At St. Peter’s, A Renovation Points the Way Forward

Award-winning Lakeview project remakes a church while preserving its aesthetic

Episcopal parishes around the country face hard choices when the buildings erected by their forebears no longer meet the needs of the current congregation and require so much upkeep that the parish cannot afford to do anything else. But not every congregation emerges from this difficult situation on firm financial footing, with a renewed sense…


At St. Mary’s, an Invitation “For the Good of the City”

Parish property becomes community space

St. Mary’s, Crystal Lake sits on five bright green acres in the center of town, and in August 2020, Deacon Mike Choquette convened a conversation that led the congregation to consider whether it could do more with that lovely space than admire it. “We were talking about what it means to be community, and what…


In Closing, St. James, Griggsville Blesses Its Community

Remaining members allocate congregation's assets to community organizations

After almost 140 years of faithful ministry in Griggsville, St. James Episcopal Church held a bittersweet final service on October 23. The decision to close, made in the midst of the pandemic by the parish’s few remaining members, was motivated in part by the understanding that the congregation’s resources could be better spent addressing significant…


CREO Guides Latino Students on the Path to College

Ministry launched at St. Mark's prepares first-generation students, parents for the challenges ahead

There are more than 10,000 Hispanic or Latino high school students in DuPage County, and most of them would be the first members of their family to earn a college degree. CREO DuPage, a college preparation program that began as a ministry of St. Mark’s, Glen Ellyn, was established to give them a fighting chance….


A Thanksgiving Reflection from Bishop Chilton

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is “thank you,” it will be enough. — Meister Eckhart True joy is watching the sun rise and knowing who to thank.  — Anonymous On this Thanksgiving morning, I am reminded that a grateful spirit is a grace bestowed on us. It allows the…


Diocesan Convention was November 20

The 184th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Chicago took place on Saturday, November 20, 2021 via Zoom webinar. Watch a recording and learn more about the business of convention.