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ARCHBISHOP BLASE J. CUPICH ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF REV. RONALD HICKS AS
VICAR GENERAL OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO

Rev. Kevin Birmingham to Serve as the Archbishop's Administrative Secretary

Chicago, IL (November 21, 2014)Archbishop Blase J. Cupich announced today that Most Rev. Francis J. Kane, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, who has been serving as Vicar General of the Archdiocese, has requested to return to his role as Episcopal Vicar of Vicariate II.  As a result, Archbishop Cupich is appointing Rev. Ronald A. Hicks to serve as the new Vicar General.  Fr. Hicks has served on the faculty of St. Joseph College Seminary and currently serves as the Formation Director for the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary.  His appointment as Vicar General will take effect January 1, 2015.

In addition, Archbishop Cupich announced that effective immediately, Rev. Kevin M. Birmingham, the Pastor of Maternity BVM Parish in Chicago, will become Administrative Secretary for the Archbishop, while Rev. George Schopp, Pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Chicago, will serve as Administrator of Maternity BVM until a new pastor is named.

Rev. Daniel A. Flens will continue to assist Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago.

Rev. Ronald A. Hicks

Rev. Kevin M. Birmingham

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