Vatican announces synod assembly dates; formation of study groups

The second assembly of the Synod of Bishops on synodality will meet Oct. 2-27 and will be preceded by several formal studies coordinated by the synod general secretariat working with various offices of the Roman Curia.

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Oblate sisters celebrate community's founding

Holy Name Cathedral hosts a Mass to celebrate the centennial of the foundation of the Oblate Sister of Jesus the Priest on Feb. 11, 2024. Bishops Robert Casey and Mark Bartosic and over 30 priests gathered to celebrate the sisters who live at the rectory and have served the Holy Name Cathedral community since 2001. The cathedral is the fourth place where the sisters have ministered in the archdiocese. The order was founded in Mexico by a French priest, Father Felix de Jesus Rougier, in 1924, with the idea of supporting the priesthood by way of work and prayer. The sisters came to Illinois in September 1961, when they arrived at Niles College of Loyola Seminary, subsequently St. Joseph Seminary on the Lakeshore Campus of Loyola University Chicago. At the same time, the Oblates founded a community at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary and a house of formation in Hometown. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic


Korean Catholic Mission celebrates Lunar New Year

On the evening of Feb. 10, Korean Catholics gathered at Korean Martyrs Catholic Mission, 115 N. Kedvale Ave., to celebrate Mass on the eve of Seollal, or Lunar New Year, during which they paid homage to their ancestors and asked for their intercessions.


Immaculate Conception School home to city’s oldest bowling alley

The basement of Immaculate Conception School, 7211 W. Talcott Ave., is home to a 100-year-old bowling alley that is the oldest continuously operated alley in the city of Chicago. It earned that distinction when Southport Lanes closed in 2021.


Old St. Patrick’s celebrates 1,500th anniversary of Ireland’s ‘matron’

Quick, name a saint — not Patrick — whose feast day is a national holiday in Ireland. Need a hint? This saint is often depicted with a shepherd’s staff, or depending on how you look at it, a bishop’s crozier. As well as a cow, and a plain book.