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Introducing The Phoenix Scholarships

Scholarships available through the Catholic Education Scholarship Trust now have a name: The Phoenix Scholarships.

Stewardship Committee borne of parish To Teach Who Christ Is campaign

Campaign Executive Committee members at Most Blessed Trinity were so dedicated to seeing the Waukegan parish exceed its To Teach Who Christ Is goal — which it did by 252.6 percent — that their pastor asked them to continue their service.

Third annual Celebrating Catholic Education Breakfast a success

Catholic elementary and high school educators and administrators in Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic schools are “planting the seeds of transformative education in our young people,” Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, the newly appointed President of Loyola University, told the more than 400 people gathered for the Celebrating Catholic Education Breakfast at Chicago’s Palmer House on January 24.

Campaign enhances adult faith formation at Evergreen Park parish

Internationally acclaimed speaker Matthew Kelly will launch St. Bernadette’s speaker series in June, thanks to the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign.

Final wave of campaign sees success

Wave VI is over goal — the fourth consecutive wave of parishes participating in To Teach Who Christ Is to do so.

Volunteer Profile: Mike Stanton

The night before the kickoff of St. Cajetan’s To Teach Who Christ Is campaign, Father Frank Kurucz, pastor, wrote an e-mail to some members of the parish finance committee expressing his trepidation in asking people for money — much less raising the $820,000 to reach its campaign goal.

To Teach Who Christ Is enters next phase

This month, To Teach Who Christ Is concludes what is known as the “active phase” of a campaign. For four years, the faithful of the Archdiocese of Chicago have worked together — with much success!

Volunteer Profile: Deacon Mike and Mary Alice Benoit

Deacon Mike and Mary Alice Benoit were already active at St. John the Evangelist when their pastor, Father Gregg Gorczyca, asked if they would co-chair the Streamwood parish’s To Teach Who Christ Is campaign.

Caritas scholarships benefit students while boosting school enrollment

Not only is the Caritas Scholars Program benefiting 44 students at Christ Our Savior School, it is buoying the South Holland school’s enrollment.

Year-end giving ideas to help further To Teach Who Christ Is

With 2016 quickly coming to a close, now is the time to reflect on year-end gifts to further help To Teach Who Christ Is, the Annual Catholic Appeal, your parish or other ministries you support.

Third annual Celebrating Catholic Education Breakfast to take place in January

The third annual Celebrating Catholic Education Breakfast will be held at Chicago’s Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

To Teach Who Christ Is complements earlier capital campaign at Glenview’s Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish

Our Lady of Perpetual Help parishioners are embracing To Teach Who Christ Is, just five years after generously supporting the Glenview parish’s Grateful for the Past, Giving for the Future campaign.

To Teach Who Christ Is surpasses $350 million goal, celebrates success

Archbishop Blase Cupich is celebrating the success of To Teach Who Christ Is during four trilingual prayer services this month and next. The campaign has now raised more than $367.3 million of its $350 million goal.  

Donor Profile: Kathy and Bill Doyle

Kathy and Bill Doyle’s support of the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign can be attributed to both their dedication to Catholic education and their trust in Archbishop Cupich’s vision for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Campaign benefits faith formation initiatives throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago

The To Teach Who Christ Is campaign is already funding faith formation initiatives, benefiting parishes and catechists throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago.

‘An opportunity of growing in faith’

Wave VI, the final and largest wave of To Teach Who Christ Is, is now officially underway, with more than 1,500 parish leaders attending three orientation sessions in early August.

To Teach Who Christ Is brings changes to parishes across the Archdiocese

Summer is construction season in the Midwest, including at many parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago that have been tackling projects with funds raised through To Teach Who Christ Is.

Volunteer Profile: Judy Paciga

After raising seven children at Our Lady of the Ridge, Judy Paciga saw serving on the Campaign Executive Committee as a way of giving back for the many blessings she has received at the Chicago Ridge parish for more than 50 years.

