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ANNUAL BANQUET BENEFITING
BISHOP ABRAMOWICZ SEMINARY

Sunday, September 7, at Westin O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont
Chicago, IL (August 22, 2014) –
Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, and the Auxiliary Bishops of Chicago, will be in attendance at the 11th Annual Bishop Abramowicz Seminary Benefit Dinner, on Sunday, September 7, at the Westin O’Hare Hotel, 6100 North River Road in Rosemont.  A silent auction and cocktail reception will begin at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m.
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PRAYERS FOR PEACE IN IRAQ
Ecumenical Prayer Services and Masses to be Conducted
Throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago
Chicago, IL (August 21, 2014) –
As an expression of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s concern for the plight of our sisters and brothers in Iraq, prayers for peace in Iraq will continue to be offered this weekend at Masses in the parishes of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
SHOW GAINS IN OVERALL ACT SCORES

Four consecutive years of growth – All scores above State average
Chicago, IL (August 20, 2014) – For the fourth consecutive year, Catholic high school students in the Archdiocese of Chicago have demonstrated gains in the overall score and in nearly every subject area of the ACT test. The average composite score for Catholic high school students in the Archdiocese is 23.3, which is 2.6 points above the State of Illinois’ average.
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BACK TO SCHOOL SUNRISE PRAYER SERVICE AND MASS TO BE CONDUCTED AT CHICAGO LAKEFRONT ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 30
Chicago, IL (August 12, 2014) – The Black Catholic Deacons of the Archdiocese of Chicago, in conjunction with the Archdiocesan Office for Black Catholics are hosting their fifth annual Back to School Sunrise Prayer Service and Masson Saturday, August 30, from 6:30 to 8 a.m.  Worshipers will gather together to pray for nonviolence in the hearts of people, in families, in schools and on Chicago streets.
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OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE SCULPTURES TO BE DEDICATED
Chicago, IL (July 7, 2014) Catholic Cemeteries has announced the addition of two new sculptures honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe at All Saints Cemetery, 700 North River Road in Des Plaines and at Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road in Hillside.
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FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM BEGINS SATURDAY, JUNE 21
Opening Mass at Holy Name Cathedral at 5:15 p.m.
Chicago, IL (June 20, 2014) – An opening Mass will be held on Saturday, June 21 at 5:15 p.m. at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, to mark the beginning of Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer, education and action in support of religious liberty, which ends on July 4, Independence Day.
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CARDINAL GEORGE, AUXILIARY BISHOPS AND PRIESTS CELEBRATE CEMETERY FIELD MASSES
Monday, May 26, 2014
Chicago, IL (May 19, 2014) – 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 continues the 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.  During all 37 Masses veterans present will be asked to come forward for a special blessing followed by the playing of Taps.  Cardinal George will celebrate the Field Mass at Maryhill Catholic Cemetery, 8600 Milwaukee Avenue in Niles, at 10:30 a.m. 
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EIGHT MEN TO BE ORDAINED AS PERMANENT DEACONS
Home Parishes are in Chicago, Evanston, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Mundelein, Old Mill Creek and Orland Hills
Chicago, IL (May 13, 2014) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will ordain seven men as permanent deacons at 2:15 p.m., on Sunday, May 18, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. One has already been ordained, on Saturday, May 10, with the transitional deacons at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary.
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CARDINAL GEORGE TO ORDAIN FIFTEEN MEN FOR 
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Ceremonies at Holy Name Cathedral and St. John Cantius Parish
Chicago, IL (May 12, 2014) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will ordain twelve new priests at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 17, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. The men, ranging in age from 25 to 44, include five from the Chicago area, one from Nevada, three from Mexico and three from Poland. Later this month, Cardinal George will ordain three priests for the Archdiocese of Chicago for service in the Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius.
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CANONIZATION OF BLESSED POPE JOHN XXIII AND
BLESSED POPE JOHN PAUL II

