Mission

The Nicholas Center, a ministry of the Diocese of Chicago operating in partnership with Living Compass, offers programs to strengthen clergy and lay leaders for service in the church and the world.

About the Nicholas Center

It took more than 40 years, but the crew at the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago finally cleaned out the attic.

They needed the space. In the spring of 2013, Ab and Nancy Nicholas of Milwaukee made a $10 million gift—the largest in the diocese’s 187-year history—to create the Nicholas Center at St. James Commons. The Center, developed and operated in partnership with the Living Compass Faith and Wellness Ministry, which shared in the gift, offers programs to strengthen clergy and lay leaders for service in the church and the world.

When the gift was announced, Bishop Jeffrey D. Lee said, “What we focus on grows. We need to focus on the health and wellness of our church leaders and the vitality of our congregations so we can do God’s work of feeding the hungry, advocating for the oppressed, and testifying to the power of the risen Christ in our lives and our world.”

The Nicholas Center, which opened in the summer of 2014, has 14 guest rooms with single beds and private baths. Each room has a unique 5th floor view of Chicago's bustling skyline. There is a shared dining area, meeting room, lounge, and office space. "The Nicholas Center has the efficiency of a ship's cabin to carry people safely into transformational change," said Lee. "This is a place you're going to want to come and experience."

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