Archdiocese of Chicago

Statement Regarding Rev. Marco A. Mercado

On October 1, 2015, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich removed Rev. Marco A. Mercado, Rector of the Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines from ministry because of Fr. Mercado’s inappropriate relationship with an adult man.  Archbishop Cupich has withdrawn Fr. Mercado’s faculties, his authority to minister.  Rev. Adan Sandoval Duron has been appointed Interim Administrator and Fr. Mercado will reside away from the Shrine, effective immediately.

The Archdiocese is committed to ensuring those serving our parishioners are fit for ministry. Archbishop Cupich knows this news will be difficult to hear and he offers his assurance of prayers and solidarity with the community at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  We will provide updates on the situation as they become available.


October is Respect Life Month

Respect Life Sunday is October 4 and this year's program theme is: "Every Life is Worth Living." We are called to respect and protect our lives and the lives of others. We have been given one life to live—how will we choose to live it?

Month of October

CTU Convocation

Beginning at 9 a.m., participants will gather at the Catholic Theological Union with various denominational faith leaders and their constituents to discuss the urgency of environmental issues, particularly climate change, in light of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si'.

Saturday, October 3

Nightfever at Holy Name Cathedral
Holy Name Cathedral will host Nightfever, an evening where the Cathedral doors are open to all for adoration and prayer. Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m., with Rev. Connor Danstrom, as the main celebrant and homilist. Nightfever will begin following the Mass, at
9 p.m., with Night Prayer at 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 3

Archbishop Cupich Invested with Pallium

In the September 2015 edition of
Catholic Chicago, Archbishop Cupich reflects on the significance of the Pallium Mass. The program also features the sunrise prayer service and opening of Augustus Tolton Catholic Academy

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Catholic Chicago Blog

Anna Dudek invites parish members to experience the Christ Renews His Parish Weekend in this week's blog.

News Releases

U.S. Department Of Education Honors Three Archdiocese Of Chicago Catholic Schools As Blue Ribbon Schools Archdiocese continues to be most decorated school system in the country

Chicago, IL (September 30, 2015) – The Archdiocese of Chicago announced yesterday that three Catholic Schools have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and awarded the prestigious Blue Ribbon award, created in 1982 to bring public attention to the best schools in the United States.

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Archdiocese of Chicago will undertake an Archdiocesan-Wide Parish Planning Process

Chicago, IL (September 29, 2015) – At a meeting with priests today, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich discussed the results of an internal study assessing the changing landscape of the Church in Chicago and began to gather feedback.

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Mass for Hope and Healing at Holy Family Parish in Chicago Saturday, October 17, at 9:30 a.m.

Chicago, IL (September 28, 2015) – Very Rev. Ronald Hicks, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at the Mass for Hope and Healing on Saturday, October 17, at 9:30 a.m., at Holy Family Church, 1080 West Roosevelt Road in Chicago.

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Convocation at Catholic Theological Union Brings Together Faith Traditions to Explore and Address Climate Change Issues Saturday, October 3, 9 a.m.

Chicago (September 22, 2015) – On October 3, 2015, presidents, faculties and students from the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) will gather with various denominational faith leaders and their constituents to discuss the urgency of environmental issues, particularly climate change, in light of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’. Participants will share theological knowledge and moral wisdom from their faith traditions, as well as practical skills, strategies and processes necessary for environmental justice ministries.

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