Canonization Events Around the Archdiocese of Chicago
Sunday, April 27, 2014

CHICAGO, IL (April 23, 2014) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at a special Mass in honor of the Canonization of the Blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, at 5:15 p.m., on Sunday, April 27, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.
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CATHOLIC FAMILY DAY AT SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA
Sunday, June 22, 2014
CHICAGO, IL (April 8, 2014) – As the finale of the Year of Strong Catholic Parents, the Archdiocesan Department of Parish Life and Formation, invites Catholic families to participate in Catholic Family Day at Six Flags Great America theme park, 1 Great America Parkway in Gurnee, on Sunday, June 22. The event will begin with Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the outdoor Wilderness Theatre before the park opens at 10:30 a.m.
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CASA JESÚS SEMINARY CELEBRATES ITS 27TH ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET
Archdiocese of Chicago's Hispanic Ministry Formation Program
Chicago, IL (April 8, 2014) – Casa Jesús, a house of discernment for Hispanic candidates interested in becoming priests, will celebrate its 27th Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 12, at the Palmer House, 17 East Monroe Street in Chicago. Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, is scheduled to attend the reception and dinner that begins at 6 p.m. with the awards presentation beginning at 8 p.m.
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PREVENT CHILD ABUSE PRAYER SERVICE AND PINWHEEL PLANTING AT THE HEALING GARDEN
Friday, April 4, at 11 a.m.
Chicago, IL (April 3, 2014)  A prayer service and pinwheel planting will be held at the Healing Garden of the Archdiocese of Chicago located at Holy Family Parish, 1080 West Roosevelt Road in Chicago, on Friday, April 4, at 11 a.m.  The outdoor service will include prayers and reflections from Mike Hoffman, Chairman of the Healing Garden Committee, Fr. Larry Dowling, Pastor of St. Agatha Parish and Fr. Jeremiah Boland, Administrator of Holy Family Parish, as well as music performed by students from St. Ignatius College Prep.
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MULTI-MEDIA YOUTH ART CONTEST GALLERY RECEPTION
Sponsored by the Office for Peace and Justice’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development
CHICAGO, IL (April 3, 2014)
The Office for Peace and Justice will host an art gallery reception for the Archdiocese of Chicago’s 2014 Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Multi-Media Youth Art Contest. The aim of the competition is to give youth the opportunity to have a creative role in raising awareness about poverty in their communities, schools, and families. With over 60 Catholic school students participating in the contest, the art reflected this year’s theme of “Building Communities”. The contest was open to students in grades seven thru twelve, who paint, write, act, draw or sing.
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19th ANNUAL JOSEPH CARDINAL BERNARDIN JERUSALEM LECTURE
Monday, March 31, at Temple Sholom in Chicago
Chicago, IL (March 17, 2014) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will give the welcoming remarks at the 19th Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture on Monday, March 31, at 7 p.m., at Temple Sholom, 3480 North Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.
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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO CATHOLIC SCHOOLS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS
Honoring Educators and Catholic Schools in Cook and Lake Counties
Chicago, IL (March 3, 2014) – Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, O.P., Superintendent of Catholic Schools and the Archdiocese of Chicago Board of Catholic Schools recently announced the recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Service Awards.
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CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES RICE BOWL
Sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office for Peace and Justice's Catholic Relief Services
Chicago, IL (March 3, 2014) – For nearly 50 years, CRS Rice Bowl has been an innovative way for Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago to pray, fast and give alms during Lent. Each parish and school in Lake and Cook Counties is invited to participate in this Lenten faith-formation tool, which goes beyond just donating. Numerous resources are provided to engage Catholics through daily reflections, weekly prayers and meatless recipes along with a mobile app to track sacrifices and Stories of Hope from five different countries.
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WINNERS OF VIDEO CONTEST FOR CATHOLIC TEENS ANNOUNCED
Prizes Totaling $17,000 Awarded in Year of Strong Catholic Parents – Be a Digital Disciple Contest
Chicago, IL (February 26, 2014) – 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 Strong Catholic Parents. 
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KOLBE HOUSE JAIL MINISTRY LENTEN EMAIL RETREAT
Chicago, IL (February 19, 2014) – Kolbe House, the Catholic Jail Ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago, begins its eighth annual Lenten email retreat on March 8, 2014.  Participants will receive an email from Kolbe House every Monday during Lent that contains a short personal experience and scriptural reflection.
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MULTI-MEDIA YOUTH CONTEST
Sponsored by the Office for Peace and Justice’s
Catholic Campaign for Human Development

CHICAGO, IL (February 7, 2014) The Office for Peace and Justice invites students, grades seven through twelve, to take part in a multi-media youth competition, "Building Communities", as part of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). The aim of the competition is to raise awareness and help end poverty. The contest is open to students who can paint, act, draw, or sing.
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ART AND VIDEO CONTEST TO HONOR
JOHN PAUL II UPCOMING CANONIZATION

