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Facts and Figures

Archdiocesan Overview
(Statistics Reported for 2015-2016)

The Archdiocese of Chicago serves more than 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

  • 2,199,000
  • Catholic population as percentage of total population of Cook and Lake counties: 37%

Parishes

  • Number of Parishes: 344 (As of 6/2017)
  • Baptisms: 28,021
  • First Communions: 23,828
  • Confirmations: 19,974
  • Weddings: 5,102
  • Funerals: 12,008

Scheduled Masses

  • Weekend Masses Scheduled in Parishes and Missions: 1,648
  • English: 1,218
  • Spanish: 286
  • Polish: 96
  • Other Languages: 48

Catholic Education

Catholic Schools

  • Elementary schools: 183
  • Secondary schools: 34
  • Elementary school enrollment: 55,342
  • Secondary school enrollment: 21,133

Religious Education (2013 – 2014)

  • Enrollment in elementary school programs: 85,375
  • Enrollment in secondary school programs: 4,366

Seminary System

  • St. Joseph College Seminary
    Enrollment: 30
  • Mundelein Seminary
    Enrollment: 193
  • Enrolled for Chicago: 66

Catholic Colleges and Universities

  • 6 Catholic colleges and universities serving 48,500 students

Catholic Charities

  • People served: Over 1 Million
  • Programs: More than 150
  • Locations: 164

Catholic Cemetaries

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

Catholic Hospitals

  • Catholic hospitals: 16
  • People assisted annually: 2.6 million

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

  • Diocesan Priests (including active and retired): 770
  • Religious Priests: 623
  • Religious Brothers: 229
  • Women Religious: 1,449
  • Deacons: 642 (including active, active outside the diocese, retired, and other)
  • Certified Pastoral Associates: 92