In April, Pope Francis sent a letter to Cardinal Blase J. Cupich to express his support and encouragement for the efforts the archdiocese and other Chicagoans are making to create peace. You can read Pope Francis’ letter here
The Archdiocese of Chicago remains committed to helping to create a culture of non-violence. As part of that effort, all 214 of our Catholic schools will display banners inviting all people of good will to join in praying for a peaceful summer.
Cardinal Blase Cupich makes closing comments following the Good Friday Walk for Peace through Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.
As Cardinal Cupich mentioned, “Our Walk for Peace will be a moment in time, but we hope the unity and culture of nonviolence it represents will have a powerful and lasting effect in our city. We know the road ahead of us is long, but even if we cannot do everything, we must do something to stop the killing now.”
As the archdiocesan anti-violence initiative continues, watch this space for more events related to peace-building across Chicagoland.
Recent Anti-Violence Initiatives
- On Nov. 4, St. Agnes of Bohemia on 2651 S. Central Park Avenue in Chicago will celebrate Mass at noon. From 1-3 p.m. participants will walk around the neighborhood; while from 3-7 p.m. participants will be asked to take some time for a peace and healing circle. Everyone will be invited for refreshments and food sharing in the parish gym. Please see flyer in Spanish for more information. (Flyer)
- The Parish Peace Project, Warriors of Peace and Jeremiah Young Adults, ministries of St. Gall Parish, will lead a walk for peace in Gage Park on Sept. 2 at 9 a.m.
The peace walk – led by young adults — is an effort to increase awareness of the issues of violence in the community, to provide alternatives to violence for families, and to increase neighborhood unity.
The walk begins at the parking lot of St. Clare of Montefalco Church, 5443 S. Washtenaw Ave., and finishes at St. Gall Church, 5511 S. Kedzie Ave. The young people and the Eighth District police commander will address the group at the end of the walk, and a community resource fair and a community art project will follow in the church parking lot. Ministries from churches and representatives of community-based organizations will join the resource fair. (Flyer)
- Sunrise Prayer Service: This is an event hosted by the Black Catholic Deacons of Chicago. Join us to pray for a safe school year on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 6:30 a.m. at Oakwood Beach, 41st Street and Lakeshore Drive. (Link)
- St. Sabina Parish Summer Kick-off Rally on June 16, 2017 (Link)
WGN TV series on Chicago violence (Link)
On May 23 students, faculty and staff across the 214 Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools, along with pastoral center staff, gathered to pray the “Prayer of St. Francis” for a peaceful summer for the second year in a row.
Throughout the summer the Archdiocese’s 214 Catholic Schools are displaying banners that say “We are Praying for Peaceful Summer. Join Us.” Banners have also been hung at the Archdiocese’s Quigley Pastoral Center. For more details, please see press release.
Catholic Charities Junior Board hosted an On The Table event on May 23 to discuss new anti-violence initiatives. (Link)
- After 10 people were shot in Brighton Park, Immaculate Conception Parish and its community walked for peace after Mass on May 10 in the Brighton Park and Back of the Yards neighborhoods. Priests blessed homes in the neighborhood. (Link)
- Brighton Park residents hold peace march after mass shooting. (Link)
Please join us in praying the Prayer of St. Francis:
Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.