Forest Park’s busy year for religion


On July 1, 2021, Luke and Bernardine got married, so to speak. That is, St. Luke’s Catholic Church in River Forest and St. Bernardine’s Catholic Church in Forest Park united into one parish as part of the consolidation process in the Catholic Archdiocese called Renew MyChurch.

This summer, the new “couple” chose a hyphenated name, St. Luke and St. Bernardin Parish, even though it went against archdiocesan guidelines. The story of how it happened reveals that the Catholics of Forest Park and River Forest felt empowered to assert their will and that the men at the top were willing to listen.

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