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Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

Archdiocese of Chicago and Cook County Officials to Bury Indigent, Unknown and Unborn Persons at Mt. Olivet Cemetery on Wed., July 8th, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

The Archdiocese of Chicago and Cook County officials will hold a committal service to bury indigent, unidentified and unborn persons at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (2755 West 111th Street, Chicago). Cook County, through the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, is entrusted with the final disposition of indigent deceased, unidentified deceased and fetal remains. The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Cemeteries has agreed to provide burial as a public service.

The committal service will include burial of five unidentified persons, 48 unborn persons and 239 cremated indigent remains. Local funeral directors and other volunteers will accompany each decedent at the service and stay until the burial is complete. Rev. Lawrence Sullivan, director of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will preside over the service and lead the blessing of the caskets.

Since 2012, Catholic Cemeteries, the Archdiocese of Chicago and Cook County have worked together with help from the Cook County Funeral Directors Association, Worsham College of Mortuary Science and Malcolm X College to bury the indigent, unborn and unidentified persons.
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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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