All Saints Episcopal Church in Chicago

PalmSundayMexico Parish Partnership

In 2001 the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Southeast Mexico (DSEM) established a companion relationship of faith and support.

Over the past nine years All Saints’ has established relationships with the clergy and people of Iglesia Santa María Virgen, an Anglican church in Xalapa. When we first visited Santa María in 2008 it was a struggling congregation. Xalapa, the capital of Veracruz State, is a cultural center but has an economically diverse population, and Santa María Virgen had been challenged by a lack of visibility in the community and lack of continuity of its clergy. Padre Bayron Chanchavac was appointed Priest in Charge in 2011 and has since been leading his congregation into a new period of growth in numbers and in faith.

offrendaDuring the past six years, it has been really inspiring to watch the growth and development of Santa María Virgen under the leadership of Padre Byron and an increasing number of very capable laypeople. Padre Byron describes himself as a “missioner,” and this is certainly reflected in his leadership at Santa Maria. He is totally committed to Anglican practice and emphasizes the use of the Book of Common Prayer and lay participation in all aspects of the life of the church. In May of 2015 a new mission, La Sagrada Familia (Holy Family), was initiated in Alchichica, a town about an hour’s drive from Xalapa. Padre Bayron celebrates the Eucharist on Sunday afternoons, and although they are currently meeting in a borrowed warehouse, services regularly attract 60-70 people. Their enthusiasm, spirit and hopes for the future bode well.

Thus far, people from All Saints’ have made eight trips to Xalapa. Our emphasis has been on faith, sharing, experiencing a new culture and forming new friendships and personal relationships. We have joined them in mid-August to enjoy their fiesta to honor their patron, the Virgin Mary and in November for celebrate the traditional Day of the Dead. Our rector, The Rev. Bonnie Perry, visited in 2013.

Between trips we keep in contact with Padre Byron and others through e-mail, Skype, Facebook, and by following their webpage.

All Saints’ has also provided financial support for specific projects and needs and in 2014 we were able to help them obtain a much-needed pickup truck for their outreach activities.

The Diocese of Southeast Mexico has been unable to provide stipends for their priests since 2013, but Santa María has had the resilience to become financially independent of the Diocese and become stronger in all ways. (Several friends of Santa María in the United States have been helping them financially as they work toward becoming independent.)

Consider becoming involved in this relationship by “liking” the Santa Maria on Facebook, by joining with us for one of our Skype visits, helping with the Fiesta, or travelling to Xalapa to visit our friends at Santa María Virgen.


2016 was the eighth year of our companion relationship with Iglesia Santa Maria Virgen and the second year with their mission congregation, Iglesia La Sagrada Familia in Alchichica. Both congregations continue to thrive and are an inspiration to those of us who are involved with them. About a dozen people from All Saints’ have visited these congregations and/or have helped with our annual Mexican Fiesta. We are most thankful for their involvement, and encourage others to learn more about our outreach there, visit Mexico, and help with the Fiesta.

In May we had an incredibly successful Fiesta that is the envy of the other Chicago congregations that also have companion parishes in Mexico. Thanks so much to all of you who came to the Fiesta and ate, drank, danced, and purchased items. Thanks also to all those others who were not able to attend but have contributed to our outreach in other ways.

During 2106 we sent about $8000 to help the two congregations. (Some of this was carryover from the 2015 Fiesta.) These helped support a range of projects at the two congregations. Key items include:

  1. Repair of the roof and replacement of the water tanks on the roof of the priest’s house in Xalapa. This allowed for the remediation of the mold on the walls and ceiling of the interior. As most of you know, Padre Bayron’s son, Byroncito, has suffered from severe allergies over the past few years. His health has dramatically improved since the mold was removed.
  2. The people of Santa Maria Virgen upgraded their sound system.
  3. The people of La Sagrada Familia have been able to install a concrete floor in the warehouse in which they meet. (A significant portion of this cost was covered by the people of Alchichica.)


We have also helped them purchase durable items for the kitchen for their biweekly community meal for the needy and helped with gas and maintenance for the pickup truck that we helped them purchase in 2014. The truck is used extensively for their outreach activities. Proceeds from the Fiesta also cover half of Bayron’s medical insurance. (A generous couple from the Diocese of West Texas cover the other half.)

