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Chicago, IL (August 27, 2012) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, has appointed Rev. William Grogan to the Archdiocesan role as Vicar for Health Care. The appointment formalizes work Fr. Grogan was previously doing as the Cardinal’s Delegate for Hospitals and Chair of the Archdiocesan Bioethics Committee.

In this role, Fr. Grogan will represent the Archbishop on all matters related to healthcare.  Also, he will continue to act as his chief advisor on ethical issues in hospital ministry and other related fields.

Ordained in 1976, Grogan is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and has ministered in a variety of parish, academic and healthcare assignments.  He currently serves as Director of Organizational and Clinical Ethics for the Illinois-based Presence Health, a 20,000 employee Catholic healthcare system of twelve hospitals, Senior Service arrangements and related ministries.

Grogan earned his Doctor of Law from Loyola University of Chicago and has had a longtime affiliation with that university as a senior lecturer in ethics in the Theology Department, School of Law and Graduate Business School.  He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Federal Courts.  He has been a member of the American, Illinois and Chicago bar associations as well as Chaplain to the Catholic Lawyers Guild.

Grogan also holds Pontifical Licentiate and Master’s of Divinity degrees with honors from the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, and the Master of Studies degree in ethics from Oxford University.  Father Grogan has researched current developments for health care in law, social policy, and ethics at the Kennedy Institute at Washington’s Georgetown University and in England at Oxford University.

He resides at St. Ignatius Parish in Chicago, where he provides weekend liturgical and education support.  He can be reached at:

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