Message from Father Mike

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish,

It is with great joy that we welcome our new Vicar, Bishop Kevin Birmingham, to Our Lady of the Rosary Parish. At the 10:00 AM Mass offered in Saint Pascal Church, Bishop Birmingham will formally inaugurate Our Lady of the Rosary Parish and receive my Profession of Faith as Pastor of the united parish. Out of an abundance of caution, we have downscaled this celebration of inauguration and pastoral installation. A much simpler reception than what we may have offered a visiting bishop will follow the Mass; however the Holy Name societies, the Women's Guild, and the Guadalupanos have promised a tasty treat of hot dogs and tamales. Of course, we would like to have provided Bishop Kevin the opportunity to offer Holy Mass in the three sanctuaries that grace our parish. We will invite him back to participate in other events that grace the calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish. 

Bishop Birmingham hails from the southwestern suburbs of Chicago. Early on in his life, the bishop discerned the stirrings of a vocation. He attended Quigley South High School Seminary, working odd jobs to pay the transformation costs involved. He stepped away from the seminary system after Quigley, attending Loyola University; but in his third year at Loyola, he transferred to the Niles College Seminary program of Loyola University. After graduation from the college seminary, Bishop Kevin was enrolled at the Mundelein Seminary of Saint Mary of the Lake. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1997 and served his first assignment at Saint Benedict Parish in Blue Island and its Mission of Saint Peter Claver in Robbins. From 2001 to 2005, Bishop Kevin served as the associate pastor of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Orland Park, and from 2005 to 2011, the Bishop served as pastor of Saint Anne Parish in Hazel Crest. In 2011, Bishop Kevin was named pastor of Maternity BVM Parish in Chicago, where he happily served until Cardinal Cupich asked him to be his Administrative secretary in 2014. in 2020. Pope Francis nominated him to serve as an Auxiliary Bishop to the Cardinal. With Bishop Joseph Perry and Bishop John Manz serving as co-consecrators, Cardinal Cupich ordained Bishop Birmingham at Holy Name Cathedral on November 13, 2020, the Feast of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini. 

We are so grateful to Bishop Kevin Birmingham for his presence today. We look forward to many happy years under his leadership in ministry in Vicariate IV. 

Father Mike O'Connell