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CURRICULUM VITAE
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.


Born: January 16, 1937

Entered Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate: August 14, 1957

Ordained a Priest: December 21, 1963

Appointed as Fifth Bishop of Yakima: July 10, 1990

Ordained and Installed as Bishop: September 21, 1990

Appointed as Ninth Archbishop of Portland in Oregon: April 30, 1996

Installed as Archbishop: May 27, 1996

Appointed as Eighth Archbishop of Chicago: April 8, 1997

Installed as Archbishop: May 7, 1997

Named Cardinal by Pope John Paul II: January 18,1998

Created Cardinal Priest in Consistory: February 21, 1998

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

Member, Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 1998 to present.
Member, Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples, 1999 to present.
Member, Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life, 1998 to present.
Member, Congregation for Oriental Churches, 2001 to present.
Member, Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church, 1999 to present.
Member, Pontifical Council “Cor Unum,” 1998 to present.
Member, Pontifical Council for Culture, 2004 to present.
Chancellor, The Catholic Church Extension Society, Chicago, Illinois, 1997 to present.
Chancellor, University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois, 1997 to present.
Publisher, The Catholic New World, Chicago Catolico,1997 to present, and Katolik, 2006 to present.
President, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2007 to present.
Vice-President, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2004 to 2007.
Member, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Administrative Committee, 2001 to present.
Member, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Liturgy, 2004 to present;
Chairman, 2001-2004; Consultant, 1997-2001.
Member, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops ad hoc Committee to Oversee the Use
of the Catechism, 1995 to 2001.
Member, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee, American Board of Catholic
Missions, 1994 to 1997.
Member, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Church in Latin America,
1994 to 2000.
Member, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Religious Life and
Ministry, 1994 to 1997.
Member, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Doctrine, 1991-94, 1996-2001.
Member, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on World Missions, 1999 to 2002.
Consultant, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Doctrine, 2004 to present.
Consultant, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities, 1999 to
present.
Consultant, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on African American Catholics, 1999
to 2002.
Member, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee on Campus Ministry, 1997-2003.
Consultant, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee on Lay Ministry, 2003 to present.
Papal Appointee to the Synod on Consecrated Life, 1994.
Member, Post-Synodal Council for World Synod of Bishops, 2008 to present.
Delegate, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2008 World Synod of Bishops.
Delegate, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2001 World Synod of Bishops.
Member, Post-Synodal Council for World Synod of Bishops, 2001-2004.
Delegate, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Special Assembly for America of the Synod of
Bishops, 1997.
Special Secretary, Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops, 1997.
USCCB Representative to International Commission on English in the Liturgy, 1997 to 2006.
Member, Board of Trustees, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 1997 to
present.
Member, Board of Directors, National Catholic Bioethics Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1994
to present.
Member, Board of Trustees, The Catholic University of America, 1993 to present.
Member, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops ad hoc Committee on Shrines, 1992 to 2008.
Member, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Missions, 1991 to 1998.
Episcopal Liaison, Catholic Campus Ministry Association Executive Board, 1998 to 2003.
Episcopal Liaison, Ministry of Transportation Chaplains, 2003 to present.
Consultant, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Science and Human Values,
1994 to 1997.
Consultant, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Hispanic Affairs, 1994 to
1997.
Treasurer, Northwest Regional Office for Hispanic Affairs, 1992 to 1997.
Episcopal Advisor, Cursillo Movement, Region XII, 1990 to 1997.
Chair, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission for Bishops and Scholars, 1992 to
1994.
Episcopal Moderator and Member of Board, National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities,
1990 to 2008.
Trustee of the Papal Foundation, 1997 to present.
Grand Prior of the North Central Lieutenancy of the United States for the Equestrian Order of the
Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, 1997 to present.
Conventual Chaplain ad honorem of the Federal Association of the Sovereign Military Order of
Malta, 1997 to present.
Member, Chicago Bible Society Advisory Board, 2002 to present.
Member, Kohl McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Awards Advisory Board, 1997 to present.
State Chaplain, Knights of Columbus, Washington State, 1993 to 1995.
Member, Board of Directors, Oblate Media, Belleville, Illinois, 1988 to 1997.
Member, Providence Yakima Medical Center Community Board, Yakima, Washington, 1990 to
1996.
Chair, Washington Association of Churches Committee on Theological Dialogue, 1993 to 1996.
Consultant, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Evangelization, 1991 to 1993.
Coordinator, Circle of Fellows, The Cambridge Center for the Study of Faith and Culture,
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1987 to 1990.
Vicar General, Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Rome, Italy, 1974 to 1986.
Provincial Superior, Midwestern U.S. Province, Oblates of Mary Immaculate, St. Paul, Minnesota,
1973 to 1974.
President, Board of Directors, Tekakwitha Indian Mission, Sisseton, South Dakota, 1973 to 1974.
Chairman, Department of Philosophy, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, and Member of the
Executive Committee of the Academic Council of the University, 1971 to 1973.
Member, Council of Direction, Oblate House of Studies, Omaha, Nebraska, and Assistant Professor
of Philosophy, Creighton University, 1969 to 1973.
Member, Council of Direction, and Instructor in Philosophy, Oblate Seminary, Pass Christian,
Mississippi, 1964 to 1967.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Oblate Seminary, Pass Christian, Mississippi, 1964-1967 (Instructor in Philosophy)
Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas, 1965 (summer, Visiting Instructor in
Philosophy)
Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1968-1969 (Teaching Fellow in Philosophy)
Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, 1969-1973 (Assistant Professor of Philosophy)
Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, 1993 (summer, Visiting Professor of Religious Studies)

