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19 permanent deacons ordained

Cardinal Cupich was the main celebrant as 19 permanent and four transitional Catholic deacons were ordained on May 13, 2023 at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. The newly ordained deacons will be assigned to parishes in Bartlett, Chicago, Cicero, Des Plaines, Lake Villa, Melrose Park, Mount Prospect, Mundelein, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, and Wilmette. (Deacon Randy Belice/Chicago Catholic)


Virtual worshippers often satisfied, but more Americans choose in-person services

In the height of the pandemic, many Americans who attended in-person worship services turned to their computers and their couches instead for virtual viewing.

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New priests ordained for archdiocese

Cardinal Cupich ordained five priests for the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 20, 2023 at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St. The newly ordained priests, ranging in age from 30 to 35, hail from Barrington, Burr Ridge, Crystal Lake, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

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Cardinal Cupich leads celebration of cemetery's 100th anniversary

Cardinal Cupich celebrated Memorial Day with a Field Mass on May 29, 2023 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip. The Mass also commemorated the 100th anniversary of the cemetery. The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Cemeteries hosted its annual field Masses at 20 cemeteries throughout Cook and Lake counties with additional Memorial Day Masses being held at 16 parish cemeteries throughout the archdiocese. Worshippers will pray for peace and honor those who have served this country and remember the fallen. Active members of the military and veterans received a special blessing during the liturgies followed by the playing of “Taps.” (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)


Marian Catholic band director retires, leaving lasting legacy

Under the 46-year leadership of Greg Bimm, Marian Catholic High School’s band program grew from 70 students to over 300 and has won numerous awards including seven Bands of America Grand National championships and 42 state titles in its class.

Parliament of World’s Religions coming to Chicago in August

Later this summer, Chicago will welcome thousands of members of religious traditions spanning the globe to a convening of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. The parliament will gather Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Hindus and others, including people from 200 religious, indigenous and secular belief systems representing more than 80 nations at McCormick Place Aug. 14-18 to advance the goals of interfaith understanding, harmony and respect.