Divine Worship

About Us

Our Mission

The Office for Divine Worship works with Archbishop Cupich to implement the vision of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy and all subsequent norms issued for Catholic worship and helps parishes most accurately encounter Christ and receive nourishment through prayer and worship. Ultimately, the office operates to be a resource for parishes, deaneries and vicariates in all liturgical, ritual and observance matters. 

What We Do

The Office of Divine Worship works with other DPVM teams to ensure consistent assistance, guidance and training for parish liturgical ministers and liturgical leadership. We provide the direction and assistance in building strong and vibrant parish worship steeped in ritual and ceremony. Our team coordinates Archdiocesan liturgies and collaborates closely with the Liturgy Training Publications (LTP) to provide education and formation of the liturgical ministers and other pastoral leaders.

Current office programs include but are not limited to:

  • Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
  • Ministry of Liturgical Music
  • Liturgical Programs in Spanish
  • Provide Resources for Training of extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Mass
  • Mandation of all EMHCs
  • Identify and list Trainings for extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Sick (Ministers of Care)
  • Mandation of all EMHC to the Sick

Learn More about the Office for Divine Worship

Below are additional resources to help guide you through the team’s site.
  • Liturgical Year
  • Ministry Formation
  • Music
  • Programs and Events
  • Contact Us

The Staff of the Office for Divine Worship

Director

D. Todd Williamson
312.534.8008
312.534.5158 (Fax)
twilliamson@odw.org

Senior Coordinator for Liturgy and Music

Wendy Barton Silhavy
312.534.8011
wsilhavy@archchicago.org

Liturgical Resource Coordinator

Maria del Carmen Arroyo
312.534.8012
maarroyo@archchicago.org

Liturgy Training Publications

Deanna Keefe
773.579.4900 ext. 3570