Evanston’s four Catholic parishes, which merged into two last summer, recently announced new names to seal the deal as the Archdiocese of Chicago continues its Renew My Faith consolidation campaign.

St. Mary Catholic Church, at 1012 Lake St., is now part of a unified parish with St. Nicholas, at 806 Ridge Ave. Credit: Nancy McLaughlin

St. John XXIII is the new unified parish name for St. Mary and St. Nicholas, with the Rev. Jean Philippe Lokpo serving as pastor.

St. John Henry Newman is the updated designation for the combined St. Athanasius and St. Joan of Arc parish, which is shepherded by the Rev. Kenneth Anderson.

Church buildings retain their original, consecrated names and will continue to maintain distinct Mass schedules.

Over the last few months parishioners were invited to submit name suggestions and vote for their top picks, but Cardinal Blase Cupich made the final selections. One Oct. 13 decree is shown below.

Nancy McLaughlin

Nancy McLaughlin is an Evanston-based freelance writer who has a fascination for the everyday events that shape our community in extraordinary ways. She covers human interest stories for the RoundTable.

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