The 35th Annual African-American Heritage Month Mass, a celebration by students, faculty and staff of the archdiocese's Catholic schools, was held at Holy Name Cathedral on Feb. 7. This year's theme was "G7", which means "God to the seventh power." Father Tony Ricard, a priest of the Diocese of New Orleans, preached on the seven principles ("Nguzo Saba"), tenets of virtuous living emphasized during annual Kwanzaa celebrations that are practiced all year long. The celebration highlighted African culture in music, song and dance, and featured a special choir made up of students from participating schools. Hundreds of elementary and high school students from archdiocesan Catholic schools attended.
On April 6 members of St. Agnes of Bohemia Catholic Parish re-enact a traditional Good Friday Via Crucis, or way of the cross, procession weaving through the Mexican enclave of Little Village on Chicago's southwest side. Portraying Jesus Christ is Mario Ocampo. Several parishes around the archdiocese have Via Crucis processions on Good Friday. Traditionally, actors play the parts from Scripture and the lay faithful accompanies them along the procession route. Photos by Brian J. Morowczynski/Catholic New World
Photo editor Karen Callaway spent the last four years documenting the eve of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe from groups leaving their parishes and making the pilgrimage to the shrine in Des Plaines and back to their parishes again. This slideshow shows what goes on through the night during a pilgrimage that draws tens of thousands of people each year.
More than 23,000 youth from Chicago and around the country attended the National Catholic Youth Conference on Nov. 17-19 in Indianapolis, Ind.. The theme was "Called To Glory." The conference is a three-day experience of prayer, community and empowerment for Catholic teenagers (of high school age). More than 500 youth from the Archdiocese of Chicago attended.
Photos from the 2011 varsity championship football game in the Catholic Grade School Conference of Chicagoland between St. Agnes and St. Gabriel.
On Aug. 10, Most Revs. Alberto Rojas and Andrew Wypych were ordained auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Chicago by Cardinal George at Holy Name Cathedral.
A traditional Polish color guard parades a statue of Pope John Paul II among parishioners at Five Holy Martyrs following a Mass in thanksgiving for the beatification John Paul II May 1. Parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago celebrated the Polish pontiffs elevation to blessed along with the beatification Mass by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome. Here are some photos from Chicago-area Catholics marking the momentous event.
Catholic campus ministry is a bridge between the church and secular institutions of higher learning.
Catholics in the archdiocese joined others around the country in marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade with Masses, prayer services and marches.
Catholic faithful in the Archdiocese of Chicago commemorate the coming of Jesus' birth in various ways each year but with the same purpose: to honor the child Savior who came to redeem us all.
Autumn is the season of the feasts of All Saints and All Souls. The following photos, taken during the late summer and fall, put on display the veneration of Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago for those who are saints, and show the efforts of those who are striving to become holy.
Pope Benedict named Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller to be the new archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio on Oct. 14. This slide show is a brief look back at the bishop's seven-year tenure here in Chicago.
A group of 30 Catholics from around the archdiocese attended a weekend pilgrimage to the sites of Father Tolton's early life in Quincy, Ill., and Brush Creek, Mo. The trip took place Sept. 17-19 and was sponsored by the archdiocese's Office for Black Catholics, Bishop Joseph Perry's Office and the Tolton Program at Catholic Theological Union. Photos by Karen Callaway/Catholic New World
Catholics attend beachside services to pray to end violence.
Thousands of Catholics of Polish descent living in the Archdiocese of Chicago mourned the loss of Poland’s president, his wife and 94 others who died in a tragic plain crash near Smolensk, Russia, April 10. The loss was keenly felt in Chicago, which is thought to have the highest population of people of Polish descent outside of Poland. Here is a look at the local remembrances held in honor of the victims.
More than 300 people from the Archdiocese of Chicago traveled to the nation’s capital for the annual march while Catholics here kept vigil and prayed for an end to legalized abortion. These photos chronicle the local and national pro-life events.
More than 7,000 Catholics gathered to learn, worship and celebrate their faith Oct. 16-17 at Catholic Festival of Faith at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. The Festival of Faith, the third event of its kind in the Archdiocese of Chicago, included workshops and presentations for young people, families, Catholic school teachers and catechists and young adults, as well as sessions in Spanish and Polish.
Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago faces roof repairs once again, this time from a three-alarm fire that broke out in the church attic in the morning hours of Feb. 4. Almost a year ago to the day, roof problems eventually forced the main building to close for several months for repairs. This gallery shows the problems at the prominent cathedral over the last year culminating with the recent fire.
Debris covered charred desks in this photo of a classroom in Our Lady of the Angels School. The Dec.1, 1958, fire at school killed 92 students and three BVM teaching sisters. Remembrance services were held throughout the archdiocese the weekend of Nov. 30 to mark the 50th anniversary of the tragic fire. (Catholic New World file photo)
At the end of August, more than 90,000 elementary and secondary students returned to schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago. We captured a few moments from those exciting first days of school for Catholic New World readers.
Our Lady of Częstochowa is a beloved image of Mary revered by Polish Catholics. St. Hyacinth Basilica hosted a coronation of that parish’s icon during a Mass and blessing ceremony with Cardinal George on Aug. 31. The gold crowns, which were affixed to the painted image, were fashioned from jewelry donated by parishioners. Polish Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz also blessed the new crowns during a recent pastoral visit to Chicago.
On the weekend of June 28 and 29, members of Holy Rosary Parish on the far South Side closed their church's doors and became a part of the nearby St. Anthony Parish community, which greeted them with open arms and dancing in the streets. Following are photos of the transition.
Polish Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, archbishop of Krakow, spent three days making pastoral visits to Chicago’s Poles June 27-29. As a friend and long-time personal secretary to their beloved Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Dziwisz came to Chicago as a guest of Cardinal Francis George and Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Paprocki, the liaison to Polish people in Chicago.
On May 31, St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish unveiled its nine foot, hand-carved and painted iconic monstrance of Our Lady of the Sign, Ark of Mercy during a Mass on the feast of the Visitation. Cardinal George con-celebrated the Mass and blessed the new monstrance, which is believed to be the largest in the world. The monstrance will be the focal point of the future Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Parishioners of St. Ferdinand Parish, 5900 W. Barry, marked the annual Feast of Corpus Christi with a procession through the parish neighborhood on May 25. Many European and Hispanic cultures customarily honor this feast with public eucharistic processions like this one.
On a sunny Chicago day in a church filled with many smiles, Cardinal George ordained 11 men to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Chicago. The May 17 ordinations took place at St. Juliana Church, 7201 N. Oketo, instead of Holy Name Cathedral, which is closed for repairs. The graduates of the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary are a diverse group, with five from Poland, two from Tanzania, two from Mexico, one from Colombia and one from Ecuador.
More than 10,000 Catholics from Chicago, around Illinois and surrounding states, gathered in the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion on April 26 for the annual Hispanic Charismatic Renewal Conference. (The Charismatic Renewal is a lay ecclesial movement within the church that emphasizes gifts of the Holy Sprit and often involves praise and worship.) " It was beautiful, " said Norma Ibarra of the day. " The conference is always a point of gathering among us as Catholics and is something that transforms us and fills us with hope to carry on. "
During Pope Benedict XVI's first visit to the United States in April, Catholic New World staff photographer Karen Callaway was asked to be among a small group of photographers hired by Catholic News Service to photograph the pontiff. She had privileged access to our Holy Father. Here we take you through the moments she captured with Pope Benedict in prayer at the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and during the papal Mass at Washington Nationals Park on April 17.