A Better Part Of Chicago – Cantius

By Jon|August 5, 2015|Personal|

Having lived in Chicago for four years now, I can honestly say after all the bars and beaches, festivals and forest preserves, ethnic cuisine and enthusiastic government workers that my favorite place is Saint John Cantius Church.

I heard about the parish when I was a freshman at Franciscan University and thought, “If I ever move to Chicago, I know where I’ll be going to Mass.” It turned out to be especially true because within a few months we had gathered the young professionals of the parish together for Wednesday low Masses, what would become Quo Vadis-Juventutem. (now called Quo Vadis)

Though I certainly can’t identify my friendships in Chicago with only the parish or Catholics, it became clear that anyone I became friends with, once invited there, quickly became so.


Before I left for Houston, the group had a going away party — people that I will never forget and hope to see again soon.

Here’s a history of the group in photos:

If you want to get in touch with them, please contact the new coordinator Rachel Rauwolf or send a message to the page. Go find them, they are good people.

As the group was growing I was lucky to be able to visit similar Juventutem groups around the world: RioHong Kong, Rome, London and others.

Here’s a brief history of Cantius:

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Jon connects leaders and organizations to Catholic philosophical resources to battle for the soul of the western world.