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News Releases - 2014

News Releases

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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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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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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