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|
|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|
|Lake Villa||Sagrada Familia/Holy Family||Alvaro Araica|
|LaSalle||St. Paul||Court Williams|
|Lockport||St. John||Don Williams|
|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