Divine Worship

About Us

Please note the new State of Illinois Stay-at-Home Order implications for our parishes. If your local municipality has declared stricter guidelines on the movement of individuals, those restrictions must be adhered to by all archdiocesan clergy and staff.

As of Saturday March 14, all liturgical services in the Archdiocese of Chicago have been suspended, as well as the mandated closing of schools operated by the archdiocese, and the closing the Pastoral Center and related agency offices until further notice.

In light of the Cardinal’s decision to suspend the celebration of all public liturgies, it is understood that all Catholics within the Archdiocese of Chicago are dispensed from the obligation of attending Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation (per canons 85 and 87 in the code of canon law of 1983).

As all residents of the state comply with the order to stay at home and refrain from non-essential activities, we are nonetheless painfully aware that being cut off from the sacramental life of the church, especially the Eucharist, creates a great hardship for our people, indeed for all of us. However, we make this sacrifice for the common good, convinced that we, like all citizens, have a responsibility in preventing the spread of COVID-19. In fact, doing so will ensure that our people can return to the sacraments as soon as possible.

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

The Staff of the Office for Divine Worship

Director

D. Todd Williamson
312.534.8008
312.534.5158 (Fax)
[email protected]

Senior Coordinator for Liturgy and Music

Wendy Barton Silhavy
312.534.8011
[email protected]

Liturgical Resource Coordinator

Maria del Carmen Arroyo
312.534.8012
[email protected]

Liturgy Training Publications

Deanna Keefe
773.579.4900 ext. 3570