EDUCATION

S.T.D. (Ecclesiology), Pontifical Urban University, Rome, 1989.
Ph.D. (American philosophy), Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1970.
M.A. (Theology), University of Ottawa, Canada, 1971.
M.A. (Philosophy), The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 1965.
B.Th. University of Ottawa, Canada, 1964.

HONORARY DEGREES

University of Portland - Doctor of Laws, 1997
John Marshall Law School - Doctor of Laws, 1998
Loyola University of Chicago – Doctor of Humane Letters, 1998
Franciscan University of Steubenville - Doctor of Pedagogy, 2000
Barat College – Doctor of Humane Letters, 2000
Creighton University – Doctor of Laws, 2001
Saint Xavier University – Doctor of Humane Letters, 2004

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

American Catholic Philosophical Association
American Society of Missiologists
Catholic Commission on Intellectual and Cultural Affairs

AWARDS AND GRANTS

Outstanding Educator of America, 1972 and 1973.
The American Council for Philosophical Studies, research grant, 1973.
Flannery Lecture, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, “1492-1992: A Church Catholic and
Native to the Americas,” February 19, 1992.
American Catholic Philosophical Association Convention, San Diego, California; plenary address,
“Being Through Others in Christ: esse per and ecclesial communion,” March 28, 1992.

RESEARCH AND PUBLISHED WRITINGS

Books:
Inculturation and Ecclesial Communion (Rome: Urbaniana University Press, 1990).

“Evangelizing American Culture,” chapter in The New Catholic Evangelization, ed. by Kenneth
Boyack, C.S.P. (Mahwah, N.Y.: Paulist Press, 1992), 42-55.

“The Church and Cultures,” chapter in A Church for All Peoples, ed. by Eugene LaVerdiere,
(Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1993), 55-70.

Response to “The Church and the Kingdom” by Avery Dulles, S.J., chapter in A Church for All
Peoples, ed. by Eugene LaVerdiere (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1993), 27-30.

“Bishops and the Splendor of Truth,” chapter in The Splendor of Truth and Health Care, ed. by
Russell E. Smith (The Pope John XXIII Medical-Moral Research and Education Center,
Braintree, MA, 1995), 17-28.

“Missionaries and Native Peoples of North America: Lessons for the Church Today,” Faith, Moral
Reasoning and Contemporary American Life, 1995, 137-149.

“Justice,” Dictionnaire des Valeurs Oblates, sous la direction de Fabio Ciardi, Rome, 1996, 498-
507.

“Bishops and Theologians,” chapter in Theological Education in the Catholic Tradition:
Contemporary Challenges, ed. by Patrick W. Carey and Earl C. Muller, S.J. (New York,
NY: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1997), 213-218.

“Knowledge of God,” in Encyclopedia of Catholic Doctrine, ed. By Russell Shaw (Huntington, IN:
Our Sunday Visitor, 1997), 365-367.

Theses:
The Metaphysical Constitution of Creatures in Thomas Aquinas’ De Potentia Dei, master’s thesis in
philosophy (Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.).

The Eschatology of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, master’s thesis in theology (University of Ottawa,
Canada).

Society and Experience: a Critique of the Social Philosophies of Josiah Royce, George Herbert
Mead and Roy Wood Sellars, doctoral dissertation in philosophy, directed by Andrew J. Reck
(Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana).

Pastoral Letters:

“Becoming an Evangelizing People” – a pastoral letter on evangelization, November 21, 1997.
“Dwell in My Love” – a pastoral letter on racism, April 4, 2001.

Published Articles:
Dewey and Dialectic,” Tulane Studies in Philosophy, XXII, Winter, 1973, 17-38.

“The Founder’s Charism,” Vie Oblate, XXXIV, 1975, 111-126.

“Founding ‘Founderology’: Charism and Hermeneutics,” Review for Religious, XXXVI, January,
1977, 40-48.

“Criteres pour decouvrir et vivre le charisme du Fondateur audjourd’hui,” Vie Oblate, XXXVI,
1977, 31-43.

“The Ongoing Formation of Missionaries,” Vie Oblate, XXXVIII, 1979, 93-107.

“Missions and Ministry for Justice: the OMI Experience,” Omnis Terra, XIII, April, 1979, 160-
173.

