FOSTERING MISSION VITALITY; INSPIRING DISCIPLESHIP
WE WILL MAKE THE MISSION OF CHRIST OUR OWN—FOR OUR TIME.
Archbishop Cupich is calling every Chicagoland Catholic to join him in a multi-year initiative to revitalize our church in the Archdiocese and ensure its growth for generations to come. Together through Renew My Church, we will create vital, vibrant, life-giving, Catholic communities across the Archdiocese. We will inspire disciples to accompany all members of our family of faith to seize this moment.
Visit the Archdiocese's website for a complete list of resources and to learn more about this effort.
What is Renew My Church?
Please read the Renew My Church Pentecost Update for a helpful overview of the Renew My Church initiative and what it means for the church in Chicago.
All parishes across the Archdiocese will be part of "groupings" for pastoral planning. Within a grouping, parishes will come together to collaborate, gather information, and evaluate options for the pastoral needs of all within the grouping.
There will be a structured and facilitated process in which each groupings will participate. A small number of groupings will begin this process as "pilots" beginning in January of 2017. All groupings will be sequenced into the planning process over the course of the next 3-4 years. This sequence is not yet determined.
Right now, all groupings have been asked to build and strengthen relationships across the parishes and schools within their grouping. Additionally, everyone in the diocese is invited to pray for wisdom, discernment, and courage as we begin this pastoral planning through Renew My Church.
Please read Cardinal Cupich's letter to parishioners about the groupings, which was read at all Masses across the Archdiocese the weekend of January 21-22, 2017.
Our grouping consists of:
- St. Alphonsus—Chicago (parish and school)
- St. Bonaventure Oratory
- Cabrini Shrine
- Cardinal Bernadrin ECC
- St. Clement (parish and school)
- St. Josaphat (parish and school)
- Our Lady of Mount Carmel—Chicago (parish and school)
Renewal Has Always Been Our Call
The Archdiocesan has changed in significant ways over the past several decades. Demographics have shifted dramatically, some buildings are in despair and we have fewer priests to pastor. Yet, at the same time there is new life as immigrants continue to make Chicagoland their home; as we ordain enthusiastic and energetic new priests; and as we live in the historic time when Pope Francis is leading us to live in the joy of the Gospel.
Thus, we should not be afraid to face our challenges, but embrace them to see this moment as a graced opportunity to chart new ways to live our our mission more fully.
We Are Called to Make All Things New In Christ
Christ called St. Francis of Assisi to "Rebuild My Church." As we are reminded by the image of the San Damiano Cross, Christ called Francis to, "Go, rebuild my church."
Francis came to understand that Christ was calling him to renew the church and not just rebuild a structure. That is the task before us.
Pope Francis has called us to dream big for the church. "I dream of a 'missionary option,' that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything so that the church's customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today's world rather than for her self-preservation."
Archbishop Cupich is calling us to renew the church in Chicago. "Just as our ancestors responded in faith to their dreams and built the church we have today, it is our time to dream big and to take up this work."