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Cardinal George to Celebrate Special Ten-Year Anniversary Mass for Office for Racial Justice

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice, established in July of 2000, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a special Mass at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 19, at Cardinal Meyer Center, 3525 South Lake Park Avenue in Chicago. Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant.

The core mission of the Office for Racial Justice is to address the sin of racism by providing parishes and schools with the tools to initiate and enhance their efforts to combat racism. Established by Cardinal George, the Office is a direct outgrowth from the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Uniting for Racial Justice Task Force as a response to the beating of Lenard Clark in 1997. Sister Anita Baird, DHM, is the founding director of the Office for Racial Justice.

The Office has consistently worked to transform the Archdiocese into an “anti-racist” organization through anti-racism training workshops for all archdiocesan employees and through its Workshops on Racism and Ethnic Sensitivity in more than 300 parishes. Approximately 7,000 individuals have participated in the Workshops on Racism and Ethnic Sensitivity since their inception.

The anti-racism workshops serve as a vehicle in shaping awareness of systemic racism and provide an analysis of the specific barriers to change. The workshop training explores opportunities for long-term educational and organizing efforts in the Archdiocese for dismantling racism in its schools, parishes and organizations.

More information about The Office for Racial Justice, its workshops and additional resources can be found on the Dwell in My Love anti-racism website,, named after the Pastoral Letter on Racism by Cardinal George. Racial Justice, Building an Anti-Racism Free Catholic Church in Chicago is also on Facebook.

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