About Lumen Cordium Society
A Tradition of Giving
Shortly before his death in 1996, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin established
the Lumen Cordium (Light of Hearts) Society in recognition of the
women and men whose examples of stewardship stand as true testimonies
to our faith, alive in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
In 1997, soon to become Francis Cardinal George, OMI gave roots and
inspiration to the fledgling Lumen Cordium Society. Under his guidance,
the Society thrived and became the pre-eminent fundraising group for the
Archdiocese of Chicago.
In 2014 Most Reverend Blase J. Cupich was installed as Archbishop of Chicago and elevated to Cardinal-Archbishop in 2016. Confident that our sharing of Christ will bring a joy the world cannot take away, Cardinal Cupich looks forward to working together with the Lumen Cordium Society in a partnership of generosity to build vital, vibrant , life-giving communities of faith in our Archdiocese.
Your gift becomes not only a valuable resource to the Archdiocese, but a
source of inspiration and encouragement to the Cardinal and many
Archdiocesan agencies and ministries to continue their work and renew
their efforts in the name of God.
The Lumen Cordium Society recognizes
the unique history, personality and
strength of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
It celebrates the inspired generosity and
vision of both the laity and clergy that
came before us, building hundreds of
spires that reach to heaven throughout
Cook and Lake Counties as a testimony
to their faith.
In the 21st century, the Society
welcomes those who, like their ancestors
before them, know in their hearts that
they have a mission from birth to leave
something that will live long after them
as testimony to the faith and vision of
Graced by the Gospel and spirit of Jesus
Christ, the Society's purpose is to
establish a legacy of strengthening the
faith and spiritual future of new
generations of Jesus' disciples.
Hearts on Fire
The Lumen Cordium Society is comprised of men and women whose
examples of stewardship stand as true testimonies to our faith alive in the
Archdiocese of Chicago. Society members have made significant gifts
totaling nearly $97,000,000 to the Annual Catholic Appeal that enable
the ministries of the Archdiocese to fulfill our mission.
debi, Karen, Frank & Ann Ross (St. Francis of Assisi), Cardinal Cupich
Ellen & Chip Mulaney (St. Clement)
Tip & Joan Lifvendahl (SS. Faith, Hope & Charity), Father Stephen Kanonik (Moderator of the Curia), Maryjeanne & Dick Burke (Old St. Pat's)
The Lumen Cordium Society
The Lumen Cordium Society is a special alliance of Catholic men and women who take
a leadership role in the work of the Church. As a member, your generosity will set an
example of good stewardship as you reach out with love to people and ministries in need
of your assistance. While the satisfaction derived from advancing the mission of the
Church in Chicago is the greatest reward, the benefits described below are intended to
convey Cardinal Cupich's gratitude for your support.
Those donating at the $1,500 to $4,999 level will be:
- Recognized in the annual Publication of Society members
- Included in the Prayer Intention Book of Society members
- Invited to the annual Mass and Reception with the Cardinal
Those donating at the $5,000 to $9,999 level will be:
- Receiving all of the above Patron benefits
- Invited to the annual "Heaven On Earth" tour of historical churches
- Invited to an annual reception at The Residence with the Cardinal
Cardinal’s Leadership Group
Those donating at the $10,000 to $24,999 level will be:
- Receiving all of the above Benefactor benefits
- Invited to a Christmas Reception with the Cardinal
Those donating at the $25,000 to $99,999 level will be:
- Receiving all of the above Cardinal’s Circle benefits
- Invited to a special dinner with the Cardinal
Those donating at the $100,000+ level will be:
- Receiving all of the above Cardinal’s Guild benefits
- Invited to select roundtable gatherings