Archdiocesan Facts & Figures

For the Year Ending 2015

Archdiocesan Overview

The Archdiocese of Chicago serves more than 2.2 million Catholics in Cook and Lake counties in Northeastern Illinois, a geographic area of 1,411 square miles. The Archdiocese is divided into six vicariates and 31 deaneries. This local church is pastored by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, assisted by six Episcopal Vicars, each responsible for a vicariate (region).

Catholic Population:

  • 2,228,000
  • Catholic Population as percentage of total population of Cook and Lake counties: 37%

Parishes:

  • Number of Parishes: 346 (As of 10/2016)
  • Baptisms: 29,380
  • First Communions: 25,816
  • Confirmations: 21,152
  • Weddings: 5,306
  • Funerals: 12,738

Scheduled Masses

  • Weekend Masses Scheduled in Parishes and Missions: 1,676
  • English: 1,256
  • Spanish: 275
  • Polish: 99
  • Other Languages: 46

Catholic Education:

Catholic School

  • Elementary schools: 193
  • Secondary schools: 36
  • Elementary school enrollment: 57,524
  • Secondary school enrollment: 21,936

Religious Education (2014 – 2015)

  • Enrollment in elementary school programs: 75,017
  • Enrollment in secondary school programs: 3,958

Seminary System

  • St. Joseph College Seminary
    Enrollment: 31
  • Mundelein Seminary
    Enrollment: 219
  • Bishop Abramowicz: 2
    Casa Jesús: 9

Catholic Colleges & Universities

  • 4 Catholic colleges and universities serving 47,000 students

Catholic Charities

  • 1 million people served
  • 15 types of services
  • 164 locations

Catholic Cemeteries

  • 46 Catholic cemeteries
  • 16,000 annual interments

Catholic Hospitals

  • 15 Catholic hospitals
  • 2.4 million people assisted annually

Diocesan Priests, Deacons, Women and Men Religious, and Lay Personnel in the Archdiocese

  • Diocesan Priests (including active and retired): 772
  • Religious Priests: 623
  • Religious Brothers: 233
  • Women Religious: 1,536
  • Deacons: 652
  • Certified Pastoral Associates: 100