Sponsored by the Office of Mission Education for the New Evangelization
CHICAGO, IL (February 5, 2014) The Office of Mission Education for the New Evangelization, under the patronage of Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, and Most Rev. Andrew P. Wypych, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, invites students to take part in an arts competition "John Paul II: True Missionary Saint". The aim of the competition is to pay tribute to Blessed John Paul II, who was Pope between 1978 and 2005, as well as demonstrate to children and teens his pilgrimages and missionary work as Pope.
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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR PARISH LEADERSHIP DAY
Saturday, February 22 at Guerin College Prep
CHICAGO, IL (February 3, 2014) Parish Leadership Day 2014 will be held on Saturday, February 22, at Guerin College Prep, 8001 West Belmont Avenue in River Grove. Leadership Day includes almost 70 workshops on issues pertaining to parish life. The event is open to all interested parishioners and lay leaders from around the Archdiocese, along with priests, religious, and parish staffs. For the first time ever, registration is available online at leadershipdaychicago.org.
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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO’S SCHOOLS CELEBRATE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
“Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service”
January 26 to February 1

Chicago, IL (January 24, 2014) – Catholic Schools Week begins Sunday, January 26. The theme for this year’s observance is Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.  This annual, nationwide celebration will feature local school activities including special Masses, open houses and visits from civic representatives and Archdiocesan officials, including Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, O.P., Superintendent of Catholic Schools.
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ARCHDIOCESAN PARISHES TO PARTICIPATE IN ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICES AND EVENTS FOR CELEBRATION OF THE ANNUAL WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
January 18 to 25, 2014

Chicago, IL (January 17, 2014) –  Archdiocesan parishes, working in cooperation with the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, will join with other Christian denominations in ecumenical celebrations during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity beginning Saturday, January 18. In addition to prayer at individual churches, there will be ecumenical services throughout Chicago and the metropolitan area. All are invited to attend these services and events.
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"MARCH FOR LIFE CHICAGO" TO MARK
RESPECT LIFE MONTH ACTIVITIES

Events in Chicago in Conjunction with National "March for Life"
in Washington, DC

Chicago, IL (January 16, 2014) – Marking the 41st 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 life is valued and protected from the moment of conception until natural death.
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Statements

ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO

Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
Archbishop of Chicago
Medical Update
August 22, 2014

Doctors at Loyola University Medical Center continue to treat Cardinal Francis George.  The Cardinal recently underwent a regular medical procedure there to replace a stent in his ureter.  This procedure has been done routinely every six months over the last few years.

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Announcement from Francis Cardinal George, OMI
Regarding Change in Legal Office Structure
May 14, 2014

John O’Malley
Effective Friday, May 16, 2014, John O’Malley moves from the Director of Legal Services to Special Counsel for Misconduct Issues. John has done an excellent job in leading our Office of Legal Services for the past 22 years. During this time he has also been Counsel for professional conduct for clergy. He has worked tirelessly to help the Archdiocese through a very difficult period in dealing with misconduct and abuse cases as well as general legal issues. He has helped us to be fair and compassionate, and to bring justice and healing to victims of abuse. Under his leadership the Archdiocesan Legal Office has successfully assisted our parishes and agencies with a wide variety of legal issues. I thank John for all that he has done and will continue to do, especially in managing and overseeing the misconduct resolution process. John will work closely with Jan Slattery, Director, Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, and her team, and he will report directly to me as Archbishop.

Maureen Murphy
Effective Friday, May 16, 2014. Maureen Murphy becomes General Counsel for the Archdiocese of Chicago. She has been with the Archdiocese since 1993. Prior to joining the Archdiocese’s Legal Office, she was in private practice for seven years and spent two years as a lawyer for the City of Chicago. For the past 21 years Maureen has successfully assisted our parishes and agencies with various legal issues including: Church-State Issues, Corporate Compliance and Corporate Issues, Corporate Contracts and Financial Issues, Employment, Education, Intellectual Property Issues and Parish/School consultation on Tax and other issues. I thank Maureen for her excellent work and I am grateful that she has accepted the position as General Counsel. As General Counsel she will work under the office of the Moderator of the Curia and be the principal advisor to the Archbishop on all civil law matters. She will now lead the Archdiocesan legal team as they provide legal advice, counsel and representation for the Archdiocese of Chicago in connection with all legal matters, and in ensuring compliance with Canon Law.


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Archdiocese of Chicago Response to SNAP Press Statements
April 21, 2014

The Archdiocese of Chicago is committed to the protection of children and youth and responds compassionately and thoroughly to all allegations received.  The Archdiocese has continuously invited victims to come forward, regardless of how long ago the abuse took place.

