» Pope Frances appoints bishop Blase J. Cupich Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago
|Pope Frances appoints bishop Blase J. Cupich Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago
|By Nenad N. Bach and Darko Žubrinić |
Archbishop Cupich has Croatian roots
Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, has Croatian roots.
He was a guest of the Croatian Catholic University
in Zagreb in 2012.
In March 2014 he visited three Croatian Archbishoprics, as well as
the village of Vinica near Varaždin, where his grandmother was born.
His grandfather was born in the village of Donji Andrijevci near Slavonski Brod.
Summary. His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed the Bishop of Spokane, Washington, Most Reverend Blase J. Cupich, as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago, the Vatican announced in September 2014. Archbishop Cupich will be installed as Archbishop of Chicago on November 18, 2014, at Holy Name Cathedral. Archbishop Cupich was born on in 1949 in Omaha, Nebraska, to Blase and Mary (Mayhan) Cupich. He is one of nine children, five sisters and three brothers. Archbishop Cupich has Croatia roots. He visited Croatia in 2012 and in 2014.
POPE FRANCIS APPOINTS BISHOP BLASE J. CUPICH
ARCHBISHOP OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
Chicago, IL (September 20, 2014) – His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed the Bishop of Spokane, Washington, Most Reverend Blase J. Cupich, as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago, the Vatican announced today. Archbishop Cupich will be installed as Archbishop of Chicago on November 18, 2014, at Holy Name Cathedral.
Francis Cardinal George, OMI, 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.”
Cardinal George remarked, “I am deeply grateful to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for appointing Bishop Blase Cupich as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago. Bishop Cupich is well prepared for his new responsibilities and brings to them a deep faith, a quick intelligence, personal commitment and varied pastoral experiences.”
Archbishop Cupich was born on March 19, 1949, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Blase and Mary (Mayhan) Cupich. He is one of nine children, five sisters and three brothers.
Archbishop Blase J. Cupich
Archbishop Cupich was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Omaha on August 16, 1975, and was ordained and installed as Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, on September 21, 1998. He was officially installed as Bishop of Spokane on September 3, 2010.
Archbishop Cupich obtained his B.A. in Philosophy from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1971. He attended seminary at the North American College and Gregorian University in Rome where he received his Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology in 1974, and his M.A. in Theology in 1975. Archbishop Cupich is a graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he received his License of Sacred Theology in 1979. He also holds a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree in Sacramental Theology from the Catholic University of America awarded in 1987, with his dissertation entitled: ADVENT IN THE ROMAN TRADITION: An Examination and Comparison of the Lectionary Readings as Hermeneutical Units in Three Periods.
Additionally, Archbishop Cupich was the Secretary at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. He was pastor of two parishes in Omaha, Nebraska and also served as the Chair for the USCCB Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People from 2008 until 2011.
Archbishop Cupich introduced at press conference
By Joyce Duriga
The Archdiocese of Chicago now knows who will succeed Cardinal George. On Sept. 20 it was announced that Pope Francis appointed Bishop Blase Cupich, 65, of the Diocese of Spokane, Washington, as the ninth archbishop of Chicago.
Cardinal George introduced now-Archbishop Cupich during a press conference that at the Archbishop Quigley Pastor Center, 835 N. Rush St.
“Bishop Cupich is well prepared for his new responsibilities and brings to them a deep faith, a quick intelligence, personal commitment and varied pastoral experiences,” Cardinal George said.
Archbishop Cupich will be installed during a Mass at Holy Name Cathedral on Nov. 18. Cardinal George retains the office of archbishop until the installation.
The new archbishop is no stranger to Chicago having served on the board of the Chicago-based Catholic Extension Society since 2009.
Archbishop Cupich told the media that the appointment “humbles and encourages” him and his priority as the new archbishop is to be attentive to the way God is working through the people in the archdiocese.
He learned of the appointment 10 days before the announcement was made and said he felt overwhelmed and surprised when the papal nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, called him.
Some in the media describe Archbishop Cupich as a moderate but when asked about this description he said, “Labels are hard for anybody to live up to, one way or another. I just try to be myself and I try to learn from great people. You’ve had great people here in this archdiocese pastor you. And I’m following a great man.”
When asked if his appointment – the first major appointment made by Pope Francis in North America – sends a message of the Holy Father’s agenda, Archbishop Cupich said no.
“I think the Holy Father is a pastoral man. I think that his priority is to send a bishop not a message,” he said.
Archbishop Cubich’s new flock is a lot larger than his present flock.
“This is an enormous upgrade, so to speak,” Archbishop Cupich told the media. “We had a hundred thousand Catholics in eastern Washington and I had 27,000 Catholics in South Dakota.” There are 2.2 million Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago, which is the third largest archdiocese in the nation.
When pressed on what tone he will bring to the archdiocese, Archbishop Cupich said, “I think it’s really important to keep in mind that it’s not my church, it’s Christ’s church. I have to be attentive to his voice in the lives of the people and the word of God and the way that he communicates to all of us through the pointers that he gives.”
In an interview with the Catholic New World following the press conference Archbishop Cupich thanked Catholics in archdiocese for their warm welcome and said he looks forward to visiting the parishes and communities.
“I really am sincere in saying I know that I can only do this if I have their support and prayers. I want to be very pronounced in asking, begging for their prayers,” he said.
Archbishop Cupich did his doctoral work on Scripture readings used in the liturgy and that remains a part of his spiritual nourishment, he said.
“I find that, not just the word of God in the Bible, but the convergence of how the texts are put together in the liturgy is a source of my own spiritual life.”
Archbishop Cupich was born on March 19, 1949, in Omaha, Nebraska, and is one of nine children. Archbishop Cupich was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Omaha in 1975, and was ordained and installed as bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1998. He was installed as bishop of Spokane in 2010. He speaks Spanish and lives at the seminary there.
He has degrees from the College of St. Thomas in Minnesota, the Gregorian University in Rome and Catholic University of America. Additionally, Archbishop Cupich was the secretary at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. He was pastor of two parishes in Omaha, Nebraska and also served as the Chair for the USCCB Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People from 2008 until 2011.
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