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Archdiocesan Priest, Rev. Daniel A. Smilanic, Dies

Smilanic was former judicial vicar and vicar for Canonical Services
Chicago (Feb. 23, 2024) – Rev. Daniel A. Smilanic, former judicial vicar and vicar for Canonical Services, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. He was 76 years old.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Hosts 46th Annual African American Heritage Prayer Service

African American Heritage Awards will be presented to student and adult leaders in Catholic education during the Feb. 23 event at Holy Name Cathedral
Chicago, (Feb. 22, 2024) – The Archdiocese of Chicago will host its 46th annual African American Heritage Prayer Service on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St. (between State and Superior) in Chicago. Rev. Carl Gales, SVD, Administrator at Our Lady of Africa Parish, Greg Richmond, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, and archdiocesan priests and deacons will join hundreds of students from across the archdiocese for this Black History Month celebration. In addition, the Archdiocese will welcome Yvette Mensah as a special guest speaker. Mensah is a graduate of Loyola Academy in Wilmette and the recipient of the 2023 student leadership award.
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Loss of state Invest in Kids scholarship program forces closure of two Catholic Schools

Some Catholic schools face financial cliff due to loss of tuition support for families.
Chicago, (Jan. 18, 2024) – The pastors of St. Frances of Rome School in Cicero and St. Odilo School in Berwyn today announced that both schools will close in June of this year, bringing an end to a combined total of 196 years of Catholic education at their locations.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Observes the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Jan. 18 - 25, 2024

Chicagoland Christian Churches to pray together throughout the week
Chicago, (Jan. 17, 2024) – The Archdiocese of Chicago will join other Christian churches in praying for unity during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, beginning on Thursday, Jan. 18. Started in 1908, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated annually around the world. Those eight days form an “octave” from the traditional feast day of the Confession of St. Peter to the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Announces its Shift to 100% Renewable Energy

Cardinal Cupich made the announcement on December 17, the 87th birthday of Pope Francis.
Chicago - (Dec. 17, 2023) – Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, today announced that the archdiocese, including its nearly 400 parishes and schools, and offices, will shift its entire electricity purchase to 100% renewable, effective in January 2024. This renewable energy purchase is the equivalent of removing 15,000 cars from the road annually, or the carbon emissions generated by 8,500 homes per year.
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The Archdiocese of Chicago to Host 18th Annual Posada for Immigration Reform on Friday, December 15, 2023 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Chicago’s Loop

Hundreds of community members are expected to join clergy and archdiocesan ministry employees, students and parishioners in praying for immigrants and immigration reform.
Chicago - (Dec. 13, 2023) – The Archdiocese of Chicago will host the 18th Annual Posada for Immigration Reform on Friday, Dec. 15 beginning at 11 a.m. outside the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Center, 101 W. Ida B. Wells Dr. in Chicago. The posada will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/pastoral.migratoria.
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The Archdiocese of Chicago to Celebrate its 38th Annual Simbáng Gabi Novena from December 15 – 23, 2023

Sponsored by the archdiocese’s Asian Catholic Initiative office, Simbáng Gabi is one of the oldest and most revered Filipino Christmas traditions.
Chicago, (Dec. 12, 2023) – The Archdiocese of Chicago will celebrate its 38th annual Simbáng Gabi novena starting on Friday, Dec. 15 through Saturday, Dec. 23, 2023.
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The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe of the Archdiocese of Chicago to host the 2023 Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe December 11-12

On Monday, December 11, Bishop Jeffrey Grob, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago to be the main celebrant at the 8 p.m. Mass and will bless the newly rebuilt Chapel of the Resurrection (Please refer to the complete schedule of activities below)
Des Plaines, IL (Dec. 7, 2023) - The annual celebration honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, will begin on Monday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. and continue through 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1170 North River Road in Des Plaines.
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Archdiocese of Chicago to Host the 11th Annual Keep Hope Alive Fundraiser Benefiting its Immigration Ministry and National Pastoral Migratoria on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023

Cardinal Blase Cupich will offer remarks. Community leaders from Chicago and across the country will be recognized for their dedication to immigrants and immigration reform.
Chicago - (Nov. 27, 2023) – The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Immigration Ministry will host its 11th annual Keep Hope Alive benefit at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023 at St. Ignatius College Prep, 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Chicago. Keep Hope Alive is the archdiocese’s annual fundraiser to support Pastoral Migratoria, its local and national immigrant-led ministries and to recognize community leaders who have responded to the needs of immigrant communities. This year’s theme is Building A Welcoming Community.
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The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development Annual Collection to be held at Parishes the Weekend of Nov. 18 and 19

Catholics across Cook and Lake counties can help their neighbors who struggle with poverty and social injustices by giving to the annual special collection.
Chicago - (Nov. 15, 2023) – The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the U.S. Catholic bishops’ domestic anti-poverty program, will be held at archdiocesan parishes the weekend of Nov. 18-19, 2023. This national collection is the sole source of funding for CCHD’s community and economic development grants and education programs for locally-based programs. Fifty percent of the funds collected at Chicago-area parishes remain in the archdiocese to support local anti-poverty projects. In 2023-2024, CCHD will support 10 non-profits organizations in Cook and Lake counties with $400,000 in grants.
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