A Call To Prayer: Archdiocese Of Chicago Launches Prayer Line For People Of Any Faith

Small Illinois Church Defines Stay-At-Home order
Photo credit Brett Carlsen/Getty Image
By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Archdiocese of Chicago is offering to help people who may be feeling spiritually empty during these, sometimes exasperating days.

The Archdiocese of Chicago has begun a “prayer line” called A Call to Prayer.

Sally Blount, the incoming CEO of Catholic Charities said it's for people of any faith who is looking for comfort.  

"My hope is we can touch their hearts in a unique place of need, in that place that’s deeper than words can speak," she said.

Blount said that at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, a number of people from the archdioceses came together to try to determine how they could help others from a faith point-of-view. The prayer line is their answer.

"Very quickly, we found that we had 200 volunteers who would be interested in being on the phone, manning phone lines for anyone of any faith tradition who was looking for spiritual accompaniment during this time," she said.

Blount said people who call can choose to speak to someone in English, Spanish, or Polish.  

They can also speak to no one if they choose.

"It’s 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., every single day, seven days a week, but even if you call after hours, you can leave us a message. If you just want us to prayer for you, there’s an option to push a button and just leave a message even if you’re feeling shy about an interaction," she said.

You can reach A Call to Prayer at 312-741-3388, or your can visit archchicago.org/calltoprayer for more information on the prayer service and other resources you might need for counseling or other kinds of support.