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Archdiocesan Overview

(Statistics Reported for 2020)

The Archdiocese of Chicago serves around 2.2 million Catholics in Cook and Lake Counties in Northeastern Illinois, a geographic area of 1,411 square miles. The Archdiocese is divided into six vicariates and 31 deaneries. This local church is pastored by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, assisted by six Episcopal Vicars, each responsible for a vicariate (region).

Catholic Population

  • 2,163,000
  • Catholic population as percentage of total population of Cook and Lake counties: 37%

Parishes (Fiscal 2020 parish sacraments have been significantly impacted by the covid pandemic)

  • Number of Parishes: 290 (as of 1/2021)
  • Baptisms: 13,878
  • First Communions: 4,150
  • Confirmations: 6,800
  • Weddings: 2,820
  • Funerals: 9,350

Scheduled Masses (October 2019)

  • Weekend Masses Scheduled in Parishes and Missions: 1,561
  • English: 1,128
  • Spanish: 291
  • Polish: 91
  • Other Languages: 51

Catholic Education

Catholic Schools

  • Elementary schools (archdiocese-run): 159
  • Elementary schools (non-archdiocese-run): 8
  • Secondary schools (archdiocese-run): 3
  • Secondary schools (non-archdiocese-run): 28
  • Elementary school enrollment: 43,949
  • Secondary school enrollment: 19,428

Religious Education (2018 – 2019)

  • Enrollment in elementary school programs: 49,332
  • Enrollment in secondary school programs: 5,268

Seminary System

  • St. John Vianney College Seminary, St. Paul, MN
    Enrollment: 10
  • Mundelein Seminary
    Enrollment: 138
  • Enrolled for Chicago: 28

Catholic Colleges and Universities

  • 6 Catholic colleges and universities serving 46,500 students

Catholic Charities

  • Helping hundreds of thousands of people each year
  • Programs: Over 50 Program Distinctions
  • Sites: 304

Catholic Cemeteries

  • Catholic cemeteries: 46
  • Annual interments: 16,000

Catholic Hospitals

  • Catholic hospitals: 17
  • People assisted annually: 2.8 million

Diocesan Priests, Deacons, Women and Men Religious, and Lay Personnel in the Archdiocese

  • Diocesan Priests (including active and retired): 701

  • Religious Priests: 494

  • Religious Brothers: 167

  • Women Religious: 992

  • Deacons: 675 (includes active, active outside the diocese, seniors, and retired)

  • Certified Pastoral Associates: 48