Our Mission

We are Chicago’s Maronite Christian community. 


Our mission is the same mission as that of the 12 Apostles and of our spiritual father St. Maron: to preach the Good News to all people and "make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:16–20). This is the Great Commission. What is the Good News we preach? As we profess in the Nicene Creed, the Good News is that "for us men and for our salvation [Jesus Christ] came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end." 


Therefore, as a Christian parish following the example of St. Maron, our mission is to celebrate this Good News through the liturgy, share the Good News with others, and grow closer to God individually and in community through our beautiful Syro-Antiochene Christian tradition. In order to live out this mission, through our many ministries we reach out and serve the needy, foster spiritual growth in our families, educate our children in Christian values, and help each other to grow in virtue, for iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17). 


The mission of each of our members is to give daily witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ through good deeds, living a virtuous and prayerful life, joyfully partaking of the liturgy and of the seven Holy Mysteries, and of course through the sharing of testimonies, all in the hope of bringing others into the communion of Christ and seeing one another in heaven, whose doors have been made open to us through the sacrificial death and resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. We are each individually called to live out our faith as handed down to us by the Apostles through the Syro-Antiochene Church, and to pass it on for the benefit of the generations to come until our Lord returns in glory. 


All people deserve to have a relationship with God our Father, who is our Creator, and to know the Good News of the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Christ, his son. Therefore, all people are welcome to join us in worship on Sundays. To learn more about the Maronite Church, look under the 'About Us' tab. To learn more about Maronite spirituality, look under the 'Sacraments' tab.


 




950 N Grace St, Lombard, IL 60148   T: (630) 932-9640   F: (630) 932-9463   E: office@ollchicago.org
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