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Exhibit Hall C, D
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich
Cardinal Blase Joseph Cupich was born on March 19, 1949, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Blase and Mary (Mayhan) Cupich. He is one of nine children.
Cardinal Cupich was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Omaha on Aug. 16, 1975. He was pastor of two parishes in Omaha. He was appointed Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, by Pope John Paul II on July 7, 1998, and was ordained and installed on Sept. 21, 1998. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the sixth Bishop of Spokane, Washington, on June 30, 2010, and installed Sept. 3, 2010. Cardinal Cupich was appointed Archbishop of Chicago by Pope Francis on Sept. 20, 2014, and installed as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago on Nov. 18, 2014.
On Oct. 9, 2016, Pope Francis named him a cardinal and he was elevated to the College of Cardinals in a consistory on Nov. 19, 2016 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.
Cardinal Cupich obtained his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1971. He attended seminary at the North American College and Gregorian University in Rome, where he received his baccalaureate in sacred theology in 1974, and his Master of Arts in theology in 1975.
Cardinal Cupich is a graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he received a licentiate of sacred theology in 1979 and a doctorate of sacred theology in 1987, both in sacramental theology.
Additionally, Cardinal Cupich was secretary at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. from 1981-1987; and served as chair for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People from 2008-2011 and for the National Catholic Educational Association from 2013-2015.
In 2016, Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Cupich to the Congregation for Bishops and in 2017, to the Congregation for Catholic Education. In 2019, Pope Francis appointed him to the committee that organized the Vatican Summit on the Protection of Minors in the Church for Presidents of Episcopal Conferences and in February 2020, appointed him to the Vatican Task Force to Assist Episcopal Conferences, Congregations of Religious and Societies of Apostolic Life in preparing and updating guidelines for the protection of minors.
Cardinal Cupich also serves on USCCB committees: Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and is co-chair of the National Dialogue Initiative with Muslims; Subcommittee for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, chair; and the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. He is an executive member of The Catholic Mutual Relief Society and chancellor of the Catholic Church Extension Society and the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois.