FRANZMAN NAMED DIRECTOR OF EVANGELIZATION, CATECHESIS AND WORSHIP
(February 5, 2004) - Fr. Thomas Franzman has been named director of
the Department of Evangelization, Catechesis and Worship for the
Archdiocese of Chicago, effective Feb. 1. He reports directly to
Jimmy M. Lago, Chancellor of the Archdiocese.
As director, Fr. Franzman will oversee the Office of Evangelization,
Catechesis and Worship. In addition, he will be administrative head
for several archdiocesan agencies, including Family Ministries,
Missions Office, Peace and Justice, Respect Life, Ecumenical Affairs,
Parish Pastoral Council, Prison Ministry, Young Adult Ministry,
Youth Ministry and the Office for Divine Worship.
Fr. Franzman succeeds Fr. Joseph Geders, C.M., who is moving to
St. Louis to take up his new assignment as provincial treasurer
with the Congregation of the Mission.
“Fr. Franzman will bring great gifts to the Pastoral Center
staff,” said Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of
Chicago. “I am grateful that he has accepted this important
“I am honored to be entrusted with guiding the work of this
department because it represents the central mission of all the
baptized as given by Christ,” Fr. Franzman said. “The
dedication and commitment of the staff of all the offices of this
department is well known, and I feel privileged to be among them.”
Ordained to the priesthood in 1970, Fr. Franzman served as associate
pastor at St. Bede (Fox Lake) until 1977, and then at Holy Name
Cathedral from 1977-82. During his tenure at the cathedral, he also
served as coordinator of the Construction Projects Office from 1979-82.
Fr. Franzman was named rector of Quigley Preparatory Seminary North
in 1982, a position he held until 1990. He then served first as
administrator, then as pastor at St. Michael Parish, Chicago, from
1990-2003. After leaving St. Michael he went on sabbatical. While
serving at St. Michael, he held the position of dean for deanery
VI-C, from 1993-2001.
A Chicago native, Fr. Franzman attended St. Margaret Mary School,
Chicago, and went to high school at Quigley North, Chicago. He earned
a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and then a master of divinity
from St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein.
As the second largest Catholic diocese in the United States, the
Archdiocese of Chicago serves approximately 2.3 million Catholics
who live in Cook and Lake counties in northeastern Illinois. The
Archdiocese is headed by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop
of Chicago. It employs approximately 18,000 people in parishes,
schools, charities, seminaries, cemeteries and administrative offices.