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Blase Joseph Cupich installed as Chicago's Archbishop on November 18, 2014
By Nenad N. Bach and Darko Žubrinić
Published on 01/11/2015
Archbishop Blase J. Cupich has been installed as the Ninth Archbishop of Chicago at an Installation Mass on November 18 2014, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.  Cardinal George presided at the Monday evening Liturgy and Archbishop Cupich delivered the homily. Among the civic leaders welcoming Archbishop Cupich were Governor Patrick Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle.  Also welcoming the new Archbishop was Dr. Jelena Grčič Polić, the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia.

Archbishop’s coat of arms contains red-white squares of Croatian coat of arms

Archbishop Blase J. Cupich
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.

Bishop Blase Joseph Cupich was installed as Chicago's 9th Archbishop on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Holy Name Cathedral.

Blase Joseph Cupich installed as Chicago's Archbishop on November 18, 2014

Chicago, IL (November 13, 2014) – Archbishop Blase J. Cupich has been installed as the Ninth Archbishop of Chicago at an Installation Mass on Tuesday, November 18 2014, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago.  In addition to the Installation Mass, a Liturgy of the Word with Rite of Reception Service was conducted on Monday, November 17, and Prayer Services on Wednesday, November 19.  All of the Installation Services were held at Holy Name Cathedral.  Due to the limited seating

The Liturgy of the Word with Rite of Reception of Archbishop Cupich on November 17, at 7 p.m., included the knock on the Cathedral’s front doors by Archbishop Cupich. The Archbishop was welcomed into the Cathedral where he received the Archdiocesan stole and greeted civic, ecumenical, interreligious and official Archdiocesan representatives. Ecumenical guests included representatives from the Assyrian Church of East, Orthodox Churches, Polish National Catholic Church, as well as the Anglican and Protestant communities. In addition, religious leaders representing the Jewish, Muslim and Interreligious communities also took part in the evening celebration. Prior to the service, there was a procession of representatives from numerous ethnic communities and Archdiocesan parishes.  

Description of the Coat of Arms of Archbishop Cupich, approved by Pope Francis,
is described in detail below. Note that it contains the red-white squares of
traditional Croatian Coat of Arms.

Cardinal George presided at the Monday evening Liturgy and Archbishop Cupich delivered the homily. Among the civic leaders welcoming Archbishop Cupich was Governor Patrick Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle.  Also welcoming the new Archbishop was Dr. Jelena Grčič Polić, the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia.

The Rite of Reception includes the knocking on the outside of the Cathedral doors by Archbishop Cupich.  The doors were opened by Msgr. Daniel Mayall, Pastor of Holy Name Cathedral, who led the Archbishop into the Vestibule for a blessing, followed by the Liturgical Procession to the Sanctuary where the Most Rev. Francis Kane, Archdiocesan Vicar General, introduced the Representatives who came forward and greeted the Archbishop.  The evening prayer service followed the initial greetings.

On November 18, the Installation Mass of Archbishop Cupich as the Ninth Archbishop of Chicago was celebrated.  The Installation Mass included the reading of the Apostolic Mandate by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganň, Apostolic Nuncio of the United States, followed by the seating of Archbishop Cupich in the cathedra (chair). Cardinal George presented the crozier to the Archbishop. Archbishop Cupich presided at the Liturgy and deliver the homily.

Live pool coverage for the Installation Mass was provided by WGN-TV Channel 9 and televised live. The Installation Mass was also televised by CBS 2, NBC 5, ABC 7, FOX 32, Telemundo 44, EWTN and in select markets outside the Chicago area on CatholicTV. Relevant Radio aired a live broadcast of the Installation Mass, courtesy of WGN-TV in Chicago.

Archbishop Cupich presided at Morning Prayer with Men and Women Religious and Lay Movements on Wednesday, November 19.  The Archbishop also presided at Evening Prayer, with Permanent Deacons and their wives, Deacon Candidates and their wives, Deacon Aspirants and their wives and Lay Ecclesial Ministers.

There will be six Welcome Masses for Archbishop Cupich celebrated in the six Archdiocesan Vicariates during January and February, 2015. The dates have been chosen by each Auxiliary Bishop for the 7 p.m. Welcome Masses in their Vicariates.


Biography of Archbishop Blase Joseph Cupich

Archbishop Blase Joseph Cupich was born on March 19, 1949, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Blase and Mary (Mayhan) Cupich. He is one of nine children, with five sisters and three brothers.

Archbishop Cupich was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Omaha on August 16, 1975. He was pastor of two parishes in Omaha. He was appointed Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, on July 7, 1998, and was ordained and installed on September 21, 1998. He was appointed the sixth Bishop of Spokane, Washington, on June 30, 2010, and officially installed on September 3, 2010.

Archbishop Cupich was appointed Archbishop of Chicago on September 11, 2014, and was installed as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago, Illinois, on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

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, D.C., where, in 1979, he received his License of Sacred Theology degree in Sacramental Theology. He also holds a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree, also 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.

Archbishop Cupich has served on many committees, including: The National Catholic Educational Association Board, Chair; The USCCB Subcommittee for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, Chair; The USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Scripture Translation, Member; Board of Governors for the Catholic Extension Society and Chair of the Mission Committee; The Catholic Mutual Relief Society, Executive Member; and The Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Board, Member.

Additionally, Archbishop Cupich was the Secretary at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. He also served as the Chair for the USCCB Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People from 2008 until 2011.



