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Archdiocese of Chicago Will Join with the Muslim Community to Mark the Breaking of the Ramadan Fast at the 22nd Annual Muslim-Catholic Iftar on Tues., May 21, 2019 at the Islamic Foundation in Villa Park

The annual Iftar’s theme is “Spirituality as a Path to our Common Humanity”
Chicago, IL (May 16, 2019) – The Archdiocese of Chicago will join with the Muslim community to mark the end of the Ramadan fast at the 22nd Annual Muslim-Catholic Iftar dinner and program on Tues., May 21, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Islamic Foundation, 301 W. Highridge Rd., in Villa Park. Sponsored by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), the annual interfaith Iftar commemorates breaking the Ramadan fast, observing maghrib prayer and sharing a festive dinner and program. Ramadan 2019 began in Chicago on the evening of Sun., May 5 and ends the evening of June 4.
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Cardinal Blase J. Cupich to Ordain Eight Priests for the Archdiocese of Chicago on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Holy Name Cathedral

The priests will begin their new assignments on July 1, 2019
Chicago, IL (May 10, 2019) – Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, will ordain eight diocesan priests at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 North State Street, Chicago. The candidates for ordination range in age from 28 to 38 and hail from the Chicagoland area and Michigan, as well as Mexico, Uganda and Vietnam.
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Archdiocese of Chicago to Host the Seventh Annual Keep Hope Alive Fundraiser Benefitting its Immigration Ministry on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will present awards to six immigration reform leaders and groups
Chicago, IL (May 10, 2019) – The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Human Dignity & Solidarity-Immigration Ministry will host the Seventh Annual Keep Hope Alive Benefit: United for Immigration Justice on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7 p.m. at BEW Local 134 Union Hall, 2722 S. Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago. Keep Hope Alive is the archdiocese’s annual fundraiser to support its local and national immigrant-led ministries and to recognize community leaders who respond to the needs of migrant communities. Event co-chairs Edward J. Wehmer, founder and chief executive officer of Wintrust Financial Corporation, and Thomas R. Kiley, chief executive officer of Great Lake Advisers, will co-emcee the event.
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Pope Francis Issues Global Mandatory Reporting Law for Sexual Abuse and Cover-up

The Holy Father’s motu proprio “Vos estis lux mundi” strengthens the Church’s response to abuse allegations and cover-up around the world
Chicago, IL (May 9, 2019) – As part of the commitment of the Catholic Church to protect minors and vulnerable people, the Holy Father has established a universal Church law by a motu proprio, “Vos estis lux mundi,” which creates new requirements for the reporting, handling and investigating sexual abuse and the mishandling of such misconduct, including cover up, to and by Church authorities. This universal law goes into effect June 1, 2019 and includes measures already in use in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Announces Winners of the 2019 Heart of the School Awards

Eighteen teachers, administrators and staff members were selected from 500 nominees; three pastors also recognized with awards this year
Chicago, IL (May 9, 2019) – The Archdiocese of Chicago is proud to announce that 18 teachers, administrators and staff members from across its 209 Catholic schools were selected as the 2019 Heart of the School Award winners. The winners, who represent Catholic elementary and high schools across the two-county archdiocese, were selected from 500 nominees based on their outstanding contributions to the schools and the students they serve. Additionally, the Archdiocese of Chicago is honoring three pastors this year with Heart of the Shepherd awards for their commitment to Catholic education.
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Cardinal Blase Cupich to Ordain 23 Permanent and Transitional Deacons on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Holy Name Cathedral

The Archdiocese of Chicago has the largest Catholic diaconate in the world with 548 active deacons
Chicago, IL (May 6, 2019) – Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, will ordain 23 permanent and transitional deacons at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 North State Street, Chicago. The newly ordained deacons will be assigned to parishes in: Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Des Plaines, Gurnee, Libertyville, Midlothian, Mundelein, Palos Hills, Park Ridge, Round Lake, Lake Villa, Oak Forest, Tinley Park, and Wauconda.
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The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Eighth Annual Prayer Service for Child Abuse Prevention and Pinwheel Planting will take place on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Holy Family Parish

Michael Hoffman, clergy abuse survivor, will provide a reflection at the 11:30 a.m. prayer service
Chicago, IL (April 29, 2019) – The Archdiocese of Chicago’s eighth annual prayer service for child abuse prevention and pinwheel planting will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Healing Garden at Holy Family Parish, 1080 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago. The outdoor service will be led by Rev. Michael Gabriel, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Chicago, and will include a reflection from Michael Hoffman, clergy abuse survivor and chairman of the Hope and Healing Committee for the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of the Protection of Children and Youth (OPCY).
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The National Catholic Educational Association to Honor Three Recipients in the Archdiocese of Chicago with the Fourth Annual NCEA Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award

The Cristo Rey Network and Catholic educators from Our Lady of Tepeyac High School and Mother McAuley High School will be recognized at the annual NCEA Convention & Expo in Chicago on April 23, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Chicago, IL (April 22, 2019) – The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) will honor the Cristo Rey Network; Joni Thompson, president of Our Lady of Tepeyac High School (Chicago); and Art Sheridan, theology teacher at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School (Chicago) with the fourth annual 2019 Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award for their dedication and outstanding achievements in Catholic education. They will be feted at the Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Awards. dinner on April 23, 2019 at 7 p.m. during the annual NCEA Convention & Expo that takes place this year in Chicago at McCormick Place, 2301 South King Drive, Chicago.
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Parishes Across the Archdiocese of Chicago to Celebrate Good Friday with Living Stations of the Cross

Via Crucis to be held on Friday, April 19
Chicago, IL (April 17, 2019) – Good Friday, April 19, marks the day Catholics remember Christ’s suffering and death with special Stations of the Cross devotions, including outdoor processions of the living stations and veneration of the cross or Via Crucis.
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Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Offer Free Lenten Concert

Teresa Scalise and the Rev. Bobby Krueger to Perform a Concert of Sacred Music
Des Plaines, IL (April 2, 2019) – A special Lenten concert will take place on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m., in the St. Joseph Chapel at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1170 North River Road in Des Plaines. The multi-lingual concert of sacred music, entitled "Lift My Soul," will feature singer Teresa Scalise and musician Rev. Bobby Krueger. Musical selections will be performed in English, Spanish, Italian and Latin.
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