We have our own country. Join us for our annual pilgrimage to the Vatican to see the Catholic church from all over the world in one place at one time. We are a part of the local church known at the Archdiocese of Chicago. We bring the faith of 2.2 million people in cook and lake counties to the people of Englewood. We are the home of the Black Catholic Initiative, 66,000 catholics from Chicago, the Caribbean, South America and multiple countries in Africa and all across these United States of America.
The VATICAN, short for Vatican City, is the headquarters for the universal Church. Located within the city of Rome, Italy, it is the administrative seat for the Church in the world.
The Archdiocese of Chicago
An ARCHDIOCESE is a territorial unit of administration. Chicago is an archdiocese.
A PARISH is a territorial unit of a diocese. St. Benedict the African is one of 351 parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago, each an active community of baptized Catholics celebrating sacramental life.
The Black Catholic Initiative
The BCI has its focus on the 66K African American Catholics served by 351 parishes, 38 of which are predominately African American. The BCI was created to prepare the church for the next generation of African American Catholics, charging them to be fully present and accountable. The goal of the BCI is to come together, and work together in order to give and serve the Church. The BCI is an ethnic ministry that actively participates and offers its work as a gift to the local church of Chicago. Those involved in the BCI will practice Umoja, Kujichagulia and Ujima, (unity, self-determination, Collective work and responsibility) in order to first give honor to God, and to offer Catholicity with the whole church. The BCI will be one church, not many parishes. In this tried and true tradition, the BCI will plainly and clearly be Catholic.
St. Benedict The African
St. Benedict The African parish is located in Deanery 6A of the Archdiocese of Chicago in the East Englewood neighborhood of the city of Chicago. This parish is a place where all are welcomed – from those steeped in the faith, those looking to reconnect with Catholicism, those curious about the Catholic faith, to those who have heard about the beautiful architectural design and the decoration of our church building – all are welcomed to come and experience the “sweet, sweet, Spirit in this place” in order to deepen a relationship with the Lord Jesus.