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SISTER CHRISTINE KUB TO BE DIRECTOR OF
THE METROPOLITAN TRIBUNAL

Chicago, IL (December 21, 2012) – Francis Cardinal George has appointed Sister Christine Marie Kub OP, JCL as the Administrator of the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
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EARLY MORNING LOOP PILGRIMAGE FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM
Friday, December 21, Beginning at 7 a.m.
Chicago, IL (December 18, 2012) – Members of the Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Priests for Justice for Immigrants (representing 200 priests) and Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants (representing 59 religious orders), will hold a Posada, a symbolic search for shelter that offers hope, justice and human dignity for all immigrants, on Friday, December 21, beginning at 7 a.m., outside the United States Center for Immigration Services, 101 West Congress in downtown Chicago.
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26th ANNUAL ARCHDIOCESAN POSADA TO BE CELEBRATED AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL AND THE GOLD COAST
Sunday, December 16, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Chicago, IL (December 14, 2012) – The Office for Hispanic Catholics will celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Archdiocesan Posada on Sunday, December 16, beginning at 7 p.m. at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.
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"ANTORCHA GUADALUPANA" GUADALUPE TORCH RUN BEGINS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11
CHICAGO, IL (December 10, 2012)  -
This overnight celebration honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, begins with Mass on Tuesday, December 11, at 8 p.m., celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Alberto Rojas at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1100 North River Road in Des Plaines.
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HOLY SEE APPOINTS ELIZABETH NAGEL AS PRESIDENT OF THE PONTIFICAL FACULTY OF THEOLOGY AT MUNDELEIN
Chicago, IL (December 3, 2012) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, announced the appointment by the Holy See of Elizabeth M. Nagel as the new President of the Pontifical Faculty of Theology at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, effective immediately.  Dr. Nagel replaces Fr. John G. Lodge, who has served as president since 2004.
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MEMORIAL MASS FOR DECEASED BISHOPS, PRIESTS AND DEACONS OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
Friday, November 16, at Holy Name Cathedral
Chicago, IL (November 7, 2011) –
The Memorial Mass to pray for all Archdiocesan priests and permanent deacons who have died in the last year will be celebrated by Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, at 12:10 p.m. on Friday, November 16, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.
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CONFERENCE TO HIGHLIGHT ETHICS IN IMMIGRATION DEBATE
Organized by the Archdiocesan Office for Immigrant Affairs & Immigration Education and Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL (October 25, 2012) – Catholic scholars, law enforcement officials and national immigration experts will gather for a daylong conference on morality and immigration on Friday, November 2, at Catholic Theological Union, 5416 South Cornell Avenue in Chicago.
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VIDEO CONTEST FOR CATHOLIC TEENS ANNOUNCED
Prizes Totaling $17,000 to be Awarded in
Year of Sunday Mass – Be a Digital Disciple Contest

Chicago, IL (October 10, 2012) – The Archdiocese of Chicago has announced a video contest for Catholic teens as part of the ongoing emphasis on the Year of Sunday Mass.  All Catholic high school students from Archdiocesan parishes in Cook and Lake counties are invited to show witness to their faith by creating an original, two-minute video about the importance of Sunday Mass.
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CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AWARDS $298,000
TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS  

