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July 22, 2020 and July 23, 2020

The Ordination Masses for Bishop-elect Michael G. McGovern and Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka set for July 22, 2020 and July 23, 2020

The Ordination Masses for Bishop-elect Michael G. McGovern and Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2020 in Belleville, Ill. and at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 23, 2020 in Peoria, respectively. Pope Francis recently appointed the two Archdiocese of Chicago priests as bishops.

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, will present the mandates from the Holy See at the Masses.

Bishop-elect McGovern will serve as the ninth Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Ill. Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka will serve as the Coadjutor Bishop of Peoria, Ill. until Bishop Daniel Jenky retires, and then serve as the ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Peoria.

Due to concerns over the health and safety of the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance at the liturgies will be limited and social distancing will be observed.

The Diocese of Belleville and the Diocese of Peoria are exploring options for broadcasting the liturgies online for those who cannot attend the ceremonies. More information will be released to media closer to the installation Masses.

WHEN:
  • Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 2 p.m.: Bishop-elect McGovern’s ordination and installation Mass.
  • Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 2 p.m.: Coadjutor Bishop-elect Tylka’s ordination Mass.
WHERE:
  • Bishop-elect McGovern’s installation Mass location: Cathedral of St. Peter, 200 W. Harrison St., Belleville, Ill.
  • Coadjutor Bishop-elect Tylka’s installation Mass location: Cathedral of St. Mary, 607 NE Madison Ave., Peoria, Ill.
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Friday, May 8, 2020

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich Offers a New Video Message for Teacher Appreciation Week

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, offers a new video message for Teacher Appreciation Week. In his message, Cardinal Cupich expresses his gratitude to teachers for all that they do and their powerful impact on students, families and society especially during this challenging time. He shares that he owes an unpayable debt to the religious sisters who taught him when he was young and how essential they were in shaping his mind and forming him as a whole person. He also notes the vocation of teaching runs in his family and that he’s also spent time in the front of the classroom.

Cardinal Cupich’s message can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/Ljw2_km0Hdg
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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Mayor Lori Lightfoot Calls St. Josaphat Preschool Teacher in Honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week

Mayor Lori Lightfoot calls St. Josaphat School preschool teacher Jessica Vocke in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week. On the call, Vocke shared her experiences with using e-Learning to continue instruction of her pre-K students during the stay a home order and how she’s adapting her teaching methods to these youngest of students. Vocke explained that she pivoted to online learning when Archdiocese of Catholic Schools closed and she shared the expressions of gratitude from the St. Josaphat community for her efforts.

Vocke has taught preschool at St. Josaphat School, in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood for three years. She’s a native of Battle Creek, MI and an alumna of Michigan State University (2015). She is currently enrolled in MSU’s master’s degree program for and Education and Leadership.

Vocke’s call with Mayor Lightfoot is linked here: https://www.facebook.com/ChicagoMayorsOffice/videos/322199218770490/
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