Parish leaders reflect on Wave V’s success

Wave V of the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign is now at 105 percent of goal, with parishes collectively raising more than $42 million as of June 17.

Campaign gift creates scholarship fund in honor of Father Augustus Tolton

A recent leadership gift to the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign has created the Father Augustus Tolton Scholarship Fund, which will provide scholarships to African American students attending Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

New Chief Development Officer joins Archdiocese of Chicago

The Archdiocese of Chicago welcomed John Osterlund this month as the Chief Development Officer for the Department of Stewardship and Development, which oversees To Teach Who Christ Is.

Current wave of To Teach Who Christ Is set to make history for the Catholic Church

The 68 parishes participating in Wave V of To Teach Who Christ Is are well on their way to making history. When the current wave meets goal, it will be the first single wave in any Archdiocesan capital campaign to raise more than $40 million.

PLANNED GIVING: Bequests

When making a gift in your living trust or will, please consider leaving a bequest to the Church through To Teach Who Christ Is.

St. Theresa parishioners are ‘committed to the cause’

St. Theresa Parish will begin the first phase of its master plan this summer, thanks to the generosity of parishioners to Building On Our Faith Together. The Palatine parish raised $7.25 million toward a $6.3 million “victory goal” during an independent parish campaign in 2015.

Small wave within Wave V sees big success

Eight smaller parishes participating in Wave V have been grouped together in a “wave within a wave,” and their pastors are enjoying the camaraderie the situation is providing.

Volunteer Profile: Laura Carrillo

When St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Wheeling participated in Wave IV of To Teach Who Christ Is, Laura Carrillo saw the campaign as critical to the future of her parish and the local Church.

‘God has sent To Teach Who Christ Is to help us’

To Teach Who Christ Is “awakens that spirit in us of giving and doing God’s will,” says Elizabeth Morales-Pacheco, co-chair of the campaign at Most Blessed Trinity Parish in Waukegan.

Volunteer Profile: Donna Perisee McFarlane

As a member of both the building and grounds committee and Campaign Executive Committee at St. Ambrose in Chicago, Donna Perisee McFarlane is well aware of her parish’s needs — and the importance of To Teach Who Christ Is.

‘The campaign is designed to reinvigorate your parishes’

More than 1,800 parish volunteers attended orientations for Wave V, the largest wave of To Teach Who Christ Is to date.

Second annual Celebrating Catholic Education Breakfast a success

Catholic schools foster liberty, Jim Rigg, Ph.D., Superintendent of Catholic Schools, told the nearly 450 people gathered for the second annual Celebrating Catholic Education Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on January 26.

Volunteer Profile: Matt and Mary Petrash

Although Matt and Mary Petrash have only been parishioners at St. Juliana for three years, they eagerly stepped up as co-chairs of the Chicago parish’s To Teach Who Christ Is effort.

South Holland parish approaches campaign ‘prayerfully and spiritually’

St. Jude the Apostle Parish has been in desperate need of a new boiler system — and the funds to pay for it. Thanks to the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign, the South Holland parish will warm its church and much more.

Holy Name Cathedral embraces campaign

As the seat of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Holy Name Cathedral is embracing To Teach Who Christ Is — to meet its own needs as well as the shared needs of our local Church.

Tax advantageous year-end giving ideas

With 2015 quickly coming to a close, now is the time to reflect on year-end gifts to further help To Teach Who Christ Is, your parish or other ministries you support.

Celebrating Catholic Education Breakfast to take place in January

The second annual Celebrating Catholic Education Breakfast will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago from 7:15 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 26.

Wave IV exceeds goal

Wave IV’s 56 parishes have surpassed their collective goal of $30.2 million — with 35 exceeding their individual goals.

Volunteer Profile: Susan Parker

Susan Parker was considering taking a sabbatical from the many ministries she is active in at Divine Infant Jesus Parish when her pastor, Father Michael Wanda, asked her to consider co-chairing the parish’s To Teach Who Christ Is campaign.