Chicago, IL (September 21, 2012) – The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) of the Archdiocese of Chicago recently announced grants totaling $298,000 to eighteen community-based organizations at a ceremony held at St. Aloysius Parish in Chicago. 
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MASS FOR ATONEMENT & HOPE AT HEALING GARDEN SITE
Saturday, September 15, 10 a.m.
Chicago, IL (September 11, 2012)
The Archdiocese of Chicago will mark the 10th anniversary of the Charter for the Protection of Children & Young People and its commitment to promote healing and reconciliation with victims/survivors of childhood sexual abuse with a Mass celebrated by Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, at the Healing Garden site at Holy Family Parish, 1080 West Roosevelt Road in Chicago, at 10 a.m., on Saturday, September 15.
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CARDINAL GEORGE NAMES REV. WILLIAM GROGAN AS VICAR FOR HEALTH CARE
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.
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SIX SIMULTANEOUS BACK TO SCHOOL SUNRISE PRAYER SERVICES TO BE CONDUCTED AT CHICAGO LAKEFRONT ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 25
Chicago, IL (August 21, 2012)
– The Black Catholic Deacons in the Archdiocese of Chicago are inviting all to attend a Back to School Sunrise Prayer Service on Saturday, August 25, at 6:30 a.m. to pray for nonviolence in the hearts of people, in families and schools and on Chicago streets.
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BETSY BOHLEN APPOINTED
ADMINISTRATOR FOR FINANCIAL PROTOCOLS
FOR ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO

Chicago, IL (August 16, 2012) – Betsy Bohlen, the Cardinal’s Delegate for Parish Transformation since April 2011, has been appointed Administrator for Financial Protocols, a new position for the Archdiocese.  The appointment was made by Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, and was effective July 1.
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YEAR OF SUNDAY MASS BEGINS JULY 1
Archdiocesan Strategic Pastoral Plan: Reflect Christ’s Light Enters Year Two
Chicago, IL (June 29, 2011) – The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Strategic Pastoral Plan: Reflect Christ’s Light, spans five years from 2011 to 2016.The themed years began in July 2011 with the Year of Teens and Young Adults. The Plan continues with The Year of Sunday Mass, starting July 1, 2012, followed by Year of Parent Formation in 2013 and Year of the Sacraments in 2014. 
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JIMMY M. LAGO REAPPOINTED CHANCELLOR
OF ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO

Chicago, IL (Wednesday, June 27, 2012)
– Jimmy M. Lago, who has served as Chancellor for the Archdiocese of Chicago since 2000, has been reappointed to this position in a part-time capacity for a renewable one-year term.  The appointment was made by Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago.  The position of Moderator of the Curia will be reestablished and will be assigned most of the responsibilities currently held by the Chancellor.  In the role of Chancellor, Lago will retain a number of his current responsibilities. The appointment is effective July 1, 2012.
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CARDINAL GEORGE NAMES REV. THOMAS A. BAIMA AS
VICAR FOR ECUMENICAL AND INTERRELIGIOUS AFFAIRS

Chicago, IL (June 20, 2012) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, has appointed Rev. Thomas A. Baima to the new Archdiocesan role as Vicar for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, effective July 1, 2012.
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CHICAGO SERIES IN LITURGICAL MUSIC
Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Divine Worship to
Help Launch New Educational Initiative

Chicago, IL (June 18, 2012) –  In collaboration with the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Divine Worship, the Rensselaer Program of Church Music and Liturgy at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, is preparing to launch a new educational initiative: the Chicago Series in Liturgical Music, a seven-credit sequence of courses, most of which will be offered part-time in the Chicago area over a period of eighteen months.
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CARDINAL GEORGE TO CELEBRATE MEMORIAL DAY MASS AT QUEEN OF HEAVEN CATHOLIC CEMETERY IN HILLSIDE
Archdiocesan Bishops and Priests to Celebrate Masses at Dozens of Catholic Cemeteries in Cook and Lake Counties
Chicago, IL (May 24, 2012)
– Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will celebrate Mass on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, at 10:30 a.m., at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleums, 1400 South Wolf Road in Hillside. This year marks the 175th anniversary of Catholic Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
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NINE MEN TO BE ORDAINED AS DEACONS
Chicago, IL (May 23, 2012) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will ordain nine men as permanent deacons at 2:30 p.m., on Friday, May 25, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.
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CHRISTOPHER J. CANNOVA PROMOTED TO DIRECTOR OF DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL SERVICES FOR ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO Chicago, IL (May 22, 2012) – Christopher J. Cannova, Director of Compensation & Benefits for the Archdiocese since August of 2008, has been appointed Director of the Department of Personnel Services. The appointment was made by Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, and is effective July 1, 2012. Cannova replaces Carol Fowler, D.Min., who will be retiring after twenty-one years as the Department Director of Personnel Services.
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AREA CATHOLICS PRESENTED WITH AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO CATECHESIS AND YOUTH MINISTRY
Chicago, IL (May 16, 2012) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will present the Archdiocesan Catechetical and Youth Ministries Awards to six area recipients for their outstanding contributions to catechesis and youth ministry in Catholic parishes across Cook and Lake counties.
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ANNUAL ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE AND CELEBRATION
Sunday, June 3, at St. Hedwig Parish
Chicago, IL (May 14, 2012)
 - Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will join local Christian bishops and judicatory leaders, to pray for Christian Unity at the 12th Annual Ecumenical Prayer Service, Sunday, June 3, from 4 to 6 p.m., at St. Hedwig Parish, 2226 North Hoyne Avenue in Chicago.
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CARDINAL GEORGE NAMES REV. ROBERT BARRON AS
RECTOR / PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SAINT
MARY OF THE LAKE / MUNDELEIN SEMINARY

