The Archdiocese of Chicago serves around 2.2 million Catholics in Cook and Lake Counties in Northeastern Illinois, a geographic area of 1,411 square miles. The Archdiocese is divided into six vicariates and 31 deaneries. Serving the Catholic population of 2,163,000 people (31% of Cook and Lake Counties).
With 290 Parishes, the Diocese is able to offer 1,561 mass options on the weekend in English, Spanish, Polish, and other languages, making the sacrament accessible for all.
Thousands of Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, Wedding vows, Funerals, and Ordinations take place within the beautiful walls of our old cathedrals and parishes each year.
We proudly support many Charities, Hospitals, and Cemeteries. Catholic Schools are also a huge part of the mission with 159 Archdiocese run schools enrolling thousands of students in elementary schools and secondary schools.
"Catholic schools are faith-based communities where belief in God is part of the everyday environment. Our schools have daily prayer, and students regularly attend Mass together. Inspirational words and images are present throughout our schools, as well as frequent reminders of Jesus’ message for all of us.
We know the importance of children experiencing religion firsthand. Their experiences give them a chance to understand the beliefs, purposes, issues and practices of Catholic faith without prejudice or pre-conceived notions. With a firm sense of their values and faith, children can boldy go out in to a world in need of help and make a difference.
Even though Catholic identity and faith formation play a critical role in our Catholic schools, nearly 15 percent of children who attend our schools are from non-Catholic families. The parents of these children value the academic excellence of a Catholic school education and the respect shown in our schools for beliefs, values and a higher sense of purpose. Catholic schools educate the whole child – academically, spiritually, physically and emotionally."
Our roots run deep, with many old historic Cathedrals, some dating back to the 19th century. People still coming together to pray, attend mass and to be apart of the community that has been in the Chicago area for decades.