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Friday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m.

Planning Information for the Episcopal Ordination by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, will ordain three auxiliary bishops – Kevin M. Birmingham, Jeffrey S. Grob and Robert J. Lombardo, CFR – at 2 p.m. on the feast of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini, Nov. 13, 2020, at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St., Chicago. Due to local and state COVID-19 seating capacity restrictions, this year’s ceremony will have limited attendance by invitation only. The Episcopal Ordination will be livestreamed on the archdiocesan YouTube channel:

Cardinal Cupich will serve as principal consecrator and main celebrant. Co-consecrators of the Mass will be Most Reverend John R. Manz and Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry, auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, will present the mandates from the Holy See at the Ordination Mass.

MEDIA PLEASE NOTE BISHOPS INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: The candidates will be available for media interviews via Zoom on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, from 9:30 – 11 a.m. Please call or email the Media Relations Department contacts listed below to schedule an interview.

For print media, please reach out to the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Media Relations Department to make a reservation to photograph the Mass and to coordinate distribution of handout photos.

An auxiliary bishop is a bishop assigned by the Holy See to assist the resident bishop or archbishop in the pastoral care and administration of a diocese. Auxiliary bishops also help the archbishop administer the sacraments, especially confirmation, and often represent him at various celebrations.

For the time being, Bishop-elect Birmingham will remain in his current position as director of the Archdiocese’s Department of Parish Vitality and Mission. Bishop-elect Grob will serve as the episcopal vicar of Vicariate I and Bishop-elect Lombardo will serve as episcopal vicar of Vicariate III.

*Please note, this liturgy will be two hours in length.
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

Thursday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m.

St. Bede the Venerable School to Receive $49,000 Worth of Essential School Supplies

St. Bede the Venerable School on Chicago’s South Side (4440 W. 83rd St.) will receive $49,000 worth of essential school supplies and educational resources including books, coats, art supplies, athletic equipment, personal necessities and more from Enchanted Backpack, a Chicago-area non-profit organization on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m.

This donation helps alleviate the financial burden of schools, teachers and families in purchasing school supplies. These items are intended to empower teachers and students by providing the tools needed to make learning exciting and promote academic success.

Enchanted Backpack is a charitable organization serving under-resourced elementary and middle schools and child-focused organizations in the Chicagoland area.
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.

1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020

Archdiocese of Chicago and Cook County Officials to Bury Indigent, Unknown and Unborn Persons at Mt. Olivet Cemetery

The Archdiocese of Chicago and Cook County officials will hold a committal service to bury indigent, unidentified and unborn persons at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 2755 West 111th Street, Chicago. Cook County, through the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, is entrusted with the final disposition of indigent deceased, unidentified deceased and fetal remains. The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Cemeteries has agreed to provide burial as a public service.

The committal service will include burial of one unidentified person, 48 unborn persons and 114 cremated indigent remains. Local funeral directors and other volunteers will accompany each decedent at the service and stay until the burial is complete. Rev. Lawrence Sullivan, director of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will preside over the service and lead the blessing of the caskets.

Since 2012, Catholic Cemeteries, the Archdiocese of Chicago and Cook County have worked together with help from the Cook County Funeral Directors Association, Worsham College of Mortuary Science and Malcolm X College to bury the indigent, unborn and unidentified persons.
Contact: Media Relations Office, 312-534-8227.