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AS new auxiliary bishops for the archdiocese of chicago

Rev. Andrew P. Wypych
Rev. Alberto Rojas
CHICAGO (June 13, 2011) -  His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, today named Rev. Andrew P. Wypych and Rev. Alberto Rojas as new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese.

At a news conference today, Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, announced the appointment of Fr. Wypych and Fr. Rojas as new bishop-designates.

When Fr. Wypych and Fr. Rojas are ordained as bishops, they will enter the ranks of those who are successors of the apostles in the Church.  At their ordination, which will be scheduled for later this summer, they will receive the office of teaching, governing and sanctifying as a bishop.  They will exercise their ministry in union with the Pope and their fellow bishops throughout the world.

Bishop-designates Wypych and Rojas will hold the title of auxiliary bishop, meaning they will assist Cardinal George in the pastoral administration of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Fr. Wypych, pastor of St. Francis Borgia Parish in Chicago, will serve as Cardinal George’s vicar for Vicariate V of the Archdiocese and as liaison to Polish Catholics; Fr. Rojas, pastor of Good Shepherd Parish in Chicago, will serve as the Cardinal’s vicar for Vicariate III of the Archdiocese and as liaison to Hispanic Catholics.

Bishop-elect Wypych, 55, was ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese of Krakow in Poland in 1979.  He came to Chicago in 1983 and was incardinated in this Archdiocese several years later.  Prior to becoming pastor of St. Francis Borgia Parish in 2002, Fr. Wypych served in a number of parishes in the Archdiocese, including Five Holy Martyrs, St. Giles, St. Ladislaus and St. Pancratius.*

Bishop-elect Rojas, 46, studied for the priesthood in his native city, Aguascalientes, Mexico, and in the Archdiocese of Chicago, where he was ordained a priest in 1997.  Fr. Rojas served at St. Gregory the Great and St. Ita prior to being named pastor of Good Shepherd Parish in 2010.**

Both priests have served as pastors and associate pastors.  Bishop-elect Wypych has also served as a Dean, and Bishop-elect Rojas was a member of the seminary formation faculty at University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary.


* When first posted this list of assignments included St. Eugene Parish, which was incorrect.

** When first posted this release gave the assignment date of 2001, which was incorrect.

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