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Installation of Archbishop Blase Cupich

(Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

It’s official! Archbishop Cupich installed as ninth archbishop of Chicago

The Archdiocese of Chicago welcomed Blase J. Cupich as its ninth archbishop during a Nov. 18 installation Mass that featured several outpourings of applause and gratitude both for Archbishop Cupich and Cardinal Francis George, who became archbishop emeritus of Chicago.

Archbishop Cupich to city, church leaders: Let our ways be God's ways

On an evening where temperatures dipped into the teens and the cold wind whipped along city streets, Archbishop Blase Cupich knocked three times on the door of Holy Name Cathedral in a rite of reception ceremony that marked the beginning of three days of liturgies to install him as the ninth archbishop of Chicago.

Cardinal George talks about his ministry, life and facing death

As Cardinal George prepared to officially retire as archbishop of Chicago — the first archbishop to live to retirement — he sat down with editor Joyce Duriga to discuss his ministry and the next phase of his life.

Tolton cause part of new archbishop’s responsibilities

When Archbishop Blase Cupich takes over the Archdiocese of Chicago, he’ll also oversee the cause for the canonization of Servant of God Augustus Tolton.

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  1. A conversation with Archbishop Cupich

    In the weeks leading up to his installation, Archbishop Blase Cupich [pronounced Soo-pich] spoke with Catholic New World editor Joyce Duriga about coming to Chicago.
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  2. Who was St. Blase?

    St. Blase died around 316 and was a bishop, physician and martyr who is the patron saint of throats.

  3. Pieces of the whole

    The Archdiocese of Chicago is the third largest diocese in the United States. It is divided up into six geographical areas called vicariates. Traditionally auxiliary bishops of Chicago are episcopal vicars of the archdiocese's vicariates. The vicars act as a sort of day-to-day administrator on the archbishop's behalf and report back to him about the needs and concerns of the vicariates. Here is a look at our vicariates and their vicars.

  4. What’s that hat called?

    At the time of ordination, every bishop is given symbols of his ministry that he will use during liturgical functions and other events. Catholics see bishops with these symbols but might not know what they are.
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  5. What is that?

    In its more than 2,000-year history, the Catholic faith has picked up traditions and symbols filled with meaning and history. However, sometimes they can be confusing to understand or keep straight. The Catholic New World picked a few things to define.

  6. From Chicago’s first days, Catholics were here

    Chicago Catholics were “present at the creation” of their Midwestern boomtown. In 1833, the same year that the community on Lake Michigan incorporated as a town, a group of French, Irish and British Catholics organized St. Mary’s parish.

  7. Meet the past shepherds of the church in Chicago

    On Nov. 28, 1843, the Diocese of Chicago was created from the Diocese of St. Louis and the Diocese of Vincennes. Since that day, the now-archdiocese has had 13 ordinaries, including Cardinal George. According to the Catholic Dictionary, an ordinary is “a person placed in authority over a particular church (diocese) or its equivalent.”

  8. Archdiocesan Overview Statistics reported for the year ending 2013

    The Archdiocese of Chicago serves more than 2.2 million Catholics in Cook and Lake counties in northeastern Illinois, a geographic area of 1,411 square miles. The archdiocese is divided into six vicariates and 31 deaneries.


The Cardinal’s Column

By Francis Cardinal George, OMI

Story lines, ours and God’s

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Every year, on Thanksgiving Day, we stir up again our reasons for living in gratitude: the gift of life and of new life in Christ, the gift of family and friends, the gift of meaningful work, of housing, food and the preservation of dignity. This year, in the Archdiocese of Chicago, we have reason to be grateful for a new archbishop, Blase Cupich, shortly after his installation at Holy Name Cathedral on Nov. 18.


The Good News

Submissions from around the Archdiocese

  1. Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    St. Walter Students Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

    Junior High students from St. Walter School recently celebrated the close of Hispanic Heritage Month with a musical program and fiesta. The Student Council sponsored a performance by members of Corrientes Chicago, a group dedicated to sharing Mexican music to promote understanding of the Mexican culture and traditions. After the performance, students were treated to authentic Mexican and Puerto Rican dishes courtesy of some 8th grade parents. Los niños lo pasamos de maravilla!

  2. Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    St. Emily School Welcomes Veterans

    St. Emily School (Mt. Prospect) welcomed area veterans on Nov. 10. The day began with an all-school Mass, and our veterans received a special blessing at the end of Mass.

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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

    Running the race

    Frank was part of an award-winning team this fall, and it wasn’t hockey. Hockey season, of course, is just getting going.

  • Everyone who sees the Son and believes will have eternal life

    Nov. 2: Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls)
    Wis 3:1-9; Ps 23:1-6; Rom 5:5-11 or Rom 6:3-9; Jn 6:37-40
    The eldest priest of our diocese departed for heaven just recently at age 99. We felt some degree of sorrow — for ourselves — but mainly joy, for we felt certain he would be welcomed into the arms of God.

  • Chicago connection —

    Sherry Meyer just began her 24th year as a lay missionary in the Arua diocese of Uganda on Oct. 19. She was once a Chicago Catholic schools consultant for the arch. She’s a native of Indianapolis and her ministry has been co-sponsored by both archdioceses’ missions offices.

  • Faith and Culture

    By Father Robert Barron

    Who will fill these shoes?

    When Father Gary Graf, a Chicago priest, was pastor at Holy Family Parish in Waukegan, he donated a portion of his own liver to a parishioner, who was the father of a large family and in danger of death. When Father Mike Enright, a Chicago priest, was pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish on the southeast side of the city, he would regularly stand in the crossfire from rival gangs, compelling the young men, at the risk of his own life, to stop.