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Facts and Figures

Archdiocesan Overview

(Statistics Reported for 2022)

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

  • 2,093,000
  • Catholic population as percentage of total population of Cook and Lake counties: 35%

Parishes

  • Number of Parishes: 221 (as of 1/2023)
  • Baptisms: 20,900
  • First Communions: 14,700
  • Confirmations: 14,950
  • Weddings: 3,616
  • Funerals: 11,660

Scheduled Masses (October 2022)

  • Weekend Masses Scheduled in Parishes and Missions: 1,194
  • English: 799
  • Spanish: 260
  • Polish: 86
  • Other Languages: 47

Catholic Education

Catholic Schools

  • Elementary schools (archdiocese-run): 152
  • Elementary schools (non-archdiocese-run): 8
  • Secondary schools (archdiocese-run): 3
  • Secondary schools (non-archdiocese-run): 27
  • Elementary school enrollment: 45,321
  • Secondary school enrollment: 19,383

Religious Education (2021 – 2022)

  • Enrollment in elementary school programs: 39,000
  • Enrollment in secondary school programs: 3,600

Seminary System

  • St. John Vianney College Seminary, St. Paul, MN
    Enrollment: 7
  • Mundelein Seminary
    Enrollment: 132
  • Enrolled for Chicago: 27

Catholic Colleges and Universities

  • 5 Catholic colleges and universities serving 45,000 students

Catholic Charities

  • Helping more than 375,000 people
  • Programs: Over 40 Program Distinctions

Catholic Cemeteries

  • Catholic cemeteries: 47
  • Annual interments: 16,000

Catholic Hospitals

  • Catholic hospitals: 16
  • People assisted annually: 2 million

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

  • Diocesan Priests (including active and retired): 683

  • Religious Priests: 432

  • Religious Brothers: 149

  • Women Religious: 1,068

  • Deacons: 652 (includes active, active outside the diocese, seniors, and retired)

  • Certified Pastoral Associates: 43