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Peaceful Summer

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.

Upcoming Anti-Violence Events

  • 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)

Recent Anti-Violence Initiatives

  • St. Sabina Parish Summer Kick-off Rally on June 16, 2017 (Link)
  • WGN TV series on Chicago violence (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. 

Amen.