Bishop Lee Welcomes Archbishop-Designate Cupich

September 24, 2014

I learned over the weekend, as my colleagues in the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops and I were meeting in Taiwan, that Pope Francis had named the Rt. Rev. Blase Cupich, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane, to succeed Cardinal Francis George as Archbishop of Chicago.

Bishop Cupich comes to northern Illinois with a reputation as a pastoral man with a passion for reconciliation. I am looking forward to meeting him and working with him, and I invite you to join me in praying for the archbishop-designate and making him welcome.

I invite you to pray, too, for Cardinal George. He was a staunch ally in the campaign to pass sensible gun laws and curtail the killing in our streets, and our two churches worked in concert for just and humane reform of our country’s immigration policies. I am grateful for his leadership on these issues, and wish him fulfillment and refreshment in his retirement. 

As members of sister churches, Episcopalians and Roman Catholics have an opportunity and a duty to witness to the power and mercy of the risen Christ. I look forward to continuing this work with Bishop Cupich when he assumes his new responsibilities. 

--Bishop Jeffrey D. Lee

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