Muslim-Catholic Relations

About Muslim-Catholic Relations and the Archdiocese of Chicago

The Archdiocese of Chicago and the EIA office are committed to facilitating meaningful dialogue and programs with the Chicagoland Muslim community to further cultural and religious understanding and harmony. To realize this effort, the Church participates in events year-round, together with our Muslim brothers and sisters. For a full list of Muslim organizations the office works with, click here. A few of our engagements a programs include:

Catholics join Muslims to break bread during Ramadan

Cardinal Cupich and Chicagoland Catholics join Muslims for the annual iftar meal. This year’s iftar, sponsored by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago took place at the Mecca Center in Willowbrook with the theme “Overcoming Hate through Acts of Faith.”

Annual Muslim-Catholic Interfaith Iftar Dinner

During the Holy Month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. For many years, Muslim communities in and around Chicago have graciously opened their Iftar meal, which marks the breaking of the daily fast, to Christians and those of other religious traditions.

The annual Muslim-Catholic Interfaith Iftar Dinner, sponsored by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), is an opportunity for Catholics to mark the breaking of the Ramadan fast with their Muslim neighbors, to observe maghrib prayer, and to share a festive dinner and program. This wonderful yearly gathering allows Catholics to come to know better their Muslim friends in Chicago and their religious practices.

This year’s Iftar meal takes place at the Mecca Center in Willowbrook on Friday, May 25, 2018. Admission is by invitation only due to the limited number of seats available. The program, which will reflect on the theme, “Overcoming Hate through Acts of Faith,” will include brief addresses by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Bishop R. Daniel Conlon, representatives from the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) and plenary addresses by Fr. David Jones, Pastor of St. Benedict the African Church, and Dr. Zulfiqar Ali. A dinner will be served after the fast is broken at sunset, compliments of the CIOGC.

Click here to read more about the 2017 event.

Dialogue Groups
The EIA office is engaged in two ongoing dialogue groups with our Muslim brothers and sisters in Chicago. The Catholic-Muslim Scholars dialogue group is made of Catholic scholars appointed by the Archdiocese of Chicago and Muslim scholars appointed by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. Participants meet quarterly to discuss social and theological topics of interest to both traditions. A second group involves followers of the W. Deen Mohammad Movement. This group also meets three to four times per year to promote mutual understanding, with locations varying between a Muslim and Catholic location.

Pope Francis’ Message for the Month of Ramadan 2017
Click here to read Pope Francis’ Message.