The Church, The Cardinal and You
Ministry with Cardinal Francis Eugene George, OMI
All of my 14 years employed by the Archdiocese of Chicago were under the leadership of the late Francis Cardinal George, OMI. During my ten-years tenure in the Family Ministries Office, I had the opportunity to collaborate with him in writing the Marriage Ministry Guidelines, In The Spirit of Cana, and the annual Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass and reception, which I coordinated. As Director of the Office for Black Catholics, I had frequent conversations with him regarding the initiatives of the Office, e.g., the Cause for the Canonization of Fr. Augustus Tolton. For 15 years, I was a founding member of the Archdiocese Anti-Racism Task Force, which was named after Cardinal George's historic pastoral letter on racism, Dwell In My Love, which he commissioned.
However, as a host of the monthly TV program, The Church, The Cardinal, And You, I had opportunities to interview him on broader topics on current events and matters of the Archdiocese, the Church, and the world. Though his public persona seemed stern and perhaps rigid, I found Cardinal George to be warm, humorous, compassionate, and often playful. I experienced him as a holy man of God who was prayerful. I fondly appreciate his promises to pray for my wife, who was diagnosed with MS in 2011, and his regular asking about her in our studio conversations.
In the summer of 2014, I spearheaded a historic gathering of members of the Catholic communities of the African Diaspora. Representatives of African-American, Caribbean, South American, and African communities came together to pray with Cardinal George as cancer was taking its final toll on his body. He was delighted by the assembly. Despite his fatigue, he was very engaging at the reception that followed the service. It was a highlight of my service in the Office for Black Catholics.
It was my privilege to serve the Church under his leadership, and I'm thankful for the personal support I received from him. May he rest in eternal peace.
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Prayer Service with Cardinal George and the Catholic Communities of the African Diaspora
On Friday, August 8, 2014, the Catholic communities of the African Diaspora gathered in the Shrine Chapel of St. Rita Cascia High School on Chicago's Southside to pray with and for Francis Cardinal George, OMI, and to thank him for his leadership and commitment to the Church.
It was a glorious event for which we are thankful to have had to spend some time with our shepherd and to show our love for him.
May he rest in peace.
This event was sponsored by the Office for Black Catholics, Director Andrew Lyke.