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

Please click here to read about The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii’s Pilgrimage Ministry.

Please join us for the following upcoming events.


Servant of God, Thea Bowman Prayer

Categories: Other, Pilgrimage Event

Prayer by Servant of God Sr. Thea Bowman
Creator God, Sr. Thea told us that, “if we walk on, and talk on, and work on, and pray on, and hold on, and love on in faith, we shall overcome. Overcome weakness, overcome fatigue, overcome exhaustion, overcome pain and loneliness, overcome frustration, overcome the prejudices and the stereotypes, the anxieties, the grief, the fear, the negative attitudes–all those barriers and boundaries that keep us apart, overcome racism and classism and sexism and materialism, all those ‘isms’ that keep us apart.” We ask you this, through your Son, the Prince of Peace, and in the Spirit of Hope, One God for ever and ever. Amen.


Winter Spirituality Series, Lenten Day of Reflection – One God, Many Faces: Racial Justice in Catholic Spirituality        

Categories: Homepage Feature, Pilgrimage Event

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, Chicago is conducting its Winter Spirituality Series and Lenten Day of Reflection  – One God, Many Faces: Racial Justice in Catholic Spirituality, as an online program.  Please join us for one, two or all three programs. They will be conducted via zoom. The dates, subject and presenters are listed below.

January 30 – Deacon Jay Woods, 1:30 to 3:00 PM  Topic: “Come Holy Spirit! Help us to listen, unite, heal and make new.”  For the January 30th program, Deacon Jay Woods asks you to review an article by Bryan N. Massingale,  “The assumptions of white privilege and what we can do about it.”  Please click here to read the article.

February 27 – Deacon Akizou Kamina, 1:30 to 3:00 PM  Topic: “Neighbors Without Borders: Building Relationships for Social Justice.”    For the February 27th program, Deacon Akizou Kamina asks you to review Pope Francis’ Encyclical “‘Fratelli Tutti’, Chapter 2 – ‘A Stranger on the Road.'”   Please click here to read the encyclical (you will be redirected to the Vatican’s site).

March 20 – Lenten Day of Reflection (Jay Woods and Akizou Kamina), 1:30 to 3:30 PM  Topic: “Faith and Praxis: Living Out Our Baptismal Call to Social Justice.”


Deacon Jay is a Franciscan friar with Holy Name Province and is in his final semester at Catholic Theological Union; and is gratefully anticipating his ordination to the priesthood in June.  One of Deacon Jay’s ministries during his time in Chicago was as a chaplain at Cook County Jail where he was blessed to share his own recovery and 12 Step Spirituality with men in the drug offense and drug rehabilitation division.  In addition to criminal justice, Deacon Jay’s ministry and expertise lie in racial, housing, economic, and ecological justice.

Deacon Akizou Gerard Kamina professed his final vows as a member of the Society of the Divine Word in September 2020 and was ordained deacon in October. Born and raised in Togo, West Africa, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Sciences of Education, he is currently enrolled in a dual degree program at Catholic Theological Union: MDiv and Research MA in Theology with a concentration in Interreligious Dialogue. He spent two years in Brazil for his Overseas Training Experience and is now assigned to The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii for his diaconate ministry within the limits of the COVID-19 restrictions.

FINAL CALL Registration closes Friday, February 26 at 1:30 p.m for the February 27 session.

To register, please click here, and you will be taken to Event Brite to complete your registration.  Please register for one, two or all three programs. You will receive the Zoom Invitation Link Saturday morning.

If you would like to make a freewill offering, please click here.

For Questions or Information, contact Cathy Lentz, clentz@ourladyofpompeii.org at 312.421.3757.  Thank you.

Lost Child – To Honor You

Categories: Pilgrimage Event

Shared by one of our Lost Child pilgrims during our time together.

To Honor You

To honor you, I get up everyday and take a breath.

And start another day without you in it.

To honor you, I laugh and love with those who knew your smile

And the way your eyes twinkled with mischief and secret knowledge.

To honor you, I take the time to appreciate everyone I love,

I know now there is no guarantee of days or hours spent in their presence.

To honor you, I listen to music you would have liked,

And sing at the top of my lungs, with the windows rolled down.

To honor you, I take chances, say what I feel, hold nothing back,

Risk making a fool of myself, dance every dance.

You were my light, my heart, my gift of love, from the very highest source.

So everyday, I vow to make a difference, share a smile, live, laugh and love.

Now I live for us both, so all I do, I do to honor you.


We hope you find comfort in this beautiful honor to a lost child.

Please click here to make a freewill donations.   Thank you.

For questions or information, please click here to contact Cathy Lentz via email.

Stations of the Cross – Thursdays at 7:00 PM via Zoom and Fridays at Noon in The Shrine

Categories: Homepage Feature, Liturgical, Pilgrimage Event

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, Chicago is conducting Stations of the Cross on

Thursdays online via zoomTo join the Stations of the Cross, please click here to send an email to Mary Shimandle, and she will send you the zoom link. The Zoom Link will be provided in a Shrine Eblast that will go out each Thursday afternoon about 4 p.m.  If you did not receive the Zoom link, please click here to open the zoom meeting (please do so a few minutes or so before 7:00 PM on Thursdays of Lent).

Friday in The Shrine at Noon.   As required by the Archdiocese of Chicago reopening guidelines, service attendance will require registration.  Stations on Friday at Noon registration will be completed when you enter the Shrine.  Thank You.

For questions, please contact the Shrine office at 312.421.3757.  Thank you.