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 and programs include:
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 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 meet 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.
The EIA office is engaged in an ongoing dialogue group 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.
Message of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue to Muslims for the month of Ramadan and ‘Id al-Fitr 1440 H. / 2019 A.D., 10.05.2019
Click here to read the Vatican’s message for the month of Ramadan 2019.