Archdiocese of Chicago

Statement by Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

Our prayers are with the family of Laquan McDonald and all families who have suffered the loss of loved ones through violence. We can honor their memory by encouraging our communities to turn away from violence and to work together in solidarity for peace and justice.

Office of the Archbishop

November 24, 2015

Dear Friends,

His Eminence Peter K.A. Card. Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, has written to the bishops of the world as a follow up to the Holy Father’s Encyclical, Laudato Si', especially to ask our prayers for the success of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21), scheduled to be held in Le Bourget, France, from 30 November to 11 December 2015. Below is the letter in both English and Spanish. The Cardinal requests among other things that we pray this coming weekend for the success of the Conference.

I take this occasion to wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving.

+Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago

Letter for Follow Up to the Holy Father's Encyclical, Laudato Si'
English | Español


Wishing everyone a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. Please take some time to think about what you are grateful for and share it with those you love. Remember to thank God for all of your blessings.

Thursday, November 26

Who Will Fill These Shoes?

Fr. Kartje, Rector of Mundelein Seminary, and Bishop Rassas will be hosting an exciting vocational event at Mundelein Seminary, intended for young men, ages 16 to 35, to help them learn more about the priesthood and how to go about discerning God's call.

Friday, November 27


The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ's second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord's birth on Christmas.

Begins Sunday, November 29

The next Nightfever event at Holy Name Cathedral will begin with Mass at 7:30 p.m. Rev. John Kartje, Rector and President of Mundelein Seminary, will be the main celebrant and homilist.

Saturday, December 5

Archbishop Cupich Reflects on the Synod

In the latest edition of Catholic Chicago, Archbishop Cupich reflects on the significance of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. The program also features coverage of the Pope's trip to the United States and honorees from Noche de Gala who work in Hispanic ministry.

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Catholic Chicago Blog

In this week's blog, Fr. Matthew O'Donnell challenges us this Thanksgiving to pray for those in need of a meal.

News Releases

Father Thomas A. Baima Named Interim Director of the
Liturgical Institute Search for New Director Begun

Mundelein, IL (November 19, 2015) -Very Rev. John Kartje, Rector/President of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, announced today that Archbishop Blase J. Cupich has named the Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima as Interim Director of the Liturgical Institute.  He succeeds the Rev. Douglas A. Martis who has served as Director since 2004.

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Memorial Mass For Deceased Bishops, Priests and Deacons of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Chicago, IL (November 16, 2015) - Archbishop Blase J. Cupich will be the main celebrant and homilist at the Annual Memorial Mass for deceased bishops, priests and deacons of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Following tradition, the Archbishop will offer a Mass in memory of Francis Cardinal George, OMI, and remember those bishops, priests and deacons who have died in the past year. The Mass will take place on Friday, November 20, at 12:10 p.m., at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. The Mass is open to the public.

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Archbishop Blase J. Cupich Announces New Name for Regional School Will Be Pope Francis Global Academy

Chicago, IL (November 7, 2015) - Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, in conjunction with the parish and school communities of St. Cornelius, Our Lady of Victory, St. Pascal and St. Tarcissus, is pleased to announce the name of the school that will result from the regionalization plan that will incorporate these four Catholic parish schools: Pope Francis Global Academy. The Academy will open on two campuses in the fall of 2016.

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Father Augustus Tolton:
The First Recognized Black Catholic Priest In America Graphic Novel Set for Release in November for Black Catholic History Month

Chicago, IL (November 2, 2015) –In conjunction with Black Catholic History Month, a new graphic novel entitled, Father Augustus Tolton: The First Recognized Black Catholic Priest in America by Corinna and Maria Laughlin, will be released in November. This is the first novel of its kind about the life and times of Fr. Augustus Tolton.

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