Chicago will have a new Archbishop! As a new resident of Chicago, I am excited to share in the beginnings of Bishop Cupich’s term at the helm of this wonderful archdiocese.
A local diocese is rudderless without it’s bishop. This is also true in mendicant life, where our house is led by a prior, the first among the brothers. I realized this on August 28th, St. Augustine’s Day, when our prior who had not yet moved in (just moved in today!) came to celebrate Mass in house with us. Fr. Jim began the Mass, and I suddenly realized that we as a house of 14 friars were finally whole, we had our prior. Celebrating Eucharist with him was a life giving experience where I truly experienced “wholeness” as a community and related that experience to that of the entire local Church, in Communion with the local bishop.
I don’t care if the commentators say the Bishop is a win for Camp A or Camp B. Whenever you meet said person, you find they have a greater depth and complexity than any commentator ascribed to them to fit their particular agenda.
The Archdiocese of Chicago is a large and heavy yolk to bear, please join me in praying for Bishop Cupich in these weeks before his installation. Pray that his time in the archdiocese be fruitful and lead to a growth in the Church here in Chicago and the surrounding region. Amen.