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(Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

St. Therese principal wins Golden Apple award

When Principal Phyllis Cavallone-Jurek entered the cafeteria of St. Therese Chinese Catholic School in Chinatown on March 23 she faced a dozen news cameras and CBS anchor Rob Johnson who broke the news that she won the Golden Apple Stanley C. Golder Award for Excellence in Leadership.

  1. Telemundo holds national immigration town hall at local parish

    Immaculate Conception Church, 2745 W. 44th St., turned into a TV studio March 19 when Noticias Telemundo taped the town hall “Latinos Venciendo el Miedo” (“Latinos Overcoming Fear”) inside the church.

  2. Mount Carmel student raises $136,000 for pediatric cancer research

    This year Mount Carmel High School senior Rudy Melchiorre raised $136,000 for pediatric cancer research. In his four years at the school, located at 6410 S. Dante Ave., he has raised $671,000.

  3. Catholic Charities needs $250,000 to continue refugee program

    Because of the new restrictions on refugees entering the United States, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago needs to raise $250,000 before July to ensure continuation of its resettlement program.

  4. Maryville’s nursery fills in before a crisis can happen

    Ten years ago, when Maryville Academy’s executive director School Sister of St. Francis Catherine Ryan saw the trend toward moving vulnerable children from group homes to foster care, she called on staff to identify gaps in the system they could fill.

  5. ‘Descendant’ of Maryville gives back

    Christine Hartwig’s parents grew up at Maryville in Des Plaines and later married.

    Her biological aunts and uncles also grew up in Maryville. After they left Maryville, her parents stayed in touch with people they met there and they became “aunts” and “uncles” to their children.

  6. Students at Regina Dominican dance for Syrian children

    A gym full of Zumba-dancing teenagers might not seem like it has much to do with the plight of Syrians suffering the effects of six years of civil war, but at this year’s Regina Dominican Dance Marathon, all that stepping and sweating was for a cause.

  7. Friends ‘hop’ around churches to experience Catholic life

    Cis Redmond and Carol Steele know their churches. The pair, parishioners at Queen of All Saints Basilica, 6280 N. Sauganash Ave., have been friends since their children were in kindergarten 20 years ago. For the past seven years, they’ve made an effort to visit churches across the Archdiocese of Chicago, bringing back a bulletin and keeping notes on what they liked at each parish.

  8. Catholic, Muslim leaders meet in dialogue

    Leaders in Muslim-Catholic dialogue called on members of both communities to find ways to accompany one another and work together at a moment when all religion is under threat from an increasingly secular and even anti-religious society.

  9. Pope apologizes for Catholics’ participation in Rwanda genocide

    VATICAN CITY — Meeting Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Pope Francis asked God’s forgiveness for the failures of the Catholic Church during the 1994 Rwanda genocide and for the hatred and violence perpetrated by some priests and religious.

  10. Grandparents orient the family toward its future

    “A plant without roots does not grow.” Pope Francis was thinking of grandparents when he made that statement in Tbilisi, capital of the country of Georgia.

  11. The positive effects of prayer on your health

    For people of faith who face health challenges, turning to God in prayer is not unusual. But over the past few decades, medical professionals have focused attention on whether prayer has effects that go beyond spiritual solace to impact physical health.


Cardinal Blase J. Cupich

Homily for the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at Old St. Patrick’s

Some years ago, I was having dinner with an Egyptian Jesuit. At one point during the meal I told him that at the risk of being indelicate I had a question I always wanted to ask an Egyptian.


The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Des Plaines Knights present to local charities

    The Knights of Columbus of Des Plaines Council #3627 presented checks to four local charities from our 2016 Disabilities Drive (Tootsie Roll). Special Olympics founded in 1962 is the worlds largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. SPRED Special Religous Education was established as a program to work with disabled adults in the Catholic Church (receiving were St Zachary and St Mary's Parishes). Special Gifts Theater founded in 2000, offer 'Musicial Theater', and 'Creativity in Motion' and other programs for children and adults with special needs.

  2. Monday, March 13, 2017

    National Religious Vocation Conference announces new executive director

    Chicago –The National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) announced Sister Sharon Dillon, S.S.J-T.O.S.F. as its new executive director, effective June 1. Dillon succeeds Brother Paul Bednarczyk, C.S.C. who became vicar general of his community last September after serving at NRVC for 14 years.

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  • Family Room by Michelle Martin

    Mother love

    There’s a new baby in the house these days.

    Her name is Lilly, yes, spelled with a double-L, according to Teresa.

  • Father Donald Senior, CP

    Turn away from darkness and embrace the light of truth

    March 26: Fourth Sunday of Lent

    “Transparency” is a word we hear a lot these days, particularly in the midst of the political turmoil that has gripped our country. We hear accusations of dishonesty, of outright lying, of machinations behind closed doors, spreading of “fake news” and, more recently, talk of a “deep state,” that is people working behind the scenes to disrupt the government. You can add to the list.

  • Kerry Alys Robinson

    Women, leadership and the church

    On International Women’s Day, March 8, a celebration of inspiring leaders from across the globe took place in an unlikely setting: the heart of the Vatican.

  • Bishop Robert Barron

    Evangelizing through the good

    Anyone even vaguely acquainted with my work knows that I advocate vigorous argument on behalf of religious truth. I have long called for a revival in what is classically known as apologetics, the defense of the claims of faith against skeptical opponents. And I have repeatedly weighed in against a dumbed-down Catholicism.

  • Father James F. Keenan, SJ

    The Beatitudes for today

    In his pioneering work “The Ten Commandments and The Beatitudes: Biblical Studies and Ethics for Real Life,” theologian Lúcás Chan argues that the Commandments and the Beatitudes are the twin moral pillars of the Bible. He also makes the case that we need to attend to the Beatitudes because these are the steps we must learn if we want to follow Christ.

  • Steven P. Millies

    Catholicism and the common good

    Twenty-five years ago, Francis Fukuyama published his book “The End of History and the Last Man” (Avon Books, 1992). The book followed his much-noted 1989 article in National Interest where Fukuyama wondered whether, as the Cold War ended, we had reached what he called the end of history.

  • Don Wycliff

    Empathy is the better way

    I recently attended the annual fundraising dinner for Christ the King Jesuit College Prep High School, where I have been on the board for the past five-plus years.

  • Monsignor Michael Boland

    How does someone end up homeless?

    It has been extremely touching to watch Pope Francis’ repeated outreach to the homeless. Each one of his acts, including inviting homeless men and women to meals and concerts at the Vatican and installing shower stalls, a barbershop and a health clinic near St. Peter’s Square, demonstrate his special love for those living at the peripheries of life — those whom Jesus entrusted to our care.

  • Cardinal George’s Column

    By Francis Cardinal George, OMI
  • Participants visit the St. Joseph's Table at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St., on March 19. When the St. Joseph's Day tradition started in the Middle Ages, Italian families welcomed the poor to eat from their tables at home. It began with Catholics in Sicily who were grateful to Joseph after they prayed for his intervention during a devastating drought. St. Joseph's feast day is March 19. Photo Gallery

  • Patricia, Sebastian and Jose Rojas pray the ‘Our Father’ after receiving ashes at St. Anthony of Padua Parish on Ash Wednesday, March 1. Photo gallery