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News Releases - 2008

News Releases

CARDINAL GEORGE TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH MASSES AND CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL VISIT
Thanksgiving Mass and Commissioning Ceremony to be Held on December 14
Chicago, IL (December 22, 2008)
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CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM TO HOLD SYMBOLIC
REENACTMENT OF JOSEPH AND MARY’S SEARCH FOR SHELTER

Hispanic Tradition of “La Posada” to Provide Sign of Hope, Compassion, Transformation, and Unity with Immigrants
Chicago, IL (December 11, 2008)
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“ANTORCHA GUADALUPANA” – GUADALUPE TORCH RUN
Torch Runners from Throughout the Archdiocese to Gather at the
Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Chicago, IL (December 2, 2008)
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BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY IN THE
ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO FOR 38 YEARS

Chicago, IL (November 10, 2008)
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HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL TO REOPEN FOR DAILY MASS
BEGINNING MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Chicago, IL (November 7, 2008)
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TV/RADIO PERSONALITY COLLEEN CARROLL CAMPBELL TO DELIVER
KEYNOTE AT SIXTH ANNUAL CHASTITY EDUCATION BENEFIT DINNER

Chicago, IL (November 7, 2008)
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MEMORIAL MASS FOR DECEASED PRIESTS OF
THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO

Friday, November 14 at Holy Name Cathedral

Chicago, IL (November 7, 2008)

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ARCHDIOCESE HONORS LAY CATHOLICS FOR EXEMPLARY SERVICE
One Hundred Ninety-Seven Bishop Quarter and Christifideles Awards Presented

Chicago, IL (October 21, 2008)
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FOUR SOUTHWEST SIDE CHICAGO GROUPS AWARDED
$110,000 IN CCHD GRANTS TO ADDRESS SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES

Chicago, IL (
October 9, 2008 )
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INTERFAITH LEADERSHIP PROJECT AWARDED $30,000
CCHD GRANT TO ADDRESS IMMIGRANT ISSUES IN WEST SUBURBS
Chicago, IL ( October 9, 2008 )
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KOREAN AMERICAN RESOURCE & CULTURAL CENTER AWARDED $15,000
CCHD GRANT TO ADDRESS SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES FOR KOREAN AMERICANS

Chicago, IL ( October 9, 2008 )
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LAKEVIEW ACTION COALITION AWARDED $15,000 CCHD GRANT
TO ADDRESS SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES FOR LAKEVIEW AND NORTH CENTER RESIDENTS

Chicago, IL ( October 9, 2008 )
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LATINO UNION OF CHICAGO AWARDED $20,000 CCHD GRANT
TO ADDRESS IMMIGRANT ISSUES ON CHICAGO’S WEST SIDE

Chicago, IL (
October 9, 2008 )
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THREE NORTHWEST SIDE CHICAGO GROUPS AWARDED $90,000
IN CCHD GRANTS TO ADDRESS SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES

Chicago, IL ( October 9, 2008 )
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TWO LAKE COUNTY GROUPS AWARDED $50,000 BY
CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Chicago, IL (
October 9, 2008 )
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TWO SOUTH SIDE CHICAGO GROUPS AWARDED $55,000 IN
CCHD GRANTS TO ADDRESS SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES

Chicago, IL (
October 9, 2008 )
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CHICAGO CATECHETICAL CONFERENCE TO EXPLORE SACRED SCRIPTURE
October 17 and 18 at Donald E. Stephens Center, Rosemont
CHICAGO, IL (October 1, 2008)
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ARCHDIOCESAN OFFICE FOR HISPANIC CATHOLICS
CELEBRATES 10TH NOCHE DE GALA

Chicago (September 22, 2008)
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION NAMES SIX ARCHDIOCESAN SCHOOLS
AS NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND – BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS

Chicago, IL (September 10, 2008)
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CARDINAL GEORGE TO AWARD OVER $500,000 IN GRANTS
TO CHANGE LIVES AND COMMUNITIES

