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Retired Chicago auxiliary bishop dies; recalled as pastor and teacher

Retired Auxiliary Bishop Thad J. Jakubowksi of Chicago died Sunday at St. Mary of Providence Home, where he lived. He was 89.

A vigil is scheduled for Thursday at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, with a funeral Mass to be celebrated Friday at Holy Name Cathedral. Fr. Thomas Mulcrone, Chicago Fire Department chaplain, who lived with Jakubowksi at St. Mary of Providence, is to give the homily.

Jakubowksi was remembered as a pastor and teacher, someone who was direct and approachable.

Aim of new Chicago fundraising campaign to teach all 'who Christ is'

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The Chicago archdiocese's new "To Teach Who Christ Is" campaign is "well named" because it describes exactly the mission of the Catholic church, said Cardinal Francis George.

It's "what we do -- we teach the world who Christ is," he said.

The three-year campaign will raise $350 million for Catholic education and faith formation. The funds will support archdiocesan Catholic schools, religious education for children and teens, adult faith formation and capital needs for parishes and schools.

Strategic plan for Chicago's Catholic schools stresses new funding

The archdiocese of Chicago's strategic plan to keep its Catholic schools vital and viable emphasizes new management strategies, the need to find new funding and a strong focus on Catholic identity and excellent academics.

The plan highlights an issue facing Catholic schools nationwide: funding.

Deficit forces layoffs, ministry consolidation in Chicago archdiocese

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The Chicago archdiocese has laid off 60 pastoral center employees and must consolidate some of its agencies because of a deficit in the budget of its administrative operations, according to Cardinal Francis George.

He announced reduction in staff and other changes in his column in the March 3-16 issue of the Catholic New World, the archdiocesan newspaper.

Judge dismisses HHS lawsuit brought by dioceses, charitable agencies

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A U.S. District Court judge Feb. 8 dismissed a lawsuit filed against the federal contraceptive mandate by the Springfield and Joliet dioceses, their respective Catholic Charities agencies and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Judge John Darrah of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago said in his ruling the claims of the plaintiffs "are unripe for adjudication."

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