Chicago, IL (May 10, 2012) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, has named Rev. Robert L. Barron as the rector/president of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, effective July 1, 2012. 
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CARDINAL GEORGE TO ORDAIN FIFTEEN MEN FOR ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
Ceremonies at Holy Name Cathedral and St. John Cantius Parish
Chicago, IL (May 7, 2012) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will ordain fourteen new priests at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 12, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.  Later this month, Cardinal George will ordain a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago for service in the Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius.  The men, ranging in age from 25 to 56, include seven from the Chicago area and four from Poland.  The others are from Kenya, Tanzania and Peru.
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25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF CASA JESUS SEMINARY
Archdiocese of Chicago's Hispanic Ministry Formation Program
Chicago, IL (April 16, 2012) – Casa Jesús, a house of discernment for Hispanic candidates interested in becoming priests, will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday, April 21, at the Palmer House in Chicago.
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FR. DOMINIC GRASSI AND NORTHSIDE CATHOLIC ACADEMY TO RECEIVE DISTINGUISHED PASTORS AWARD FROM NATIONAL CATHOLIC EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION
CHICAGO, IL (April 10, 2012) - The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools has announced that Rev. Dominic J. Grassi of St. Gertrude Parish and Northside Catholic Academy in Chicago will receive the 2012 Distinguished Pastors Award from the National Catholic Educational Association.
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TICKETS FOR THE APRIL 23 CONCERT
PEACE THROUGH MUSIC - IN THE SPIRIT OF JOHN PAUL - CHICAGO 2012
ARE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Chicago, IL (March 23, 2012) – Tickets for the special concert in honor of the one-year anniversary of the Beatification of Pope John Paul II, are now available  through the Symphony Center box office, online at www.cso.org, or by calling 312-294-3000.
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PEACE THROUGH MUSIC - IN THE SPIRIT OF JOHN PAUL - CHICAGO 2012
SPECIAL CONCERT IN HONOR OF THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE
BEATIFICATION OF POPE JOHN PAUL II
to Bring Chicago Religious, Cultural and Musical Institutions Together Under the Direction of Sir Gilbert Levine

Chicago, IL (March 7, 2012) – A special concert in honor of the one-year anniversary of the Beatification of Pope John Paul II will be held on Monday, April 23, at Orchestra Hall in Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Avenue, at 8 p.m.
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17th ANNUAL JOSEPH CARDINAL BERNARDIN JERUSALEM LECTURE
Tuesday, March 6, at Northwestern University – Norris Center
Chicago, IL (February 22, 2012) – Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will make the welcoming remarks at the 17th Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture on Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m., at Northwestern University – Norris Center, 1999 Campus Drive in Evanston.
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PARISH LEADERSHIP DAY 2012
Blending Faith, Knowledge and Skills to Transform Parishes Since 1984 Saturday, February 18, at Loyola Academy in Wilmette
Chicago, IL (January 24, 2012) – A Conversation with Cardinal George will be one of the major highlights at the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Parish Leadership Day on Saturday, February 18, at Loyola Academy, 1100 Laramie Avenue in Wilmette.
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ARCHDIOCESE REPORTS CITY SCHOOLS GROWING,
SUBURBAN SCHOOLS STABILIZING

