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 1                       HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION
 2        WHEREAS, The members of  the  Illinois  General  Assembly
 3    join  with the citizens of Chicago in extending to Archbishop
 4    Francis E. George a sincere "Welcome Home"; and
 5        WHEREAS, On Tuesday, April 8, 1997,  the  people  of  the
 6    Chicago  Archdiocese  received  the long awaited announcement
 7    that Archbishop Francis E. George of  Portland,  Oregon,  had
 8    been named Archbishop of Chicago by Pope John Paul II; and
 9        WHEREAS,  Born  on January 16, 1937 on the Northwest Side
10    of Chicago, he is the son of Francis and Julia George and the
11    brother of Margaret Mary George Cain; and
12        WHEREAS, He graduated from St. Pascal School in 1951;  he
13    attended  St.  Henry's Preparatory Seminary in Belleville and
14    entered the novitiate  of  the  Missionary  Oblates  of  Mary
15    Immaculate  in 1957; he was ordained into the holy priesthood
16    at his home parish of St. Pascal's on December 21, 1963; and
17        WHEREAS, He received bachelor's and master's  degrees  in
18    Theology  from the University of Ottawa, a master's degree in
19    Philosophy  from  the  Catholic  University  of  America,   a
20    Doctorate   of  Philosophy  from  Tulane  University,  and  a
21    Doctorate of Sacred Theology from the  Pontifical  University
22    Urbaniana in Rome, Italy; and
23        WHEREAS,  Archbishop  Francis  George  held various posts
24    within the Oblates of Mary Immaculate  Order  and  served  as
25    Provincial  Superior  of  the  Order's Midwestern Province in
26    1973 and 1974; he served as Vicar General in Rome  from  1974
27    through 1986; and
28        WHEREAS,  Archbishop  Francis George was appointed Bishop
29    of Yakima, Washington, in 1990 and  Archbishop  of  Portland,
30    Oregon,  in 1996; he will be installed as the thirteenth head
31    of the Chicago Archdiocese on May 7, 1997; and
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 1        WHEREAS,  As  a  teacher,  published  author,  and  noted
 2    reviewer, Archbishop George has received many awards and  was
 3    named Outstanding Educator of America in 1972 and 1973; he is
 4    affiliated with numerous associations and sits on many boards
 5    and committees; and
 6        WHEREAS, With a background in international leadership as
 7    Vicar  General  of  the  Oblates  of  Mary  Immaculate  and a
 8    reputation as a listener, mediator, and  teacher,  Archbishop
 9    George  will  be  well-suited  to  head  the  Archdiocese  of
10    Chicago; and
11        WHEREAS,  Archbishop  George, a man of faith and a man of
12    the people, returns to Chicago as the first Chicago native to
13    lead the Archdiocese; he is known as a  man  of  intellectual
14    courage  with  experience  in  both the secular and religious
15    worlds; therefore, be it
18    SENATE CONCURRING HEREIN, that  we  take  great  pleasure  in
19    joining  with  the people of Illinois in welcoming Archbishop
20    Francis E. George back to this State  and  the  City  of  his
21    birth  and  ordination with the hope that he will continue to
22    lead the Chicago Archdiocese for many years to come;  and  be
23    it further
24        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
25    presented  to  him  as  an  expression  of  our  respect  and
26    admiration.

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