Welcome to Saint Mary Church

Located at the corner of Lake Street and Oak Avenue
In the Historic District of Evanston, Illinois
Established August 15, 1865
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Introducing Our New Priests

Father Jean Philippe Lokpo
Pastor, Saint Nicholas-Saint Mary
Fr. Jean Philippe, born in Togo (West Africa), was ordained a priest on December 18, 2012, after studying theology at Catholic Theological Union. He served in the Comboni Missionaries Province of South Africa from 2011 to 2019. He then did a Spiritual Renewal course in Rome and was assigned to the North American Province in 2021. Fr. Jean Philippe speaks English, French, Italian and a South African language.
Father José Manuel Ortiz
Associate Pastor, Saint Nicholas-Saint Mary

Father José Ortiz, born in Cardenas in the Diocese of Tabasco (Mexico), was ordained a priest on August 21, 1999. He also studied theology at the Catholic Theological Union in

Chicago. He served in Mexico (1999-2005) in the Province of Central America (2006-2015), Mexico (2015-2019), Sabbatical in Rome (219-2020). He was assigned to the North American Province from July 1, 2021. He speaks English, Spanish, and Italian.

Who are the Comboni Missionaries?

Father Lokpo and Father Ortiz
are members of the Comboni Missionaries.


The Comboni Missionaries are an international Catholic organization dedicated to ministering to the world’s poorest and most abandoned people, often working in unstable political climates, in the midst of extreme poverty. In the North American Province (NAP), we minister to minority communities in various dioceses, while also supporting our overseas missions. Learn more at www.ComboniMissionaries.org.




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Renew My Church Decisions: A Vision for Our Future

January 29, Bishop Bartosic, the bishop for our vicariate, made the formal announcement of the Cardinal’s decisions.
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