 million Catholics in Cook and Lake counties in Northeastern Illinois, a geographic area of 1,411 square miles. The Archdiocese is divided into six vicariates and 31 deaneries. This local church is pastored by Francis Cardinal George, OMI, assisted by six Episcopal Vicars, each responsible for a vicariate (region).

CATHOLIC POPULATION:

  • 2,200,000
  • Catholic Population as percentage of total population of Cook and Lake counties: 37%

Racial/Ethnic composition of Catholic Population of Archdiocese:

  • White: 1,127,000 – 48%
  • Hispanic: 969,000 – 43%
  • Black: 66,000 - 3%
  • Asian/other: 126,000 - 5%
  • Multi Racial: 12,000 – 1%

PARISHES:

  • Number of Parishes: 356
  • Baptisms: 34,500
  • First Communions: 28,300
  • Confirmations: 21,700
  • Weddings: 6,000
  • Funerals: 12,900

Scheduled Masses

  • Weekend Masses Scheduled in Parishes and Missions: 1,705
  • English: 1,271
  • Spanish: 301
  • Polish: 86
  • Other Languages: 47

CATHOLIC EDUCATION:

Catholic Schools

  • Elementary schools: 211
    Secondary schools: 40
    Elementary school enrollment: 60,813
  • Secondary school enrollment: 24,014

Religious Education (2011 – 2012)

  • Enrollment in elementary school programs: 89,201
  • Enrollment in secondary school programs: 6,662

Seminary System

  • St. Joseph College Seminary
    Enrollment: 35
  • Mundelein Seminary
    Enrollment: 170
  • Bishop Abramowicz: 4
    Casa Jesús: 12
    Tuite Program: 1

Catholic Colleges & Universities

  • 5 Catholic colleges and universities serving 49,000 students

CATHOLIC CHARITIES

  • 1 million people served
  • 157 types of services
  • 162 locations

CATHOLIC CEMETERIES

  • 46 Catholic cemeteries
  • 16,000 annual interments

CATHOLIC HOSPITALS

  • 17 Catholic hospitals
  • 2.8 million people assisted annually

Year of Sunday Mass

July 2012-June 2013

The second year of the Archdiocesan Strategic Plan focused on educating Catholics on the critical importance of Sunday Mass attendance. The plan also called for encouraging reflection on the Mass to foster a deeper appreciation and appropriation of the value of the Eucharist. Efforts included education through homilies, seminars, forums about mass and liturgy, reaching out to occasional mass attenders and raising vocational awareness through the celebration of the Eucharist.

DIOCESAN PRIESTS, DEACONS, WOMEN AND MEN RELIGIOUS, AND LAY PERSONNEL IN THE ARCHDIOCESE

  • Diocesan Priests (including active and retired): 787
  • Religious Priests: 697
  • Religious Brothers: 254
  • Women Religious: 1,739
  • Permanent Deacons: 660
  • Certified Pastoral Associates: 112
  • Pastoral Ministers: 464
  • Full-time Teachers and Administrators in Archdiocesan School System:
  • Elementary Schools: 3,567
  • Secondary Schools: 2,033
  • Total: 5,600
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