All 100th Anniversary events have now concluded. Check out our 100th Recap and photo albums below.

past events

APRIL 9-14, 2018: Centennial Week of Service

From April 9-14, Catholic Charities celebrated the volunteers who make our work possible with a Centennial Week of Service. Each day, volunteers participated in service activities at a variety of our locations throughout Cook and Lake counties.
Some ways volunteer groups participated included hosting a carnival at our Peace Corner Youth Center, completing spring cleaning and painting projects at our offices and service centers, hosting a baby shower for new moms in our teen parenting programs, and serving meals to seniors, veterans, and others in need.

“The ability to interact with Catholic Charities clients this week was as helpful to each of us as it was to them.” - Michele Medzigian, Board Member and Lead Volunteer

“The volunteers this week were indeed ‘partners in the mission.’ We had a big job in painting Catholic Charities clothing room for clients. The volunteers kept at it until the job was finished.” - Mark Noetzel, Board Member and Volunteer Service Committee Chair

For more information on volunteering, visit


September 18, 2017: Building Peaceful Communities Symposium

Four of the city’s top change leaders engaged in a roundtable discussion on how we work together to build collaborations that bring peace to our city. Opening remarks and anniversary reflection were offered by Monsignor Boland.  

Panelists included Sheriff Tom Dart, Arne Duncan, Dr. David Ansell, and Dr. Mira Vidal de Haymes. The panel was moderated by Loyola University’s Professor of Peace Studies and Sociology, Dr. Kathleen Maas Weigert.


JUNE 12, 2017: Civic Dinner - A Century of Hope

This dinner brought together Chicago’s philanthropic, civic, community leaders and the many people that have impacted Catholic Charities over the last 100 years. Honorary Chairmen: Most Reverend Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago & Reverend Monsignor Michael Boland, President, Catholic Charites of the Archdiocese of Chicago; 100th Anniversary Chair Couples: Mr. & Mrs. Richard Burke, Sr. & Mr. Mrs. Al Moschner

May 7, 2017: A Mass of Thanksgiving & Reception

Mass of Thanksgiving in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Catholic Charities was held May 7. Main Celebrant – Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago. Concelebrated by Bishop Raymond Goedert, Bishop Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, Monsignor Michael M. Boland, President of Catholic Charities and priests of the Archdiocese. Homilist - Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Papal Nuncio to the United States of America.