Arms impaled. Dexter: Or, issuant from a ball of flame, a phoenix, both Gules, the phoenix charged at the center chest with the monogram of the Holy Name (IHS) and on each wing tip a fleur-de-lis, all of the first. Sinister: Azure, issuant from a barlet wavy Argent, a simple crozier Or upon two candles per saltire of the second, enflamed of the third; a base party per bend, to dexter, checky Gules and of the second, and to sinister, of the fourth, with an annulet with a fleur-de-lis within all the second.


The archbishop’s coat of arms is composed of a shield, the design of which identifies the owner by rank or position. By heraldic tradition the design is described (blazoned) as if the shield is being worn on the arm of its bearer.. Thus, where it applies, the terms “sinister” and “dexter” are reversed as the design is viewed from the front.

As leader of an ecclesiastical province, called a “Metropolitan Archbishop,” the left side of the shield is bears the arms of his jurisdiction, the Archdiocese of Chicago. They are composed of a golden (yellow) field on which a phoenix is depicted coming forth from a ball of flames, a symbol of rebirth in ancient mythology where the bird arose anew from the ashes. This is symbolic of the great City of Chicago that arose anew from the catastrophic fire of October 8, 1871. On the breast of the phoenix is the monogram of the Holy Name, the IHS, in gold (yellow) recalling that the Cathedral-church of the See City is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. On each of the wingtips of the phoenix is a gold (yellow) fleur-de-lis, a form of lily often associated with French heritage, to honor the French missionaries, Joliet and Marquette, who brought The Faith to the region of Chicago.

For his personal arms, seen in the dexter impalement of the design, Archbishop Cupich, has retained the arms, with some modifications, that were adopted when he became bishop of the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota.

The upper portion of the Archbishop’s personal arms is composed of a blue field on which are displayed a simple crozier (bishop’s staff) in gold (yellow) that is placed upon two silver (white) lighted candles. The candles honor the Archbishop’s Baptismal patron, on whose feast day, throats are blessed with candles being held in a crossed position. These candles, joined with the crozier form a “Chi-Rho” the Greek letters “XP,” that are the first two letters of the name Christ in Greek. The blue field on which these charges are displayed honors Mary, the “parting gift of Christ” to the church universal (Preface from the Mass of the Feast of Mary, Mother of God.)

The upper portion of the design is divided from the lower portion by a silver (white) wavy barlet to represent the Missouri River that forms the eastern border of the Archdiocese of Omaha, where Archbishop Cupich first exercised his presbyteral ministry. Below the river, on a field bearing the red color found in the arms of the Archdiocese of Chicago is a gold (yellow) circle and fleur-de-lis, taken from the arms of the Dioceses of Rapid City and Spokane, respectively, where the Archbishop served before being named to the Metropolitan See of Chicago.

In the left (dexter) portion of the base, angularly divided, is a field of crimson and white checks, that is part of the arms of Croatia, the land and heritage of the Archbishop’s immigrant family.

For his motto Archbishop Cupich has retained the phrase from the Gospel of John 20:21, recounting Christ’s appearance to his disciples after the Resurrection, and His greeting: “PEACE BE WITH YOU.” This is also the greeting of a bishop to the assembly at the Eucharist.

The achievement is completed with the external ornaments that are gold (yellow) archiepiscopal processional cross, (with two cross members), that tends above and below the shield, and a pontifical hat, called a galero, with its ten tassels, in four rows, on either side of the shield. These are the heraldic insignia of a prelate of the rank of archbishop by instruction of the Holy See.

Design Executed by: Deacon Paul J. Sullivan


Croatian community awaits installation of Archbishop Blase Cupich

By Tisha Lewis, FOX 32 News Reporter

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Football, fellowship and faith connect Croatian Americans in Chicago.

On a Sunday evening at the Croatian American Radio Club in Bridgeport all eyes were glued to the screens as Croatia played Italy in the Euro 2016 qualifying match but beyond football, Croatians world-wide are preparing to witness history.

The first Croatian-American is being installed as the Archbishop of Chicago.

“I feel like everybody is so proud now because at one time we were hardly known and now it's great,” said Frances Sabbia in an interview with Fox 32's Tisha Lewis.

If someone would have told Sabbia decades ago that the Archbishop of Chicago would be Croatian, “I would say I can't believe it,” said Sabbia.

Sabbia and her family were already celebrating Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich ahead of Tuesday's installation.

Sabbia family's Bridgeport home was filled with traditional Croatian cuisine and a plentiful helping of pride. Sabbia says Cupich's appointment will resonate with old and young alike.

“You hear this announcement about Archbishop Cupich and it just makes you prouder of that you're Croatian,” said Ante Markota.

Markota, 25, was born and raised in Croatia and moved to Chicago two months ago. He describes faith as the compass that guides many Croatian Americans.

“So when you see somebody in this position, Archbishop Cupich, you see that compass directing, pointing in the direction which we all want to go,” said Markota.

“I believe he's going to be involved in our Croatian community, our parishes and our club societies to visit the people and not only do we expect this of him but I think that's his mission as the senior shepherd of the people of Chicago,” said Father Jozo Joe Grbes.

Croatia has overcome a difficult history in recent years, finally gaining its independence and now recognized by the world. Many Croatian-Americans say this is their second proudest moment. The first was the election of Chicago mayor Michael Bilandic, a Croatian-American. Now, the installation of Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich is another proud moment.


Some important Croatians and Croatian societies in Chicago:

Blase J. Cupich, Chicago Archbishop

Dr. Jacob Jake Matijevic, NASA engineer and father of Curiosity rover on Mars

Michael Bilandic, Mayor of Chicago 1977-1979

Dr. Ante Čuvalo, Croatian-American historian

Toni Kukoč, Croatian basketball sensation in Chicago Bulls

Croatian Woman celebrating 80 years of existence in Chicago 2009

Formated for CROWN by Darko Žubrinić
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