“The churches in northeastern Illinois have a long history of joint action in response to community need,” said Father Thomas Baima, the cardinal’s vicar for ecumenical and interreligious affairs. “These are difficult times for our people. By coming together in unity to walk the way of Christ’s cross, our hope is that we will inspire all those we serve with the message that we are walking with them as they carry their crosses. I am confident that this small gesture of religious and civic leadership will bring some comfort and hope to northeastern Illinois.”
The Archdiocese of Chicago, the third largest in the United States, serves more than 2.2 million Catholics in 316 parishes in Cook and Lake counties, a geographic area of 1,411 square miles. The archdiocese has more than 15,000 employees in its systems and ministries, including Catholic Charities, the region’s largest nonprofit social service agency.