Francis George

Catholic Cardinal
Born Jan 16, 1937

Francis Eugene George, OMI is an American cardinal of the Catholic Church. He is the eighth and current Archbishop of Chicago, previously serving as Bishop of Yakima (1990–1996) and Archbishop of Portland (1996–1997). A member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, George was created a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 1998. He served as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2007 to 2010.… Read More

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1937 Birth Francis George was born on January 16, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois, to Francis J. and Julia R. (née McCarthy) George. … Read More


1957 20 Years Old He joined the Missionary Oblates on August 14, 1957. … Read More
1961 24 Years Old George was then sent to study theology at the University of Ottawa in Canada. He made his solemn vows as a member of the Missionary Oblates on September 8, 1961.
1963 26 Years Old On December 21, 1963, George was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Raymond Hillinger at his home parish of St. Pascal Church.
1964 27 Years Old He received a Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) degree from the University of Ottawa in 1964, followed by a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1965. … Read More


1970 33 Years Old During his teaching assignments, George earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in American Philosophy from Tulane University in 1970, and a Master of Theology degree from the University of Ottawa in 1971.
1973 36 Years Old He served as provincial superior of the Midwestern Province for the Missionary Oblates in Saint Paul, Minnesota, from 1973 until 1974, when he became vicar general of his religious order. … Read More


1988 51 Years Old He obtained a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree from the Pontifical Urbaniana University in 1988, with a thesis entitled: "Inculturation and communion". … Read More
On July 10, 1990, George was appointed the fifth Bishop of Yakima in Washington by Pope John Paul II. … Read More
1994 57 Years Old He was a papal appointee to the 1994 World Synod of Bishops on Consecrated Life, and attended the Ninth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Vatican City in October 1994.
1996 59 Years Old On April 30, 1996, George was appointed the ninth Archbishop of Portland in Oregon. … Read More


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2007 70 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He served as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2007 to 2010.
2009 72 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 2009, George met with newly elected U.S. President Barack Obama.
In the fall of 2010, he finished his three-year presidency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
When a new route was proposed for the 2012 annual Chicago Pride Parade that would take it past a Catholic church, George told an interviewer: "you don't want the Gay Liberation Movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism." … Read More
2013 76 Years Old On January 1, 2013, in a pastoral letter to the Archdiocese, George stated that the passage of a same-sex marriage legislation in Illinois, which appeared imminent, would be "acting against the common good of society. … Read More
In a 2014 interview on his retirement, Cardinal George said: … Read More
He left the study by the end of the year after the drug was shown to be not effective in his case. On Friday, January 30, 2015, according to an Associated Press (AP) news story article in the online edition of the Chicago Tribune, Cardinal George, speaking to reporters at Chicago's Four Seasons Hotel after receiving the highest honor of the Knights of Columbus, the Gaudium et Spes Award, named after the Second Vatican Council's Gaudium et spes document, stated that since leaving the drug trial, his doctors at Loyola had "run out of tricks in the bag" in hopes of curing the cancer, and that treatment would likely now have to switch to options that emphasize quality of life, such as palliative care, rather than extending it. … Read More
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