Catholic elementary school enrollment in the City of Chicago is growing for the second consecutive year, according to recent results of an annual Office of Catholic Schools survey.
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ARCHDIOCESAN PARISHES TO PARTICIPATE IN ECUMENICAL PRAYER
SERVICES AND EVENTS FOR CELEBRATION OF THE ANNUAL WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
January 18 to 25, 2012
Chicago, IL (January 12, 2012) – Archdiocesan parishes, working in cooperation with the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, will join with other Christian denominations in ecumenical celebrations during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity beginning Wednesday, January 18. 
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ANNUAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST DATE SET FOR
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, AT 8 A.M.

CHICAGO, IL (January 5, 2012) - Catholic high schools across the Archdiocese of Chicago will administer the annual placement tests for eighth grade students on Saturday, January 12, at 8 a.m.
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Statements

ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL’S WORLD POLIO DAY
October 24, 2012

The effort to eradicate polio is a work of love.  Polio, especially in the countries where it is still a danger, leaves people isolated and open to mistreatment.  All of us should be grateful to Rotary for this service which is love in action.

Francis Cardinal George, OMI
Archbishop of Chicago


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STATEMENT FROM SR. MARY PAUL McCAUGHEY, OP
SUPERINTENDENT OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
REGARDING ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND SCHOOL IN CHICAGO

October 2, 2012

This morning I received a letter of resignation from Mr. Rickey Harris, principal of St. Margaret of Scotland School. Until his resignation this morning, Mr. Harris was at all times the principal of St. Margaret of Scotland School.  His time away from the school was, at my request and Mr. Harris’, not to be considered a suspension.  He returned to work full-time last Thursday after a Monday meeting with Fr. William O’Donnell and representatives from the Office of Catholic Schools.

Mr. Harris and Fr. O'Donnell agreed at that time to remain committed to strong communication, reconciliation, active school presence, fiscal transparency, Catholic community, and a vibrant academic program. This remains our promise to the families and faith community of St. Margaret of Scotland.

Mr. Saul Ramirez Mondragon, a current teacher at St. Margaret of Scotland School, is currently serving as interim administrator and is receiving direct support from Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools, JoAnn Yerkes. The Office of Catholic Schools is moving as quickly as possible to assure a principal is in place to serve St. Margaret of Scotland families and their children.


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STATEMENT OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
REGARDING REV. GARY M. MILLER
September 23, 2012

The Reverend Gary Miller has resigned as pastor of St. Bernadette Parish in Evergreen Park. His faculties to engage in any public ministry have been removed. Father Miller stepped aside following an allegation received by officials of the Archdiocese of Chicago on June 30, 2012 that he had engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor while assigned to St. Leonard Parish in Berwyn, more than 30 years ago. 

This allegation was immediately reported by the Archdiocese to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and to the Cook County State’s Attorney.  The Archdiocese’s Independent Review Board determined there is reasonable cause to suspect that sexual abuse of a minor had occurred and recommended that Fr. Miller be withdrawn from ministry.  Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, has accepted the Review Board’s determination and recommendation.  Fr. Miller is now residing in a private setting away from the parish.  He has agreed to be in the Prayer and Penance Program administered by the Archdiocesan Office for the Protection of Children and Youth.

