Miss Richard is ready for the Feast of St. Francis. She thought she also might act as celebratant. Church of the Advent, Chicago
Blessing Miss Richard
Father Peter Siwek blesses "Miss Richard". She is held by her pet parent, Tim van Alstyne. Church of the Advent, Chicago
Horse and carriage blessing in downtown Chicago
Pet blessing evensong at St. James Cathedral in downtown Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, October 5th, 2014
The Rev. Marion Phipps blesses Chucky at St. Hugh of Lincoln Episcopal Church, Elgin, IL on October 5, 2014.
Blessing of the Animals in Lake Forest
The Blessing of the Animals service at The Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, Illinois on October 5, 2014.
(from left) Benjamin Howard, Philip Dothard and Jimmy Reese singing the Passion Gospel at today's 11:00 o'clock Palm Sunday Mass at the Episcopal Church of the Atonement in Chicago IL.
Blessing the Palms
Reverend David P. Jones blesses the palm fronds and crosses with some of the children of the congregation of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Park Ridge, Illinois, on March 29, 2015.
Chapel of Repose
Father Peter Siwek and Rev. Liz Munoz (Nuestra Senora de las Americas) lead prayers at the Chapel of Repose on Maundy Thursday at the Church of the Advent, Chicago.
Church of the Advent Chicago, decked out in Blue for the season.
The Great Vigil Of Easter service
Pastor Emily Mellott blessing the bread and wine at Calvary Episcopal Church in Lombard Illinois
The Diaper Bank Vault
Members of St. Paul's parish stack cases of diapers in a parish classroom after filling the shelves of the diaper bank vault. The cases were part of a 200,000 diaper donation from Kimberly Clark, makers of the Huggies diaper brand.
Ashes to Go in 8 below
Father Peter Siwek of Church of the Advent in Chicago imposes ashes to a commuter at the Logan Square Blue Line Station. The wind chills reached 8 below on Wednesday in Chicago.
Elements in Waiting
I took this before our Ash Wednesday Service at Christ Church in Winnetka, IL.
Bishop Joseph Garang of Renk and Bishop Jeffrey Lee of Chicago
Bishop Joseph Garang of Renk (left) and Bishop Jeffrey Lee of Chicago display what will be the new flag for southern Sudan should the referendum vote result in secession.
Prayers for Back to school
Backpack blessing at Calvary Episcopal Church, Lombard IL.- August 23rd 2015
Grace in the Snow
Grace Episcopal Church, Galena, Illinois; dedicated in 1850.
All Saints' Episcopal Church rector Bonnie Perry
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and All Saints' Episcopal Church rector Bonnie Perry share a moment before processing into the church for Eucharist November 12.
The Rev. Dr. Joy E. Rogers
The Rev. Dr. Joy E. Rogers is appointed as provost of St. James Cathedral in Chicago.
St. Edmund's Meadows
St. Edmund's Episcopal Church in Chicago recently opened St. Edmund's Meadows, a $10.7 million mixed-income rental housing development in the Chicago's Washington Park community.
The Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee
The Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee was elected November 10 to be the 12th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.
Bishop Jeffery Lee speaks
Episcopal Diocese of Chicago Bishop Jeffery Lee speaks March 24 at the unveiling of an exhibit at St. James Episcopal Cathedral commemorating the 4,000 U.S. military deaths in Iraq.
Names of some of the 4,000 U.S. military deaths in Iraq
Mary Zerkel attaches panels of squares with the names of some of the 4,000 U.S. military deaths in Iraq to the banner web for an exhibit at St. James Episcopal Cathedral in Chicago.
Participants in the Requiem for the Children
Participants in the Requiem for the Children Mass at St. James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago, on November 2 lit candles to remember children in the city who died by violence during the past year.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Dekalb, Illinois
St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Dekalb, Illinois, is located only three blocks from the Campus of Northern Illinois University, the site of a shooting rampage on February 14 that has left seven people dead and many others wounded. The congregation and its rector, the Rev. Mark Geisler, are involved in offering a variety of resources to help a shocked and grieving university community cope with the tragedy.
Bishop Jeffrey Lee of Chicago
Bishop Jeffrey Lee of Chicago welcomes guests to St. James Cathedral on November 2 for Requiem for the Children, a mass commemorating the deaths of 53 children in the Chicago area in the past year.
Easter at The Church of the Holy Spirit, Lake Forest
The St. Nicholas exhibit
The St. Nicholas exhibit currently on display at St. James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago, includes interactive station where children can make paper mitres, assemble puzzles and do rubbings—all to part of discovering "the truth about Santa Claus."
Easter at CHS
Easter at The Church of the Holy Spirit, Lake Forest, IL
The life of St. Nicholas
What is being termed a "museum-quality" exhibit about the life of St. Nicholas is currently on display at St. James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago. The exhibit includes a collection of art, icons, toys and statues owned by the St. Nicholas Center in Holland, Michigan.
Palm Sunday at CHS
Palm Sunday at The Church of the Holy Spirit, Lake Forest, IL
2008 Episcopal Youth Event delegates
Delegates from the Diocese of Chicago to EYE 2008 offered two workshops giving practical advice about how youth can seek leadership positions in their own congregations and at diocesan and national levels in the Episcopal Church. Pictured from left are Nate Nebit (St. Charles Church, St. Charles), Alejandro Aguina (St. Michael's Church, Barrington), Sue Cromer (Canon for Youth Ministry, Diocese of Chicago), Matt Phillips (Holy Family Church, Park Forest), Alec Jones (St. Edward and Christ Church, Joliet), Grace Molek (St. Christopher's Church, Oak Park) and Liz Lanning (Trinity Church, Wheaton).
Palm Sunday Preparation at CHS
The Altar Guild stripping palm leaves in preparation for Palm Sunday at The Church of the Holy Spirit, Lake Forest, IL.
St. Hugh of Lincoln, Elgin, IL
Good Friday at CHS
Bach's Passion According to John at The Church of the Holy Spirit, Lake Forest, IL.
Doves sweep through St. John's, Chicago
Origami doves by Cheryl Kreiman
Technology facilitates blessings
At Grace Episcopal Church, Freeport, Illinois, Fr. Tom Rosa offers a blessing to a parishioner's shy cat by photo proxy.
Pentecost Concelebration at Atonement, Chicago
Concelebrating priests viewed from the sacristy door on Pentecost. The Rev. Jacqueline Cameron, M.D., who was in the States from the U.K. for the ERD Ragnar Relay Run, was the preacher. Atonement is an Anglo-Catholic parish in the city, with traditional liturgy, progressive ways, and outreach to many.
Our plush animal companions are blessed too
One of the youngest parishioners brought her plush monkey friend to Grace Episcopal Church, Freeport, Illinois, for a blessing.
Mass on the Grass
We do this twice a year, once during Memorial Day Weekend and again during Labor Day. We gather in the green space in front of our church building and then enjoy a community picnic and bbq!
Church of the Advent, Chicago's Logan Square
Honoring St. Francis and our animal companions
St. Francis himself graced the Blessing of Animals at Grace Episcopal Church, Freeport, Illinois on 10/8/17
Backpack blessing in Chicago
Back to school blessing of backpacks, students, teachers and parents at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Chicago.