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ICHA Board Members 2024

Cacchione, Patrick
Executive Director, ICHA

Halstead, John L.
AMITA Health

Keen, Dr. Mary
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital and Clinics

Kelsey-Davis, Debra
Nourish For Caregivers, Ltd.

Mayer, Dawn
Franciscan Ministries

McCormick, Br. Daniel
Sponsor, Ascension Health Ministries

Merdian, Msgr. Mark – chair
Diocese of Peoria

Paprocki, Bishop Thomas John
Diocese of Springfield in Illinois

Roach, Steve
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Springfield

Rutherford, Theresa
St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur

Sehring, Robert
OSF Healthcare

Sifuentes, James
St. Anthony Hospital, Chicago

Trstensky, Sr. Jomary
Sponsor, Hospital Sisters Health System

Tylka, Bishop Louis
Diocese of Joliet

Chaplain Education Program

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RSS Catholic News

  • In Germany, 650 churches have closed since 2005 (Deutsche Welle)
    650 Catholic churches in Germany have “ceased to be used for worship” since 2005, according to the German Bishops’ Conference. “Church buildings are, therefore, being demolished,” Germany’s state-run public broadcasting agency reported. “Sometimes, they are successfully taken over by other denominations, for example, by Orthodox Christian communities. But sometimes they are razed to make room […]
  • NY-area church vandalized (CBS News)
    A man threw a construction cone into a stained-glass window of St. Rita’s Church in Queens, in the Diocese of Brooklyn, according to camera footage. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has documented over 300 acts of vandalism, arson, and other destruction at parishes and other Catholic sites in the United States since 2020.
  • Report: Cardinal calls for 'permanent' dialogue with Freemasons (National Catholic Register)
    Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmiero, the retired president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts (2007-2018), said that there has been “an evolution in mutual understanding” between the Church and Freemasonary, and wondered “if it’s not possible to think about a permanent discussion, even at the official level,” according to Il Messaggero. The prelate took part in […]
  • Proponents of women's ordination among new consultors to Synod of Bishops (Synod of Bishops)
    Pope Francis has named six new consultors to the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops. The new consultors include Msgr. Alphonse Borras, a Belgian priest who was appointed an expert at the October 2023 Synod Father Gilles Routhier, a Quebec theologian and seminary rector Father Ormond Rush, who offered a personal (and highly selective) […]
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