News Releases - 2013
CARDINAL GEORGE TO ORDAIN ELEVEN MEN
FOR ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
Ceremonies at Holy Name Cathedral and St. John Cantius Parish
Chicago, IL (May 13, 2013) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will ordain ten new priests at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 18, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. Later this month, Cardinal George will ordain a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago for service in the Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius. The men, ranging in age from 26 to 53, include six from the Chicago area and one each from Haiti, Mexico, Poland and Uganda.
ARCHDIOCESAN PARISHES JOIN IMMIGRANTS
IN WORKING TOWARD IMMIGRATION REFORM
Parishes to Seek Signatures on 100,000 Postcards
Chicago, IL (May 9, 2013) – Parishes throughout the Archdiocese in Cook and Lake counties have requested 100,000 postcards to send to U.S. Senators and Representatives to show that Catholics and other supporters of immigrants want our elected officials to enact meaningful and compassionate immigration reform legislation. The request for 100,000 postcards for parishioners was made by 129 parishes with 35 percent of these parishes located in non-immigrant communities.
FOURTEEN MEN TO BE ORDAINED AS DEACONS
Chicago, IL (May 8, 2013) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will ordain fourteen men as permanent deacons at 2:15 p.m., on Sunday, May 19, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.
FATHER AUGUSTUS TOLTON PILGRIMAGE
Celebrating the Life of Fr. Tolton in Chicago on Saturday, May 11
Chicago, IL (April 18, 2013) – A special pilgrimage to sites in Chicago where Father Augustus Tolton, Servant of God, lived and worked, will be conducted on Saturday, May 11, beginning with 9 a.m. Mass in the St. Joseph Chapel at the Archdiocese’s Cardinal Meyer Center, 3525 South Lake Park Avenue.
ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE
APPOINTMENT OF MOST REV. FRANCIS J. KANE
AS VICAR GENERAL FOR THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
April 11, 2013
Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, today announced the appointment of the Most Reverend Francis J. Kane, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, as Vicar General, effective July 1, 2013. Monsignor John Canary, who has served as Vicar General since February of 2006, will retire from that office on June 30. Over the next two months, Msgr. Canary will work with Bishop Kane to insure a smooth transition of responsibilities.
Religious Leaders Launch new immigRation reform campaign
Together as Brothers and Sisters Campaign Announced by Priests for Justice for Immigrants and the Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants
Chicago, IL (April 11, 2013) – Priests for Justice for Immigrants, a group of more than 200 priests, and the Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants, a network of over 180 sisters and brothers representing 59 religious orders, along with immigrant families and native-born supporters, gathered at Holy Name Cathedral today to launch the Together as Brothers and Sisters campaign. This launch, part of a series of ongoing activities coordinated by the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education, aims to bring attention to the urgency of comprehensive immigration reform.
ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
HONORED WITH FOUR NATIONAL AWARDS
CHICAGO, IL (April 2, 2013) - The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools will be honored this week with four national awards from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) at their annual convention in Houston. Each year the NCEA selects teachers, principals, pastors, administrators, and parent associations to receive awards that recognize excellence and outstanding contributions to Catholic education.
School Board Presents 2013-2016 Strategic Plan for Catholic Schools
Chicago, IL (March 21, 2013) - After months of intense study and analysis, the Archdiocese of Chicago Board of Catholic Schools is pleased to present its Strategic Plan for Catholic Schools for 2013-2016.
HISPANIC CATHOLICS’ PRAYER GATHERING FOR PRESERVATION OF MARRIAGE
TO BE HELD AT THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
CHICAGO (February 26, 2013) - The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Hispanic Catholics is the sponsor of an evening of prayer that will include a message to Illinois state legislators to preserve the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1170 N. River Road in Des Plaines on Wednesday, February 27, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
WINNERS OF VIDEO CONTEST FOR CATHOLIC TEENS ANNOUNCED
Prizes Totaling $18,000 Awarded in
Year of Sunday Mass – Be a Digital Disciple Contest
Chicago, IL (February 19, 2013) – The Archdiocese of Chicago has announced the winning names of the Catholic teens and their parish affiliations who participated in the video contest conducted as part of the ongoing emphasis on the Year of Sunday Mass.
18th ANNUAL JOSEPH CARDINAL BERNARDIN JERUSALEM LECTURE
Wednesday, February 20, at DePaul University – Lincoln Park Campus
Chicago, IL (February 13, 2013) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will make the welcoming remarks at the 18th Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture on Wednesday, February 20, at 7 p.m., at DePaul University – Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 North Sheffield in Chicago.
ARCHDIOCESAN PARISH LEADERSHIP DAY
Saturday, February 23, at Mother McAuley High School
CHICAGO, IL (February 7, 2013) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will engage in an informal dialog with participants during the lunch period, conduct a workshop on evangelization and serve as the main celebrant at the closing Liturgy during Parish Leadership Day on Saturday, February 23, from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, 3737 West 99th Street in Chicago.