Coming in 2017

  1. May 20, 2017 – Our fourth annual Mexico Fiesta. (Please mark your calendars.) Join us for an evening of Mexican fun with authentic food, Margaritas, live mariachi music, piñatas and fabulous auction items to help us raise funds for the needs of Santa María Virgen.
  2. Ca. October 29 to November 5 – Our annual trip to Xalapa and Alchichica to help them celebrate All Saints’ Day and Dia de los Muertos. We would love to have you join us!
    • For a cost of about $1000 (all inclusive) per person we will:
    • Stay with a Santa María family or in an elegant historic hotel
    • Get to know and worship with our friends at Santa María Virgen
    • See and experience the colorful traditions of Día de los Muertos
    • Visit this lovely colonial city in the rugged Mexican mountains, including
      • The historic city center
      • The University of Veracruz
      • The amazing Anthropological Museum
      • Visit the new mission at Alchichica and experience first-hand what is happening there
  3. If you cannot make it then but would like to visit our friends in Mexico at some other time, they will welcome you with open arms and hearts anytime.

For more information, contact Dave and Karen Howe, 773-539-1124,



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Weekly Message for December 10

Weekly Message for December 10

Dear Friends,    

Tomorrow morning, Saturday the 9th, from around 10am to 2pm, I’m looking for people who might want to assist me in doing some Christmas decorating for the outside of our church building. Ahn Gallagher has graciously agreed to hang some lights in our bell tower, now I’m looking for assistance is getting lights in our oak tree out front. I’ll be able to put on my climbing saddle and rig a belay and climb the tree, but it will be much easier and way more fun if I have assistance. Right now our beautifully restored building looks GREAT in the day and kind of dark at night. I hope to fix that tomorrow. Dress warm and come join the fun!
Two Wednesdays from now, on December 20th, our evening prayer will be extended to include more silence for reflection, more music for our souls, and an opportunity for anointing. Christmas can be a very difficult time, particularly if we are in the midst of a transition or have lost someone we love. We hope to create a time and some space to acknowledge those difficult feelings and offer some solace and consolation. I invite you to take an hour to care for yourself with some prayer and music.
This Sunday I’ll be preaching, Emily will be celebrating, the children will be rehearsing our presidentially-recognized Christmas Pageant, #HamiltonmeetsJesus, and Colin and our choir will be creating seasonal music that will lift our spirits.
I look forward to seeing all of you!
All the best,
Working Against the Virus of Racism

Working Against the Virus of Racism

kellybdWe are very excited that the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas will be spending a weekend with us this fall, September 23 and 24. Kelly was formerly the Canon Theologian at our National Cathedral. In the fall she will become the first Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School, now located at Union Theological Seminary. We've invited Kelly to spend the weekend with us so that we might again return to our work on confronting racism. Kelly is an amazing preacher and theologian and we are beyond honored that she is making time in her incredibly busy schedule to be with us. Look for more details in the next few weeks on the spirituality and theology that we will be exploring together. 

In the event that you find yourself looking for some interesting summer reading, here are some books she has suggested we investigate: HomecomingThe Color of Law, and one by Kelly called Stand Your Ground. She also suggested that watching 13th on Netflix would be helpful.

Racism is an issue that we are called to confront and challenge and end. It is not something that will just die a gentle death. Our hope is that with our time with Kelly and one another, we may again return to this important work. 

All Saints' Book Club

All Saints' Book Club

midnightFall Reading List Selected

The All Saints Book Club has defined its reading list through the fall. The meetings start at 7:30 PM usually at the home of a member. The locations and further details are on our Facebook page. Here is the schedule for the next several months:

  • August 10 - "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" by John Berendt
  • September 14 - "Operation Breadbasket" by Martin Deppe (meet in the Reading Room at the church)
  • October 12 - "Saints and Villains" by Denise Giardina
  • November 9 - "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson
  • December 14 - Pick your own poetry book and share favorite poem(s)

For additional information, contact Mike Burke (

Bags for RCS

Bags for RCS

We're running low on paper and reusable bags for our Tuesday night pantry. Please bring us your extras! 
We will be taking donations on Tuesday evenings, M-F 9am-4pm, and on Sundays during church services. Look for the bins by the doors. Thanks for your help!