Local Social Justice Groups to Benefit from Annual Archdiocesan Collection

Chicago, IL (September 8, 2008)
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ARCHDIOCESAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
BEGIN 2008-2009 SCHOOL YEAR

Number of Schools Increased for First Time Since 1966

Chicago, IL ( September 2, 2008 )
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EDUCATIONAL/SUPPORT PROGRAM FOR FAMILY MEMBERS
OF THOSE SEXUALLY ABUSED AS CHILDREN

Chicago, IL (September 2, 2008)

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ARCHDIOCESAN CONFERENCE TO EXPLORE
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CATHOLIC MAN TODAY

Providing Men an Opportunity to Examine Their Relationships with Christ
CHICAGO, IL (August 14, 2008)

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CARDINAL GEORGE TO LEAD AUGUST PILGRIMAGE
OF ARCHDIOCESAN FAITHFUL TO LOURDES, FRANCE

Celebrating 150 th Anniversary of Apparition of Virgin Mary to St. Bernadette

CHICAGO, IL (July 30, 2008)
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LIMITED REOPENING OF HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL BEGINS AUGUST 30
CHICAGO (July 25, 2008) -
It was announced today that weekend Masses and weddings would resume at Holy Name Cathedral beginning on Saturday, August 30, with the 5:15 p.m. Mass. 
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CELEBRATING HUMANAE VITAE’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY
Resources on Pope Paul VI's Landmark Encyclical Now Available
CHICAGO, IL (July 18, 2008)

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CARDINAL GEORGE TO ATTEND WORLD YOUTH DAY 2008
Two Hundred Archdiocesan Catholics Also Traveling to Sydney, Australia
CHICAGO, IL (July 11, 2008)

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AREA CATHOLICS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN AT HOME PILGRIMAGE
Events Coincide with 150TH Anniversary Pilgrimage to Lourdes
CHICAGO, IL (
July 11, 2008 )
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WORLD YOUTH DAY 2008 CHICAGO STYLE
To Be Celebrated at St. Hyacinth Basilica on July 19
Chicago, IL (
July 8, 2008 )
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NUMBER OF ARCHDIOCESAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS TO INCREASE IN 2008-09
CHICAGO, IL (July 1, 2008)

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KEVIN J. MARZALIK APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
FOR ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO

CHICAGO (June 23, 2008)

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CARDINAL GEORGE AND SIX AUXILIARY BISHOPS
TO CELEBRATE WORLD YOUTH DAY 2008 MASS

Chicago-area Catholics of all Ages Invited to Attend

CHICAGO, IL (June 10, 2008)
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SECRETARY TO POPE JOHN PAUL II TO BE HONORED AT FIFTH ANNUAL
BISHOP ABRAMOWICZ SEMINARY PROGRAM BENEFIT BANQUET

CHICAGO, IL (June 9, 2008)

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EIGHT NEW DEACONS ORDAINED FOR ARCHDIOCESE
Completed Four-Year Diaconate Formation Program at Mundelein Seminary
Chicago, IL (June 5, 2008)

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CARDINAL GEORGE INVITES ALL TO SHARE HIS PERSONAL
REFLECTIONS OF POPE BENEDICT XVI’S U.S. VISIT

First of Three Presentation Services to be Held on Sunday, June 8
CHICAGO, IL (May 29, 2008)
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PROCESSION AND INTERFAITH PRAYER SERVICE
TO CALL ATTENTION TO IMMIGRATION

Chicago, IL (May 19, 2008)

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CARDINAL GEORGE TO CELEBRATE MEMORIAL DAY FIELD MASS IN PALATINE
Archdiocesan Bishops and Priests to Celebrate Masses
at Dozens of Catholic Cemeteries in Cook and Lake Counties
Chicago, IL (May 16, 2008)

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CARDINAL GEORGE TO ORDAIN THIRTEEN
PRIESTS FOR THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO

Eleven from Mundelein Seminary and Two for the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius

Chicago, IL ( May 14, 2008 )
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NEW CHAIR OF THEOLOGY CREATED AT MUNDELEIN SEMINARY
Robert E. Barron to be first holder

CHICAGO, IL (May 13, 2008)
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AREA CATHOLICS PRESENTED WITH AWARDS FOR
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO CATECHESIS

CHICAGO, IL (May 9, 2008)

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CARDINAL GEORGE LOOKS BACK ON
POPE BENEDICT XVI’S HISTORIC VISIT TO THE U.S.

On The Church, the Cardinal and You Cable TV Program

Chicago, IL ( May 2, 2008 )
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CHICAGO MEDALLION FOR EXCELLENCE IN CATECHESIS
TO BE PRESENTED TO DR. PAULINE VIVIANO

Eighth Recipient of Prestigious Archdiocesan Award

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SISTER MAGDALENE KARECKI NAMED DIRECTOR
OF ARCHDIOCESAN CATHOLIC MISSIONS OFFICE

CHICAGO, IL (April 21, 2008)

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JUSTICE DAY 2008
Planting Seeds of Sustainability
CHICAGO, IL (April 16, 2008)

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ARCHDIOCESAN CATHOLICS GREET, PRAY AND PLEDGE
TO SERVE IN HONOR OF POPE BENEDICT XVI’S U.S. VISIT N

Chicago, IL (
April 15, 2008 )
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ARCHDIOCESAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS CELEBRATE
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION WITH WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD

Chicago, IL (
April 11, 2008 )
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ARCHDIOCESE OBSERVES NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
Children Matter Network Website Provides Resources
Chicago, IL (April 10, 2008)

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PILGRIMAGE TO 49TH INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS
Open to Catholics from Across the Archdiocese of Chicago
Chicago, IL (April 8, 2008)

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21st ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF CASA JESUS SEMINARY
Archdiocese of Chicago’s Hispanic Ministry Formation Facility

CHICAGO, IL (April 4, 2008)
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EVANGELIZING CHICAGO’S CATHOLICS VIA THE INTERNET
Archdiocese Reaching Faithful with Improved Technology

Chicago, IL (April 3, 2008)
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HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL CLOSURE EXTENDED
Chicago, IL (March 26, 2008)
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BISHOP TIMOTHY LYNE TO MARK 65 YEARS AS
ARCHDIOCESAN PRIEST AND 25 YEARS AS A BISHOP

Cardinal George to Serve as Co-host of May 1 Celebratory Dinner

Chicago, IL (March 25, 2008)
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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO TO LAUNCH TELEVISED SPANISH LANGUAGE MASS
Premiers 8 a.m. Easter Sunday on Azteca America

CHICAGO, IL (March 20, 2008)
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CHICAGO ARCHDIOCESE CELEBRATES BLACK MARRIAGE DAY
Couple with Longest Black Catholic Marriage To be Honored

Chicago, IL (March 19, 2008)
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ARCHDIOCESAN OFFICE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE PRESENTS INCOGNITO
Critically Acclaimed Story of Author and Playwright Michael Sidney Fosberg

Chicago, IL (March 13, 2008)
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HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL TO REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL EARLY MAY
Chicago, IL (
March 11, 2008 )
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LITURGIES AND PRAYER SERVICES TO BE HELD ACROSS ARCHDIOCESE
DURING HOLY WEEK

Celebrated by Cardinal George and Archdiocesan Bishops and Priests

Chicago, IL (March 7, 2008)
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NATIONAL CATHOLIC EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION AWARD
GOES TO ARCHDIOCESAN PASTOR