Campaign Update: Generosity continues across Archdiocese

Gifts to the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign now total nearly $215 million, thanks to more than 33,000 generous gifts.

Wave III parish perseveres, surpasses goal after two Commitment Weekends

Taking time to allow the Holy Spirit to work has been key to the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign at St. Mary Parish in Buffalo Grove.

Community gift lifts To Teach Who Christ Is parish campaigns

The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius has donated $50,000 to support To Teach Who Christ Is at the two parishes the religious community staffs.

To Teach Who Christ Is hits $200 million

To Teach Who Christ Is has reached a significant milestone: exceeding $200 million of its $350 million overall goal.

Donor Profile: Marge and Tony Schiavone

Parishioners of St. Celestine Parish for more than 25 years, Marge and Tony Schiavone have two reasons to be excited about To Teach Who Christ Is.

Meetings are ‘filled with the Holy Spirit’

Taking time to allow the Holy Spirit to work has been key to the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign at St. Mary Parish in Buffalo Grove.

Parish and school unite to invest in their future

(September 23, 2015) - The St. Benedict community was “ready to invest for the future,” says Father Jason Malave, pastor, which led the Chicago parish to exceed its independent campaign goal of $4.5 million.

Campaign Update: Wave IV off to a terrific start

(September 23, 2015) - Father Mark Kalema and Campaign Executive Committee (CEC) members at Our Lady of Peace Parish have set a new record for the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign.

Archbishop Cupich kicks off Wave IV

(August 18, 2015) - Archbishop Blase Cupich has invited more than a thousand new volunteers for To Teach Who Christ Is to be his partners for Wave IV of the campaign.

Volunteer Profile: Diane Pajkos

(August 18, 2015) - Serving as a Campaign Executive Committee member at St. Bernadette Parish in Evergreen Park was worth the time commitment, especially considering all To Teach Who Christ Is will help accomplish there, says Diane Pajkos.

Campaign gift creates Catechetical Education Scholarship Fund in honor of St. Robert Bellarmine

(August 18, 2015) - A recent gift to the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign has created the St. Robert Bellarmine Catechetical Education Scholarship Fund, which will provide scholarships to parish-based volunteers and staff seeking certification in religious education.

New scholarship fund created in St. John Paul II’s name

(July 23, 2015) - A new fund has been established in the Catholic Education Scholarship Trust in honor of St. John Paul II, who was much beloved to Polish Catholics worldwide as the Holy Father and is now one of their most important saints.

Volunteer Profile: Maureen and Bob Bell

(July 23, 2015) - Even after 42 years as active parishioners at Our Lady of Ransom in Niles, Maureen and Bob Bell still “met many nice parishioners that we didn’t know before” as co-chairs of the parish’s To Teach Who Christ Is campaign.

Together, Wave III parishes exceed goal

(July 23, 2015) - Nearly 5,500 gifts have helped propel Wave III parishes to 110 percent of their collective goal of $20.3 million.

Volunteer Profile: Pamela Matambanadzo and Rosemary Ihejirika

(June 12, 2015) - Chicago’s St. Mary of the Lake Parish was fortunate to have two parishioners who went the extra mile to ensure the success of its To Teach Who Christ Is campaign.

Campaign passes major gift milestone, sets new one

(June 12, 2015) - The To Teach Who Christ Is campaign's major gift effort has exceeded its $100 million goal, and Archbishop Blase Cupich has now pledged to raise an additional $25 million.

Campaign Update: Cash allocations to parishes, campaign elements

(May 26, 2015) - To Teach Who Christ Is has gained great momentum since restarting last fall. Nine Wave III parishes are now over goal, bringing the total number of parishes exceeding their Archdiocesan-set goals for the campaign to 17.

New scholarship fund created in Cardinal George's name

(April 24, 2015) - With great insight and foresight, Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., launched To Teach Who Christ Is. Now his legacy, this campaign will ensure the future of our parishes, Catholic education and faith formation.