Evening Prayer at The Breakers

Evening Prayer at The Breakers

 Sundays at 2pm

breakersbibleWe are very excited to announce that every Sunday at 2:00 pm, All Saints' offers something new at the Breakers - An Evening Prayer Service! Our first event was Sunday, December 4th, and went marvelously well - we had 13 attendees! Folks are very pleased that there's a Protestant service being offered in addition to the current choices (which are Catholic and Moody Bible.) The Prayer Service itself is printed in large print and in bulletin style with scripture taken each week from the Common Lectionary.

The weekly service starts at 2:00 pm, upstairs on the second floor Meditation Room, and lasts about 15 minutes. Please contact Paul Mallatt if you have questions, or comments at 773-860-4649. When you can, stop by the Breakers (5333 N Sheridan Rd) where the parking is free (for 2 hours), the coffee is hot, and the folks are friendly!


Community Kitchen Volunteers Needed

Community Kitchen Volunteers Needed

Tuesdays 6:15-8:00pm 

RCS is looking for help serving and cleaning up after dinner on Tuesdays from 6:15-8:00pm.

If you're able to volunteer, contact Emily or Operations Manager Parker Callahan, or call 773-769-0282.

New Opportunity: Hospitality Ministry

New Opportunity: Hospitality Ministry

helloDo you feel called to create an open, welcoming, hospitable environment at All Saints? Do you like meeting and connecting with people? Join the new Hospitality Ministry! Members of the Hospitality Ministry will help the clergy and vestry create a welcoming culture by greeting new members, engaging new faces at coffee hour, and helping connect new members of All Saints with our various programs.

Interested? Contact Diane Doran or Michelle Mayes. Include "Hospitality Ministry" in the subject line.

Join Our Member Directory!

Join Our Member Directory!

Our new Associate Rector, Emily Williams Guffey, is enjoying getting to know everyone in our congregation. Help her put names and faces together by adding yourself to our online directory!

If you are a member of All Saints' and haven't already registered for the directory, please contact our resident web guru Jim Crandall at and he will send a user name, password, and instructions.

Love on a Plate

Love on a Plate

Join the All Saints' Care Ministry! 

casseroleThe Care Ministry at All Saints' is a quiet one, simply providing meals after a new baby arrives, after surgery, during an illness. Because when life gets complicated, dinner is often the last thing on our minds--but sometimes a meal and visit from a friend is exactly what we need!

If you can provide a meal, give someone a ride, or run an errand once in awhile, please email You'll be contacted when a need arises and you can sign up to help at your convenience.


Donate to The 1883 Project

Donate to The 1883 Project

Please consider supporting the restoration project of our historic building. To make a donation, click here

1883 Construction web 

This OLD Church

This OLD Church

This week’s stories of the bell tower: The beams and posts in the bell tower are being filled with epoxy and fungicide to prevent future insect damage and to restore their strength and integrity. Here are some photos of the work currently taking place. Everywhere you see white is where the post or beam is being rebuilt, restored and protected.
The blue hue in the photo is from the tarp surrounding the bell tower enabling Ron Young and his crew to continue working in the dropping temperatures.
Fixing This Old Church

Fixing This Old Church

Here is a collection of photos of the progress of our 1883 Project. Here is a collection of bell tower photos. Check back often for updates.

Sunday Service Times

8:00 am Inclusive Language Eucharist
9:00 am Holy Eucharist with Choir
10:00 am Children's Church School
10:00 am Coffee Hour
11:00 am Holy Eucharist with Choir


Contact Us

4550 N. Hermitage in Chicago, IL 60640 (Directions)

Phone (773) 561-0111


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Bonnie on Huffington Post

Occasionally Bonnie's sermons are published on the Huffington Post. Here are some links.

Pain. Change. Hope.

November 15, 2015

What Does St. Francis of Assisi Have to Say to Us Today?

October 4, 2015

Wake Up Calls

September 6, 2015

Christmas Reminds Us That We, Like God, Are Human, Too

December 24, 2014

The Deep Sleep of Racial Oblivion: One Pastor's Sin of Omission

November 30, 2014

Pulpit Swap

The Pulpit Swap between St Thomas and All Saints is part of our ongoing effort to bring our parishes closer together as we engage in a conversation about systemic racism and how we can work together to forge new possibilities and outcomes.

Going Home—Changed

Pulpit Swap Sermon By The Rev Bonnie Perry of All Saints Episcopal Church on October 16, 2016.  

When Prayers Go Unanswered

Pulpit Swap Sermon By The Rev Dr Fulton L Porter celebrating at All Saints Episcopal Church on Oct16 2016.