Dear Parishioners of Nativity of Our Lord and St. Gabriel Parish,
I write to you with some difficult news. I have asked Father William McFarlane, former pastor of Nativity of Our Lord and St. Gabriel Parish, to step aside from ministry following receipt by the Archdiocese of an allegation of sexual abuse that occurred in 1997, before Father McFarlane entered the seminary.
It is unclear at this time if the accuser was a minor at the time of the alleged abuse, however, in keeping with our policies, the allegation was reported to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the Cook County State’s Attorney. The person making the allegation has been offered the services of the Archdiocese’s Office of Victim Assistance.
I have appointed Deacon Robert Boharic as Pastoral Coordinator of Nativity of Our Lord and St. Gabriel Parish, effective immediately.
As I am aware this is difficult news to hear, particularly as your parish undergoes a transition, let me assure you that we will communicate new information as it becomes available.
Know that I will keep your parish community in my prayers and ask that you pray for me.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich
Archbishop of Chicago
What is NCYC? The National Catholic Youth Conference is held every two years at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. This retreat/conference/Catholic party gathers around 25,000 high school teens from all over the country to pray and worship, learn in catechetical break-outs, and build community with their peers from all over the country!
Apply to join our pilgrimage! With a heightened interest in NCYC and limited funds, we want to ensure that teens who will be making this pilgrimage are going to follow up and commit to being formed as missionary disciples for their peers in Evanston & Skokie. Questions? Contact us at NCYC@ucym.org.
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This spiritual retreat is intended for teens who will be entering into their Junior and Senior years of high school in the 2019-20 school year as well as young adults who will be first or even second year of college-age (you don't have to be enrolled in college to attend).
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We are a ministry of the Body of Christ at St. Nicholas dedicated to raising awareness of family violence and abuse in all its forms. We are committed to connecting those in need with community resources. Our vision is to put an end to the cycle of family violence.
If you or anyone you know is being abused, call 911 in an emergency. Otherwise, call our neighborhood agency, Between Friends, for help at 1-800-603-HELP, a 24-hour, toll free, multilingual, confidential human voice line for additional assistance, counseling and advocacy.