Fr. Carl Morello of St. Paul of the Cross Named Distinguished Pastor

Chicago, IL (March 5, 2008)
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TALENT SHOW FEATURING PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS SET FOR MARCH 30
Padres Plus on Parade
at Maria High School
Chicago, IL ( February 22, 2008 )
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PROGRAM CELEBRATES CARDINAL’S PASTORAL LETTER ON RACISM
Stories of Race, Stories of Place, Stories of Grace
Chicago, IL (February 20, 2008)

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CARDINAL GEORGE NAMES SR. M. PAUL McCAUGHEY, O.P.
NEW SUPERINTENDENT OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

Chicago, IL (February 15, 2008)

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SEVEN CATHOLIC PARISHES SPONSOR WEST SIDE CATHOLIC REVIVAL
Stand Up, Do Not Be Afraid on February 18 and 19

Chicago, IL ( February 13, 2008 )
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PROGRAM CELEBRATES CARDINAL’S PASTORAL LETTER ON RACISM
Stories of Race, Stories of Place, Stories of Grace

Chicago, IL (February 13, 2008)
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CARDINAL GEORGE TO DELIVER OPENING REMARKS
AT 13TH ANNUAL BERNARDIN LECTURE

Reflections on Jewish-Catholic Relations: Past, Present and Future

Chicago, IL (February 13, 2008)
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SEVEN HISPANIC DEACONS TO BE ORDAINED FOR ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
Culmination of Forty-two Month Diaconate Formation Program

Chicago, IL ( February 8, 2008 )
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PROGRAM CELEBRATES CARDINAL’S PASTORAL LETTER ON RACISM
Stories of Race, Stories of Place, Stories of Grace
Chicago, IL (January 31, 2008)

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ARCHDIOCESAN SCHOOLS MARK AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
Begins with 30 th Anniversary Mass at Holy Name Cathedral
Chicago, IL (January 30, 2008)

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ARCHDIOCESAN CATHOLICS PREPARE FOR LENTEN SEASON
Numerous Liturgical Events at Parishes in Cook and Lake Counties
Chicago, IL (January 30, 2008)

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ARCHDIOCESAN SCHOOLS CELEBRATE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
Visits by Cardinal George and Auxiliary Bishops Highlight Activities
Chicago, IL January 25, 2008
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PROGRAM CELEBRATES CARDINAL’S PASTORAL LETTER ON RACISM
Stories of Race, Stories of Place, Stories of Grace
Chicago, IL (January 18, 2008)
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ARCHDIOCESE NAMES 2008’S HEART OF SCHOOL AWARD WINNERS
Fourteen Elementary and High School Teachers in Seven Categories
Chicago, IL (January 18, 2008)

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ARCHDIOCESAN PARISH LEADERS GATHER ON FEBRUARY 2
Taking the Spirit to the Streets: Bringing People Closer to God
Chicago, IL (
January 15, 2008 )
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ARCHDIOCESAN PRO-LIFE EVENTS ACROSS COOK AND LAKE
COUNTIES MARK 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROE V. WADE

CHICAGO, IL (
January 11, 2008 )
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CHICAGO CATHOLICS TRAVEL TO D.C. FOR MARCH FOR LIFE EVENTS
Recognizing 35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Decision

CHICAGO, IL ( January 11, 2008 )
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PROGRAM CELEBRATES CARDINAL’S PASTORAL LETTER ON RACISM
Stories of Race, Stories of Place, Stories of Grace
Chicago, IL (January 10, 2008)

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EIGHTH ANNUAL ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE
Highlights Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Chicago, IL (
January 10, 2008)
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PROGRAM CELEBRATES CARDINAL’S PASTORAL LETTER ON RACISM
Stories of Race, Stories of Place, Stories of Grace
Chicago, IL (January 3, 2008)
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Statements

Archdiocese of Chicago

STATEMENT OF CHANCELLOR JIMMY M. LAGO REGARDING THE
APPOINTMENT OF KEVIN J. MARZALIK
AS DIRECTOR OF FINANCE FOR THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
June 23, 2008

I am pleased to announce that Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, has appointed Kevin J. Marzalik as the new Director of Finance, effective July 5, 2008. Kevin brings all the requisite skills, background and academic credentials that are needed for this position. In particular, his lifelong involvement with the Catholic Church and understanding of Church teaching and ministry will be a great asset to him in this work. The appointment is for five years and is in accord with the provisions of Canon Law (c. 494), and Book V regarding the “Temporal Goods of the Church.” I welcome Kevin to this critical position as well as look forward to his important contributions to the deliberations within the Cardinal’s curia, the Administrative Council, the College of Consultors and other advisory groups to the Cardinal.

