About Us

Curriculum Vitae

Born: March 19, 1949

Ordained to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Omaha: August 16, 1975

Appointed Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota by Pope John Paul II: July 7, 1998, and was ordained and installed on September 21, 1998.

Appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the sixth Bishop of Spokane, Washington: June 30, 2010, and installed on September 3, 2010.

Appointed Archbishop of Chicago by Pope Francis: September 20, 2014, and installed as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago on November 18, 2014.

Named Cardinal by Pope Francis: October 9, 2016

Created Cardinal Priest in Consistory: November 19, 2016


B.A. in Philosophy, College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, 1971

S.T.B., Seminary, North American College and Gregorian University, Rome, 1974

M.A. in Theology, North American College and Gregorian University, Rome, 1975

S.T.L. in Sacramental Theology, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 1979

S.T.D. in Sacramental Theology, with dissertation entitled: “Advent in the Roman Tradition: An Examination and Comparison of the Lectionary Readings as Hermeneutical Units in Three Periods,” The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 1987

Pastoral Assignments

Associate Pastor, St. Margaret Mary Parish, Omaha; Instructor, Paul VI High School, Omaha, 1975 – 1978

Director of the Office for Divine Worship, Archdiocese of Omaha, Chair of the Commission on Youth, 1978 – 1981

Instructor, Continuing Education of Priests Program and Diaconate Formation, Creighton University, Omaha, 1980 – 1981

Secretary, Apostolic Nunciature, Washington, D.C. 1981 – 1987

Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Bellevue, 1987 – 1989

President/Rector, Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio 1989 – 1996

Pastor, St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Omaha, 1997 – 1998

Bishop, Diocese of Rapid City, 1998 – 2010

Bishop, Diocese of Spokane, 2010 – 2014

Archbishop, Archdiocese of Chicago, 2014 –


USCCB Communications Committee, 1999 – 2003, Advisory Committee, 2004 – 2006

USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Native American Catholics, 1999 – 2003

USCCB, Bishops’ Committee for Young Adults, 2000 – 2003

USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for the 2004 Special Assembly, 2001 – 2002

Consultant, USCCB Ad Hoc Committee to Oversee the Use of the Catechism, 1999 – 2006

USCCB Committee on the Liturgy, 1999 – 2007

Saint Paul Seminary, University of St. Thomas, Board of Trustees, 1999 – 2009

USCCB Committee on the Liturgy Task Force on Liturgy with Children, 2000 – 2005

USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Scripture Translation, 2002 – 2014

Catholic Mutual Relief Society Trustee, 2002 to present

USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse, 2002 – 2005

USCCB Committee on Domestic Policy, 2003 – 2004

USCCB Committee on Vocations, Chair, 2004 – 2007

Serra Club Episcopal Advisor, 2004 – 2008

Apostolic Visitator to Seminaries, 2005 – 2006

National Pastoral Life Center Board of Directors, 2006 – 2008

USCCB Committee on Protection of Children and Young People, 2005 – 2006; Chair, 2008 – 2011

USCCB Task Force on Priestly and Religious Vocations, At-large Representative, 2008 – 2014

Catholic Extension Society Board of Governors, 2009 – 2014

Catholic Extension Society Mission Committee, Chair, 2011 – 2014

USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, 2017 to present

USCCB Subcommittee for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, Chair, 2013 to present

National Catholic Educational Association, Chair, 2013 – 2015

USCCB Communications Committee, 2015 – 2016

USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Co-Chair of National Dialogue

Initiative with Muslims, 2015 to present

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Board, Custer, South Dakota, 2014 – 2015

Chancellor, The Catholic Church Extension Society, Chicago, Illinois, 2014 to present

Chancellor, University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois, 2014 to present

Congregation for Bishops, 2016 to present

Congregation for Catholic Education, 2017 to present

The Catholic University of America Board of Trustees, 2016 to present

National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Board of Trustees, 2016 to present

Pastoral Letters

“Deep Waters Springing To Life: A Pastoral Letter to the People of God in Western South Dakota Gathering in Synod to Renew the Life of Faith as Discipleship, Companionship and Mission,” September 8, 2001

“He Comes to Be with Us Because He Knows We Are Dying: A Christmas Message on the Importance of the Eucharist in Our Lives; A Pastoral Letter to the People of God in western South Dakota in the Year of the Eucharist,” December 25, 2004

“Joy Made Complete: A Pastoral Letter for the Know Love and Serve Pastoral Planning Process,” Diocese of Spokane, August 15, 2014


“Field hospital” in A Pope Francis Lexicon edited by Joshua J. McElwee and Cindy Wooden

“The ‘I’ of Priestly Identity in the Priest,” November 1994

“The Priest as Administrator: Rediscovering Our Tradition of Pastoral Leadership in Priests for a New Millennium,” NCCB Publications, November 2000

“The Second Vatican Council: Why Should It Matter to Your Generation?” Habiger Lecture, University of St. Thomas Perspectives, July 2004

“Community-Based Faith Formation: Our Common Challenge and Shared Privilege in Handing on the Faith,” in Handing on the Faith: The Church’s Mission and Challenge, edited by Robert Imbelli, Crossroad, 2006 


“Though Many, One: Some Resources for Overcoming Polarization,” June 14, 2018

“Pope Francis’ Revolution of Mercy: Amoris Laetitia as a New Paradigm of Catholicity,” February 22, 2018 

“The Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership Project: The Theological, Sacramental and Ecclesial Context,” May 15, 2008 

“Protecting Children, Promoting Healing: It Takes a Community of Learning,” April 21, 2011

“Talking About Faith to a Skeptical World in a Secular Age,” September 5, 2013

“A More Authentic Way of Knowing and Learning,” June 19, 2014

“Walking on Water in a Skeptical Age,” November 27, 2014

“Breathing Life Into the Dry Bones of Daily Life,” November 27, 2014 

Homily at Mass for Priest Jubilarians, May 21, 2015

Homily at Mass for Investment of the Pallium, September 3, 2015

Address to Chicago Federation of Labor, October 15, 2015

Speech at Justice for Immigrants Convening, November 26, 2015

America Magazine

“Pope Francis’ ‘Field Hospital’ Calls Us to Radically Rethink Church Life,” December 29, 2017 

“Abortion and Public Policy,” September 11, 2006

“How Unconditional Is the Right to Life?” January 29, 2007

Workers in the Vineyard,” July 21, 2008 

Racism and the Election,” October 27, 2008

Power in the Present,” March 23, 2009

“Serious Thinking: The Moral Challenge of ‘Caritas in Veritate’,” July 20, 2009 

“Twelve Things the Bishops Have Learned From the Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis,” May 10, 2010

“Staying Civil,” March 5, 2012 

“Francis as Witness,” October 21, 2013 

“To Love and Protect,” July 18 – 25, 2016

Commonweal Magazine

“Signs of the Times: Witnessing to a Consistent Ethic of Solidarity,” June 2, 2017