Archdiocese of Chicago Provides Update on Five Renew My Church Clusters – Press Releases

The Archdiocese of Chicago announced an update on the Lakeview-Lincoln Park, St. Mary of the Woods/Queen of All Saints Basilica, Downtown (Chicago), West Burlington and Vernon-Liberty Renew My Church clusters, which include 16 parishes, 10 schools, an oratory and a sanctuary.

Over the past few months, the Renew My Church cluster feedback and discernment teams, made up of representatives from all parishes, have come together to review and discern their future parish and church structures. Based on their meetings and discussions with larger parish communities, they submitted their comments to the Archdiocesan Standards and Recommendations Commission, which includes representatives from across the archdiocese. The commission reviewed the comments and other documents and information, including demographics, financial summaries, and parish and group trends.

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, auxiliary bishops of the archdiocese and presbyteral council discussed the commission’s recommendations. Based on these discussions and prayerful reflection, the following decisions were made:

Lakeview-Lincoln Park Consolidation

The Lakeview-Lincoln Park Renew My Church Consortium includes the following parishes in Chicago:

  • St. Alphonse (Wellington Street)
  • Saint Clement
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Belmont Avenue)
  • Saint-Bonaventure Oratory
  • The National Shrine of Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini

The new structure will be:

  • The parishes of Saint-Alphonse, Saint-Clément and Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel will retain their current structure.
  • The three parochial schools, St. Alphonsus Academy & Center for the Arts, St. Clement School and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy, will retain their current structure.
  • The Cabrini sanctuary will retain its current structure.
  • A small group of community members will continue to discern the best future for St. Bonaventure’s Oratory and submit a proposal to the Archdiocese by Labor Day, with a decision expected in early October.
  • Soon, the western part of the Saint-Bonaventure property, which houses the offices of Vicariate II and the former Cardinal Bernardin school, will be put up for sale.

The Basilica of Sainte-Marie-des-Bois/Queen-of-All-Saints group

This grouping of St. Mary of the Woods / Queen of All Saints Basilica includes the following parishes in Chicago:

  • Saint Mary of the Woods
  • Basilica of the Queen of All Saints

The new structure will be:

  • The two parishes will remain in their current structure.
  • St. Mary of the Woods School and Queen of All Saint’s School will continue in their current structure.

The Downtown Group (Chicago)

The Centre-ville group includes the following parishes:

  • Cathedral of the Holy Name
  • Assumption (Illinois Street)
  • Old St. Mary’s
  • Old St. Patrick’s Day
  • Saint-Pierre in the loop
  • Scallops on Wabash

The new structure will be:

  • The six parishes of the Centre-ville group will remain in their current structure.
  • The former St. Mary’s School will retain its current structure.

West Burlington Cluster

The West Burlington cluster includes the following parishes:

  • Saint-Clet (LaGrange)
  • Saint Francis Xavier (LaGrange)
  • St. John of the Cross (Western Springs)

The new structure will be:

  • The three parishes of the West Burlington consolidation will retain their current structure.
  • St. Cletus School, St. Francis Xavier School and St. John of the Cross Parish School will retain their current structure.

Vernon-Liberty Renew My Church

The Vernon-Liberty group includes the following parishes:

  • St. Joseph (Libertyville)
  • St. Mary of Vernon (Indian Creek)

The new structure will be:

  • The two parishes will remain in their current structure.
  • St. Joseph’s Catholic School will retain its current structure.

About Renew My Church

Renew My Church is the Archdiocese of Chicago’s response to Christ’s call and our invitation to renewal. The Renew My Church process will transform the Archdiocese over the next few years by working with groups of parishes to determine how they will achieve the goal of having vibrant and life-giving communities of faith accessible to all Catholics. To learn more about Renew My Church, visit refreshmychurch.org.

Martha J. Finley