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CARDINAL GEORGE TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS
WITH MASSES AND CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL VISIT

Chicago, IL (December 19, 2013) -
Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will observe the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with liturgical celebrations at Holy Name Cathedral and the Cook County Department of Corrections.  The Cardinal will also continue his annual Christmas tradition of visiting with seriously ill children and their families at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
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EARLY MORNING LOOP PILGRIMAGE FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM
Friday, December 20, Beginning at 7 a.m.
CHICAGO, IL (December 17, 2013) Members of the Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Priests for Justice for Immigrants who represent 200 priests, and Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants who represent 59 religious orders, will hold a Posada, a symbolic search for shelter that offers hope, justice and human dignity for all immigrants, on Friday, December 20, beginning at 7 a.m., outside the United States Center for Immigration Services, 101 West Congress in downtown Chicago.
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ANNUAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST DATE SET FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, AT 8 A.M.
CHICAGO, IL (December 17, 2013) Catholic high schools across the Archdiocese of Chicago will administer the annual placement tests for eighth grade students on Saturday, January 11, at 8 a.m. 
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ANNUAL ARCHDIOCESAN POSADA TO BE CELEBRATED AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL AND THE GOLD COAST
Sunday, December 15, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Chicago, IL (December 11, 2013) The 27th Annual Archdiocesan Posada will be held on Sunday, December 15, beginning at 7 p.m., at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.  Hundreds of Catholics, representing parishes from across the Archdiocese of Chicago, will come together to celebrate the Posada, which is a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and their search for shelter.
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TENS OF THOUSANDS EXPECTED TO ATTEND FESTIVITIES IN HONOR OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE IN DES PLAINES
"Antorcha Guadalupana" Guadalupe Torch Run begins
Wednesday, December 11

CHICAGO, IL (December 6, 2013) - This overnight celebration honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, will begin with an opening Mass on Wednesday, December 11, at 4 p.m., at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1100 North River Road in Des Plaines. 
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BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO FOR NEARLY 44 YEARS
Annual Collection for Catholic Campaign for Human Development November 23-24
Chicago, IL (November 18, 2013) – The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) works to help strengthen families and communities throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago.  This important work is made possible by donations from Catholic parishioners who are being asked to be as generous as possible this Thanksgiving season with their financial gifts to the annual CCHD collection the weekend of November 23 and 24.
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Memorial Mass for Deceased Bishops, Priests and Deacons of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Friday, November 15, at Holy Name Cathedral
Chicago, IL (November 13, 2013) – The Memorial Mass to pray for all Archdiocesan bishops, priests and permanent deacons who have died in the last year will be celebrated by Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, at 12:10 p.m. on Friday, November 15, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior streets in Chicago. 
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Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools Deliver an Initial $2 Million in Caritas Scholars
Student Scholarships Pilot Program for To Teach Who Christ Is Campaign Supports More Than 600 Students
Chicago, IL (November 11, 2013) – The Archdiocese of Chicago's Office of Catholic Schools has announced the initial results of the Caritas Scholars program. This $2 million, pilot, financial aid initiative for Catholic school students and their families is part of a three-year, $6 million commitment being made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor.
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ANNUAL ARCHDIOCESAN AWARDS AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Sunday, November 3, at 2:30 p.m.
Chicago, IL (November 1, 2013) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will preside during the annual ceremony when the Bishop Quarter Award and the Christifideles Award are given to Archdiocesan lay men and women for their dedication to the church and their ministries. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, November 3, at 2:30 p.m., at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools Introduce the Virtual Academy
Online Learning for 6th – 12th Grade Catholic School Students
Chicago, IL (October 22, 2013) – The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools is launching its Virtual Academy, which offers personalized learning opportunities through the use of online education to middle school and high school students across the 244 Catholic schools in Cook and Lake counties.
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PILGRIMAGE
Faith and Action on the Journey for Immigration Reform

From Holy Name Cathedral to Federal Plaza and Old St. Mary’s Parish
Saturday, October 19

