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  1. St. Theresa Parish - Celebrating 75 Years with Parish Transformation

    By Parish Transformation Team | Tuesday, October 18, 2016

    2016 is a special milestone for St. Theresa Parish in Palatine as it celebrates its 75th anniversary.  In line with this celebration,  Rev. Timothy Fairman, pastor of St. Theresa, along with a group of dedicated volunteers,  decided to avail of the Parish Transformation experience  offered by the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Fr. Tim who has been pastor of St. Theresa for three years has already participated in this Parish Transformation program with his prior parish and found the process extremely helpful not only for the pastor, but also for the whole parish, to have an action plan in place to help the parish flourish.

  2. St. Gall Parish – Transforming the World into the Kingdom of God

    By Parish Transformation Team | Thursday, September 22, 2016

    Steeped in rich history, St Gall Parish traces its roots back in the 1840’s when German farmers settled in what is now known as Gage Park.  Chicago Archbishop Feehan accepted the suggestion of one of the 132 original parishioners, to name the newest parish in the Chicago southwest side, St. Gall, Father Michael J. Sullivan was appointed as its first pastor in May 1899.   

  3. St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church: Cultural Diversity United in Catholic Identity

    By Parish Transformation Team | Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    Located in Chicago’s historic Chinatown, St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church is testimony of cultural diversity united in Catholic identity. In 1904, Italian Americans on Chicago’s near South Side built the Church of Santa Maria Incoronata in the neighborhood now known as Chinatown.  By around 1910, Chinese immigrants started to move into the predominantly Italian American neighborhood.  With more Christian Chinese Americans settling in, the St. Therese Chinese Mission was founded. By the 1960s, the Chinese Christians exceeded in number the Italian Americans in the neighborhood.  With the changing demographics, the Church of Santa Maria Incoronata became the new home of the St Therese Chinese Mission.  Over time, the parish became more ethnically diverse, with Indonesians and other Asians joining the parish.

  4. When Two Parishes Become One – A Journey of Transformation

    By Parish Transformation Team | Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    “We need to be there for each other, just as our patron saints Mary and Joseph were when they were called by God.”

  5. Parish Transformation helps parish, neighborhood in transition

    By Parish Transformation Team | Wednesday, March 23, 2016

    Chicago’s St. Sylvester Parish is part of a community in transition, as gentrification in the Logan Square neighborhood continues to intensify.

  6. Parish flourishing after Parish Transformation

    By Parish Transformation Team | Monday, December 21, 2015

    Chicago's St. Ita Parish is growing again, thanks to Parish Transformation.

  7. Parish Transformation opens doors, inspires gifts at Our Lady of Tepeyac

    By Parish Transformation Team | Wednesday, October 14, 2015

    The results of Our Lady of Tepeyac’s Parish Transformation process have been both tangible and spiritual — in one instance, at the same time.

  8. Warming up a parish through Parish Transformation

    By Parish Transformation Team | Thursday, July 23, 2015

    Parishioners at Chicago’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel are hoping Parish Transformation will help “warm up” their community.

  9. Divine Infant Jesus Parish sees Parish Transformation in action

    By Parish Transformation Team | Friday, June 19, 2015

    Nearly 200 Divine Infant Jesus parishioners saw Parish Transformation in action earlier this month when they participated in the Westchester parish’s first Corpus Christi procession in more than 20 years.

  10. Making a strong parish stronger through Parish Transformation

    By Parish Transformation Team | Monday, May 18, 2015

    Only six months after completing the first stage of Parish Transformation, Our Lady of the Woods in Orland Park is making the initiative’s results a reality.

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