The Life of Cardinal George

The Church mourns Cardinal George's passing

Cardinal George’s priest secretary receives Order of Malta cross for service

On June 26, the Order of Malta bestowed on Father Dan Flens the cross Pro Piis Meritis, translated to “for pius merit,” for his service to the Knights of Malta as priest secretary to Cardinal George. (more…)

Cardinal George recognized with Bishop John England Award

The cardinal was recognized “for distinguished service in exercising and defending the First Amendment rights of Catholic newspapers” during the 2015 Catholic Media Conference in Buffalo, New York.  (more…)

Parishes mourn death of a beloved leader in Christ

A few hours after Cardinal George’s death was announced, a prayer service was quickly arranged at his boyhood parish of St. Pascal Church in the Portage Park neighborhood. The prayer service had been in the works, but his death still caught leaders of the church at 3935 N. Melvina Ave. off guard. (more…)

Bishops remember cardinal as mentor, brother


Cardinal George was a lion of the American church

Father Barron reflects on the mind and meaning of a spiritual father


Personal reflections on Cardinal George

We asked several local Catholics to share their thoughts on the man who was Cardinal George. Here is what they had to say:

Over the years, cardinal showed he was a ‘neighbor’

Late in the evening of February 2, 2008, I was fitfully resting in a room at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. The evening prior, I had given birth by emergency Csection to a baby girl (more…)

Six students baptized April 23 take cardinal’s name

For six students at St. Mary of the Lake School, 1026 W. Buena Ave., April 23 will not be remembered so much as the day of Cardinal George’s funeral, but as the day they were reborn in Christ. (more…)

Americans in Rome hold memorial for Cardinal George

On April 25, two days after Cardinal George was laid to rest in All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, priests, religious, cardinals, dignitaries and laity gathered in his titular church in Rome, the Basilica of San Bartolomeo all’Isola, (more…)

Funeral: “The only thing we take with us when we die is what we have given away.”

“The only thing we take with us when we die is what we have given away.” That quote from Cardinal Francis George was shared by Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain on April 23 during the homily (more…)

Homily from Funeral Mass – given by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain

As a pastor in Memphis twenty-something years ago, one day I picked up a national Catholic publication and read a talk by the Bishop of Yakima, Francis George. (more…)

Cardinal’s impact will be felt for years to come, says Portland priest

PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) — The late Cardinal Francis E. George was “an intellectual giant in service to the church and a man of deep faith, a true believer,” said Archbishop Alexander K. Sample of Portland.


Priests gather at cathedral to pray for Cardinal George

By Michelle Martin, Staff writer

Hundreds of priests and seminarians from the Archdiocese of Chicago gathered in Holy Name Cathedral April 21 for evening prayer during the visitation for Cardinal George. (more…)

He always read her ‘Clips’ column

By Dolores Madlener, staff writer

Like all of his flock, I grieve the loss of Cardinal George, our shepherd for 17 years.


Longtime barber made Cardinal George laugh and look good

By Joyce Duriga, Editor

Alfredo Fricano is probably one of the only people who could get away with telling Cardinal George he looked like a “bum.”


Pope Francis offers condolences on passing of Cardinal George

To the Most Reverend Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago (more…)

He touched the nation, world

To say that Cardinal George was an intellectual would be an understatement. To try to quantify his impact on the Catholic Church in the United States and in the world would be an underestimation. (more…)

Early life

The Oblate community he called home for 33 years

By Joyce Duriga, Editor

Eugene de Mazenod was a French priest with a great love for serving the poor. Born into a minor noble family, de Mazenod became a priest in 1811 after the French Revolution and immediately began ministering to the lower classes. (more…)

Once a common disease, polio now eradicated in Western Hemisphere

By Michelle Martin, Staff writer

Poliomyelitis, or polio, is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease caused by a virus that spreads from person to person invading the brain and spinal cord and causing paralysis, (more…)

Friends from St. Pascal recall the young Francis

By Michelle Martin, Staff writer

When then-Archbishop Francis George’s plane touched down in Chicago in 1997, one of the first people to greet him was Edward Klein, a police officer stationed at O’Hare International Airport and a former classmate of the archbishop.


