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Spelman College Glee Club to Debut Original Mass Music for St. Benedict the African Parish on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 1 p.m.

The renowned choral group will perform in honor of the Feast Day of St. Benedict the Moor, which was April 4
Chicago, IL (April 11, 2018) – In honor of the Feast Day of St. Benedict the Moor, members of Spelman College’s Glee Club will debut original compositions of sacred music on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 1 p.m., at St. Benedict the African Parish, 340 West 66th Street, Chicago. The parish commissioned Dr. Kevin Johnson, associate professor of Music at Spelman College and director of the Spelman College Glee Club, to compose a soulful style of African American musical arrangements that commemorate the season of Easter. This special performance is part of the Archdiocese’s peace-building and violence-prevention efforts.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Death with an Ecumenical Service on April 4 at 7 p.m. at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine

Churches and schools asked to ring bells 39 times at 6:01 p.m. to mark the time of Dr. King’s death
Chicago, IL (April 4, 2018) – Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, will preside at an ecumenical service commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination this evening at 7 p.m. at St. Rita Cascia Shrine Chapel, 7740 South Western Avenue, Chicago. The Christian service is part of the Archdiocese’s peace-building and violence-prevention efforts.
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Archdiocese of Chicago’s Catholic Chicago Men’s Conference to Take Place on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at St. Rita of Cascia High School

This year’s conference is entitled “Living Emmaus in Everyday Life
Chicago, IL (April 2, 2018) – The Archdiocese of Chicago’s annual Catholic Men’s Conference, entitled “Living Emmaus in Everyday Life,” will take place on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. Rita of Cascia High School, 7740 South Western Avenue, Chicago. Most Reverend Joseph Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant of the 11 a.m. Mass during the conference. Reverend Bradley Zamora, Director of Liturgy, Chairperson and Instructor for the Department of Liturgy and Music at University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, will be the keynote speaker.
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Archdiocese of Chicago to Host the Keep Hope Alive Fundraiser Benefitting its Immigration Justice Ministry on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will present awards to five immigration reform leaders
Chicago, IL (April 2, 2018) – The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Human Dignity & Solidarity-Immigration Ministry will host the Keep Hope Alive Benefit Concert on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 1076 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago. Keep Hope Alive is the Archdiocese’s annual fundraiser to support education, advocacy and empowerment efforts for the local immigrant community. Hernán Fratto, reporter for Telemundo Chicago, will emcee the event.
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The Archdiocese of Chicago to Host Via Crucis and Peace Walk on Good Friday, March 30, 2018 starting at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will join thousands in praying for peace
Chicago, IL (March 30, 2018) – Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, will join thousands of community members, Archdiocesan clergy and laity, and civic leaders as they process through the streets of Brighton Park, one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods on Good Friday, March 30 and ending in Gage Park. Good Friday marks the day of Christ’s suffering and death, observed by Christians with special devotions including the Stations of the Cross or Via Crucis and veneration of the cross.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Names Cliff Barber Chief Strategy Officer

The former investment management executive will lead archdiocesan strategic initiatives
Chicago, IL (February 9, 2018) – The Archdiocese of Chicago announced today the appointment of Cliff Barber as Chief Strategy Officer, a new position for the Archdiocese. Prior to his appointment, Barber worked on several projects in the impact investing world, including a recently-launched private equity fund that invests in growing companies that create family-supporting jobs in Chicago’s low-income neighborhoods. In his new role, Barber will oversee the strategy development and implementation planning for Archdiocesan initiatives. In particular, Barber will bring senior strategy, planning and organizational leadership to the Archdiocese's Renew My Church (RMC) initiative.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Names Phil Andrew Director of Violence Prevention Initiatives

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent to join the Archdiocese on February 1
Chicago, IL (February 1, 2018) – The Archdiocese of Chicago announced today the appointment of Phil Andrew as Director of Violence Prevention Initiatives, a new position for the Archdiocese. Prior to joining the Archdiocese, Andrew served in several offices and capacities for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In his new role, Andrew will lead the strategic planning and directing of the Archdiocese’s anti-violence initiatives through coalition-building efforts, increased charitable presence in distressed neighborhoods and development and revitalization of programs to help reduce the violence-causing cycle of despair, racism and poverty in Chicago.
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Archdiocese of Chicago’s Schools Celebrate National Catholic Schools Week 2018

This year’s observance is Sunday, January 28 through Saturday, February 3
Chicago, IL (January 26, 2018) – Catholic Schools Week, an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States, takes place Sunday, January 28 through Saturday, February 3. The theme for this year’s celebration is Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. Throughout Catholic Schools Week, the 214 archdiocesan Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Chicago will celebrate with special activities including, Masses, open houses, talent shows, service projects, community appreciation efforts and guest speakers.
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Cardinal Blase J. Cupich to Host the Fourth Annual Celebrating Catholic Education Breakfast on January 23, 2018 at 7:30 a.m.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, President of the University of Notre Dame, will be the keynote speaker
Chicago, IL (January 19, 2018) – Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, will host the fourth annual Celebrating Catholic Education Breakfast on January 23, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. at the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue. Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President of the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the keynote address. Cardinal Cupich and Dr. Jim Rigg, Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools, will both deliver remarks. Alan Krashesky, ABC-7 Chicago news anchor and reporter, will emcee the event.
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Archdiocese of Chicago Celebrates the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity during the Week of January 18-25

Parishes will host ecumenical prayer services and events throughout the week
Chicago, IL (January 18, 2018) – The Archdiocese of Chicago will join other Christians in ecumenical celebrations during the International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, beginning on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Started in 1908, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated around the world each year between the Feast of St. Peter’s Chair (January 18) and the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul (January 25).
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