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

The Archdiocese of Chicago today announced an update on the Evanston Renew My Church grouping.

Over the past several months, the Evanston Cluster Feedback and Discernment Team, made up of representatives from each parish, has met to review and discern future parish, school 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 feedback reports and other documents and information, including demographics, financial summaries, and parish and cluster 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:

The Evanston Renew My Church Consortium includes the following parishes and schools, all in Evanston:

  • Saint-Athanase Parish and School
  • St. Joan of Arc Parish
  • The Academy of Saint Joan of Arc
  • St. Mary Parish
  • St. Nicholas Parish
  • Pope John XXIII School
  • Northwestern University Sheil Catholic Center

The new structure will be:

  • Saint Athanase and Saint Joan of Arc will unite into a single parish with two places of worship, a pastor and a pastoral team, starting July 1, 2022.
    • Both churches will continue to host regular Masses and the pastor will determine the Mass schedule in consultation with parish leaders.
    • Saint Athanasius will serve as the parish church where the sacramental records of the united parish will be kept.
    • The local community will discern possibilities for the new permanent name of the united parish, within the guidelines provided by the archdiocese. Both churches will retain their names.
    • Reverend Kenneth Anderson will serve as the United Parish Pastor.
    • The viability of pursuing two church sites in the United Parish will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as part of the regular review process between parish leaders and the Episcopal Vicar and his team.
    • St. Athanasius School will be the parish school.
    • The Academy of Saint Joan of Arc will remain in its current structure as a tenant of the Saint Joan of Arc campus with its own board of directors, independent of the parish.
  • Sainte-Marie and Saint-Nicolas will unite into a single parish with two places of worship, a pastor and a pastoral team, starting July 1, 2022.
    • Both churches will continue to host regular Masses and the pastor will determine the Mass schedule in consultation with parish leaders.
    • St. Nicholas will serve as the parish church where the sacramental records of the united parish will be kept.
    • The local community will discern possibilities for the new permanent name of the united parish, within the guidelines provided by the archdiocese. Both churches will retain their names.
    • The Chicago Archdiocese Priest Placement Council will continue its discernment to recommend a pastor for the newly unified parish and will share more information as it becomes available.
    • The viability of pursuing two church sites in the United Parish will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as part of the regular review process between parish leaders and the Episcopal Vicar and his team.
    • The Pope John XXIII school will be the parish school.
  • The Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University will not undergo any structural changes.

Next steps

The Archdiocese and current parish priests, along with the Archdiocesan Renew My Church support team, will work with local leaders to ensure united faith communities and staff are supported during this time. of change. All parishes will undertake the next phase of renewal to become stronger, more sustainable, and able to reach more people in their work to make disciples of Jesus Christ, build communities, and inspire testimony.