Chicago, IL (October 14, 2013) –The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education has organized a major Pilgrimage to call attention to issues regarding immigration reform, especially those reforms that directly affect the separation of families.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools Grow for First Time Since 1965
Excellence, Engagement and Energy Create Growth for Elementary Schools
Chicago, IL (October 1, 2013) – For the first time since 1965, Catholic elementary school enrollment across the City of Chicago, suburban Cook and Lake counties is growing. Over the past four years, Catholic elementary schools in the City of Chicago have increased by over 1,300 students, and now enrollment in the 207 elementary schools across the Archdiocese is on the rise.
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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO CELEBRATES 15th ANNUAL NOCHE DE GALA WITH THEME 15 YEARS OF FORMING FAMILIES IN FAITH
Friday, September 27
Chicago (September 23, 2013) - The Archdiocese of Chicago will celebrate the 15th annual Noche de Gala, at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 27, at Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will attend this annual recognition dinner and award ceremony that honors Catholics who serve and work in Hispanic ministry in the Archdiocese. Nearly 1,000 people, representing almost 150 parishes offering Hispanic ministry and various archdiocesan agencies, are expected to attend.
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"A CONCERT FOR THE JOURNEY"
Benefiting the Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education Monday, September 30, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago, IL (September 23, 2013) –The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education, along with the Chicago Federation of Labor, will present a concert featuring the City Lights Orchestra, conducted by Rich Daniels, on Monday evening, September 30, at 7:30 p.m.  “One Nation, One Family, One Dream - A Concert for the Journey” will take place at Holy Family Church, 1080 West Roosevelt Road in Chicago and will benefit the Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education.
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WORLD MISSION CELEBRATION
Tuesday, October 8, at Archbishop Quigley Center in Chicago
Chicago, IL (September 11, 2013) – The World Mission Celebration to benefit the Mater Ecclesiae College for Sisters from Mission countries, will be held October 8, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Archbishop Quigley Center, 835 North Rush Street in Chicago.  Sr. Madge Karecki, SSJ-TOSF, the Office of Mission Education for the New Evangelization, and the Society for the Propagation of Faith are hosting this celebration.  Special guests include Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, Kate Sullivan, CBS 2 Chicago News Anchor, and Sr. Teibe Hadghu, a Comboni Missionary sister.
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GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY MASS AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
Sunday, September 22, at 2:30 p.m.
Chicago, IL (September 10, 2013) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at the annual Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass, where hundreds of couples married 50 years will be honored at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior streets in Chicago.
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ARCHDIOCESAN PARISHES AND SCHOOLS JOIN WORLDWIDE PRAYERS FOR SYRIA
Pope Francis Declares Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria
Saturday, September 7
Chicago, IL (September 4, 2013) Pope Francis has called for a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria, the Middle East, and the world to be held on September 7, 2013.  A number of parishes and shrines throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago will participate in prayer simultaneously with those in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome, from noon until 5 p.m.  Catholics, Christians and those of other religions have been invited by the Pope to participate in any way that they can.
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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO CATHOLIC SCHOOLS PURSUE SYSTEM-WIDE ACCREDITATION
CHICAGO, IL (August 22, 2013) - Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools will embark on a two-year process to become accredited by AdvancED, the world’s largest educational accrediting agency. 
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CARDINAL GEORGE APPOINTS DR. MATTHEW LEVERING TO NEWLY ESTABLISHED PERRY FAMILY FOUNDATION CHAIR OF THEOLOGY AT MUNDELEIN SEMINARY
CHICAGO, IL (August 1, 2013) - Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago,  appointed Dr. Matthew Levering as the first Perry Family Foundation Professor of Theology at Mundelein Seminary of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake.
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SANCTUARY PROGRAM FEATURES THE
"TO TEACH WHO CHRIST IS" CAMPAIGN

