- Sep 19, 2020
Father Augustus Tolton, who in 1886 became the first identified Black priest ordained for the United States, challenged the status quo to bring about social change.
Amid a surge in gun violence and protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, the nation’s third-largest city is on edge, awaiting possible greater tension in the form of a plan by President Donald Trump to dispatch dozens of federal agents to Chicago.
In the spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Chicago pastors led hundreds peacefully through their community June 12 calling for racial justice and unity before ending at the site where Rev. King once lived.
For years, some parishes in the Chicago Archdiocese have maintained gardens whose produce was donated to local food pantries. With the rise in food insecurity during COVID-19 sending more people to food pantries than before, those ministries have taken on a new importance.
John “Jay” Surufka knows a lot about growing things because he has been doing it for 90 years. The 97-year-old World War II Army veteran said that’s what his family did when he was growing up in Harvey, a suburb south of Chicago.
Father Mike Zaniolo has two suggestions for priestly ministry at an airport: “Be merciful and quick.”