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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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Statement of Cardinal Cupich on the death of Pope Benedict XVI

Today we join Pope Francis and Catholics across the world in mourning the death of Pope Benedict XVI who has gone home to the God he served faithfully.

Throughout his life as a scholar and as a churchman, he showed us what it means to fulfill the ancient command to love God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. As the last pope who attended the Second Vatican Council, he has served as a bridge to the future, reminding us all that the reform and renewal of the Church is ongoing. Resigning in 2013, the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI taught us that belief in God means completely placing our trust in Divine Providence. Today we pray as Pope Francis did earlier this year, “May St. Joseph help us to live the mystery of death in the best possible way. For a Christian, the good death is an experience of the mercy of God, who comes close to us even in that last moment of our life.”

Lord, let your perpetual light shine on your servant Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI, and may he rest in peace. 

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.




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

Growing Together in Faith

Parent Formation for Infant Baptism
Religious Education Program
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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