LOGAN SQUARE — After months of collecting input from parishioners and church leaders, the Archdiocese of Chicago has decided to merge two churches in Logan Square as part of its citywide restructuring plan.
St. Sylvester at 2915 W. Palmer St. and Our Lady of Grace at 2450 N. Ridgeway Ave. will be consolidated, but their schools will remain separate, archdiocese leaders announced in a statement this week.
The merger will take effect July 1. Mass will be held at both church buildings.
One pastor, Rev. Samson Mukundi of St. Sylvester, will oversee the new church, which will also be given a new name. Community members can weigh in on the name by submitting up to five ideas for consideration to Cardinal Blase Cupich, according to a bulletin posted to St. Sylvester’s website.
The move to consolidate comes after leaders and parishioners at both churches determined the institutions were financially unstable on their own, according to the St. Sylvester bulletin.
The churches have similar demographics, which will “provide rich opportunity for a united effort in the work of evangelization,” the bulletin said.
Representatives from both St. Sylvester and Our Lady of Grace declined to comment, deferring all questions to the archdiocese. The archdiocese didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment Friday afternoon.
St. Sylvester and Our Lady of Grace are the latest Catholic churches to be joined under the archdiocese’s multi-year “Renew My Church” plan, which aims to save money and create “more vital parishes” by closing and consolidating struggling churches.
Leaders of the new church on the border of Logan Square and Avondale will conduct an annual review beginning in 2023.
“This allows the next two years to focus on unification and renewal,” the bulletin said.
Also this week, the archdiocese announced Avondale church, St. Hyacinth Basilica at 3636 W. Wolfram St., will see no changes after a similar review.
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