The first native Chicagoan to serve as archbishop

Cardinal George, the first native Chicagoan to serve as archbishop of Chicago, was born Jan. 16, 1937, to Francis J. and Julia R. McCarthy George. He attended St. Pascal School, 6143 W. Irving Park Road, and St. Henry Preparatory Seminary in Belleville, Ill.,

Archbishop of Chicago

He elevated first priest of African descent

The fact that Father Augustus Tolton was the first American priest of African descent makes him an important figure in U.S. Catholic history. (more…)

He reached out for victims

On the home page of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s website, a link will take a visitor directly to a list of 65 archdiocesan priests with substantiated allegations of sexual misconduct with minors. (more…)

Cardinal George receives city’s highest honor

By Joyce Duriga, Editor

In the course of his ministry, Cardinal George has received many honors and accolades, and on Dec. 10, 2014, he added one more — the City of Chicago’s Medal of Merit. (more…)

‘You are my legacy,’ Cardinal George tells the faithful

By Joyce Duriga, Editor

His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.’” (Mt 25:21) That was a line from the Gospel reading from the parable of the talents on Nov. 16, 2014, the Sunday of Cardinal George’s final public Mass as archbishop of Chicago at Holy Name Cathedral. (more…)

Many have been touched by cardinal’s ministry

By Joyce Duriga, Editor

Throughout his ministry as a priest, bishop and archbishop, Cardinal George has touched the lives of many people — knowingly and unknowingly. (more…)

His local impact: liturgy, youth, racial equality

By Michelle Martin, Staff writer

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. (more…)

Cardinal George marks 50th anniversary

Cardinal George celebrated the golden anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood with an afternoon Mass Dec. 18 at Holy Name Cathedral.


Did you know he has his own church in Rome?

It is a church without parishioners, but not without a community. It is a church with roots as ancient as pagan Rome and a mission as modern as today’s conflicts and problems.


National and international influence

Knights bestow highest honor on Cardinal George

By Joyce Duriga, Editor

Doctors have exhausted all options in Cardinal George’s cancer treatment. The cardinal shared that information with news media during a Jan. 30 press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, following a luncheon where he received the Knights of Columbus’ highest honor, the Gaudium et Spes award. (more…)

A leader in defense of religious freedom

When it comes to Catholic thought on challenges to religious freedom in the modern United States, or indeed on the proper relationship between the church and the state, Cardinal George has become the go-to thinker and speaker. (more…)

Cardinal authors book about ‘God in Action’

In early May, Doubleday released a new book by Cardinal George titled “God In Action: How Faith In God Can Address the Challenges of the World” ($22.99). (more…)

Our shepherd writes – Cardinal George authors book about relationships, evangelization and the American culture

The week of Oct. 11, 2009, Crossroad Publishing released “The Difference God Makes: A Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion and Culture,” a 352-page book by Cardinal George. (more…)

Bishops elect Cardinal George as new president

The U.S. bishops Nov. 13 elected Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago as their president and Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., as their vice president. (more…)

In his own words

Cardinal George talks about his ministry, life and facing death

As Cardinal George prepared to officially retire as archbishop of Chicago — the first archbishop to live to retirement — he sat down with editor Joyce Duriga to discuss his ministry and the next phase of his life. (more…)

Cardinal George talks about 50 years as a priest

On Dec. 21, 2013, Cardinal George celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. With this milestone in mind, he sat down with editor Joyce Duriga to talk about his ministry to the Lord and the people of God. (more…)

Ordained priesthood in the church: Reflections on a 50th anniversary

This text originally appeared as Cardinal George’s column in the Catholic New World on Dec. 22, 2013. It was a homily he gave on Dec. 11, 2013 during Evening Prayer with priests and seminarians gathered in the Queen of All Saints Basilica to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. (more…)