Sunday, July 28, 11 a.m. on ABC-7
Chicago, IL (July 25, 2013)
–  The Summer 2013 edition of Sanctuary features details of the recently launched "To Teach Who Christ Is" fund-raising campaign for Catholic education and faith formation. Viewers will learn about the importance of the campaign directly from people whose lives were shaped by Catholic education. The program airs on ABC-7 on Sunday, July 28, at 11:00 am.
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ARCHDIOCESAN STRATEGIC PASTORAL PLAN: REFLECT CHRIST'S LIGHT ENTERS YEAR THREE WITH
"YEAR OF STRONG CATHOLIC PARENTS"

New Interactive Website for Catholic Parents Launched
Chicago, IL (July 8, 2013) – The focus of the Year of Strong Catholic Parents will be to foster deeper connections with parents, particularly when they present their children for sacraments.
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“TO TEACH WHO CHRIST IS” CAMPAIGN BEGINS WITH DOZENS OF PARTICIPATING PARISHES
Parish Fund-Raising Effort is for Catholic Education and Faith Formation
Chicago, IL (July 2, 2013) – Most Rev. Francis J. Kane, General Chair of the To Teach Who Christ Is Campaign, Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chicago, announced today that more than forty parishes in Chicago and suburban Lake and Cook counties will be the first participants in the major fund-raising effort for Catholic education and faith formation in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO TO HOLD WORLD YOUTH DAY CHICAGO
Midwest Celebration on Saturday, July 27 in Chicago Heights
CHICAGO (June 21, 2013) – Approximately 2,000 Catholic teens and young adults from across the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Midwest will commemorate the 13th bi-annual World Youth Day Celebration on Saturday, July 27, from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., at Marian Catholic High School, 700 Ashland Avenue in Chicago Heights.    
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"TO TEACH WHO CHRIST IS" CAMPAIGN FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION AND FAITH FORMATION LAUNCHED WITH $82.5 MILLION
MAJOR GIFT DONATIONS

Chicago, IL (June 7, 2013) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, announced at a press conference on Wednesday, June 5, that $82.5 million, or 82.5 percent of the $100 million major gift goal for the To Teach Who Christ Is Campaign, was pledged prior to the launch of this major fund-raising effort.
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13TH ANNUAL ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
Ecumenical Sunday Celebrated June 9 Open to the Public
Chicago, IL (June 7, 2013) Rev. Thomas A. Baima, Vicar for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of Chicago, will join local Christian bishops and judicatory leaders to pray for Christian Unity at the 13th Annual Ecumenical Prayer Service, Sunday, June 9, beginning with a reception at 4 p.m., at Mar Thomas Sleeha Syro-Malabar Catholic Cathedral, 5000 St. Charles Road in Bellwood.  The speaker for the service that begins at 5 p.m. is Rev. Deborah Paton, 2013 Moderator, Chicago Presbytery.
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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO LAUNCHES $350 MILLION
“TO TEACH WHO CHRIST IS” CAMPAIGN FOR CATHOLIC
EDUCATION AND FAITH FORMATION

Chicago, IL (June 5, 2013) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, today announced a major fund-raising effort for Catholic education and faith formation in the Archdiocese of Chicago – the $350 million To Teach Who Christ Is Campaign.
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CATHOLIC CEMETERIES TO ASSIST WITH BURIALS FOR DECEASED FROM MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE
Chicago (June 4, 2013) - The Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago continues to assist the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office with the burial of the indigent.
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Cardinal George to Conduct Prayer Service for Immigration Reform on Thursday, May 30
Pilgrimage for Immigration Reform to Precede
Prayer Service at Holy Family Parish