“Missions and Ministry for Justice,” Vie Oblate, XXXIX, 1980, 105-123.

“La Formazione Permanente e il Cammino verso Cristo,” Temi di Formazione e Pastorale, III,
September, 1980, 1-6.

“The New Oblate Constitutions: Mirror of a Congregation,” SEDOS Bulletin, November 1, 1981,
313-319.

“L’evangelisation et les Chapitres generaux de 1972 a 1980,” Vie Oblate, XLII, 1983, 284-305.

“La vida religiosa: palabra para el mudo de hoy,” Vida religiosa, LIX, 1 febrero, 1985, 44-51.

“The Process of Inculturation: Steps, Rules, Problems,” Kerygma, XXII (1988), 93-113.
“Ecclesiological Presuppositions in Inculturating the Faith: Three Examples from Mission
History,”

Neue Zeitschrift fur Missionswissenschaft, XLV (1989), 256-264.

“Oblate Preaching: Father Louis Soullier’s Letter of February 17, 1895,” Vie Oblate, December,
1989, 467-474.

“Priestly Identity and the Mission of Christ,” The Priest, XLV, November, 1989, 44-48.

“The Catholic University and Academic Culture,” Proceedings: Present and Future Challenges
Facing Catholic Universities (Ottawa, 1990), 37-42.

“Evangelizing American Culture,” The Catholic World, id. 235, no. 1408, July/August, 1992,
160-166.

Published talks and conferences in Oblate Documentation, from 1973 to 1989.

Being Through Others in Christ: esse per and Ecclesial Communion,” Annual ACPA
Proceedings, 1992, 29-44.

“Teaching Moral Theology in the Light of the Dialogical Framework of ‘Veritatis Splendor’,”
Seminarium, XXXIV, January-March, 1994, 43-51.

“The Bishop and his Deacons: Reflection on the Directory for Deacons,” Sacrum
Ministerium, IV, January, 1998, 45-53.

“Education in Love: The Interior Culture of the Person,” Anthropotes, 1998, 179-183.

“Authority, Service, and Communion,” Lay Witness, 1999, 46-47.

“Institutional Conversion at the Turn of the Century,” Seminarium, XXXIX, 1999, 135-147.
“Biotechnology and Some Theological Thoughts on the Body,” The Genome: Plant, Animal,
Human, 2000, p. 179-190.

“A New Evangelization in a New Millennium: A Call for A New Apologetics,” Lay Witness,
2000, p. 4-5.

“Uno Dio e una Chiesa per il mondo: commemorazione del decimo anniversario della
Redemptoris Missio,” A Dieci Anni dall’Enciclica Redemptoris Missio, 2001, p. 135-
159.

Cardinal’s Column – Cardinal George writes a column for The Catholic New World,
official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Reviews:

Review of Donald P. Gray, The One and the Many: Teilhard de Chardin’s Vision of Unity; in
Modern Schoolman, XLIX (1971).

Reviews of Denis Goulet, A New Moral Order: Development Ethics and Liberation Theology and
Brian Wren, Education for Justice: Pedagogical Principles; in SEDOS Bulletin, February 15,
1978.

Reviews of Richard Turner, The Eye of the Needle: Toward Participatory Democracy in South
Africa and John W. de Gruchy, The Church Struggle in South Africa; in SEDOS Bulletin, March
15,1980.

Review of Antonio Perez-Esclarin, Atheism and Liberation and The Challenge of Basic
Christian Communities (Papers from the International Ecumenical Congress of Theology, 1980,
Sao Paolo, Brazil), ed. by Sergio Torres and John Eagleson; in Bibliographia Missionaria, XLV
(1981).

Review of Ninian Smart, Beyond Ideology: Religion and the Future of Western Civilization; in
The Australasian Catholic Record, LXII (1985).

Review of Robert J. Schreiter, Constructing Local Theologies; in The Australasian Catholic
Record, LXIII (1986).

Review of John M. Letiche and Basil Dmytryshyn, Russian Statecraft. The “Politika” of Iurii
Krizhanich: An Analysis and Translation of Iurii Krizhanich’s “Politika,” in Euntes Docete,
XXXIX (1986).

Review of Achiel Peelman, L’Inculturation: L’Eglise et les Cultures; in Bibliografia
Missionaria, LIII (1989).

Review of Louis J. Luzbetak, The Church and Culture: New Perspectives in Missiological
Anthropology; in The Australasian Catholic Record, LXVII (1990).

Review of Michael Barnes, Christian Identity and Religious Pluralism: Religious in
Conversation; in Review for Religious, LI (1992).

Review of John J. Killoren, S.J., Come, Blackrobe: DeSmet and the Indian Tragedy; in Review
for Religious, LIII (1994).

Review of Sebastian Karotemprel, editor, Following Christ in Mission: A Foundational Course
in Missiology; in International Bulletin of Missionary Research (1997).