USML | Congratulations, Cardinal George on 50 Years of Priesthood!

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Congratulations, Cardinal George on 50 Years of Priesthood!


Francis Cardinal George, OMI
Archbishop of Chicago Chancellor
University of Saint Mary of the Lake/ Mundelein Seminary


"In his more than 15 years so far as archbishop of Chicago Cardinal George has left his stamp on nearly every institution of the archdiocese. But of all the legacies Cardinal George will have as archbishop of Chicago, perhaps none have had as much of an immediate result as the establishment of the Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Mary of the Lake." - Michelle Martin, Catholic New World 

Watch the Celebratory Video Here

Cardinal George...

Your leadership has carried on the grand tradition of Mundelein Seminary with seminarian enrollment currently at 192 - the highest in over a decade.

Your commitment to Catholic teaching and edication has paved the way for young men to answer God's call to the priesthood and enter as students at Mundelein Seminary

Your teaching has inspired us to grow in faith and closeness to our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Your service to the people of the Archdiocese of Chicago has encouraged us to lift up our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout our communities.


A snapshot timeline of Cardinal George, the first native Chicagoan to serve as archbishop of Chicago 

1973 - 1974 | Provincial superior of the Midwestern Province for the Oblates in St. Paul, Minn. He was then elected vicar general of the Oblates and served in Rome from 1974 to 1986.

1987 - 1990 | Coordinator of the Circle of Fellows for the Cambridge Center for the Study of Faith and Culture in Cambridge, Mass. during which he obtained a doctorate of sacred theology in ecclesiology from the Pontifical Urban University, Rome in 1988.

1990 | Appointed Bishop of Yakima by Pope John Paul II, ordained and installed as the fifth bishop of Yakima on Sept. 21, 1990, in Holy Family Church, Yakima.

1996 | Appointed archbishop of Portland, Ore., by Pope John Paul II. He was installed on May 27, 1996, as the ninth archbishop of Portland in St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

1997 | Named the eighth archbishop of Chicago by Pope John Paul II. His installation by Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan, apostolic pro-nuncio, took place at Holy Name Cathedral on May 7, 1997.

1998 | Elevation to the College of Cardinals, announced by Pope John Paul II. At the consistory of Feb. 21, 1998, Cardinal George was assigned San Bartolomeo all’Isola in Rome as his titular church and appointed a member of the Holy See’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life, and the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum.”

1999 | Pope John Paul II appointed Cardinal George to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church.

2001 | Appointed to the Congregation for Oriental Churches by the Pope, delegate of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to the 2001 World Synod of Bishops and was also elected to the Council for the World Synod of Bishops in 2001. He served as a delegate of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the 2008 World Synod of Bishops on “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.” 

2004 | Appointed  to the Pontifical Council for Culture.

2007- 2010 | President of the USCCB  

2010 |
Appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Study of the Organizational and Economic Problems of the Holy See by Pope Benedict XVI. 





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