News and Events


  • Archdiocesan Celebration of Consecrated Life:  January 19,2018
  • Cardinal’s Meeting with Leadership of Religious Men and Women:  April 23, 2019
  • Archdiocesan Celebration of Religious Jubilees:  June 22, 2018



11-13: Envisioning the Future of Catholic Religious Archives: A Working Conference
Boston College:
For further information, contact Michael Burns:

14-20: Franciscan Retreat (open to all): Spread Great Tablecloths: Hospitality as an Evangelical Option
The Portiuncula Center for Prayer (Frankfort, IL):

16-24: Life Commitment Program (for those discerning or preparing for perpetual profession of vows)
Marillac Center (Leavenworth, KS):
20-23: Religious Brothers Conference Assembly
Bolger Center (Potomac, MD):
21: Single Catholic Women 17-35 Liturgy and Luncheon for Vocational Discernment 
Little Sisters of the Poor (2325 N. Lakewood, Chicago):


1-5: Silent Directed Retreat: Shape of Soul, Movement of Heart
The Portiuncula Center for Prayer (Frankfort, IL):

2: Lectio Divina through Current Writers with Linda Clewell, Oblate of St. Benedict
Book for Lectio: The Joy of Love, Pope Francis
What does a pope know about marriage and family life? Carefully read Pope Francis’ pastoral teaching which resonates with a spirit of mercy and compassion. Share your insights with others. Register early to receive reflection questions. Fee: $15

6: Knit One, Pray Too! with Karen Brooke, Ann Green & Anne Johnson
Seasoned knitters and novices are invited to bring their projects for a day of needlework, sharing and praying while enjoying the seasonal serenity of The Prairie. Fee: $20

7: Come to the Quiet: Praying in Nature with Pat Shea
Praying in nature can inspire us in new ways to recognize and become one with the indwelling Divine Word of creation. Fee: $20

10-12: The Three Paths Retreat with Norma Roberts
Chiara Center (Springfield, IL):

11: Messages of Fatima with Fr. Jim Presta at St. Catherine Laboure Parish (Glenview)
8:00am–1:00pm includes Mass, Rosary, Presentation, Exposition and Benediction

18: Anniversary of Shrine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at St. Catherine Laboure Parish (Glenview)
11:00am Mass followed by neighborhood procession

20: The Bible's 'Sgt. Joe Friday': How Mark’s Gospel Portrays Jesus with Rev. Bob Miller with Mark Nemo
Focus on Jesus presented in Mark’s Gospel, unpacking the 'wonder-working' Son of God, who calls us to become his disciples! Fee: $30

26: 8th Annual Spirit of the Prairie
3:00pm – 6:00pm
A spirit-filled afternoon at The Prairie: Summer Buffet ~ Spirits ~ Music ~ Art. Locally produced food, wines and beer. Local artists creating their work on-site. Music provided by quad city favorites - the Barley House Band. Go to for more info and fee. (Proceeds benefit OLPR Programs)

29: CAVA Opening Gathering  



13: In Our Own Words: Religious Life in a Changing World
Catholic Theological Union (7pm)
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15: Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: Responding with Love, Mercy, and Justice
Catholic Theological Union (8:15am-1:00pm)
For more information, contact Sr. Dorothy Pagosa, SSJ-TOSF:


5-12: Silent Directed Retreat: Shape of Soul, Movement of Heart
The Portiuncula Center for Prayer (Frankfort, IL):

Touched by the Holy Conference Retreat with Sr. Clare D’Auria, OFM
Chiara Center (Springfield, IL):

12-14: Orientation to Formation at Catholic Theological Union (Chicago, IL): (for those preparing for, currently serving, and/or overseeing the formation process)

25-26: Duns Scotus Symposium: Lifelong Formation for Franciscan Men in the U.S.
Catholic Theological Union (Chicago):

25-27: A Culture of Encounter: Mission at the Heart of Our Faith in Christ (Quincy, MA)

28-11/2: Fall Directed Retreat
Chiara Center (Springfield, IL):