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Celebrating 30 years of the new building, many more of the patronage of St. Benedict the African in Chicago. This parish is the culmination of almost a decade of prayerful discernment during the 1980s of Roman Catholic presence in the Englewood neighborhood: what it would look like, how it would evolve, what values it would incarnate through its faith community.

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Letter from American Heart Association, Association of Black Cardiologists, and American College of Cardiology against racism
pamphlet from Archdiocese of Chicago on tips for parishioners returning to church
pamphlet from Archdiocese of Chicago on tips for parishioners returning to church

View the Sacramental Guidelines for Reopening in Phase II document from the Archdiocese of Chicagao for additional information.

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Saint Benedict the African Parish
340 W 66th Street
Chicago, IL 60621