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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO


Francis Cardinal George, OMI
Condition Update
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cardinal Francis George met with his doctors at Loyola University Medical Center on Monday, August 27, 2012. Having consulted with the Cardinal's doctors at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, his doctors at Loyola University Medical Center advised him of his test results, diagnosis and suggested treatment plan.

Test results confirmed that the nodule on the liver contained cancerous cells. This nodule and surrounding tissue was removed on August 15, and there does not appear to be cancer in the liver now. While tests also confirmed that the right kidney contains cancer cells, additional testing did not conclude with certainty that there is cancer elsewhere in his body. Cancerous cells in the bloodstream, however, are impossible to detect.

Based on these medical findings, the Cardinal's doctors have recommended a course of chemotherapy.  Beginning Wednesday, September 5, he will undergo six sessions, each session running three weeks. Chemotherapy will be administered the first two weeks of each session and the third week, free of chemotherapy, will allow the immune system to recuperate.

The Cardinal plans to maintain his regular work schedule and meet his daily obligations during this four month course of treatment.  His public schedule will be reduced during the weeks that he will not be receiving chemotherapy, because his immune system will be weakened.

When the course of treatment is completed, the Archdiocese will share the doctors' analysis of his condition.

With a grateful heart, Cardinal George would like to acknowledge all the people who have sent cards and email notes expressing their concern and promising their prayers.  Please continue to keep the Cardinal in your thoughts and prayers.


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STATEMENT FROM JIMMY M. LAGO, CHANCELLOR
ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
REGARDING REV. GARY M. MILLER, PASTOR OF
ST. BERNADETTE PARISH
July 15, 2012

Representatives of the Archdiocese of Chicago have spoken with Monsignor Wayne Prist, at St. Bernadette Parish, Evergreen Park, and Father Roger Corrales-Diaz pastor of St. Leonard Parish, Berwyn, to inform them that the Archdiocese has received an allegation that Father Gary Miller engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor, while assigned to St. Leonard’s Parish, more than 30 years ago.  At the request of Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, Fr. Miller has agreed to voluntarily and temporarily step aside from active ministry. He also agreed to this action so that there would be no question about the protection of children.

This allegation has been reported, by the Archdiocese, to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Cook County State’s Attorney.  The Archdiocese has also begun its review and investigation of  this matter in accordance with Archdiocese of Chicago policies and  requirements of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. No further information is available at this time.

Leadership of the Archdiocese requests that parish members and others understand that this action is not a judgment of guilt, nor is it a removal from ministry.  It does not affect Father Miller’s position as pastor.  In the meantime, Fr. Miller has agreed to reside in a residence away from the parish until the investigation of this allegation is concluded.

Sexual abuse of children is a grave sin and a crime. The Archdiocese of Chicago reports every allegation to the civil authorities and cooperates with them.  The Archdiocese continues to reach out and work for the healing of all those affected by the tragedy of child and adolescent sexual abuse.

Information about reporting allegations of sexual abuse by Archdiocesan clergy, deacons or lay persons, no matter when the abuse occurred, can be found on the Archdiocesan website, www.archchicago.org, or by calling:

  • Office for Child Abuse Investigations and Review, 312-534-5205 or 1-800-994-6200
  • Office of Assistance Ministry, 312-534-8267 or toll-free at 866-517-4528

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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
 

Statement from Cardinal George on the
Legal Suits of Catholic Entities Contesting the HHS Mandate
as a Violation of the Religious Freedom of
Individuals and Institutions
 May 21, 2012

The Archdiocese of Chicago is obviously deeply concerned about preserving the Catholic identity of Catholic educational, health care and social service organizations. The Archdiocese therefore entirely supports the actions of the Catholic dioceses and organizations that have brought suit against the Department of Health and Human Services for violating the heretofore constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom of Catholic institutions.

At this time, the Archdiocese of Chicago is still in the process of working out how it might best initiate or join any legal action.


ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
 

Statement of Francis Cardinal George, OMI
on the Appointment of the Most Rev. David J. Malloy
as Bishop of Rockford
March 20, 2012

Along with the priests, deacons, religious women and men and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Chicago, I am grateful to Pope Benedict XVI for his appointment of Bishop-Elect David J. Malloy to be Bishop of Rockford, our neighboring diocese.

Bishop-Elect Malloy comes from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and previously served as General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is a priest who has put his whole life and many talents at the service of God’s people.

We welcome him to our State and to the Province of Chicago. I look forward to working with him in the years to come.


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ANNOUNCEMENT FROM FRANCIS CARDINAL GEORGE, OMI
ARCHBISHOP OF CHICAGO
REGARDING CLERGY APPOINTMENTS

February 7, 2012

After consulting with Rev. Michael L. Pfleger, Pastor of St. Sabina Parish, the Cardinal is announcing the following clergy assignments.
 
Beginning July 1, 2012, Fr. Pfleger and Rev. Thulani D. Magwaza will be co-pastors of St. Sabina Parish.  Fr. Magwaza is currently the Associate Pastor at St. Sabina. 

Effective immediately, Fr. Pfleger has been named the temporary Administrator of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish.  A new pastor for St. Margaret of Scotland will be named on July 1, 2012 and Rev. Daniel J. Mallette, as Pastor Emeritus, will remain at St. Margaret of Scotland. 

Additionally, Fr. Pfleger has agreed to take on a new responsibility in serving as the Archdiocesan representative for newly developing anti-violence initiatives that will include a particular focus on issues surrounding gun violence.


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STATEMENT OF FRANCIS CARDINAL GEORGE, OMI
ARCHBISHOP OF CHICAGO
REGARDING ARCHDIOCESAN GOVERNANCE
January 10, 2012

In June 2009, when I appointed Jimmy M. Lago as Chancellor to his current three-year term, I indicated that I wanted to re-establish the Office of the Moderator of the Curia with a suitable candidate by the conclusion of his term.  The work of coordinating and overseeing the departments, offices and programs of the Pastoral Center has been capably handled by Mr. Lago these past twelve years.  The appointment of a Moderator of the Curia will bring the governance structure of the Archdiocese for those functions in line with current Canonical requirements.  It will also assure stability of governance through a time of transition to a new Ordinary.
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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
 

Statement from Francis Cardinal George, OMI
Archbishop of Chicago
January 6, 2012

During a recent TV interview, speaking about this year's Gay Pride Parade, I used an analogy that is inflammatory.

I am personally distressed that what I said has been taken to mean that I believe all gays and lesbians are like members of the Klan.  I do not believe that; it is obviously not true.  Many people have friends and family members who are gay or lesbian, as have I.  We love them; they are part of our lives, part of who we are.  I am deeply sorry for the hurt that my remarks have brought to the hearts of gays and lesbians and their families.

I can only say that my remarks were motivated by fear for the Church's liberty.  This is a larger topic that cannot be explored in this expression of personal sorrow and sympathy for those who were wounded by what I said.

Francis Cardinal George, OMI

Special Issues

usccb

USCCB RESPONDS TO INACCURATE STATEMENT
OF FACT ON HHS MANDATE MADE DURING
VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

The following statement was issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on October 12

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Office of the Archbishop

Archdiocese of Chicago

November 2, 2012

Dear Fathers:

On this last Sunday before the elections, it would be appropriate to draw your parishioners' attention to the series of statements put out by the CCI and the USCCB and published in the parish bulletins in the last two months. These provide the principles that believing and practicing Catholics should use to form their conscience according to the truths of the faith in matters of social policy. The principles are not partisan, but the hierarchy of the values they espouse and the evils they condemn is clear and needs to be used by Catholics.

The episcopal vicars and I thank you for your pastoral leadership and your fidelity in teaching the faith.

Fraternally yours in Christ,

Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
Archbishop of Chicago

Catholic Conference of Illinois Series of Statements

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