Successor to Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. Announced

Cardinal _george _headerBp ._BlasePope Francis has announced that Bp. Blase Cupich of Spokane, Washington will succeed Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. as the new Archbishop of Chicago.  Bishop Cupich will be installed during a Mass in Chicago on November 18.

Cardinal George celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood last year.   He is 77 years old and has been battling cancer for several years. 

A native of Chicago, Cardinal George attended St. Henry Seminary in Belleville, Illinois and entered the Oblates in 1957.  His priestly ordination was in 1963.  He taught philosophy at several institutions from 1964–1973, and served as Provincial Superior of the former Midwestern Oblate Province until 1974.  He served in Rome as Oblate Vicar General until 1986. 

On his return to the United States Cardinal George served as coordinator of the Circle of Fellows for the Cambridge Center for the Study of Faith and Culture in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  In July 1990 Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Yakima, Washington, and in 1996 he became Archbishop of Portland, Oregon.  Then in April 1997 he was named the eighth Archbishop of Chicago, and soon after was elevated to the College of Cardinals.