Tulane Alumni Association




Distinguished Alumnus/a Award 2005



His Eminence Francis Cardinal George
Archbishop of Chicago

His Eminence Francis Eugene Cardinal George, O.M.I. eighth Archbishop of Chicago, was ordained a priest on December 21, 1963. He earned a master's degree in philosophy at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1965 and a doctorate in American philosophy at Tulane University in 1970. In 1971, he received a master's degree in theology from the University of Ottawa in Canada. During those years, he also taught philosophy at the Oblate Seminary, Tulane University, and Creighton University. In 1988, he obtained a Doctorate of Sacred Theology in ecclesiology form the Pontifical Urban University in Rome.

Pope John Paull II appointed Cardinal George Bishop of Yakima in 1990 and then appointed him Archbishop of Portland Oregon in 1996. Less that a year later, Pope John Paul II named him Archbishop of Chicago.

In 1998, Pope John Paul II announced Archbishop George's election to the Sacred College of Cardinals. After the Consistory of February 21, 1998, Cardinal George was also appointed a member of the Holy See's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life, and the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum." In 1999, Pope John Paul II appointed Cardinal George to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church. In 2001, the Pope appointed him to the Congregation for Oriental Churches and, in 204 to the Pontifical Council for Culture.

Cardinal George is Vice-President of the U.S. Conference of  Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Liturgy, and a member of the USCCB ad hoc Committee on Shrines and the Subcommitttee on Campus Ministry. He also serves as consultant to the USCCB Committees on Doctrine and Pro-Life Activities and the Subcommittee on Lay Ministry.

Cardinal George is the USCCB Representative to the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. He is also the Chancellor of the Catholic Church Extension Society and the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinios. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic University of America, a trustee of the Papal Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Bio-ethics Center in Boston, and a member of the Boardd of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. He
has been the Episcopal Liason to the Catholic Campus Ministry Association Executive Board since 1998 and is 
now also Episcopal Moderator for the Ministry of Transporation of Chaplains. Since 1990, he has been Episcopal Moderator and member of the board of the National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities. He brings personal experience to his role after a five-month bout with polio at age 13 left him with permanent damage to his legs. In addition to English, he speaks French, Italian, Spanish and some German.

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