Donor Profile: Georgette and Joe Kudelka

(April 24, 2015) - From the time they were children, Georgette and Joe Kudelka’s lives have been intertwined with Chicago’s St. Ferdinand Parish, making their decision to support To Teach Who Christ Is an easy one.

Campaign Update: Wave IIIa surpasses goal

(April 24, 2015) - The seven parishes of Wave IIIa have collectively surpassed the wave's $5.9 million To Teach Who Christ Is goal in gifts and pledges!

Volunteer and Donor Profile: Jim Perry

(March 25, 2015) - As a campaign co-chair, Jim Perry is integral to ensuring the success of To Teach Who Christ Is. A member of Chicago’s St. Clement Parish, he recently shared what prompted him and his wife, Molly, to take a leadership role.

Pilot Wave parish perseveres, exceeds goal

(March 25, 2015) - Notre Dame de Chicago Parish has proven that perseverance pays off — the Pilot Wave parish recently exceeded its To Teach Who Christ Is goal of $285,661.

Parish chooses enhanced goal for new multipurpose hall

(February 23, 2015) - St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in River Forest has exceeded its Archdiocesan-set To Teach Who Christ Is goal of $1,128,243 — the first parish to do so in Wave IIIa — but has chosen an enhanced campaign goal of $2,350,000 in order to build a new multipurpose hall for parish gatherings.

Cardinal George donates portion of Knights award to the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign

(February 23, 2015) - The Knights of Columbus recently bestowed its highest honor, the Gaudium et Spes award, upon Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., who is directing a portion of the accompanying gift to the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign.

Partnership equals 50 percent increased enrollment By Michelle Martin, Staff writer for the Catholic New World

(January 29, 2015) - What does it take to increase a school's enrollment by 50 percent in one year?

Archbishop Cupich meets with campaign leaders

(January 27, 2015) - Archbishop Blase Cupich met with stakeholders of To Teach Who Christ Is before Christmas, to thank the group for their dedication to the campaign and update them on its progress.

Wave III parishes showing strong early results

(January 27, 2015) - The seven parishes participating as a standard or enhanced campaign for Wave IIIa have already raised $2.3 million toward their overall standard goal of $5.9 million. These gifts are from 69 dedicated campaign volunteers and represent 39 percent of the overall targets and an average five-year pledge of more than $30,000.

‘The Holy Spirit enriches our efforts’

(January 27, 2015) - Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Chicago has embraced the mission of To Teach Who Christ Is, and is experiencing early success as a result.

Appreciated securities make great year-end gifts

(December 18, 2014) -The year-end is the perfect time to gift appreciated securities to the Church through To Teach Who Christ Is.

To Teach Who Christ Is restarts with 20 Wave IIIa parishes

(December 18, 2014) - Twenty parishes are participating in Wave IIIa, the first since the campaign’s transition in fundraising firms to CCS Fundraising. Together, they have an overall goal of $21.5 million.

First Celebrating Catholic Education breakfast to take place in January

(December 17, 2014) - Archbishop Blase Cupich will give the keynote address at the first Celebrating Catholic Education breakfast, to be held from 7:15 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 27, at The Drake Hotel in Chicago.

‘My hope is that pastors and parishes would see this campaign as a gift, an opportunity and a blessing’

(December 17, 2014) - Archbishop Blase Cupich, installed as the Archdiocese of Chicago’s ninth archbishop last month, recently shared his thoughts about To Teach Who Christ Is. As the successor to Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., he now leads our $350 million effort for strong parishes, Catholic education and faith formation.

Case element: Academic excellence in Catholic schools

(November 25, 2014) - To Teach Who Christ Is will help enhance the academic excellence of our Catholic schools, with $8 million in campaign funds being directed to five key areas.

