Chicago, Ill., Mar 11, 2021 / 19:01 pm
The Archdiocese of Chicago announced this week the development of several new parish groupings as part of the “Renew My Church” plan.
The archdiocese announced the decision March 9 and 10. The plan is to combine 13 parishes into five clusters, which will minister to regions south of Chicago.
On Tuesday, the archdiocese said the parishes St. Benedict, St. Walter, and St. Peter Claver Mission will join together under a new parish name and be pastored by Monsignor Dennis Lyle. The schools of St. Walter and St. Benedict will be combined for the next school year, but carry out education on the two campuses.
The archdiocese also stated that St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr parish will join the St. Christopher and St. Damian grouping, which takes place at the St. Donatus Parish, and is pastored by Fr. Diego Cadavid.
On the following day, the archdiocese said parishes St. Ann, St. James, and St. John will unite to form a new parish with two worship sites. Fr. Mark Kalema will be the new parish cluster’s pastor.
The statement said that St. Agnes, St. Kieran, and St. Paul will unite under a new parish name and be pastored by Fr. Gary Graf, currently pastor of San Jose Sanchez del Rio Parish. St. Irenaeus and St. Lawrence O’Toole will continue discernment and discussion with a parish cluster in Cook County.
The new parish names will be discerned by the local community and three to five options will be submitted to Blase Cardinal Cupichof Chicago.
Over the past several months, representatives from each of the parishes and schools have met to review and discuss the future of local parishes, schools, and church structures. These “feedback and discernment teams” then submit a report to the Archdiocesan Standards and Recommendations Commission.