Archdiocese of Chicago
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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.

Our Mission

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 these times.

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

John Newman & Doris Elizondo Alvarado (Holy Name Cathedral), Ramona & Tony Mastrangelo (Santa Lucia - Santa Maria Incoronata)

Cardinal Cupich, Mary & Legia Mondesir (St. Mary - Riverside)

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

Cardinal’s Circle

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

Cardinal’s Guild

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

Cardinal’s Roundtable

Those donating at the $100,000+ level will be:

  • Receiving all of the above Cardinal’s Guild benefits
  • Invited to select roundtable gatherings

For More Information Please Contact:

Benefactor Relations Coordinator
Lumen Cordium Society Coordinator

Deborah Heglin Kozak  
Phone: (312) 534-7615 


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