“I am impressed with Kevin’s very extensive background, but especially his immediate grasp of the critical relationships between financial realities and local pastoral concerns and sensitivities,” said Cardinal George. “I am confident that he will work hard to make sure that the ongoing financial situations faced by pastors, priests and local ecclesial ministers are understood by the Pastoral Center and local Vicariate office staffs and that creative solutions are developed to assist them.”

“I am grateful to Cardinal George for the appointment and for the trust and confidence he places in me to take on this work,” said Kevin Marzalik. “I follow the excellent leadership of Tom Brennan whom I had the privilege of working with very briefly as I assisted the Catholic Missions Office in its transition to improved accounting practices. I will try to put the entire range of financial, marketing and operational experiences I have had in the corporate world to bear on the challenges facing the Archdiocese’s parishes, schools, agencies, ministries and departments. I am truly honored to have this opportunity.”

Mr. Marzalik is a CPA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois. He attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary High School South. His business experience began in the early 80’s as an auditor with Coopers and Lybrand. He held senior finance positions with McDonald’s Corporation for 11 years as well as with the Marketing Store Worldwide in both administration and finance. Most recently he served as vice president, chief financial and operations officer for Paladin Holdings, Inc., a venture capital-funded firm specializing in a variety of marketing, advertising, and communications opportunities. Mr. Marzalik was awarded the Christifideles Award for extraordinary lay ministry in 2005. McDonald’s Corporation gave him the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in 1989. In addition, he has been part of an African Mission Team for Uganda since 2006. He has been involved in a variety of church-related projects and ministries including finance committee chair of his local parish, and has served as a Confirmation youth catechist and a retreat leader for Engaged Couples Discovery weekends.

Marzalik, his wife Penny and their three sons reside in Western Springs and are members of St. John of the Cross Parish.

Archdiocese of Chicago

STATEMENT OF FRANCIS CARDINAL GEORGE, O.M.I.,
ARCHBISHOP OF CHICAGO
June 3, 2008

To put recent events in some perspective, I have asked Father Michael Pfleger, Pastor of St. Sabina’s Parish, to step back from his obligations there and take leave for a couple of weeks from his pastoral duties, effective today. Fr. Pfleger does not believe this to be the right step at this time. While respecting his disagreement, I have nevertheless asked him to use this opportunity to reflect on his recent statements and actions in the light of the Church’s regulations for all Catholic priests. I hope that this period will also be a time away from the public spotlight and for rest and attention to family concerns.

I hope also that the life of St. Sabina’s parish may continue in uninterrupted fashion. Fr. William Vanecko, Pastor of St. Kilian’s parish, will be temporary administrator of St. Sabina’s and will assure the full complement of ministerial services during this period. I ask the members of St. Sabina’s parish to cooperate with him and to keep him and Fr. Pfleger in their prayers. They are in mine.


Archdiocese of Chicago

STATEMENT OF FRANCIS CARDINAL GEORGE, O.M.I.,
ARCHBISHOP OF CHICAGO
Friday, May 30, 2008

Statement of Cardinal Francis George concerning remarks of
Fr. Michael Pfleger about Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton during
an address at Trinity United Church of Christ on Sunday May 25, 2008


The Catholic Church does not endorse political candidates. Consequently, while a priest must speak to political issues that are also moral, he may not endorse candidates nor engage in partisan campaigning.

