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CARDINAL'S MASS FOR HIS PEOPLE
Celebrating Cardinal George's 10th Anniversary as Archbishop of Chicago

Chicago, IL (May 1, 2007) —One of the most important events scheduled to honor Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., on the tenth anniversary of his installation as the eighth Archbishop of Chicago, will be the Cardinal’s Mass, As Shepherd of His People, on Saturday, May 12 at 5:15 p.m. at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets, Chicago. This celebration, as well as the reception afterward, will be hosted by the cathedral parish.

Representatives of the Archdiocese’s 364 parishes in Cook and Lake counties will carry their parish banners down the Cathedral’s main aisle during the opening procession. Attending the mass will also be members of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, the Archdiocesan Women's Committee, Catholic university presidents, heads of Catholic hospitals, the Knights of Columbus, the Knights of St. Peter Claver, the Knights of Malta and the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre.

The auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese, as well as the rector of the cathedral, Rev. Daniel G. Mayall, the vicar general, Rev. John F. Canary, and the judicial vicar, Rev. Patrick R. Lagges, will concelebrate the Mass along with Cardinal George.

The evening’s liturgical music will include Ecce sacerdos magnus, by Chicago Catholic composer Johann Singenberger and Mozart’s Ave verum corpus. Under the direction of Dr. H. Ricardo Ramirez, Holy Name Cathedral’s Chamber Singers will also perform Christo,Gloria in Ecclesia, dedicated to the Cardinal’s reception of the Pallium from His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, at the Vatican Archbasilica on June 29, 1997. Archdiocesan priest Rev. Edward J. McKenna composed the song.

Prior to being named Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal George served as Bishop of Yakima, Washington from July 1990 until April of 1996, and as Archbishop of Portland, Oregon from April 1996 until April 8, 1997. He was installed as the eighth Archbishop of Chicago by the Most Rev. Agostino Cacciavillan, Apostolic Pro-Nuncio, at Holy Name Cathedral on May 7, 1997. On January 18, 1998, Pope John Paul II announced Archbishop George’s elevation to the Sacred College of Cardinals.

As Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal George has written two pastoral letters. His first on evangelization, called “Becoming an Evangelizing People,” was issued on November 21, 1997. His second on racism, called “Dwell in My Love,” was issued on April 4, 2001.

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