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(Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

Lent begins!

Check out these photos by Karen Callaway from the first days of the Lenten season.

(Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

Photo GalleryArchbishop Cupich out among the people

Archbishop Cupich has been making his way around the Archdiocese of Chicago visiting the people. Here are photos of recent visits. We will update these photos regularly.

Latest News

  1. Agencies work to help people survive the cold

    As temperatures in the Chicago area nosedived, Catholic agencies stepped up their efforts to help people stay warm and safe.

  2. Archbishop Cupich announces Festival of Forgiveness

    Lent is a season of mercy when the Sacrament of Reconciliation is often highlighted. This Lent, as part of the Year of the Sacraments, parishes throughout the archdiocese will open their doors for 24 hours Feb. 27-28 (from noon to noon) and offer confessions or just time to talk to a priest. It's being called the Festival of Forgiveness.

  3. Vets find welcome environment at Catholic colleges

    U.S. military veterans have given up years of their lives to serve their country, developed discipline and skills that many young people can only imagine and often found direction for their lives that would not have happened without their military experience.

  4. Sister Dorothy Stang’s memory lives on in Chicago high school

    Ten years after she was murdered in the Brazilian rainforest, the memory of Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Dorothy Stang lives on in Chicago.

  5. Church ministers can now train in digital communications

    The world is immersed in a digital culture and church ministers must know how to effectively communicate in that culture for the benefit of the faithful. For that reason, Loyola University of Chicago has created a master’s program in pastoral studies with a concentration in digital communication.

  6. Catholic Charities dedicates 19th senior residence

    When Audrey Owens first visited the Porta Coeli Residence in the city’s South Deering neighborhood she was convinced it was a good place.

  7. New center will study consecrated life

    This is a unique moment in the life of the church for people in consecrated life, said Religious of the Sacred Heart Sister Maria Cimperman, director of the new Center for the Study of Consecrated Life at Catholic Theological Union, located in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

  8. Second Congress for Polonia tackles modern family issues

    The organizers of the second Family Congress of Polonia take marriage seriously. This was evidenced by the number of events that took place at 15 parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago between Feb. 5- 16, which included Masses, prayer meetings, adoration, conferences, workshops, a symposium and cultural events conducted in Polish and English.

  9. Mobile literacy program teaches suburban immigrants

    When Olga Valdivia Martin came to the United States, she could not speak English.

  10. Archdiocese to be well-represented at Philly event Speakers, pilgrims prepare for World Meeting of Families in September

    Pilgrims from the archdiocese of Chicago will have the opportunity to learn about and celebrate the church’s teaching on families — and participate in a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis — at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September.


Archbishop Cupich’s Column

By Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

Chicago: an impressive city

Today, I want to begin with a question many have asked me since arriving last November. What do you think of Chicago? What is your impression of Chicago?


The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Saturday, February 28, 2015

    St. Patricia DARE Graduation

    St. Patricia fifth graders graduated from the DARE program taught by Officer Heidi Wagner of the Hickory Hills Police Department.

  2. Friday, February 27, 2015

    Saint John of the Parish School Student WinsRegional Spelling Bee.

    St. John of the Cross Parish School, eighth grader, Bernadette Miao, competed at the Regional Spelling Bee at McClure Junior High School in Western Springs, on Feb. 19. Bernadette defeated the top competitors at all regional schools to earn a trip to the National Scripps Spelling to be held in Washington, D.C. late May. Over 400,000 students competed in the region.

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  • 5 Minutes with Father

    By Dolores Madlener

    From friar to priest; from earth to 20,000 feet up

    He is: Father Thomas Belanger, pastor of St. Philip Neri Parish, dean of Deanery VI-B. Ordained 2006.

  • Family Room

    By Michelle Martin

    This is love

    It was about 5 p.m. on Valentine’s Day afternoon when I hauled myself out of a motel pool, squelched over to the too-small towels on the white plastic chair and tried to dry myself and Teresa.

  • God gives us the ultimate message, demanding attention

    March 1: Second Sunday of Lent
    Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Ps 116:10, 15-19; Rom 8:31b-34; Mk 9:2-10
    I have long understood that what God asks of Abraham, the sacrifice of his own son, born long after any child was expected — or even thought possible — was a foreshadowing of God offering his only Son Jesus for us all.

  • ‘Mass’ communication —

    St. Elizabeth Seton Parish (Orland Hills) has an idea to help build genuine community using today’s technology. Father Bill Corcoran, pastor, says, “At each Mass on the Sundays of Lent we’ll begin with a minute of silence to focus our attention.” But prior to that moment, he’ll ask people to take out their cellphones or smartphones and either text, tweet or post a “status update” that reads: “I am at Mass at St. Elizabeth Seton Church and praying for you.” He says, “People will be letting family and friends know they are in their prayers.” He’s hoping this use of new technology will motivate others to attend church and pray during Lent.

  • Faith and Culture

    By Father Robert Barron

    100th anniversary of Merton’s birth

    I write these words on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Merton, one of the greatest spiritual writers of the 20th century and a man who had a decisive influence on me and my vocation to the priesthood.

  1. Pope opens cardinals’ discussion of Curia reform

    Vatican City — Cardinals meeting at the Vatican discussed better ways to balance the responsibilities of local bishops and of the Roman Curia, said the Vatican spokesman.

  2. Young teachers live, work like a religious community

    Chicago — Maria Rodriguez is not a religious sister, but she lives and works like one.

  3. Lent: Practicing detachment means to practice letting go

    One of the more difficult sayings of Jesus is found in the Gospel according to St. Luke: “If any one comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple” (14:26-27).