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ARCHDIOCESE OPENS FIRST NEW PARISH SINCE 1999
St. Raphael the Archangel in Antioch

Chicago, IL ( May 14, 2007 ) —The Archdiocese of Chicago has announced the opening of a new parish, St. Raphael the Archangel, in Antioch. The Archdiocese’s newest parish will initially be located on IL Hwy. 173, just east of U.S. Hwy. 45 in northernmost Lake County. Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, asked Fr. John Jamnicky, who was in charge of the O’Hare Airport Chaplaincy from 1981 to 2000, to serve as St. Raphael’s first pastor.

According to officials from he Village of Antioch and the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission, Antioch’s population is expected to more than double by the year 2030. Since 1990, the one time vacation and resort area is becoming more suburbanized and rapidly adding new housing developments. Additionally, the Archdiocese’s annual October counts indicated the area could support another church, and Masses at the closest parish, St. Peter’s in Antioch, are often standing room only.

Fr. Jamnicky hopes to celebrate his first Mass at St. Raphael in mid-July in a renovated barn on the property. Also, plans are for parish offices, meeting space and rectory to be located in an adjacent farmhouse. Future plans call for the parish to relocate to a nearby 40-acre parcel owned by the Archdiocese in approximately five years.

The parish name honors St. Raphael, who appears in the biblical story of Tobit, and is one of three archangels, along with Gabriel and Michael. The parish phone number is 847-395-F I S H (3474).

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