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From the pastoral coordinator Deacon Robert Boharic

Pioneering Peace

Reflection and prayer led me to see the pioneering role we find ourselves in with Renew My Church as the Catholic Church in Chicago. Pioneering challenges are nothing new to us who recall the history of our great country. Many examples exist but one of our greatest pioneer efforts was putting a man on the moon. Its 50th-year anniversary we recently celebrated.


Pioneering can seem to be full of unsurmountable obstacles. Throughout our collective history as Americans, when we come together to achieve a common goal, we are at our best.

Praying before the San Damiano cross, St. Francis of Assisi heard Jesus call to him: “Renew My Church”.

Like the call of St. Francis, we, the Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese of Chicago, are called by Jesus Christ to renew His Church. As a family in faith, we come together to answer His call. The pioneering journey for a blended family coming together to Renew My Church will not be easy. I am confident from what I have learned from all of you, that you are up to the task and possess a ‘can do’ spirit. I look forward to continuing to walk with you on our journey and leave you with The Peace Prayer of St. Francis which is one of my favorite prayers.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

St. Francis, pray for us, for our faith community, and may your divine example guide us always.

Deacon Bob Boharic

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