Racial issues are both political and moral and are also highly charged. Words can be differently interpreted, but Fr. Pfleger’s remarks about Senator Clinton are both partisan and amount to a personal attack. I regret that deeply.

To avoid months of turmoil in the church, Fr. Pfleger has promised me that he will not enter into campaigning, will not publicly mention any candidate by name and will abide by the discipline common to all Catholic priests.


Archdiocese of Chicago

STATEMENT OF FRANCIS CARDINAL GEORGE, O.M.I.,
ARCHBISHOP OF CHICAGO,
ON THE CLOSING OF
ST. FRANCIS HOSPITAL, BLUE ISLAND
April 2, 2008

The closing of St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island is a great loss with far reaching consequences. St. Francis Hospital has been a place where generations of people in the south suburbs have gone for dependable health care along with Catholic pastoral care, which means a holistic approach to treating both body and soul. These services will now be sorely missed.

I am deeply grateful to SSM Health Care for their efforts to keep St. Francis Hospital open, but I can appreciate the financial losses that have necessitated this decision to close. The demise of St. Francis Hospital should serve as a wake-up call for all who are truly concerned about health care. It should motivate our government officials to see the fragile state of many health care institutions, especially in areas that serve predominantly poor populations, and take remedial steps to prevent the further eroding of such services.


Archdiocese of Chicago

Statement from the Archdiocese of Chicago
March 25, 2008

On Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008, several adults interrupted the Easter Mass being celebrated in the auditorium at Holy Name Cathedral Parish. This is a profoundly disturbing action.

The celebration of the Holy Mass is, in Catholic faith, the action of Jesus Christ through His Church that changes bread and wine into Christ’s real Body and Blood. No one should be allowed or encouraged to use this sacred rite to voice protests or perform guerilla actions under any circumstances. It is a sacrilege that should be condemned by all people of faith and good will. Freedom to worship God should be inviolable.

Many children and adults were traumatized by the sudden sight of what appeared to be blood and by the screaming of several protesters who dropped to the floor. Church attendees were also hit by the red-staining stage blood. Several individuals have indicated that they and their children were affected very adversely by these actions on Easter Sunday.

On this occasion, a small group used their own political convictions and partisan views to manipulate a sacred Catholic religious service and violated the fundamental right of Catholics to practice their faith freely.

Special Issues


OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS SCHOOL FIRE
50th ANNIVERSARY OBSERVANCES

Our Lady of the Angels memorial stands in Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. The wings of the memorial contain the names and burial locations of the children who died in the fire.

Observances commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Our Lady of the Angels School fire that occurred on December 1, 1958, have been held. Read about these services, the sponsoring groups and the history surrounding this event by clicking on the links below.

Friends of OLA

Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Resolution Adopted by the City Council of the City of Chicago

Our Lady of the Angles School Fire History
Archdiocese of Chicago's Archives & Records Center


Cardinal George Leads the Way in Lourdes!
Celebrates Masses and Outdoor Processions with over 30,000 Pilgrims

2008 Archdiocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage - August 4-8
Cardinal George led a group of 190 people from the Chicago area on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France, celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Lourdes. During the weeklong pilgrimage, attended by over 30,000 people from around the world, Cardinal George celebrated Masses at the Grotto, in the underground Basilica of St. Pius X and in the town of Lourdes. He led a torchlight rosary procession, a Eucharistic procession and the Way of the Cross at sites in and around the Grotto. Lourdes photo gallery >>


Cardinal George ordained eight men to serve parishes of the Archdiocese of Chicago
as permanent deacons on May 25 at St. Cletus Parish in La Grange.

Full Diaconate Ordination Press Release >>


Cardinal George ordained 11 graduates of the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary to the
priesthood for the Archdiocese in ceremonies on May 17 at St. Juliana Church in Chicago. The newly ordained are:
Full Ordination Press Release >>
Details and Photos in the Catholic New World >>

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