Statement of Cardinal Francis George, OMI
on the appointment of two auxiliary bishops
for the Archdiocese of Chicago
Monday, June 13, 2011
I am grateful to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, for his appointing two priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago as auxiliary bishops here. The Rev. Andrew P. Wypych, pastor of St. Francis Borgia Parish, will serve as my vicar for Vicariate V of the Archdiocese and as liaison to Polish Catholics; the Rev. Alberto Rojas, pastor of Good Shepherd Parish, will serve as my vicar for Vicariate III of the Archdiocese and as liaison to Hispanic Catholics.
The Holy Father’s pastoral concern for the priests, deacons, religious men and women and lay ministers and all the faithful of the Archdiocese of Chicago is clearly evident in these appointments. Bishop-elect Wypych was ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese of Krakow in Poland in 1979. He came to Chicago in 1983 and was incardinated in this Archdiocese several years later. Bishop-elect Rojas studied for the priesthood in his native city, Aguascalientes, Mexico, and in the Archdiocese of Chicago, where he was ordained a priest in 1997. Both priests have served as pastors and associate pastors. Bishop-elect Wypych has also served as a Dean, and Bishop-elect Rojas was a member of the seminary formation faculty at Mundelein. Both will bring their dedication to the Church and her people to the office of Bishop. They will make visible in their ministry the love of God for his Church.