Chicago (August 10, 2004 )
The Most Reverend Edwin Conway, Vicar General of the Archdiocese, died on Monday morning, August 9, 2004, after battling cancer for some months. I notified the Holy Father, who had named him Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago in 1995; and with this note I want to ask all of you, the Catholics of the Archdiocese, to keep Bishop Conway in your prayers.
Bishop Conway was exemplary in his devotion to the Lord, skilled in his ministry and dedicated to the Church’s mission, especially the mission of charity and concern for the poor and for children. He was a man of clear-headed faith, rooted in his vocation as a bishop of the Church and highly respected outside the Archdiocese. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him and by many others scarcely aware of how he had worked for them and helped them.
He was devoted to his family, for whom I ask you to pray. He was devoted to seminarians and the promotion of vocations to the ordained priesthood, so much so that he requested that the pallbearers at his funeral be those seminarians and young priests who had served as his Masters of Ceremonies for the Sacrament of Confirmation. I would ask you to pray for vocations to the priesthood. Finally, as we thank God for Bishop Conway’s life and ministry, let us pray that the Lord will bring him quickly to his eternal home.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
Archbishop of Chicago
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