If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
  – St. Teresa of Calcutta

An extraordinary encounter among prayerful people of five religions took place at the Shrine

in November 2016, iin parnership with Harran Productions Foundation:

The Compassionate Heart: Music, Poetry and Prayers for Peace.

November 6, 2016 Program (includes the interreligious prayers and poetry)

While we may not pray the same prayer together, together we pray,

in our own languages and traditions – Buddhism,  Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Sikhism.

Raising our hearts and our voices in compassion and peace for the world

this program was made possible in cooperation with:

Archdiocese of Chicago Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

Buddhist Council of the Midwest

Emanuel Congregation

Harran Productions Foundation

Midwest Buddhist Temple


Sikh Religious Society of Chicago.

Some participants from ‘The Compassionate Heart’ 2016: Dr. Shakeela Hassan, Harran Productions Foundation, Dr. Balwant S. Hansra, Sikh Religious Society of Chicago, Rev. Asayo Horibe, Buddhist Council of the Midwest, Susan M. Pudelek, The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii. (Photo Credit John D’Anca) 


Photo from November 6th, 2016 Compassionate Heart
Photo from ‘Mary Magdalene in Scripture’.  (Photo Credit Mary Shimandle) 


Lenten Day of Reflection and Reconciliation, on April 8, 2017

Categories: Homepage Feature, Pilgrimage Event

Saturday, April 8, 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

in Preparation for Holy Week
Being Christ for One Another
Learning the ‘Art of Accompaniment’
A Bus Pilgrimage
Saturday, April 8, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. * 8:30 a.m. check-in, coffee
For I was a stranger and you welcomed me… Matt 25:35-36
 Presenters: Taller de José * St. Joseph’s Workshop
* How are we to accompany those who encounter difficulties due to illness, lack of food, shelter,
schooling and more?
* How do we walk respectfully alongside them, listening, supporting and being present as compassionate friends?
A community resource center with more than 150 partnerships including Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, connecting people to services and services to people. Together they work “welcoming the stranger” and giving clients the tools they need to overcome obstacles when seeking assistance.  Located in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood they are a sponsored ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph. Taller de José works so that “all may be one.”
Pope Francis invites us all to practice the “‘art of accompaniment’ which teaches us to ‘remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other” (EG). We are to welcome the stranger as we would welcome Christ. As we prepare for Holy Week, join us on a unique bus pilgrimage to deepen our understanding on how we may do this today. We’ll stop at places in Chicago where people find themselves in need of help such as hospitals, courthouses or social service agencies as we explore the art of accompaniment.
Taller de José staff will lead us, inviting reflections and sharing stories of their ministry of accompaniment. Beyond the hours, training and experience, the most important thing staff members offer others is their ability to listen with their heart.


Program Begins at

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii

Morning Prayer / Bus Pilgrimage / Lunch /
Reconciliation Service with individual Confession
Registration: $40 per person. 
Includes transportation and lunch.
Limited Seating. 
Reservations a must, due Wednesday, April 8.
3 Ways to Register:

Call: 312.421.3757 (V/MC) or

  Online: at Give Central or

Mail: Check to:

The Shrine of Our Lady of PompeiiAttn: Lenten Day

1224 W. Lexington St., Chicago, IL 60607

Moving on With Grace: A Spiritual Journey for Men and Women Grieving the Death of a Spouse

Categories: Pilgrimage Event

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017.

View event information and registration.

What people who have attended say about this program:

  • Even after being widowed for 12 years, I learned so much – beautifully and thoroughly presented. Thank you! – Anna Marie Pettigrew
  • Everything was more wonderful than I ever expected. Amy was phenomenal. If possible, I’ll be back next year. I’m telling all my friends about this and want to bring them. – Carol Smith
  • The dance prayer was beautiful! It really reflected what I’m feeling. Thank you! – anonymous
  • Wonderful day! Love the integration of prayer and ritual with understanding grief and healing. – Christine Trausch
  • Thank you especially for the power of the liturgical prayer. It was very healing. – Judith Flanigan