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An Update from The Archdiocese

Dear Parishioners of St. Agnes, St. Ann, St. Irenaeus, St. James, St. John, St. Kieran, St. Lawrence
O’Toole, and St. Paul,


First, please know of my prayers for you as we begin the new calendar year.
As Cardinal Cupich’s Liaison for Renew My Church, I lead the Renew My Church (RMC) Executive
Committee who reviews each grouping. The other members of the RMC Executive Committee are
your regional vicar Bishop Joseph Perry, our Vicar General Bishop Robert Casey, as well as the
archdiocese’s Chief Operating Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, and Superintendent of Catholic
Schools. We have the great joy of meeting with each grouping to have a live discussion about the
feedback emerging from your discernment.

On behalf of the RMC Executive Committee, please accept our gratitude for the hard work your
Grouping Feedback & Discernment Team (GFDT) has done over the recent months. We had a rich
conversation with members of the GFDT on December 17 th about the feedback report submitted for
your grouping. Your GFDT should be commended for their excellent discernment and feedback.
In our Executive Committee discernment following your GFDT’s feedback, we feel strongly we need
more time to follow up on some questions and concerns that remain before confirming a
recommendation for Cardinal Cupich to consider. This means there will not be a decision this
month about your grouping’s parish structure. We expect to be able to bring Cardinal Cupich
a recommendation that allows him to make a decision in early March. We want to ensure the
recommendation that goes to Cardinal Cupich will honor the feedback from your grouping and best
serve the future needs of the local Church in your area.

We know the Lord remains with us, and we will be strengthened by keeping each other in prayer.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Jason Malave
Cardinal’s Liaison for Renew My Church

Una actualización de la Arquidiócesis

Estimados feligreses de St. Agnes, St. Ann, St. Irenaeus, St. James, St. John, St. Kieran, St.
Lawrence O’Toole, y St. Paul,


Antes de todo, mis oraciones están con ustedes al comenzar el año nuevo.
Como representante del cardenal Cupich para Renueva Mi Iglesia, dirijo el Comité Ejecutivo de
Renueva Mi Iglesia (RMC) que revisa cada agrupación. Los otros miembros del Comité Ejecutivo
RMC son su vicario regional, el obispo Joseph Perry, nuestro Vicario General, el obispo Robert
Casey, así como el Jefe de Operaciones de la Arquidiócesis, el Jefe de Estrategia y el
Superintendente de Escuelas Católicas. Tenemos el gran gusto de reunirnos con cada grupo para
tener una discusión en vivo sobre la retroalimentación que surge de su discernimiento.
En nombre del Comité Ejecutivo de la RMC, por favor acepten nuestra gratitud por el tremendo
trabajo que su Equipo de Retroalimentación y Discernimiento (GFDT) ha hecho en los últimos
meses. Tuvimos una buena conversación con los miembros del GFDT el 17 de diciembre sobre el
informe de retroalimentación presentado para su agrupación. Su GFDT debe ser felicitado por su
tremendo trabajo de discernimiento y retroalimentación.


En el discernimiento de nuestro Comité Ejecutivo, tras los comentarios de su GFDT, sentimos
firmemente que necesitamos más tiempo para hacer un seguimiento de algunas preguntas y
preocupaciones que permanecen antes de confirmar una recomendación para que el Cardenal
Cupich la considere. Esto significa que no habrá una decisión este mes sobre la estructura de
la parroquia de su grupo. Esperamos poder traer al Cardenal Cupich una recomendación que
le permita tomar una decisión a principios de marzo. Queremos asegurar que la recomendación
que vaya al Cardenal Cupich honrará la opinión de su grupo y servirá mejor a las futuras
necesidades de la Iglesia local en su área.


Sabemos que el Señor permanece con nosotros, y nos fortaleceremos manteniéndonos en la
oración.


Atentamente en Cristo,
Rev. Jason Malave
Enlace del cardenal para la Renueva de Mi Iglesia

Overview

Renew My Church is a faithful response to Christ’s call to renew His Church in the Archdiocese of Chicago; it is a journey that is both spiritual (to re-encounter Jesus Christ as disciples and parish communities) and structural (to ensure our parishes have adequate resources for vitality).

Through Renew My Church initiatives, the Archdiocese will re-commit our local Church to our gospel commission to make disciples, build vital communities of faith and inspire witness to bring the light and hope of Christ to a world in need. These mission imperatives guide all that we do in and through the spiritual and structural efforts of renewal.

One initiative of Renew My Church is focused on increasing the vitality of local communities. Cardinal Cupich has asked our parish to come together with the other parishes in our grouping to start a process of reflection, discernment, and planning to consider how we can collaborate and combine resources so that we are better equipped to bring Jesus Christ to the world today.

Our journey from now through December will entail collaborating with our neighbors to:

  • Assess the current situation in our community,
  • Understand the criteria and principles for our planning efforts,
  • Discuss possible scenarios for how our grouping’s parishes and schools could be structured in the future, and
  • Compile our feedback to share with Archdiocesan leadership and Cardinal Cupich.

Let us hold each other and the other parish and school communities in our grouping in prayer as we enter this time of rededication to our faith in Jesus Christ and planning for the future.

As always, for more information, visit RenewMyChurch.org.

Our Grouping Process Timeline

Creating vibrant parishes requires that we evaluate the business structures (how we operate), buildings, facilities, and financial requirements of existing parishes to assess where we can more prudently apply our resources to support and strengthen key ministry leadership roles, programs and activities. Ultimately, we must be good stewards of the gifts we have today to ensure they’re able to support the faith lives of Catholics both today and in the future.

To that end, the Grouping Feedback & Discernment Team (Lorena Bravo, John Dee, Ann Hurley, Matt Lungaro, Odessa Simich, and priests of St. Agnes) will meet from now through the Fall to discuss and prayerfully discern the ministerial and operational strengths and challenges of the parishes and schools within our particular grouping (St. Agnes along with St. Ann-Lansing, St. John-Glenwood, St. Lawrence O’Toole, St. Irenaeus, St. James-Sauk Village, St. Kieran and St. Paul). Eventually the team will provide feedback and information about its grouping for archdiocesan leadership to review and present recommendations to Cardinal Cupich so he can make final decisions regarding potential changes to school and parish structures.

Along the way, there will be opportunities for everyone in our own parish to learn about the details of those conversations, ask questions, and share their own points of view on the strengths and concerns of any potential changes.