His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed the Bishop of Spokane, Washington, Most Rev. Blase J. Cupich, as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago, the Vatican announced on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Archbishop Cupich will be installed as Archbishop of Chicago on November 18, 2014, at Holy Name Cathedral.
Cardinal George retains the office of Archbishop until November 18, until Archbishop Cupich is installed.
Archbishop Cupich said, “The Holy Father’s appointment of me to Chicago humbles but also encourages me. I am grateful to God for giving me this blessed opportunity to be his servant in this great city and this great local Church. As Pope Francis began his new pastoral ministry in Rome by asking the people to pray for him, so too now I bow my head in the hope that everyone in Chicago will pray for me in the days ahead.”
Welcome to the Archdiocese of Chicago Archbishop Cupich!