Events

On this page you will find information for the annual Bishop Perry’s Catholic Chicago Men’s Forum held on the Saturday after Easter each year. All men from the Archdiocese of Chicago and beyond are invited to attend.


Would you like CMCS to come to your parish in the Chicago Southland to help you organize a parish men’s event or group?  For more info or or to schedule, contact us


Bishop Perry’s

Catholic Chicago Men’s Forum

A morning to nurture Catholic men on their spiritual journey.

March 18, 2020

Dear CMCS-Men and Donors,

Catholic Men Chicago Southland Apostolate regretfully announces the cancellation of our Bishop Perry’s Catholic Chicago Men’s Forum on April 18, 2020. The CMCS-Team agrees that without the interaction of participants, using one-way instruction or reflection via electronic means would not have the same intent or effect without the faith-sharing portion and face-to-face engagement. Community is the fiber of our Catholic Faith.

It’s looking as if the COVID-19 virus can last at least several more weeks, or well into the summer months, so we’ll have to see if in Holy Week churches will be closed to the public.

If the Forum is rescheduled to a later date this year in the Fall or even next Spring, your recent donation for seats would be honored for admission. If you would like a refund, please let us know and we’ll understand, and absorb the purchase transaction fees if you used PayPal. CMCS functions debt free since 2004, and remains strong financially. To that end, we have a matching grant*for Lent, so if you don’t choose a refund we can apply your donation there.

Likewise, your parish needs your prayers and financial support now even though its doors are closed, because it ministers to your community and the bills still have to be paid. So we encourage you to support your parish first, as it is the beacon of hope and redemption in your local community.

We know that this period will be difficult in various ways for everyone, and we want to assure you that the CMCS is fully committed to you and your family, and continues our important work on your behalf. The purpose of the Forum is for Catholic Men to connect the dots with each other on their spiritual journey so, now more than ever, please let us know how we can personally help you to nurture your spirituality in living out your vocation as a local Catholic man, a husband, or a father.

These are extraordinary times.

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, pray for us!

On behalf of Bishop Perry and the CMCS-Team,
God bless you where you need it most.

Frank J Casella, CMCS Executive Director

*A generous CMCS-Man is offering a matching grant to match all your donations through the days of Lent to CMCS up to $600.00. This is Lent and it should be part of our almsgiving. The matching grant will be used to pay admission to our Men’s Forum on April 18th for priests, seminarians, and the under-employed. Plus, if any overage occurs the remaining funds will be used as needed to serve the CMCS mission.

(Scroll down to read biographical Summaries)

Click here or image above to download PDF flyer.

  • Saint Anne’s presents a nice space, ample parking and close to expressway access. MAP

“We are proud to offer a few hours of respite, prayer and solid input to men across the Archdiocese on how they can live faithfully the implications of their baptism and discipleship in Christ for these times,” 

Most Reverend Joseph Perry of Chicago

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Program: Doors Open 8:30am with Hot Breakfast, Program Starts at 9:30am with Discussion, Closing Mass with Bishop Perry at Noon.

Tickets: $25.00 each man, $20.00 each 2 or more men, $10.00 Deacons. Priests and Seminarians Free. $30.00 each at the door. Ticket purchase is a donation, click link below and use dropdown. Groups and Donors write in ‘other amount’ box.

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Remember to bring your Email confirmation to the door for check-in.

Or check-by-mail form below Postmarked by April 11, 2020

*Tickets available at the door on first come basis and food service is not guaranteed. Please call ahead 708.294.8801 leave a voicemail.

Questions? Can’t afford to attend? Contact Us Here. Or call 708.294.8801


Once again a matching grant to match all donations as of Ash Wednesday to CMCS up to $600.00. This is Lent and it should be part of our almsgiving. The matching grant will be used to pay admission to our Men’s Forum on April 18th for priests, seminarians, and the under-employed. If any overage occurs the remaining funds will be used as needed to serve the CMCS mission. Click this link, please send your best gift today – it will double! www.tickets.cmcsvirtues.org


Read the Homily from the 2019 Conference Mass by Bishop Joseph N. Perry

Comments from response cards by men who’ve attended

“Good Job! Thanks to all leadership keeping this going”.

“Good speakers. I will keep in touch via. website and follow the blog”.

“This was a good Event. I enjoyed the keynote address”.

“Suggest to have 2 conferences per year — Spring and Fall — to attract more guys”.

“Wonderful speaker and great people”.

“Interesting how the many of our experiences are similar”.

“This was my first time, and I thought is was very good. Thank you.”.

“Always enjoy attending … “.

“Excellent conference. Very good attendance. Excellent keynote speaker. Workshops excellent”.

“(Enjoy) joining men of different parishes”.

“Inspirational!!”.

“Great event. Great message with important challenges.”

“It brought me to task as a Man.”

“Time well spent!”

“Let more people know about Catholic Men of Chicago Southland.”

“Outstanding!”

“This event was moving and spiritual. It was more than I expected.”


Rev. Richard Simond — Bio:
Father Richard Simon

Fr. Simon was born in La Grange, Ill. in 1949. He received his B.A ., majoring in classical Greek with a minor in Latin. He studied theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, in Mundelein, Ill., and was ordained a priest for the archdiocese of Chicago in 1975. Fr. Simon served in the Spanish speaking inner city of Chicago for the first 31 years of his ministry. He is now the pastor of St. St. Lambert’s parish in Skokie, Illinois. He has been involved with the Charismatic Renewal since shortly after it’s beginning in 1967 and served as Cardinal’s liaison to the Spanish speaking charismatic prayer groups of the Chicago Archdiocese for 22 years. He also taught classical Greek and Latin at St. Joseph’s College, the archdiocesan seminary for 24 years. He currently hosts the radio show, “Father Simon Says,” and writes the blog “Rev. Know It All.”


Reverend Bishop Joseph N. Perry – Bio
Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry

Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry is Auxiliary Bishop and Episcopal Vicar for Vicariate VI of the Archdiocese of Chicago – Since 1998. He is Diocesan Postulator for the Cause of Sainthood of Chicago priest, Father Augustus Tolton (1854-1897). Additionally, Bishop Perry is co-founder and Episcopal Liaison of Catholic Men Chicago Southland Apostolate – Founded in 2004. Click HERE for full biographical summary.

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