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We have a new Bishop!


Portrait of Archbishop Blase J. CupichArchbishop Cupich

Chicago, IL (September 20, 2014) –  His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed the Bishop of Spokane, Washington, Most Reverend Blase J. Cupich, as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago,  the Vatican announced today.  Archbishop Cupich will be installed as Archbishop of Chicago on November 18, 2014, at Holy Name Cathedral.

Francis Cardinal George, OMI, retains the office of Archbishop until November 18, until Archbishop Cupich is installed.

Archbishop Cupich said, “The Holy Father’s appointment of me to Chicago humbles but also encourages me.  I am grateful to God for giving me this blessed opportunity to be his servant in this great city and this great local Church.  As Pope Francis began his new pastoral ministry in Rome by asking the people to pray for him, so too now I bow my head in the hope that everyone in Chicago will pray for me in the days ahead.”

Cardinal George remarked, “I am deeply grateful to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for appointing Bishop Blase Cupich as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago.  Bishop Cupich is well prepared for his new responsibilities and brings to them a deep faith, a quick intelligence, personal commitment and varied pastoral experiences.”

Archbishop Cupich was born on March 19, 1949, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Blase and Mary (Mayhan) Cupich.  He is one of nine children, five sisters and three brothers.

Archbishop Cupich was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Omaha on August 16, 1975, and was ordained and installed as Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, on September 21, 1998.  He was officially installed as Bishop of Spokane on September 3, 2010.

Archbishop Cupich obtained his B.A. in Philosophy from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1971.  He attended seminary at the North American College and Gregorian University in Rome where he received his Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology in 1974, and his M.A. in Theology in 1975.  Archbishop Cupich is a graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he received his License of Sacred Theology in 1979.  He also holds a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree in Sacramental Theology from the Catholic University of America awarded in 1987, with his dissertation entitled: ADVENT IN THE ROMAN TRADITION: An Examination and Comparison of the Lectionary Readings as Hermeneutical Units in Three Periods.

Additionally, Archbishop Cupich was the Secretary at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C.  He was pastor of two parishes in Omaha, Nebraska and also served as the Chair for the USCCB Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People from 2008 until 2011.

The St. Kieran Women’s Club has announced their 2014-2015 monthly Book Discussion reading list.

Looking for suggestions for reading?


Sep. 9, 2014 “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain
And “Clara andMr. Tiffany” by Susan Vreeland
Oct. 14, 2014 “Driftless” by David Rhodes
Nov. 11, 2014 “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline
Dec. 9, 2014 “Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening” by Carol Wall
Jan. 13, 2015 “The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin
Feb. 10, 2015 “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” by Mary Roach
March 10, 2015 “The Longest Road” by Philip Caputo
April14, 2015 “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce
May 12, 2015 “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd
June 2, 2015 “The Light Between Oceans” by ML Steadman

St. Kieran Subsidy Payments For Education

St. Kieran is prepared to offer subsidy payments for families of the parish who wish to have their
children attend  a Catholic school within the Archdiocese of Chicago.


Subsidy payments are equal to the difference between non-parishioner and parishioner tuition costs at the school of your choice.

To qualify for these subsidy payments, you must be an active parishioner of St. Kieran Catholic Church, which means you must,

(1) Attend Mass on a regular basis,

(2) Support the parish through your stewardship of time, talent and treasure

Subsidies are paid directly to the school of your choice.


St. Kieran needs the following documentation:

(1) Copy of the completed registration form from the school,

(2) Copy of your tuition statement indicating annual payment required,

(3) Copy of the school tuition schedule showing difference between parishioner and non-parishioner status.


If you would like further information on this opportunity, please call the Rectory Office and talk to Sandy Vasek

Market Day Products available at GFS

Beginning this month, over 90 Market Day© products will be available at many GFS Marketplace stores, including Olympia Fields and Orland Park. The St. Kieran Religious Education department will earn 5% profit on Market Day© items and 1% profit on any other GFS Marketplace items. Be certain to tell the cashier you want your purchases credited to St. Kieran!

Summer Catholic Academy

Thank you all who participated, it has been a great year, we are looking forward to 2015!!


Where Summer fun is all about learning and growing! The Summer Catholic Academy is open to all children ages 3-5 in the Early Childhood program and children ages 6-12 in the Youth program. The Academy offers a 9-week session from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. beginning Monday, through Friday. Read the rest of this page »


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