Renew My Church Underway in Archdiocese of Chicago
The Renew My Church (RMC) initiative has been underway for about two years now in the Archdiocese of Chicago. It is meant to help evangelize and help share the faith among people in a more deliberate way and to guide us into the future as a people of hope. It also aims to address the declining number of priests, which is projected to drop from 770 to 240 diocesan priests by 2030, as well as religious men and women who are available to serve our archdiocese.
After much consultation with representatives from all 344 parishes, the archdiocese has been divided into an initial 97 groupings of parishes based on geographic and ministerial considerations. In the River Forest-Oak Park area, our local grouping consists of:
- Ascension, Oak Park
- St. Bernardine, Forest Park
- St. Catherine-St. Lucy, Oak Park
- St. Edmund, Oak Park
- St. Giles, Oak Park
- St. Luke, River Forest
- St. Vincent Ferrer, River Forest
These seven parishes cover a large geographic area, so we expect that sub-groupings will be formed for closer, more practical collaboration (see sidebar at right).
From various communications, we know that Renew My Parish is working towards a more vibrant Church here in our archdiocese. Cardinal Blase Cupich has said from the beginning that this process will inevitably include sacrifices by everyone in the archdiocese, including some church closings, combined churches into new parish structures, shared ministries, and letting go of our status quo way of thinking.
"This will take stepping out of our comfort zone, our patterns of behavior that have become familiar and comforting; letting go of our particular designs, so that a greater good can flourish and so that the work is most evidently the work of God and not the work our hands."
- Cardinal Cupich