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The following 41 pages are in this category, out of 41 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Daniel Coughlin – Daniel P. Coughlin STL served as the 59th Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives from March 23,2000, to April 14,2011. He was the first Roman Catholic priest to serve in that position, Coughlin was born November 8,1934, in Illinois. The son of Dan and Lucille Coughlin, he was raised on the North side of Chicago, Coughlin was ordained for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago on May 3,1960. In 1968 he received a degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, from 1985 to 1990 Coughlin was pastor at St. Francis Xavier Parish in La Grange, Illinois. He then became Director of the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House in Mundelein, in 1995 he began working as Vicar for Priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago under Joseph Bernardin and later Francis George. The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights called any allegations of wrongdoing on Coughlins part a witch hunt, Coughlin held the position of Vicar for Priests until he was sworn in as House Chaplain. During the mid-80s, during a sabbatical from his work in Illinois, he lived and worked with Trappist monks in Kentuckys Gethsemani Abbey and he is also a contributor to The Spiritual Renewal of the American Priesthood, a publication of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. The selection of the 59th Chaplain of the House of Representatives was a controversial process prior to Coughlins eventual selection, Hasterts decision not to select OBrien led to accusations of anti-Catholic bias, and ultimately resulted in the Reverend Wrights decision to withdraw his name from consideration. Press reports of Hasterts surprise compromise selection of a Chicago Catholic priest covered the story of the Speakers decision as a way of defusing the controversy. Hastert, a native of and representative from Illinois, had his staff reach out to Chicagos Archbishop, Francis Cardinal George, responding to a reporters comment that he was being thrown into a lions den, Coughlin noted that perhaps it was fitting that his name was Daniel. As House Chaplain, Coughlin opened every session with a prayer, either delivering it himself or coordinating the service of a guest chaplain, Coughlin has noted that Welcoming guest chaplains is one of the very rewarding things I do. It shows the breadth and depth of the experience in the U. S. and is a shining beacon of religious liberty. He has also shared his belief in prayer and the power of prayer, Coughlin has noted that he sensed how deeply lawmakers value prayer and the presence of the chaplain in the halls of Congress after the September 11 attacks. He has noted that his understanding of this brought a further gravity to his duties. I will be with my people whatever you do, Coughlin has called this situation—the threat of using the liturgy as a threat -- one of the saddest stories I heard. Therefore, he says he meets with ministers, rabbis, on the other hand, he contends that We have many more common concerns than differences, and many conversations are not linked to any one religions theological beliefs. Coughlins service to the members and staffs of the House have earned him praise from both sides of the aisle, representative Daniel Lipinski called him an inspiration. A search for Coughlins successor as House Chaplain was begun shortly before his retirement, Coughlin noted that If the chaplain is not a man of prayer -- or a person of prayer -- and a person of peace, were good for nobody
2. Michael Pfleger – Michael Louis Pfleger is a Roman Catholic priest and a social activist in Chicago, Illinois. A German American from the South Side of Chicago, Pfleger attended Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary South, Loyola University and he was ordained a priest for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago on May 14,1975. Since 1981, he has been pastor of the mostly African American parish of Saint Sabina and his uninterrupted tenure in just one parish is normally unheard of in a diocese where pastors usually serve for only six to twelve years. When he was appointed to his present position, at age 31, under his leadership, Saint Sabina has established an Employment Resource Center, a Social Service Center and also an Elders home. In 1981, Pfleger adopted a son, Lamar, in defiance of Cardinal John Patrick Cody. Lamar graduated from college and got a job with Continental Airlines and he subsequently enlisted in the United States Army. In 1992, Pfleger adopted another son, Beronti, who attended the University of Central Florida before his death on May 20,2012. Pfleger says his son had been coping with an illness the