Chicago, IL (May 23, 2013) – A key Archdiocese of Chicago event focusing on passing comprehensive immigration reform legislation by Congress will be a Pilgrimage and Prayer Vigil for Immigration Reform.  The event will be held on Thursday, May 30, beginning simultaneously at 6 p.m. from three Chicago locations:  Old St. Patrick’s, 700 West Adams Street, St. Adalbert, 1650 West 17th Street, and Notre Dame de Chicago, 1334 West Flournoy, to Holy Family Parish, 1080 West Roosevelt, Chicago, where Cardinal George will conduct a prayer service in support of immigration reform at 7:30 p.m.
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Annual Interfaith Memorial Observance for the Indigent
Wednesday, May 29, at First United Methodist Church – Chicago Temple
Chicago, IL (May 22, 2013)  - The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, a sponsoring member of the Ministry for Indigent Persons, will be participating in the 28th Annual Interfaith Memorial Observance for the Indigent at noon on Wednesday, May 29, at First United Methodist Church – Chicago Temple, 77 West Washington Street.  The yearly service commemorates the lives of indigent babies, children and adults who are buried each year by the Cook County Medical Examiner.
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CARDINAL GEORGE, AUXILIARY BISHOPS AND PRIESTS CELEBRATE CEMETERY FIELD MASSES
Chicago Joins National Memorial Day Salute to Men and Women in Military
Chicago, IL (May 14, 2013) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, auxiliary bishops and priests will celebrate Memorial Day with Field Masses at 37 Catholic cemeteries on Monday, May 27. This year, Chicago joins a national program, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes” developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, to honor men and women of the armed forces who died while serving, and active military and veterans.
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CARDINAL GEORGE TO ORDAIN ELEVEN MEN FOR ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
Ceremonies at Holy Name Cathedral and St. John Cantius Parish
Chicago, IL (May 13, 2013) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will ordain ten new priests at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 18, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.  Later this month, Cardinal George will ordain a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago for service in the Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius.  The men, ranging in age from 26 to 53, include six from the Chicago area and one each from Haiti, Mexico, Poland and Uganda.
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ARCHDIOCESAN PARISHES JOIN IMMIGRANTS AND NATIVE
BORN CATHOLICS IN WORKING TOWARD IMMIGRATION REFORM

Parishes to Seek Signatures on 100,000 Postcards
Chicago, IL (May 9, 2013) Parishes throughout the Archdiocese in Cook and Lake counties have requested 100,000 postcards to send to U.S. Senators and Representatives to show that Catholics and other supporters of immigrants want our elected officials to enact meaningful and compassionate immigration reform legislation.  The request for 100,000 postcards for parishioners was made by 129 parishes with 35 percent of these parishes located in non-immigrant communities.
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FOURTEEN MEN TO BE ORDAINED AS DEACONS
Chicago, IL (May 8, 2013) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will ordain fourteen men as permanent deacons at 2:15 p.m., on Sunday, May 19, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.
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FATHER AUGUSTUS TOLTON PILGRIMAGE
Celebrating the Life of Fr. Tolton in Chicago on Saturday, May 11
Chicago, IL (April 18, 2013) –
A special pilgrimage to sites in Chicago where Father Augustus Tolton, Servant of God, lived and worked, will be conducted on Saturday, May 11, beginning with 9 a.m. Mass in the St. Joseph Chapel at the Archdiocese’s Cardinal Meyer Center, 3525 South Lake Park Avenue.
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ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE
APPOINTMENT OF MOST REV. FRANCIS J. KANE
AS VICAR GENERAL FOR THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO

