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Chicago, IL (December 19, 2007) – It was announced today that Thomas M. Brennan, Director of the Department of Financial Services for the Archdiocese of Chicago will be leaving his position at the end of his current contract term in mid-2008. Brennan, who has been Finance Director since 1998, said he is leaving the Archdiocese at the end of his current five-year term to pursue other opportunities.

Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, expressed his gratitude to Brennan for his years of leadership and service to the parishes and the schools, as well as the ministerial and administrative agencies of the Archdiocese. The Cardinal remarked, “I am deeply grateful for all that Mr. Brennan has accomplished in helping to strengthen the financial position of the Archdiocese these past ten years. The Annual Report being published this Friday will show that the Archdiocese of Chicago is in better health than it has been for some years. This report of solid progress testifies to Mr. Brennan’s dedicated work and careful supervision.” Jim Lago, Archdiocesan Chancellor, added: “I have worked very closely with Tom and can attest to his intelligence, extensive financial knowledge, commitment and personal integrity. We will miss him.”

Brennan stated that he is grateful for the opportunity to serve the archdiocese these past 10 years and feels privileged to have worked with so many talented and dedicated people in the church.

Mr. James Denny, vice-chairman of the Finance Council, will chair the search committee to help select the new Director of the Department of Financial Services.

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