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Six men ordained to the priesthood May 20

The Archdiocese of Chicago welcomed six new priests on May 20. They hail from Mexico, Poland, Indiana and the archdiocese itself, and they range in age from 27 to 44. The men, who will take up their new assignments July 1, have walked varied paths toward ordination. Learn about them here, and join Chicago Catholic in congratulating them.

  1. Changes coming to Theology on Tap this summer

    Theology on Tap started more than 35 years ago as an effort to bring young adults together in an informal setting to discuss and learn about their faith and how it applies to their daily lives.

  2. Processions mark Fatima anniversary

    It was a sight to see: More than 1,500 people processing west on Chicago Avenue as the sun set on May 13 praying the rosary, singing and carrying candles. They made their way from St. John Cantius Church, 825 N. Carpenter St., to St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 1351 W. Evergreen Ave., in honor of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima and to pray for peace.

  3. Neighbors bless site of deadly shootings in Brighton Park

    Armed with ponchos, umbrellas and prayers, more than 100 Brighton Park and Back of the Yards residents walked on May 10 in the pouring rain from Immaculate Conception Parish, 2745 W. 44th St., to 46th Place and Rockwell, the site of two shootings on May 7 that killed three and injured eight. The previous week two Chicago Police officers were shot in Back of the Yards.

  4. Deacon: ‘It’s going to take a village to save our babies’

    There is a role for everyone and everyone is needed to stem the violence in Chicago.

    That was the message of “A Call to Action,” a May 20 gathering hosted by the Black Catholic Deacons of Chicago at Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

  5. Couple making historic pilgrimage to pray for peace in Chicago

    Tommy Burke and Jessica Santiago are making their way along the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James), walking 1,000 miles across France and Spain to raise awareness of and pray for an end to the violence in Chicago.

  6. Thanks to our jubilarians

    Every year we honor the men celebrating jubilees who have dedicated themselves to serving the Lord through the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

  7. Pope, English church leaders offer prayers after Manchester Arena attack

    MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- Pope Francis decried the "barbaric attack" on concertgoers in Manchester, adding his voice to Catholic leaders dismayed at what British officials said was the deadliest case of terrorism since 2005.

  8. Pope announces new cardinals from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos, El Salvador

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis announced he will create five new cardinals June 28; the new cardinals-designate come from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos and El Salvador.


Cardinal Blase J. Cupich

One of the best experiences of the resurrection this side of eternity

The names of those just called for Orders, Radley, Timothy, Moises, Trenton, Przemyslaw and Miguel are known to us, but in a particular way, to the parents who gave these names to the candidates when they came into this world. I can only imagine the joy you parents feel as this congregation responded to your sons’ names with the phrase “Thanks be to God” and offered a roaring applause.


The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    St. Gabriel students learn pool safety tips from Chicago attorney

    St. Gabriel (4500 S. Wallace) students participated in a pool safety program May 23.

  2. Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    Local Nonprofit Celebrates Friendship with Chicago Seniors During Older Americans Month -- and All Year-Round

    On May, 325 Chicago elders gathered together with over 200 volunteers to celebrate friendship, love, and the spirit of giving at Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly’s annual spring party the Fête d’Armand Marquiset. The celebration honors the nonprofit organization’s founder, French humanitarian and philanthropist Armand Marquiset.

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  • Family Room by Michelle Martin

    Prayers for the road

    Driving is an intensely social act.

    That fact has been brought home to me these past few months as Frank has been learning to drive.

  • Father Donald Senior, CP

    The world we are to love

    May 21: Sixth Sunday of Easter

    All during this season between Easter and Pentecost, the Sunday readings have included selections from the Acts of the Apostles. At the conclusion of the Gospel of Luke — the first volume of Luke’s work — and at the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles, the Risen Christ instructs his disciples to proclaim the Gospel message of “forgiveness” and to be his “witnesses” to the whole world, beginning “in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

  • Kerry Alys Robinson

    Stemming the exodus: College graduates and the church

    Close to half a million Catholics in the United States have just graduated from college, and almost as soon as they did their participation in the church plummeted.

  • Bishop Robert Barron

    Our Lady of Fatima and a theological reading of history

    On May 14 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady to a group of shepherd children near the Portuguese town of Fatima. The series of Fatima appearances — lasting from May until October of 1917 — is one of the most extraordinary in the history of the church. It has also beguiled political and cultural commentators outside the ambit of the church, and it is this wider implication that I would like to explore.

  • Father James F. Keenan, SJ

    The tenderness revolution

    Did you see Pope Francis’ TED Talk? On April 25, he released a surprise video for the annual TED conference, recording it from one of his offices. It’s terrific.

  • Margaret O’Brien Steinfels

    Democrats test abortion litmus test

    When gardeners apply a litmus test to their soil, their goal is to create a flourishing garden. When politicians use a litmus test, usually their goal is to shackle a candidate to the party’s non-negotiable policy positions.

  • Father Jack Wall

    Catholic Extension’s story

    My name is Father Jack Wall, and I have a story to tell. It’s a tale of American Catholics who are living in the poorest counties of the United States. It’s the inspiring story of people richly blessed in faith but living far below the poverty line.

  • Don Wycliff

    Paying down the debt

    On a Saturday morning not long ago, I was giving a lesson on black history to a group of African-American boys, students in the Freedman Academy, an activity sponsored by my local chapter of the mentoring group 100 Black Men of America.

  • Monsignor Michael Boland

    The cure for violence in our community is Christ’s peace

    During the season of Easter, we celebrate the tremendous opportunities for rebirth and renewal that the Risen Christ brings to us. Our Lenten preparations have re-energized our commitment to our faith, and we begin a new season of grace and a time of joy and thanksgiving. Especially as it coincides with spring and the great “rebirth” of nature, Easter truly is a hopeful, glorious time of year.

  • 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.

  • Cardinal George’s Column

    By Francis Cardinal George, OMI