Congregations Commission

The Congregations Commission is focused on building and supporting vital congregations in the Diocese of Chicago. The Commission accomplishes this work through dispensing and monitoring a variety of grants, providing assessment tools, connecting congregations with the appropriate members of the bishop’s staff for help with increasing vitality, including leadership development, strategic planning, worship enrichment, Christian formation, stewardship, and other areas of congregational life. The Commission also offers periodic training events.

Congregational Tools and Resources

Looking for web-based resources, forms, and congregational tools? Check out the Congregational Tools section of the site.

2018 Vitality Grant Applications

Applications for 2018 vitality grants are no longer being accepted. Information on 2019 vitality grants will be available in the summer of 2018.

The Congregations Commission offers vitality grants to congregations that are using their gifts to sustain their mission and ministry and are making a difference in their communities. Please contact Louisa McKellaston with questions.

Congregations Commission Liaison Assignments

If you are looking for the Congregations Commission member associated with your congregation, please see the chart below.

City Congregation Cong. Commission Liaison
Bloomingdale First Asian Jeff Dillon
Bloomingdale Incarnation Jeff Dillon
Blue Island St.s Joseph & Aiden Andrea Billhardt
Chicago St. Andrew Kara Wagner Sherer
Chicago Sts. George & Matthias Shahar Weaver
Chicago Cristo Rey W. Devon  Luis Garcia
Chicago St. Margaret Shahar Weaver
Chicago Santa Teresa Alvaro Araica
Chicago St. Martin Kara Wagner Sherer
Chicago Nuestra Senora de las Americas Luis Garcia
Elk Grove Village St. Nicholas Don Williams
Evanston St. Andrews Michael Van Oeveren
Galesburg Grace Don Williams
Griggsville St. James   
Lake Villa Sagrada Familia/Holy Family Alvaro Araica
LaSalle St. Paul  Court Williams
Lockport St. John  Don Williams
Lewistown St. James  
Macomb St. George  
Momence Good Shepherd Court Williams
New Lenox Grace Jeff Dillon
Oregon St. Bride Jane Clark
Prospect Heights One in Christ Michael VanOeveren
Savanna St. Paul  Andrea Billhardt
Wauconda Holy Apostles Jane Clark
Waukegan Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Luis Garcia
Warsaw St. Paul's  Kara Wagner Sherer

2017 Vitality Grants

Vitality grants for 2017 have been awarded. Applications for 2018 vitality grants will be available late summer of 2017. 

Congregations receiving grants and their award amounts are below.

St. Helena/Santa Elena, Burr Ridge: $15,000

El Cristo Rey, Chicago: $35,000

Nuestra Senora de las Americas, Chicago: $25,000

Santa Teresa, Chicago: $25,000

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Chicago: $25,000

St. George & St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Chicago: $20,000

St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Chicago: $30,000

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Chicago: 10,000

St. Andrew Pentecost Episcopal Church, Evanston $10,000

Grace Episcopal Church, Galesburg: $5,000

Sagrada Familia, Lake Villa: $35,000

St. George's Episcopal Church, Macomb: $15,000

Church of the Good Shepherd, Momence: $8,000

Grace Episcopal Church, New Lenox: $30,000

One in Christ Episcopal Church, Prospect Heights: $10,000

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Warsaw: $5,000

Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, Waukegan: $10,000