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


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

Kolbe House Jail Ministry Mass

Kolbe House, the Jail Ministry for the Archdiocese of Chicago, invites you to a bilingual (Spanish and English) Mass for those affected by the criminal justice system. Mass will be at 3 p.m. at Assumption B.V.M. Parish, 2434 South California Avenue in Chicago. If you are an ex-offender or have a loved one who is incarcerated, please join us.

Sunday, December 6

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

We celebrate the Patroness of the Americas on Saturday, December 12. The festivities at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1100 North River Road in Des Plaines, will begin with a nine-day novena with the first Mass for the novena celebrated on Thursday, December 3, at 7 p.m., in the Gymnasium. The overnight celebration begins with an opening Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, on Friday, December 11, at 6 p.m.

Saturday, December 12

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

Todd Williamson invites us to a deeper understanding of the meaning of Advent in this week's blog.

News Releases

Jubilee of Mercy - Merciful Like The Father Year Long Event Begins December 8

Chicago, IL (November 30, 2015) - Archbishop Blase J. Cupich will mark the beginning of the Jubilee of Mercy at the 12:10 p.m. Mass on Tuesday, December 8, at Holy Name Cathedral, at State and Superior Streets in Chicago. The Jubilee of Mercy, proclaimed by Pope Francis, begins on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the same day Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of St Peter's Basilica. That is also the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council. The Jubilee concludes on November 20, 2016, the Feast of Christ the King.

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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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