The Archdiocese of Chicago
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States. The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place. This purpose is drawn from the universal law of the Church and applies to the episcopal conferences which are established all over the world for the same purpose.
Protection of Children and Youth
The Office of the Protection of Children and Youth’s (OPCY) mission is to respond to victim-survivors who report sexual abuse by assisting them in the process of healing and reporting allegations, and ensure the Archdiocese is providing services to prevent future instances of sexual abuse.
The process victims-survivors of abuse take to heal from clerical abuse is extremely important to us, which is why our office connects them with the appropriate people and/or organizations to receive the help they need. In addition, we offer outreach programs for victims-survivors, in hopes that they’ll feel comfortable sharing an allegation and recover properly.
OPCY strives to support victims-survivors of clergy sexual abuse with the resources and support they need to begin or continue to their healing journey. This includes therapy, healing masses, peace circles and opportunities to connect with other survivors.
It’s never too late to report an instance of abuse, and all victims-survivors have the right to report an allegation to the authorities, but are also welcome to work with our office. If you are seeking referrals for counseling, spiritual direction, self-help groups, educational information, or more, please call 312.534.8267.
Catholic Charities sees the face of God in those in need. By providing food, clothing, shelter and counseling, they bring hope to the hopeless in the city of Chicago and its suburbs.
Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, they have expanded in size to reach more than 130 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents. For over 75 years, thier mission has been to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person.
Greater Chicago Food Depository
The Greater Chicago Food Depository is Chicago’s food bank, providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository is part of a united community effort working to bring food, dignity and hope to our Cook County neighbors. GCFD acts as the hub for a network of more than 700 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other programs. These programs provide food where it’s most needed. GCFD also addresses the root causes of hunger. Public benefits outreach and job training programs offer a hand up for our neighbors to overcome poverty.
Chicago Homeless Shelter Directory
The Big Shoulders Fund
Inspired by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, the Big Shoulders Fund was founded by a group of business and civic leaders in 1986 to provide support to Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago.
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