Parish

IMG_1528Welcome to Saint John Berchmans Parish!

Following our parish motto that “All Are Welcome,” Saint John Berchmans prides itself on its growing and diverse community.  A bilingual community in the Logan Square neighborhood, we work hard at ensuring that all feel welcome stepping through the doors of the church and worshiping with the parish.  In addition to weekday and Sunday worship, there are many opportunities to get involved in the parish community and to connect with our dedicated priests, deacons, lay staff, volunteers and parishioners.  We welcome you to join us!  We would love to have you share your time, your talent and your treasure to make our parish the best version of itself that it can be.  If you wonder where help is needed, email me at wwatts@stjohnberchmans.org and I will direct you to the appropriate ministry.

Rooted in Christ, touched by His love and mercy, the Saint John Berchmans community finds unity in its diversity, proclaims by Word, Sacrament, and service, that the Kingdom of God is at hand, and declares that all are welcome in this place.

To join our parish, fill out the PARISH REGISTRATION FORM and return it to the parish office.

Our History

In 1905 Archbishop James Edward Quigley asked Father John De Schryver, SJ., a professor at St. Ignatius College, to organize a parish for the Belgian community in Chicago. Named for the patron saint of young people, students and altar servers, St. John Berchmans Parish (SJB) was established on September 3, 1905. In 1907 the Dominican Sisters of Kentucky started the school.

Standing for over one hundred years as a Beacon of Hope and anchor of this Logan Square community, Saint John Berchmans has a rich history that kept up with this ever-changing neighbor. Please read our Complete Parish History for details about our past, then join us each Sunday to become part of our future.

 Our Patron Saint

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Patron of altar servers and of young people

John Berchmans was born on March 13, 1599 in what is now Belgium. He was the oldest of five children.  As a child, he was noted for his devotion to schoolwork and his reverence as an altar server at Mass. John Berchmans was well-liked among his classmates, and gently encouraged them by his own example to live their faith with greater diligence.

To read more about our patron saint, click here.