Francis Cardinal George, OMI
Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago
1937 – 2015
As you may already know, our beloved Cardinal George was called home to the Lord on Friday morning. He was a man of great faith and courage, a holy man who faced and overcame many obstacles during his life. His missionary spirit led him to travel the world as an Oblate of Mary Immaculate, then return home to Chicago. Not only was he a great leader here in our Archdiocese, but for the Church far beyond. Despite his wide-ranging responsibilities and commitments, he always considered the care and love of those in the Chicago area, in Christ’s name, as his primary mission.
Cardinal George was no stranger to the faithful of St. John the Evangelist parish. We were fortunate to welcome him here to our parish for our 50th Anniversary celebration in June, 2012. The picture above, taken by our parish photographer Robert J. Miskinis, was during Holy Communion that day. The Cardinal was the first to use the chalice and patten donated by the Knights on the occasion of the 50th anniversary.
Cardinal George, a fellow Knight, often wrote letters, to the men of the parishes in the Archdiocese, encouraging them to join the Knights. In one of those letters he wrote:
“Catholics are called to a life of service. In a particular way, Catholic men are called to care for their families and to serve their neighbors, their parishes and their faith communities. I am pleased to share with you that a great and wonderful opportunity exists for a Catholic man to answer this call to serve by becoming a member of the Knights of Columbus.” Read More: Letter from Cardinal George, Sept. 2012
Cardinal George last visited St. John’s in December. The visit was much different than on the occasion of the 50th. It was a private moment, shared only by Father Greg and a few members of the Knights & Ladies Auxiliary who were still at the church late that evening. Despite the difficulty he now faced getting around, as his illness advanced, he wouldn’t miss paying his respects to Fr. Ted, his friend and fellow priest. He is seen here signing the guest registry.
We’ve posted a special photo collection on our Facebook page: Remembering Francis Cardinal George O.M.I.
The Cardinal will lay in state at Holy Name Cathedral beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. You may visit the memorial website, at http://www.archchicago.org/passing-of-francis-cardinal-george/schedule, for details about the schedule of services and public visitation. In lieu of flowers, Cardinal George requested donations be made to his favorite charities: the Catholic Education Scholarship Trust, a new endowment established through the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign to support scholarships for students in Catholic schools, or the Priests’ Retirement and Mutual Aid Association.
“As we mourn the passing of our beloved Cardinal, let us rejoice in the promises of our Risen Lord. Please join me in praying for the repose of the soul of Cardinal George and in thanking God for his life and dedication to the Archdiocese of Chicago. May Cardinal George rest in peace.”
~ Most Reverend Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago
Francis Cardinal George, OMI Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago 1937 – 2015 As you may already know, our beloved Cardinal George was called home to the Lord on Friday morning. He was a man of great faith and courage, a holy man who faced and overcame many obstacles during his life. His missionary spirit led him […]