April 11, 2013
Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, today announced the appointment of the Most Reverend Francis J. Kane, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, as Vicar General, effective July 1, 2013.  Monsignor John Canary, who has served as Vicar General since February of 2006, will retire from that office on June 30.  Over the next two months, Msgr. Canary will work with Bishop Kane to insure a smooth transition of responsibilities.
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Religious Leaders Launch new immigRation reform campaign
Together as Brothers and Sisters
Campaign Announced by Priests for Justice for Immigrants and the Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants
Chicago, IL (April 11, 2013)
Priests for Justice for Immigrants, a group of more than 200 priests, and the Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants, a network of over 180 sisters and brothers representing 59 religious orders, along with immigrant families and native-born supporters, gathered at Holy Name Cathedral today to launch the Together as Brothers and Sisters campaign. This launch, part of a series of ongoing activities coordinated by the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education, aims to bring attention to the urgency of comprehensive immigration reform.
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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO CATHOLIC SCHOOLS HONORED WITH FOUR NATIONAL AWARDS
CHICAGO, IL (April 2, 2013) - The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools will be honored this week with four national awards from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) at their annual convention in Houston.  Each year the NCEA selects teachers, principals, pastors, administrators, and parent associations to receive awards that recognize excellence and outstanding contributions to Catholic education.
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School Board Presents 2013-2016 Strategic Plan for Catholic Schools
Chicago, IL (March 21, 2013) - After months of intense study and analysis, the Archdiocese of Chicago Board of Catholic Schools is pleased to present its Strategic Plan for Catholic Schools for 2013-2016.
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HISPANIC CATHOLICS’ PRAYER GATHERING FOR PRESERVATION OF MARRIAGE TO BE HELD AT THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
CHICAGO (February 26, 2013) - The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Hispanic Catholics is the sponsor of an evening of prayer that will include a message to Illinois state legislators to preserve the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1170 N. River Road in Des Plaines on Wednesday, February 27, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
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WINNERS OF VIDEO CONTEST FOR CATHOLIC TEENS ANNOUNCED
Prizes Totaling $18,000 Awarded in
Year of Sunday Mass – Be a Digital Disciple Contest

Chicago, IL (February 19, 2013) – The Archdiocese of Chicago has announced the winning names of the Catholic teens and their parish affiliations who participated in the video contest conducted as part of the ongoing emphasis on the Year of Sunday Mass.
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18th ANNUAL JOSEPH CARDINAL BERNARDIN JERUSALEM LECTURE
Wednesday, February 20, at DePaul University – Lincoln Park Campus
Chicago, IL (February 13, 2013) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will make the welcoming remarks at the 18th Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture on Wednesday, February 20, at 7 p.m., at DePaul University – Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 North Sheffield in Chicago.
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ARCHDIOCESAN PARISH LEADERSHIP DAY
Saturday, February 23, at Mother McAuley High School
CHICAGO, IL (February 7, 2013)
Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will engage in an informal dialog with participants during the lunch period, conduct a workshop on evangelization and serve as the main celebrant at the closing Liturgy during Parish Leadership Day on Saturday, February 23, from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, 3737 West 99th Street in Chicago.
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35TH ANNUAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH MASS
Thursday, February 7, at Holy Name Cathedral
CHICAGO, IL (February 4, 2013) - The 35th Annual African-American Heritage Month Mass, a celebration by students, faculty and staff of the Archdiocese's Catholic schools, will be held on Thursday, February 7, at 9:30 a.m., at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.
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CITY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS CONTINUE GROWTH WITH EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS LEADING THE WAY
Catholic Schools Week Celebrations Set for January 27 through February 4
CHICAGO, IL (January 22, 2013) - Catholic elementary school enrollment in the City of Chicago is growing for the third consecutive year, according to recent results of an annual Office of Catholic Schools survey.  A total increase of 675 students in the past three years represents the first positive movement in Chicago’s Catholic school enrollment since 1965.  Additionally, Catholic school student enrollment in many areas in suburban Cook and Lake counties is stabilizing.
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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO'S RESPECT LIFE OFFICE ANNOUNCES ACTIVITIES FOR 40th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROE V. WADE DECISION
Chicago, IL (January 17, 2013) – Marking the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions that legalized abortion on demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy, the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Respect Life Office will be participating in events and activities that focus on offering prayers and actions to call attention to their mission to ensure that every human being is valued and protected from the moment of conception until natural death.  
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NEW TELEVISION HOME FOR SUNDAY MASS AT
MERCY HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS

Sunday Mornings at 9:30 a.m. on WGN-TV 9
Chicago, IL (January 10, 2013) – Sunday Mass at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls has moved to a new time and a new channel.  The “Parish of the Airways” is now seen on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m., on WGN-TV, Channel 9, in Chicago.
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ANNUAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST DATE SET FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, AT 8 A.M.
CHICAGO, IL (January 8, 2013) - Catholic high schools across the Archdiocese of Chicago will administer the annual placement test for eighth grade students on Saturday, January 12, at 8 a.m.
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Statements

ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
 

ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO RESPONSE TO THE NEW COMPLAINT REGARDING FORMER PRIEST DANIEL McCORMACK
December 11, 2013

The lawsuit filed today is based on an allegation the Archdiocese of Chicago received in September 2011.The Archdiocese promptly notified the Cook County State’s Attorney and the Department of Children & Family Services. The Archdiocese had previously removed Daniel McCormack from ministry in February 2006 and he was laicized in November 2007. We regret that the claim has not been resolved.
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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
 

Statement Regarding Rev. Michael W. O'Connell,
Pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish
Monday, December 9, 2013

Rev. Michael W. O’Connell has agreed to step aside from St. Alphonsus Parish in Chicago, following receipt earlier this week by the Archdiocese of Chicago, of an allegation that he engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor almost 20 years ago while at his previous parish. Fr. O’Connell has agreed to take this action at the request of Cardinal George and is doing so out of pastoral concern for the safety of children.
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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
 

Statement of Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago,
on the death of Nelson Mandela
Thursday, December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela will be remembered as a man whose personal integrity and the circumstances of life molded him into a prophetic international figure.

For many years, in prison and out of prison, he resisted apartheid in South Africa.

As a catalyst for reconciliation in South Africa, he became a model for how all of us can respond in the face of grave injustice.


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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO STATEMENT REGARDING NEW VATICAN COMMISSION FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN
Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Archdiocese of Chicago welcomes the Holy Father's planned appointment of a new commission that will advise the pontiff on safeguarding children and working pastorally with victims of clerical sexual abuse. It builds on previous juridical initiatives in the Roman Curia and in dioceses around the Catholic world. This Archdiocese created such a structure in 1992 for the purpose of protecting children. In 2003, Cardinal George greatly expanded this work by establishing the Archdiocesan Office for the Protection of Children and Youth that today stands as a template for safeguarding children for any group or organization.

The Archdiocese has policies, guidelines and pastoral outreach programs in place that have educated and trained hundreds of thousands of children and adults on methods to protect minors and has processed background checks on more than 160,000 priests, deacons, religious, lay employees and volunteers.

The Archdiocese of Chicago is committed to the support and healing of abuse victims and has maintained a victim assistance ministry for more than 25 years. Cardinal George has personally met with many victims of clerical sexual abuse and continues to offer to meet with victims after the process is completed, no matter how long ago the abuse may have occurred.

There are no priests with even one substantiated allegation of sexual abuse in ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Archdiocese refers all reports of clerical sexual abuse of a minor immediately to civil authorities. The Archdiocese's independent Review Board examines the findings of the investigations and ensures that all perpetrators with accusations they believe to be credible are permanently removed from ministry.


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Statement of the Archdiocese of Chicago in response to the
Jeff Anderson announcements made on November 26, 2013

The Archdiocese of Chicago confirms that over the last two years, it has reached settlements with several victims of sexual abuse. For the most part, the cases discussed today are decades old and it is important to note that no priest with even one credible allegation of abuse is in active ministry. Five of the 11 priests discussed today are deceased.

Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago stated, “For many years, despite the sins and crimes of some clergy, the Archdiocese of Chicago has tried to be an instrument of God's mercy for those who have been sexually abused. This is the vision of the church that Pope Francis had recently brought to the fore.” No money from parish collections, parish savings or the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign, is being used to fund these settlements.

It has long been the practice of the Archdiocese to reach out to victims regardless of when the abuse occurred and attempt to resolve their claims without the stress of an extended legal process. We remain committed to resolving sexual abuse cases in a way that results in a prompt and fair settlement for the victims and their families.

The names of priests who were credibly accused of abuse have been on the Archdiocese website for years. We have cooperated with attorneys representing victims to release documents in January on 30 priests and are working to update our website with more complete information on approximately 30 others. The release of this information requires a careful process to ensure the privacy of victims and other innocent individuals. It is our hope that this and other actions will encourage victims of abuse to come forward to receive help and healing.