We are disappointed that SNAP’s information today was presented to the media at a street-corner press conference directly outside the Archdiocese.  We are further concerned that SNAP has been in communication with an individual “for several weeks,” and only now is making the information known to authorities and the Archdiocese.   We look forward to meeting with the person and listening to his information.  If SNAP has any additional information or other accusations, it is imperative that they bring it forward immediately. 

Finally, in the comments Barbara Blaine made today, she claims that Cardinal George removed and reinstated three priests before removing them permanently.  This is totally false.  None of the priests mentioned by Blaine were withdrawn and reinstated by the Cardinal.

The abuse of any child is a crime and a sin. The Archdiocese encourages anyone who has been sexually abused by a priest, deacon, religious, lay employee or volunteer, to come forward. Complete information about reporting sexual abuse can be found on the Archdiocesan website under Protecting Children at www.archchicago.org or by calling the Office for Child Abuse Investigations and Review, 312-534-5205 or 1-800-994-6200, or the Office of Assistance Ministry, 312-534-8267 or toll-free at 866-517-4528.


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Archdiocese of Chicago Statement Regarding
Rev. Michael W. O’Connell
April 15, 2014

Father Michael W. O’Connell is being reinstated to active ministry and will resume his role as Pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish in Chicago.  Fr. O’Connell, a priest in good standing, agreed to step aside from his parish on December 4, 2013, when a formal allegation was presented to officials of the Archdiocese of Chicago that he engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor while assigned to Our Lady of the Woods Parish in Orland Park almost 20 years ago.

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Update on Cardinal George
Friday, March 21, 2014

Cardinal George was released from Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood on Friday afternoon, March 21, 2014.  The Cardinal was admitted on March 14 due to flu like symptoms and dehydration.  An infection was identified and is being treated with antibiotics.  He will resume his chemotherapy when his doctors feel it is appropriate and will continue to maintain his administrative and public schedule.

The Cardinal is grateful to those who are praying for him and for the good wishes expressed by so many.


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Update on Cardinal George's Cancer Condition
Friday, March 7, 2014

Cardinal George has met with his medical team who has recommended a new regime of chemotherapy to address current signs of activity of cancer cells surrounding his right kidney.

The Cardinal was diagnosed with urothelial cancer in August 2012 and underwent chemotherapy at that time. The cancer, dormant for well over a year, is still confined to the area of his right kidney.

After extensive testing, scans, biopsies and diagnosis, it was agreed that the best course of action is for the Cardinal to enter into a regimen of chemotherapy, with drugs more aggressive than those used in the first round but for a more limited duration initially.

Cardinal George intends to maintain his administrative and public schedule during this current round of chemotherapy, although it may occasionally be reduced because of lowered immunity.

As he prepares for this next round of chemotherapy, the Cardinal has spoken directly about this new stage in his life journey in a portion of his column, “Lent: Taking Stock of our Lives,” in the current issue of the Catholic New World, www.catholicnewworld.com.


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UPDATE: August 21, 2014 - After conducting a Supplementary Review, the Review Board determined that there was insufficient reason to suspect that Fr. Wilk engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor.  Cardinal George accepted the Review Board’s determination.  As a result, Fr. Wilk’s name was removed from the list of Archdiocesan Priests with Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors on July 24, 2014.  Fr. Wilk has not had any Archdiocesan assignment since 2008 and he has no faculties to minister as a priest.

Archdiocese of Chicago Statement
Regarding Former Archdiocese of Chicago Priest Joseph Wilk
February 10, 2014

Joseph Wilk, a resigned priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, has been placed on the list of Archdiocesan Priests with Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors.  Wilk left public ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago in September of 2008, for reasons unrelated to sexual abuse of minors.

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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO STATEMENT
REGARDING DOCUMENT RELEASE
January 15, 2014

Today the Archdiocese of Chicago will release to plaintiffs’ lawyer, Jeffrey Anderson, documents related to 30 Archdiocesan priests who have been accused of abusing minors at various times during the last half century. This release of documents is part of a mediation agreement between the Archdiocese and claimants’ lawyers. All of the documents relate to cases that date back many years, in some cases decades. Ninety-five percent of these cases occurred prior to 1988. These cases were reported to civil authorities and the Archdiocese did not hide abuse or protect abusers. All of the priests involved in this document release are out of ministry and 14 are deceased. No priest with even one substantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor serves in ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago today.

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