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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 Born on January 16, 1937.


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 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
1990 53 Years Old 1 More Event
He was episcopal advisor to the Cursillo Movement (Region XII) from 1990 to 1997, and episcopal moderator of the National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities from 1990 to 2008.
1994 57 Years Old 1 More Event
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. … Read More


1997 60 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He was the Representative to the International Commission on English and the Liturgy from 1997–2006. … Read More
2001 - 2007 3 More Events
2008 71 Years Old In May 2008, Father Robert Barron, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, was named the first holder of the endowed Francis Cardinal George Chair of Systematic Theology at Mundelein Seminary, the second such named endowed chair the university started.
2009 72 Years Old In March 2009 Cardinal George met with newly elected United States President Barack Obama.
2010 73 Years Old In the fall of 2010, he finished his three-year presidency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; he was succeeded by Archbishop Dolan of New York.
2011 74 Years Old 1 More Event
Cardinal George turned 74 in January 2011, and as bishops are required to make an offer to the Pope to resign at age 75 (which may be deferred by the Pope until later), speculation is already beginning over who could succeed him given that George has had cancer, has fallen, and suffers from the after effects of childhood polio. … Read More
On January 16, 2012, Cardinal George turned 75 and formally submitted his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI. … Read More
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