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Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020

Planning Information for Permanent Diaconate Ordination Masses for Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel in Chicago

Twenty-seven permanent Catholic deacons will be ordained at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Masses on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, 7740 S. Western Ave., Chicago. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at the 9 a.m. Ordination Mass. Bishop Robert Casey, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will preside over the 1 p.m. Ordination Mass.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s ceremonies will have limited attendance in observance of local and state seating capacity restrictions. Media can view the Ordination Masses here:
9 a.m. Mass livestream: https://youtu.be/7kKoxFLqP2k
1 p.m. Mass livestream: https://youtu.be/zh1hPQHfy44

*Please note, each liturgy will be approximately two hours in length.

For print media, please reach out to the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Media Relations Department to coordinate distribution of handout photos.

Background:
The newly ordained deacons will assist the bishop and his priests in ministries of the Word, Liturgy and Charity. This includes proclaiming the Gospel, leading intercessions, preaching, preparing the altar, celebrating baptisms, leading the faithful in prayer, distributing Holy Communion, witnessing marriages and conducting wake and funeral services. Deacons also identify the needs of poor and underserved, and shepherd the Church's resources to meet those needs.
The newly ordained deacons will be assigned to parishes in Chicago, Chicago Heights, Grayslake, Gurnee, Lake Zurich, Lemont, Melrose Park, Orland Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Riverside, Tinley Park, Waukegan and Wilmette. Two permanent deacons were ordained in August.
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227. Young Adult Ministry, 312-534-8600.