The Office for Externs and International Priests oversees the entry and placement of diocesan externs and international priests. The office anticipates the priests’ arrival and finds a suitable placement for him. The office also facilitates the granting of faculties.
The office meets with the diocesan externs and international priests to discuss their plans while in the archdiocese and to advise the recently arrived priest of their responsibilities while serving in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
The Archbishop's Delegate for Externs and International Priests' position was created in 1999 in response to Cardinal George's call for more international priests to assist in ministering to the diverse ethnic parishes in Chicago. The archbishop appoints the delegate, an archdiocesan priest, to oversee the entry and placement of international priests.
There have been a number of cases when the international priest arrived in the United States prior to the Archdiocese receiving all of the necessary approvals. The priest cannot be granted an assignment or a residence in the Archdiocese unless the proper background checks, approval and permission by the sending bishop or superior, and the granting of faculties by the Archbishop of Chicago.