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Facts and Figures

Archdiocesan Overview

(Statistics Reported for 2021)

The Archdiocese of Chicago serves around 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 Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, assisted by six Episcopal Vicars, each responsible for a vicariate (region).

Catholic Population

  • 2,156,000
  • Catholic population as percentage of total population of Cook and Lake counties: 36%

Parishes (Many parish sacraments were moved to fiscal year 2021 due to covid pandemic)

  • Number of Parishes: 246 (as of 1/2022)
  • Baptisms: 17,600
  • First Communions: 25,000
  • Confirmations: 23,000
  • Weddings: 2,560
  • Funerals: 11,600

Scheduled Masses (October 2021)

  • Weekend Masses Scheduled in Parishes and Missions: 1,226
  • English: 821
  • Spanish: 266
  • Polish: 91
  • Other Languages: 48

Catholic Education

Catholic Schools

  • Elementary schools (archdiocese-run): 153
  • Elementary schools (non-archdiocese-run): 8
  • Secondary schools (archdiocese-run): 3
  • Secondary schools (non-archdiocese-run): 27
  • Elementary school enrollment: 46,063
  • Secondary school enrollment: 19,463

Religious Education (2020 – 2021)

  • Enrollment in elementary school programs: 34,000
  • Enrollment in secondary school programs: 2,500

Seminary System

  • St. John Vianney College Seminary, St. Paul, MN
    Enrollment: 10
  • Mundelein Seminary
    Enrollment: 117
  • Enrolled for Chicago: 24

Catholic Colleges and Universities

  • 5 Catholic colleges and universities serving 46,980 students

Catholic Charities

  • Helping hundreds of thousands of people each year
  • Programs: Over 50 Program Distinctions
  • Sites: 260+

Catholic Cemeteries

  • Catholic cemeteries: 46
  • Annual interments: 16,000

Catholic Hospitals

  • Catholic hospitals: 16
  • People assisted annually: 2.2 million

Diocesan Priests, Deacons, Women and Men Religious, and Lay Personnel in the Archdiocese

  • Diocesan Priests (including active and retired): 700

  • Religious Priests: 449

  • Religious Brothers: 151

  • Women Religious: 1,102

  • Deacons: 656 (includes active, active outside the diocese, seniors, and retired)

  • Certified Pastoral Associates: 42