Korean mission exceeds campaign goal, strengthens religious education programs

(November 24, 2014) - When St. Paul Chong Ha Sang Korean Mission in Des Plaines volunteered to participate in the first wave of To Teach Who Christ Is, Father Kyeong-Hwan Yi was nervous.

Volunteer Profile: Patti Nowak

(November 24, 2014) – When Father Britto Berchmans approached Patti Nowak about chairing the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign at St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Park Ridge, she responded to her pastor with a resounding “yes.”

Training catechetical leaders to teach the Word

(October 17, 2014) – Beginning with parents and extending to all members of our community, the call to make known the love of Christ and His holy Church both challenges and invigorates us.

Campaign re-engages following 'rapid review' process

(October 17, 2014) – The To Teach Who Christ Is campaign is restarting this fall following a “rapid review” process by its new fundraising firm, CCS Fundraising.

Campaign funds to help ‘bring Jesus and the Gospels to people of all ages’

(October 16, 2014) – Each September, parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago celebrate Catechetical Sunday, a day when catechists are commissioned in their vocation so they may go forth and make known the love of Christ and His holy Church.

Eight Catholic schools receive Blue Ribbon recognition

(October 16, 2014) – The To Teach Who Christ Is campaign congratulates the eight Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago recently recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

Highland Park parish plans to update church, parish center

(September 16, 2014) - Our Lady of Humility Parish plans to dedicate funds from the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign to projects in its school and church.

Expansion, updates are the focus of campaign funds at Beach Park parish

(September 9, 2014) - Our Lady of Humility Parish plans to dedicate funds from the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign to projects in its school and church.

Grounding students in faith and virtue

(August 25, 2014) – Gifts to the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign have created a new endowment fund earmarked specifically for scholarships to children in Catholic schools in Cook and Lake counties.

Campaign transition period continues

(August 22, 2014) – The To Teach Who Christ Is campaign is in the midst of a transition this summer, with new consulting firm CCS Fundraising beginning its work on individual parish campaigns and major gift fundraising.

Scholarships make a difference for family, Our Lady of Charity School in Cicero

(August 21, 2014) – Five-year-old Jandel is excited to start kindergarten this fall at Our Lady of Charity School, and learn his letters and numbers.

Historic Chicago parish plans repairs to ‘make our beautiful Church an even better house of prayer for all peoples’

(August 14, 2014) - Holy Innocents Parish intends to use funds from the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign to improve its circa-1912 church building.

Hanover Park parish highlights facilities’ needs for campaign funds

(August 12, 2014) - St. Ansgar Parish will address much needed repairs to its facilities with funds from the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign.

Over-goal Chicago parish plans improvements to exclaim Christ’s presence in the neighborhood

(August 8, 2014) - St. Francis of Assisi Parish will improve the exterior of its buildings with To Teach Who Christ Is campaign funds, in hopes of inviting neighbors to come and see “who Christ can be.”

Niles parish to address critical building needs

(August 6, 2014) - St. John Brebeuf Parish in Niles will address critical building needs with funds raised from the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign.

St. Mary Parish in Des Plaines designates campaign funds to its auditorium

(August 1, 2014) - St. Mary Parish in Des Plaines plans to use funds from the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign to update its auditorium.

‘We are excited about the many positive outcomes To Teach Who Christ Is will have on our parish family’

(July 29, 2014) - St. Anne Parish in Hazel Crest plans to use funds from the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign to update its church.

Parish seeks to transform aging parish hall into multi-use space

(July 23, 2014) - Notre Dame de Chicago Parish will use To Teach Who Christ Is campaign funds to repair and renovate its church hall and increase its endowment for operating expenses.

Campaign retains new fundraising firm By Michelle Martin, Staff writer for the Catholic New World

(July 18, 2014) - More than a year after its launch, the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign has retained a new fundraising firm, CCS Fundraising, to help achieve its $350 million goal.

Establishing endowment funds is the goal of Prospect Heights parish

(May 8, 2014) - St. Alphonsus Liguori Parish in Prospect Heights plans to establish two endowment funds from its To Teach Who Christ Is campaign.

