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The Cardinal's Column - November 2 - 15, 2014

An Open Letter from Cardinal George Regarding Schools

The Archdiocese of Chicago educates more than 82,000 Chicago area children in 240 elementary and high schools.  Forming children in our Catholic faith and educating them to be responsible future adults have long been important ministries of the Catholic Church.  We recognize the vital asset our school system is to the Chicago area community, and we have long been dedicated to serving those with limited means.  In many of our schools, the majority of our children qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Feature Story

(Karen Callaway / Catholic New World)

125 years of LaSallian values on the South Side

For 125 years, De La Salle Institute has been delivering LaSallian education on the South Side of Chicago, and while the details may have changed, the mission hasn’t, said Servite Father Paul Novak, the school’s president.

Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

Archbishop Cupich will live at Holy Name Cathedral - Oct. 22

On Oct. 22, Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich informed the priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago that he will live in the former quarters of the late Bishop Timothy Lyne at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior. Archbishop Cupich made this decision in consultation with Cardinal George, Msgr. Dan Mayall, pastor of Holy Name Cathedral and several Chicago priests.

Latest News

  1. Eight schools awarded Blue Ribbon status this year

    Eight Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago won Blue Ribbon awards from the U.S. Department of Education this year, extending a streak of success in the national school recognition program.

  2. New book offers photo history of Mundelein Seminary

    When Gail Kahover of St. Joseph Parish in Libertyville enrolled in the archdiocese’s lay ministry formation program at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary she found herself spending lots of time on the historic grounds.

  3. New Catholic media, the synod and Cardinal George

    John L. Allen Jr. is perhaps the most respected American journalist covering the Vatican and worldwide Catholic Church today.

  4. Shuttered Catholic high schools keep spirit alive with scholarships

    When Catholic schools close, the legacy of those institutions can quickly fade.

  5. Boy Scout’s garden offers tranquil place to reflect on life

    Parishioners at St. Michael in Orland Park will have a new place to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and reflect on the dignity of human life.

  6. Missionaries help keep people, church healthy and holy, pope says

    Vatican City — Missionaries do enormous good for the world and the church by bringing God’s love to the far corners of the earth and by keeping the church healthy and fruitful, Pope Francis said.

  7. Family synod midterm report stirs controversy among bishops

    Vatican City — The official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops, which uses strikingly conciliatory language toward divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and same-sex unions, has proven highly controversial inside and outside the synod hall, with some synod fathers saying it does not accurately reflect the assembly’s views.

  8. Synod’s history: Bishops gather to discuss faith, morals, discipline

    When Catholic schools close, the legacy of those institutions can quickly fade.

  9. Reciting the rosary: ‘key to world peace’

    San Francisco (CNS) — San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone carried the exposed Eucharist in a monstrance through the streets of San Francisco, as more than a thousand Catholics processed in a public display of faith from St. Mary’s Cathedral to United Nations Plaza for the 4th annual rosary rally Oct. 11.

  10. Court’s pass on same-sex marriage rulings leaves plenty of questions

    Washington (CNS) — When the Supreme Court declined to review the appeals on rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional, many people were left second-guessing why this happened and what it means for the future of samesex marriages and bans on such marriages.

  11. 150th Anniversary of St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish

    Cardinal George presided over the Mass celebrating the 150th Anniversary of St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish in Mundelein on Oct. 5.


The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

A letter from Cardinal George

Last weekend I was back in Yakima, Washington, to dedicate a gymnasium named in my honor at a high school I helped to get started while I was still bishop there. In Rome, the Synod on the Family was beginning, and it helped me to reflect once again on how the church is a family, a special kind of family, sharing Christ’s own life. A bishop has a familial relationship to the diocese he serves, and I felt, for those few days in Yakima, back with a family of which I had once been part.


The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    St. Theresa School Preschool Students Honor the Month of the Holy Rosary

    The month of October is dedicated to the Rosary, which is when the youngest students at St. Theresa School (STS) in Palatine received their first rosary. "October is the perfect opportunity to teach our youngest students how to pray the rosary in their own lives," said Patti Trojan, one of the three preschool teachers at STS.

  2. Monday, October 27, 2014

    Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Names 2014 HOPE Award Winners

    Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) presented the 2014 HOPE Award to Margaret Slowik, RT (M), Mammography Technologist, Imaging Services, at the Saint Mary Campus. Slowik, a registered technologist credentialed in radiography, mammography and quality management, joined PSMEMC in 1990.

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  • 5 Minutes with Father

    By Dolores Madlener

    Life as a Benedictine monk, en‘chant’ing and gratifying

    He is: Benedictine Father Peter Funk, prior of the Monastery of the Holy Cross, 3111 S. Aberdeen St., the former Immaculate Conception Church. He was ordained at the monastery in 2004.

  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    Halloween hunting

    My prediction for Halloween this year: You’re going to see a lot of Elsas. A fair number of Annas, too, but Elsa is definitely going to be the queen of the trick-or-treating set.

  • Finding the right ways to love God and your neighbor

    Oct. 19: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Is 45: 1,4-6; Ps 96: 1, 3-5, 7-10; 1 Thes 1:1-5b; Mt 22:15-21
    I’ve always admired educators, especially those skilled in teaching children. So I enjoy hearing Ellen, a middle school librarian, talk about her vocation.

  • Golden memories —

    It was a Bobby Vinton hit in 1964: “I’ve said it, what more can I say? / Believe me, there’s no other way / I love you, I will to the end / There! I’ve said it again.”

  • Faith and Culture

    By Father Robert Barron

    Interpreting a puzzling parable

    The attendance at Mundelein Seminary on Labor Day weekend was sparse. Many of the students had gone home while others were on a special tour of Chicago churches. The celebrant and preacher for the Sunday Mass was Father Robert Schoenstene, our veteran Old Testament professor. Schoenstene offered the best interpretation I’ve ever heard of a particularly puzzling parable of the Lord, and I wanted to make sure his reading got a wider audience.

  1. Mass of Atonement and Hope

    The Mass of Atonement and Hope took place on Oct. 4 at Holy Family Church, 1080 West Roosevelt Road in Chicago. The Mass was to pray for the ongoing healing required for child and youth sexual abuse survivors, their families, the Church, society and for continued vigilance toward the protection of children and youth.

  2. Pet Blessings at St. Michael's

    A prayer service was held at St. Michael's Church in Orland Park in observance of the Oct. 4 feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of animals. Parishes and schools throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago held pet blessings the weekend of Oct. 4.

  3. Red Mass 2014

    Cardinal George clebrated the annual Red Mass on Oct. 7 at Holy Name Cathedral. The Mass is sponsored by the Chicago Catholic Lawyers Guild.