Category Archives: Michael Pfleger

St. Sabina Community March & Rally

Saint Sabina Community March and Rally

Last year I had the opportunity to participate in this end-of-the-school-year community march & rally.  It was a moving and empowering experience.  I hope that someday soon we have no need for these sort of events but, until that day, lets get out in the streets and pray and act for peace.

The kick-off starts at Saint Sabina Church at 7pm.  Friday, June 17th, 2011.

Let’s increase the peace Chicago!


Saint Sabina Sets the Record Straight

The Faith Community of Saint Sabina  feels disrespected – and I don’t blame them.

In a full page advertisement, in the May 4th edition of the Sun Times, the leadership of Saint Sabina took on that most difficult of tasks: setting the record straight.  It is clear that the official narrative being espoused by Cardinal George doesn’t paint the clearest picture of the way events unfolded or why Father Michael Pfleger was suspended from the active ministry.

Here is the full page:

Saint Sabina advertisement from May 4, 2011 Sun Times

Letter to Cardinal George

The following is a letter to Cardinal George signed by Pastors of 14 Black Catholic Parishes in Chicago.  This document, as well as other correspondence relating to Father Michael Pfleger’s suspension, is available on the website of the Faith Community of Saint Sabina.

Letter to Cardinal George regarding Father PflegerLetter to Cardinal George regarding Father Pfleger

Let Father Pfleger stay at Saint Sabina

Walter's Perspective CBS Chicago Father Pfleger

Last night CBS Chicago aired a segment of Walter’s Perspective, with Walter Jacobson.  The segment addressed the recent consideration of Cardinal George and the Archdiocese of Chicago to remove Father Michael Pfleger from the Faith Community of Saint Sabina.

The move would go against the wishes of Father Pfleger, the wishes congregation itself, and, as Jacobson points out, the wishes of the the community Saint Sabina is a part of.  The wishes and vision of the community seem like an important perspective – one that is frequently ignored in a world of corporate driven paradigms for church leadership and hierarchy from outside and above.

Father Pfleger meets attendees at the 2011 Hallett Lecture

Fr. Pfleger meets attendees at the 2011 Hallett Lecture

As SCUPE has always had context driven theology at its core, this perspective of those in the context, is one we believe needs to be heard and taken into account.  Two night ago, before the Hallett Lecture at Loyola University, I walked across the street the the offices of the Archdiocesan offices and hand delivered two letters expressing this point from my personal perspective.  I hope that the Cardinal and church leadership will be open to the voice of the congregation, community, and the Spirit in their deliberation on the future of Father Pfleger and Saint Sabina.

Please consider lending your voice in support of Father Pfleger and Saint Sabina by writing to these two individuals:

Francis Cardinal George
Archdiocese of Chicago
835 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611
312-534-8219 Office
312-534-6379 Fax

Priest’s Placement Board
Archdiocese of Chicago
835 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611
312-534-5270 Office
312-534-5281 Fax

Show Some Love

This flyer just came across from the Faith Community of Saint Sabina. If you haven’t been following the situation in Chicago there is some talk of the Diocese moving Father Pfleger out of Saint Sabina. Both the congregation and Father Pfleger have expressed their desire that he remain. Please consider offering your support in one of the two ways mentioned in this flyer.

Let’s Give It Another Go

The 2011 Hallett Lecture has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 23.

Don’t miss out on Father Michael Pfleger and Robert McClory, author of “Radical Disciple: Father Pfleger, St. Sabina Church, and the Fight for Social Justice”:

Michael Pfleger Hallett LectureMichael Pfleger Hallett Lecture

Father Michael Pfleger invites you to work for Peace

“Are we going to be a part of raising the consciousness and of bring about the solutions or is the church going to continue to just see itself as doing the benedictions, and doing the eulogies, and doing the counseling after violence takes the lives of our children and of our brothers and our sisters?”

Father Michael PflegerFather Michael Pfleger shares a message about the need to work for peace in our society and inviting people to be peacemakers in a culture of violence.  Father Pfleger is co-chair of the SCUPE’s 2011 Congress on Urban Ministry to be held in Chicago on March 1-4, 2011.

You can register now at

Peace in a Culture of Violence

“In light of what has just happened in Tucson, Arizona I think addressing the violence is a major and crucial step in regaining our voice.  We have to somehow raise the issue in not only the violence that is tearing apart our families and our communities but is literally killing the future of our children.  And the church has been far too silent”