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Francis Cardinal George named commencement speaker at St. Norbert College

From , December 15, 2011
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

St. Norbert College has announced that Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, will be its commencement speaker on Sunday, May 13, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. in Schuldes Sports Center on the college's De Pere campus. Cardinal George will also receive an honorary degree from the college.

Cardinal George entered the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate on August 14, 1957. He studied theology at the University of Ottawa, Canada, and was ordained a priest by the Most Rev. Raymond P. Hillinger on December 21, 1963, at St. Pascal Church. He went on to earn a master's degree in philosophy from the Catholic University of America in 1965; a doctorate in American philosophy at Tulane University in 1970; and a master's degree in theology from the University of Ottawa in 1971. During those years, he also taught philosophy at the Oblate Seminary, Pass Christian, Miss. (1964-69); Tulane University (1968); and Creighton University (1969-73).

He served as provincial superior of the Midwestern Province for the Oblates from 1973 to 1974, and as vicar general of the Oblates in Rome from 1974 to 1986. He returned to the United States to coordinate the Circle of Fellows for the Cambridge Center for the Study of Faith and Culture in Cambridge, Mass., from 1987-90, during which time he obtained a Doctorate of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Urban University in Rome. Pope John Paul II appointed him bishop of Yakima, Wash., on July 10, 1990, and archbishop of Portland, Ore., on April 30, 1996. Less than a year later, on April 8, 1997, he was named the eighth archbishop of Chicago, the first native Chicagoan to serve in that capacity. On Jan. 18, 1998, Pope John Paul II announced Archbishop George's elevation to the Sacred College of Cardinals. In November 2007, Cardinal George was elected president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for a three-year term.

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