35TH ANNUAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH MASS
Thursday, February 7, at Holy Name Cathedral
CHICAGO, IL (February 4, 2013) - The 35th Annual African-American Heritage Month Mass, a celebration by students, faculty and staff of the Archdiocese's Catholic schools, will be held on Thursday, February 7, at 9:30 a.m., at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.
CITY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS CONTINUE GROWTH
WITH EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS LEADING THE WAY
Catholic Schools Week Celebrations Set for January 27 through February 4
CHICAGO, IL (January 22, 2013) - Catholic elementary school enrollment in the City of Chicago is growing for the third consecutive year, according to recent results of an annual Office of Catholic Schools survey. A total increase of 675 students in the past three years represents the first positive movement in Chicago’s Catholic school enrollment since 1965. Additionally, Catholic school student enrollment in many areas in suburban Cook and Lake counties is stabilizing.
ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO'S RESPECT LIFE OFFICE ANNOUNCES ACTIVITIES FOR
40th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROE V. WADE DECISION
Chicago, IL (January 17, 2013) – Marking the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions that legalized abortion on demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy, the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Respect Life Office will be participating in events and activities that focus on offering prayers and actions to call attention to their mission to ensure that every human being is valued and protected from the moment of conception until natural death.
NEW TELEVISION HOME FOR SUNDAY MASS AT
MERCY HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS
Sunday Mornings at 9:30 a.m. on WGN-TV 9
Chicago, IL (January 10, 2013) – Sunday Mass at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls has moved to a new time and a new channel. The “Parish of the Airways” is now seen on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m., on WGN-TV, Channel 9, in Chicago.
ANNUAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST DATE SET FOR
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, AT 8 A.M.
CHICAGO, IL (January 8, 2013) - Catholic high schools across the Archdiocese of Chicago will administer the annual placement test for eighth grade students on Saturday, January 12, at 8 a.m.
ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
Statement from Francis Cardinal George, OMI
Regarding Verdict in Kermit Gosnell Murder Trial
May 14, 2013
I am grateful that the jury in the Kermit Gosnell murder trial recognized the value and dignity of children born alive after an attempted abortion. I hope that the scrutiny this trial has received will bring a greater public recognition of the extremity of America's abortion laws and a more stringent regulation of the abortion industry. I ask people of good will to join me in praying for the day where every child, born and unborn, will be respected in life and fully protected by law and, in a particular way, I reiterate the promise made by the Catholic Church and the pro-life community that any woman who feels she has no "choice" but to end the life of her unborn child can come to us for assistance and support.
ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
Archdiocesan Statement Regarding Russell Lawrence Romano
May 10, 2013
Russell Lawrence Romano is not a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He resigned from the priesthood in October 1991 and was laicized in May of 2009. When the first allegation was received against him in 1986, the civil authorities were informed and he was placed on limited ministry with restrictions and monitoring, according to the regulations in effect at that time.
Romano’s current employment had not been known to the Archdiocese, but, after learning about his current profession from his accuser in April of 2011, the Archdiocese promptly forwarded this information to the States Attorney and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
Romano is included on the list of Archdiocesan Priests with Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors that has been posted on the Archdiocesan website since March of 2006.
Sexual abuse of children is a grave sin and a crime. The Archdiocese of Chicago reports every allegation to the civil authorities and cooperates with them. The Archdiocese continues to reach out and work for the healing of all those affected by the tragedy of child and adolescent sexual abuse.
Information about reporting allegations of sexual abuse by Archdiocesan clergy, deacons or lay persons, no matter when the abuse occurred, can be found on the Archdiocesan website, www.archchicago.org, or by calling the Archdiocesan
OFFICE OF THE ARCHBISHOP
Archdiocese of Chicago
April 16, 2013
Seán Cardinal O'Malley, OFM Cap.
Archbishop of Boston
66 Brooks Drive
Braintree MA 02184
Like so many people throughout the world, I was shocked and deeply saddened upon hearing of the bombing that occurred yesterday afternoon near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. This terrible and senseless act, which killed and maimed and injured many innocent people, and disrupted the peace and security of so many more, reveals an utter disregard for the innate dignity of human life. In a particular way, our hearts ache for the families and for the people of Boston, who have been devastated by an act of such shocking violence, and I offer you my deepest sympathies.
As you well know, at times like this, when even our most profound expressions of condolence fall short, the only words that can genuinely bring healing are those we lift up to the Lord in prayer. I want to assure you that I and the people of the Archdiocese of Chicago will be praying for all those who died and were injured in this tragedy, along with their families, friends and neighbors. May the Lord bless all of you with His consolation and strength, particularly the emergency responders, medical personnel, and others who are coming to the aid of victims and seeking to bring to justice those who were responsible for this crime. Please do not hesitate to let me know if there is anything else we can do to help.
Fraternally yours in Christ,
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
Archbishop of Chicago