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U.S. Department of Education Honors Seven Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools as 2020 National Blue Ribbon Recipients

These awards bring the System’s National Blue Ribbon Awards total to 94.
Chicago – (Sept. 25, 2020) – The Archdiocese of Chicago announced today that seven schools in the archdiocese Catholic school system – St. Andrew School (Chicago), St. Clement School (Chicago), St. Francis Xavier School (La Grange), St. James School (Arlington Heights), St. John of the Cross School (Western Springs), St. Paul of the Cross School (Park Ridge), and School of St. Mary (Lake Forest) – have been recognized this year by the U.S. Department of Education with Blue Ribbon Awards. The National Blue Ribbon Award is presented to schools based on a school’s overall academic excellence or the school’s progress in closing student achievement gaps. In addition, Woodlands Academy (Lake Forest), an independent Catholic school was recognized with a 2020 National Blue Ribbon. Catholic schools in the archdiocese have received 117 Blue Ribbon Awards.
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Twenty-seven Permanent Catholic Deacons will be Ordained on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel in Chicago

The Archdiocese of Chicago has the largest Catholic diaconate in the world with 506 active deacons
Chicago - (Sept. 22, 2020) – 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. Bishop Robert Casey, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will preside over the 1 p.m. Mass.
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Cardinal Blase J. Cupich Urges Chicago-Area Catholics to Fight the Flu During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Archdiocese of Chicago launches a flu shot campaign aimed at parishioners and school communities
CHICAGO - (Sept. 17, 2020) – The Archdiocese of Chicago today launched a multi-media campaign encouraging its parish and school community members to be vaccinated against influenza. In the campaign’s communication materials, Cardinal Cupich points out that, in the coming weeks our community will witness a convergence of both viruses, influenza and COVID-19.
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Pope Francis Names Three New Auxiliary Bishops for the Archdiocese of Chicago

The episcopal ordination of the bishops-elect will take place November 13, 2020
Chicago – (September 11, 2020) – Today, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has appointed three new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Chicago: Bishops-elect Kevin M. Birmingham, Jeffrey S. Grob and Robert J. Lombardo, CFR. The episcopal ordination of the bishops-elect will take place on the feast of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini, November 13, 2020.
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Cardinal Blase J. Cupich Names Bishop Robert G. Casey New Vicar General of Archdiocese of Chicago

Bishop Casey was appointed auxiliary bishop by Pope Francis on July 3, 2018 and ordained on Sept. 17, 2018
Chicago - (Aug. 28, 2020) – Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, today announced the appointment of Auxiliary Bishop Robert G. Casey, 52, as vicar general of the Archdiocese of Chicago, effective Sept. 12, 2020. Bishop Casey, episcopal vicar for Vicariate III will replace Bishop Ronald A. Hicks who was named the sixth bishop of Joliet by Pope Francis in July. Cardinal Cupich will name an interim vicar for Vicariate III in the near future.
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Archdiocese of Chicago to Host 11th Annual Fore the Kids Golf Outing Honoring Church Responders to COVID-19

Event to be held on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at Chicago Highlands Golf Club in Westchester
Chicago - (Aug. 19, 2020) – The Archdiocese of Chicago will host its 11th annual Fore the Kids golf outing at 11:30 a.m., on Monday, Aug. 24, at Chicago Highlands Golf Club in Westchester, Ill. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Office of Catholic Schools and the archdiocese’s Emergency Tuition Assistance Program, which provides aid to economically challenged students, and innovative academic programs. Fore the Kids has raised more than $550,000 over the last five years for emergency tuition assistance and academic innovations.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Provides Update on Schiller Park Parishes

Chicago - (Aug. 8, 2020) –The Archdiocese of Chicago today announced an update on its Schiller Park parishes, St. Beatrice and St. Maria Goretti following their Renew My Church discernment process.
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The Chastity Education Initiative to Celebrate the Life of Cardinal Francis George, OMI on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020

The virtual event fundraiser will benefit Archdiocese of Chicago’s chastity education programs, curricula and events.
Chicago - (Aug. 6, 2020) –The Chastity Education Initiative will host a free, virtual event on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m., Celebrating the Life of Cardinal Francis George, OMI benefitting the Archdiocese of Chicago’s chastity education programs. The event will honor Cardinal George’s commitment to chastity education, including his 2003 establishment of the archdiocese’s Chastity Education Initiative, and will commemorate the fifth anniversary of his death. Due to COVID-19, the fundraiser will be live on the archdiocese's Facebook page and YouTube channel.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Announces the Appointment of Three Senior Officers

Named are a new General Counsel, Director of Multimedia Content and Interim Chief Human Resources and Staff Development Officer
Chicago, (July 29, 2020) The Archdiocese of Chicago today announced it has appointed three senior officers. James Geoly, J.D. was appointed general counsel, Vincent Gerasole was appointed director of multimedia content and Justin Lombardo was named interim chief human resources and staff development officer.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Vicar General Bishop Ronald A. Hicks Appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois

Bishop Hicks will succeed Bishop Emeritus R. Daniel Conlon as Ordinary Bishop of Joliet
Chicago - (July 17, 2020) – Pope Francis today announced that he has named Bishop Ronald A. Hicks, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Chicago, as the sixth bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Joliet, Ill. Pope Francis had previously accepted the resignation of Bishop Emeritus R. Daniel Conlon and had named Bishop Richard E. Pates as Apostolic Administrator of the diocese until a new bishop could be appointed. Bishop Hicks, 52, will be installed at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus in Joliet, Ill. on September 29, 2020.
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