Offices and Ministries

Violence Prevention Initiatives

In April 2017, the Archdiocese of Chicago launched a violence prevention initiative to increase the capacity and reach of current programs that address the root causes of violence and to identify and actively seek collaboration with like-purposed organizations. The archdiocese is seeking out and investing in new approaches and collaborations to break the cycles of family instability, despair, racism and poverty and create conditions for peace.

Phil Andrew is the newly appointed director of Violence Prevention Initiatives with the Archdiocese of Chicago. In his role, Andrew will lead the strategic planning and directing of the archdiocese’s violence prevention 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.

Prior to joining the archdiocese, Andrew served more than 20 years in several offices and capacities for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He most recently served in the bureau’s Chicago Division as a special agent with a focus on gun violence, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and crisis management. His responsibilities included managing high-risk hostage negotiations, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Investigations, training of special agents and serving as an adjunct instructor and presenter.

Andrew also served in the FBI’s New York and Kansas City offices where he focused on general criminal activities, gang violence, crimes against children, counterterrorism, and crisis negotiation. In his time with the FBI, he also trained hundreds of law enforcement officers in de-escalation and crisis negotiation and was the recipient of numerous awards.

Before joining the FBI, Andrew served as assistant general counsel of the Chicago Housing Authority, one of the largest public housing entities in the country. Previously, Andrew was the executive director for the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, Inc. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law.


For more information on the Archdiocese’s Violence Prevention Initiatives, please see links below.

Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich on the Tragic Loss of Life in Parkland, Florida (Read)

Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on the Shooting of Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer (Read)

Archdiocese of Chicago Names Phil Andrew Director of Violence Prevention Initiatives (Read)

Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on the Texas and Kentucky School Shootings (Read)

Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on the Sutherland Springs, Texas Tragedy (Read)

Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on the Las Vegas Tragedy (Read)

Statement of Archbishop Blase J. Cupich on Marist High School Racism Incident (Read)

April 2017 News Conference Announcing Initiative (Read)


As part of these efforts, the archdiocese has created a venture philanthropy fund called the Instruments of Peace Fund. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich provided $250,000 from his personal charitable-works account for this fund. The fund will be used to invest in new anti-violence approaches and expand promising programs.

Give Online
Click here to make your gift to the Instruments of Peace Fund today.

Give by Mail
Send a check or money order payable to Archdiocese of Chicago. Please indicate “The Instruments of Peace Fund” on the memo line.

Archdiocese of Chicago
Instruments of Peace Fund
835 North Rush Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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