Welcome to St. John XXIII Parish

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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St. Nicholas Church & Campus
Job Opening: School Principal
Principal Opening at Pope John XXIII School – Our wonderful parish school is actively searching for a new principal.  We are a diverse, caring, Catholic school for the St. John XXIII of St. Mary and St. Nicholas Parish Community, within the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Our school has an enrollment of approximately 260 students.   If you or someone you know is interested in seeking a principal position in a PreK- 8th grade school please see the job description and application through the Applitrack website. 
For questions, please contact Fr.  Jean-Philippe at  kklokpo@archchicago.org or Erin Claydon at emurphyclaydon@gmail.com.   Thank You! 
Job Description [At Applitrack]

Renew My Church Decisions:

A Vision for Our Future

January 29, 2022, Bishop Bartosic, the bishop for our vicariate, made the formal announcement of the Cardinal’s decisions.
Read the Cardinal’s Decision
For St. Mary & St. Nicholas [Decree]
Read Statement from Evanston Pastors [Statement]
Our Next Steps
The Unification Phase
2022 – 2023
Renaming the new Parish
Aug 2022-Oct 2022

Installation Mass – Sunday, September 25

Bishop Mark Bartosic Installed
Father Jean Philippe Lokpo as Pastor
Bishop Mark Bartosic celebrated the Installation Mass for Father Jean Phillipe Lokpo, Sunday, September 25, at the 10:15 a.m. Mass at St. Nicholas Church, followed by a reception.

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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Parent Formation for Infant Baptism
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Pope John XXIII Catholic School
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Saint Mary’s Black Catholics
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

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