'God has given our parish a vision'

(April 30, 2014) - St. Julian Eymard Parish in Elk Grove Village has a threefold focus for its parish campaign for To Teach Who Christ Is.

St. Peter Parish in Antioch designates campaign funds for new roofs

(April 28, 2014) - A beautiful and dry worship space is St. Peter Parish’s primary goal for its To Teach Who Christ Is campaign funds.

Holy Spirit comes through for St. Jane de Chantal By Michelle Martin, Staff writer for the Catholic New World

Chicago, IL (February 9 - 22, 2014) – Never doubt the power of the Holy Spirit. And never doubt the power of prayer — especially sustained prayer, by many people — to invoke the power of the Holy Spirit. That, said Father Edward Cronin, is the lesson he took from the gift St. Jane de Chantal Parish, 5252 S. Austin Ave., received this Christmas season.

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Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools Deliver an Initial $2 Million in Caritas Scholars Student Scholarships Pilot Program for To Teach Who Christ Is Campaign Supports More Than 600 Students

Chicago, IL (November 11, 2013) – The Archdiocese of Chicago's Office of Catholic Schools has announced the initial results of the Caritas Scholars program. This $2 million, pilot, financial aid initiative for Catholic school students and their families is part of a three-year, $6 million commitment being made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

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Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools Introduce the Virtual Academy Online Learning for 6th – 12th Grade Catholic School Students

Chicago, IL (October 22, 2013) – The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools is launching its Virtual Academy, which offers personalized learning opportunities through the use of online education to middle school and high school students across the 244 Catholic schools in Cook and Lake counties.

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Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools Grow for First Time Since 1965 Excellence, Engagement and Energy Create Growth for Elementary Schools

Chicago, IL (October 1, 2013) – For the first time since 1965, Catholic elementary school enrollment across the City of Chicago, suburban Cook and Lake counties is growing. Over the past four years, Catholic elementary schools in the City of Chicago have increased by over 1,300 students, and now enrollment in the 207 elementary schools across the Archdiocese is on the rise.

Sanctuary Program Features the "To Teach Who Christ Is" Campaign Sunday, July 28, 11 a.m. on ABC-7

Chicago, IL (July 25, 2013) – The Summer 2013 edition of Sanctuary features details of the recently launched "To Teach Who Christ Is" fund-raising campaign for Catholic education and faith formation. Viewers will learn about the importance of the campaign directly from people whose lives were shaped by Catholic education. The program airs on ABC-7 on Sunday, July 28, at 11:00 am.

“To Teach Who Christ Is” Campaign Begins with Dozens of Participating Parishes Parish Fund-Raising Effort is for Catholic Education and Faith Formation

Chicago, IL (July 2, 2013) – Most Rev. Francis J. Kane, General Chair of the To Teach Who Christ Is Campaign, Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chicago, announced today that more than forty parishes in Chicago and suburban Lake and Cook counties will be the first participants in the major fund-raising effort for Catholic education and faith formation in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Over the next six months, this first wave of parishes will each launch their own initiative. Sixty-percent of the funds raised by parishes will remain with each individual parish and forty-percent will be distributed through the Archdiocese.

"To Teach Who Christ Is" Campaign for Catholic Education and Faith Formation Launched with $82.5 Million Major Gift Donations

Chicago, IL (June 7, 2013) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, announced at a press conference on Wednesday, June 5, that $82.5 million, or 82.5 percent of the $100 million major gift goal for the To Teach Who Christ Is Campaign, was pledged prior to the launch of this major fund-raising effort.

Archdiocese of Chicago Launches $350 Million “To Teach Who Christ Is” Campaign for Catholic Education and Faith Formation

Chicago, IL (June 5, 2013) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, today announced a major fund-raising effort for Catholic education and faith formation in the Archdiocese of Chicago – the $350 million To Teach Who Christ Is Campaign.