The Archdiocese of Chicago Vocations Office helps men discern a call to the priesthood through retreats, visits to the seminary and discernment opportunities. As well, the Vocation Office works with men to determine their eligibility to apply to the seminary for the diocesan priesthood in Chicago. Finally, the Vocations Office actively works to create a culture supportive of vocations through promotion, education, and parish based efforts to raise awareness.
More information on becoming a priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago is available by contacting:
Fr. Francis Bitterman
Archdiocesan Vocations Office
Vocations Poster (2.5MB)
Providing a strong Catholic voice in Cook and Lake counties for over 120 years.
The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago has a grief support program for Children and Youth who have lost a loved one to suicide. The LOSS Program for Children and Youth provides individual, family and group counseling, as well as parent consultation to families who have suffered a traumatic loss by suicide. There are no set fees for any of these services. LOSS program therapists also provide community presentations and workshops to parishes and agencies that are looking to educate parishioners and staff about children's grief and traumatic loss. Our presentations can be tailored to the specific needs of your parish. Please contact Jessica Mead, with the LOSS Program for Children and Youth at 312.655.7284, if you are interested in having a presenter come to your parish to address these issues with staff and parishioners.
A friend can make all the difference…Be that friend, consider mentoring.
The Friends First Program of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls is a one-on-one mentoring program for youth ages 9-17 in the Chicago area. Our purpose is to engage youth in fun, meaningful activities that promote healthy personal and social development.
To learn more about becoming a mentor, call the Friends First Program at 312-738-9560 or visit www.mercyhome.org/mentor.
A post-abortion healing hotline
and referral service for women and men.
If you are a victim of sexual abuse by any Archdiocese of Chicago personnel including clergy, the Office for Assistance Ministry would like to help you on your healing journey. Please contact us for more information.
Thomas P. Tharayil LCSW, BCD – Director
Ruth Robinson – Assistant Director
Office of Assistance Ministry
Post Office Box 1979
Chicago, Illinois 60690-1979
312-534-8267 or 8256