Archdiocese of Chicago to consolidate 13 churches and 5 schools in 2021
The consolidations are part of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Renew My Church plan that will determine the future of 344 Chicago-area parishes.
The Archdiocese of Chicago announced Friday another round of church and school consolidations because of declining attendance, rising financial costs and the decreasing number of priests.
Thirteen churches and five schools in Rogers Park, Edgewater, Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Avondale and Old Irving Park will be affected.
These consolidations are part of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Renew My Church plan that will determine the future of 344 parishes across the Chicago area. More closures are expected to come.
The decision comes after several months of “feedback and discernment” by teams made up of representatives from each parish and school.
In Rogers Park and Edgewater, St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 6559 N. Glenwood Ave., will close and be divided between the St. Gertrude parish and St. Jerome parish. Both will be able to keep their names.
In Jefferson Park, St. Constance Catholic Church, 5843 W. Strong St., and St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Parish, 4646 N. Austin Ave., will unite as a new parish with two Sunday worship centers.
On the Northwest Side, St. Bartholomew Church, Our Lady of Victory and St. Pascal Catholic Church will come together for two Sunday services at either St. Bartholomew Church, 3601 N. Lavergne Ave., or at St. Pascal, 3935 N. Melvina. Our Lady of Victory will close next year.
In Old Irving and Avondale, St. Viator Catholic Church, 4170 W. Addison St., and St. Wenceslaus Roman Catholic Church, 3400 N. Monticello Ave., will become a new parish with two worship sites.
Holy Trinity Polish Catholic Church, 118 N. Noble St.; St. John Cantius Church, 825 N. Carpenter St.; and St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, 1351 W. Evergreen Ave. will have only minimal administrative changes.
Most of the changes announced Friday are expected to happen by July 1, 2021.
Five of the schools will either be grouped together or administratively governed by the archdiocese rather than a single parish.
Visit renewmychurch.org to see how other churches and schools will be grouped.
Editor’s note: The story has been corrected to reflect the accurate location for several churches and to note that Our Lady of Victory will close next year.