African American students receive blessings, send-off from deacons

Gathering on the shore of Lake Michigan at Oakwood Beach on May 12, nearly 200 African American students from seven Catholic schools were prayed over and reminded that God and the church are always here for them.


Archdiocese’s oldest priest celebrates 100th birthday

What’s the secret to living 100 years? Intercessory prayer. That’s what Father Al Adamich said on May 15 during his 100th birthday party at Most Holy Redeemer Parish in Evergreen Park.


Hundreds gather to honor, pray to Our Lady of Fatima

On May 13, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, several hundred Polish Catholics gathered at Our Lady Mother of the Church Polish Mission in Willow Springs for the first of six monthly processions honoring Mary and praying for peace.


Archdiocesan priests celebrate jubilee milestones

Every year, Chicago Catholic honors the archdiocesan priests celebrating jubilees, who have dedicated themselves to serving the Lord through the Catholic Church. They often wear many hats, such as pastor, administrator, maintenance man, cook, accountant, friend. They have served mostly as parish priests, and some have also served as teachers, chaplains and counselors. Chicago Catholic congratulates and thanks them.


Bishops express sorrow, condemn racially motivated shooting in Buffalo

Several U.S. Catholic bishops expressed sorrow and called out racism and gun violence after reports of a May 14 mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, that left at least three injured and 10 dead -- a crime authorities categorized as likely motivated by hatred for Black people.

Dinner celebrates Mundelein Seminary's 100th anniversary

The University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary hosted “An Evening of Tribute” as part of its Centennial Celebration of Mundelein events on April 21, 2022 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago. This year’s “As Those Who Serve” award was presented posthumously to Cardinal George Mundelein, who founded the seminary. Men from dioceses around the country attend Mundelein Seminary to prepare for priesthood. (Deacon Randy Belice/USML)

Annual Via Crucis returns after pandemic

Parishes throughout the archdiocese mark Good Friday by holding a Via Crucis, or Way of the Cross, through their neighborhoods. During the pandemic, many were put on hold but this year many returned for Good Friday April 15, 2022. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Melrose Park held their Via Crucis indoors because of a threat of bad weather. St. Mary of the Lake and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish held its first procession in decades. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

Cardinal urges reflection on ‘weighty moral question’ of capital punishment

Marking Good Friday, the most solemn day in the church calendar, Cardinal Wilton D. Gregory of Washington venerated the cross of Jesus and urged the faithful to “consider carefully the impact that capital punishment has on us as a society. On this day, when we must all acknowledge that we have all been set free through the death of one who was truly and perfectly innocent, should we not consider working for a society made more humane by disallowing yet one more act of violence?” he asked.