The Archdiocese of Chicago is concerned first and foremost with the healing of abuse victims and has maintained a victim assistance ministry for more than 25 years. In addition, the Archdiocesan Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, charged with the prevention of abuse, has trained and processed background checks on more than 160,000 priests, deacons, religious, lay employees and volunteers; conducted more than 3,000 training sessions; and trained more than 200,000 children to protect themselves from sexual predators.

The abuse of any child is a crime and a sin. The Archdiocese takes all allegations of sexual misconduct seriously and reports them to civil authorities. It encourages anyone who believes they have been sexually abused by a priest, deacon, religious or lay employee, to come forward. Complete information about reporting sexual abuse can be found on the Archdiocesan web site at www.archchicago.org.


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STATEMENT REGARDING THE STATUS OF REV. ROBERT A. STEPEK, A PRIEST OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO WHO WAS ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ABUSING MINORS
September 15, 2013

After the Archdiocesan review of the allegations against Fr. Stepek had been completed, the Holy See directed that the case be sent to a canonical court.  Upon completion of two lengthy canonical trials, the court was unable to find evidence strong enough to merit a judgment that Fr. Stepek had sexually abused a minor.  Fr. Stepek is therefore a priest in good canonical standing in the Church.

In the course of the investigations for the trials, however, the court also found that Fr. Stepek had engaged in behaviors inappropriate for a priest.  Fr. Stepek therefore will not have a ministerial assignment, and his faculties to minister are restricted. 

Fr. Stepek has requested to retire from active ministry for health and family reasons, and Cardinal George has granted him early retirement.


ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
 

RESPONSE OF ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO TO MEDIA REPORTS REGARDING McCORMACK LAWSUIT
September 5, 2013

Yesterday’s legal suit, based on an allegation that former priest, Daniel McCormack, abused a child ten years ago, is being investigated and will be pursued legally, as usual.

The allegation that the Archdiocese of Chicago ignored reports over the years that McCormack may have been involved in abusing children is false.


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Cardinal George’s Response to Questions Regarding
Pope Francis’ Comments about Homosexuals 
July 29, 2013

Pope Francis, on his way back to Rome from the World Youth Day celebration in Rio, reaffirmed the teaching of the Catholic faith and other religions that homosexual genital relations are morally wrong.  The Pope also reaffirmed the Church’s teaching that every man and woman should be accepted with love, including those with same sex orientation.

The Archdiocese of Chicago sponsors the Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach (AGLO) for openly gay people.  It also sponsors Courage for those who are quietly homosexual.  Both ministries make available the sacraments of the Church for those who want to live chastely as followers of Christ in the Church.  Judgments about individual guilt are settled in the sacrament of reconciliation, according to Catholic pastoral practice.


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An Open Response to an Open Letter
July 29. 2013

On Monday, July 29, in the Chicago Tribune, a group of Catholics published an open letter addressed to me and to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). They accused the Church of turning her back on the poor. This accusation follows a decision by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) to include support for “same-sex marriage” as part of their political agenda. The CCHD cannot fund groups that support this goal.

Donors to the CCHD give to this anti-poverty organization with the understanding that their money will be passed on to organizations that respect the teachings of the Catholic faith. Organizations that apply for funds do so agreeing to this condition.

On May 23, the ICIRR board broke faith with its member organizations when it publicly supported so called “same-sex marriage.” For its own political advantage, it introduced a matter extraneous to its own purpose and betrayed its own members, who were not consulted.

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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO

STATEMENT OF FRANCIS CARDINAL GEORGE, O.M.I.
Regarding the canonization of Blessed Popes
John XXIII and John Paul II
July 5, 2013

The canonization of blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be a joyful moment.  The history of the Church is the story of holiness.  It is a centuries long saga of disciples growing ever closer to the Lord.  Both Popes now join the great chorus of those recognized publicly as friends of the Lord, witnesses to the transforming power of God’s grace active in human lives.  This canonization will encourage everyone to stay on the path of discipleship.


ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO

STATEMENT OF FRANCIS CARDINAL GEORGE, O.M.I.
REGARDING SUPREME COURT DECISIONS ON MARRIAGE
June 26, 2013

This morning, in the guise of technical legal language, the United States Supreme Court advanced the project of making marriage in the United States a genderless institution. Since women and men are not interchangeable, the Court's action is illogical and pretentious. The Court abuses its own authority when it permits civil law to alter the definition of marriage, which is a natural institution. What is truly at stake in these decisions is not the right of adults to love whom they please, but rather the right of children to have both a mother and a father.

Today's decisions also bring us one step closer to the day when those who continue to distinguish between genuine marital unions and same-sex arrangements will be regarded as "bigots." We have already seen the negative result of gender-free unions on Catholic social services here in Illinois and other states.

We can all be grateful that the Court did not create a new "right" to same-sex marriage, allowing Illinois and other states to continue to acknowledge in law what nature and nature's God already tell us: that marriage is the union of one man and one woman for the sake of family.


ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO

Statement from Francis Cardinal George, OMI
Regarding Verdict in Kermit Gosnell Murder Trial
May 14, 2013

I am grateful that the jury in the Kermit Gosnell murder trial recognized the value and dignity of children born alive after an attempted abortion. I hope that the scrutiny this trial has received will bring a greater public recognition of the extremity of America's abortion laws and a more stringent regulation of the abortion industry. I ask people of good will to join me in praying for the day where every child, born and unborn, will be respected in life and fully protected by law and, in a particular way, I reiterate the promise made by the Catholic Church and the pro-life community that any woman who feels she has no "choice" but to end the life of her unborn child can come to us for assistance and support.


ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO

Archdiocesan Statement Regarding Russell Lawrence Romano
May 10, 2013

Russell Lawrence Romano is not a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He resigned from the priesthood in October 1991 and was laicized in May of 2009. When the first allegation was received against him in 1986, the civil authorities were informed and he was placed on limited ministry with restrictions and monitoring, according to the regulations in effect at that time.

Romano’s current employment had not been known to the Archdiocese, but, after learning about his current profession from his accuser in April of 2011, the Archdiocese promptly forwarded this information to the States Attorney and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

Romano is included on the list of Archdiocesan Priests with Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors that has been posted on the Archdiocesan website since March of 2006.

Sexual abuse of children is a grave sin and a crime. The Archdiocese of Chicago reports every allegation to the civil authorities and cooperates with them.  The Archdiocese continues to reach out and work for the healing of all those affected by the tragedy of child and adolescent sexual abuse.

Information about reporting allegations of sexual abuse by Archdiocesan clergy, deacons or lay persons, no matter when the abuse occurred, can be found on the Archdiocesan website, www.archchicago.org, or by calling the Archdiocesan

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OFFICE OF THE ARCHBISHOP

Archdiocese of Chicago

April 16, 2013

His Eminence
Seán Cardinal O'Malley, OFM Cap.
Archbishop of Boston
66 Brooks Drive
Braintree MA 02184

Your Eminence:

Like so many people throughout the world, I was shocked and deeply saddened upon hearing of the bombing that occurred yesterday afternoon near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. This terrible and senseless act, which killed and maimed and injured many innocent people, and disrupted the peace and security of so many more, reveals an utter disregard for the innate dignity of human life. In a particular way, our hearts ache for the families and for the people of Boston, who have been devastated by an act of such shocking violence, and I offer you my deepest sympathies.

As you well know, at times like this, when even our most profound expressions of condolence fall short, the only words that can genuinely bring healing are those we lift up to the Lord in prayer. I want to assure you that I and the people of the Archdiocese of Chicago will be praying for all those who died and were injured in this tragedy, along with their families, friends and neighbors. May the Lord bless all of you with His consolation and strength, particularly the emergency responders, medical personnel, and others who are coming to the aid of victims and seeking to bring to justice those who were responsible for this crime. Please do not hesitate to let me know if there is anything else we can do to help.

Fraternally yours in Christ,

Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
Archbishop of Chicago


STATEMENT FROM THE CATHOLIC CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS ON U.S. SUPREME COURT RULING ON DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT
June 26, 2013
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