past few years, in 1997, Pfleger became the foster father to Jarvis Franklin, who was killed by stray gunfire on May 30,1998. Pflegers social activism has brought him media coverage throughout Chicago and beyond, under Pflegers leadership, the community of Saint Sabina demanded the shutdown of a number of Auburn Gresham businesses specializing in drug paraphernalia. His parish also campaigned for the removal of tobacco and alcohol billboards from their neighborhood, when billboard owners refused to cooperate in the early 1990s, he and others decided to climb ladders and deface the signs. He was charged with destruction of property, but was acquitted by a jury in 1991. In September 1997, the Chicago City Council voted 44–1 to eliminate tobacco, Pfleger described the decision as a tremendous victory for the children of Chicago, for our neighborhoods, especially black and Hispanic neighborhoods. Pfleger has become one of the best known critics of The Jerry Springer Show, believing the program to be immoral, he and his parishioners began picketing outside the shows studios in 1991. By 1998, he had organized a boycott of the shows advertisers, calling a woman a ho and a bitch is sick. This is not normal behavior, he declared, the shows producers eventually claimed that they would attempt to decrease the number of on-stage fights on the program. Pfleger later targeted radio personality Howard Stern in response to Sterns late 2005 advertising campaign to promote his move to satellite radio, Pfleger specifically objected to a pair of Sterns billboards in Chicago that featured an image of the black power salute with the caption Let freedom ring. And let it be rung by a stripper, Pfleger told the media, As we prepare to celebrate Dr. Kings birthday, we will not tolerate this kind of disrespect. We should not have to tolerate it in our communities, viacom, the owner of the billboards, eventually removed the signs because of Pflegers protests
3. John McMullen (bishop) – John McMullen was a 19th-century bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. He was the first bishop of the Diocese of Davenport in the state of Iowa from 1881 to 1883, John McMullen was born in Ballynahinch, County Down, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland to James and Alice McMullen, and was one of ten children. When he was a more than a year old his family immigrated to Canada. In 1837 they moved to Ogdensburg, New York and eventually moved to Chicago. He was educated in the school district and then parochial schools. He did his secondary and undergraduate studies at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Chicago and he studied for the priesthood at the College of the Propaganda and the Urban College in Rome where he was also awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree. McMullen was ordained to the priesthood in Rome on June 20,1858 for the Diocese of Chicago and he served the diocese, and later archdiocese, for 25 years. He was initially assigned as an assistant at St. Marys Cathedral, during this time he helped to establish the House of the Good Shepherd, which cared for women who had been prostitutes, as well as orphanages for both boys and girls. He would go door to door to beg for money to support the institutions and he was well known at the Cook County jail and Bridewell, a house of corrections. In addition to visiting the inmates he would bring newspapers, periodicals and he was known for his friendly demeanor and concern. From 1861 to 1866 McMullen served as president of the University of St. Mary of the Lake, in 1865 he established the short-lived Catholic Monthly magazine while at the school. Unfortunately, the school suffered from lack of finances and all and he then founded St. Louis and St. Pauls parishes in Chicago. McMullen accompanied Bishop James Duggan as one of his theologians to the Second Council of Baltimore, in 1868 he was sent to the Holy See to represent the interests of the priests of Chicago after Bishop Duggans mental illness became evident. He was named the pastor of St. Rose of Lima parish in Wilmington, Illinois and started a new parish in Braidwood. He was named pastor of the Church of the Holy Name in Chicago and had just spent $19,000 on renovations when the Great Chicago Fire struck the city on October 8,1871, every structure McMullen had built in the city was destroyed. He then built the present Holy Name Cathedral, which was consecrated on November 21,1875, in 1877 he was named vicar general by Bishop Thomas Foley. After Bishop Foleys death he was named administrator of the diocese, on June 14,1881, Father John McMullen was appointed the first bishop of the newly created Diocese of Davenport. He was consecrated bishop by Archbishop Feehan on July 25,1881 in Holy Name Cathedral, the principal co-consecrators were Bishops John Hennessy of Dubuque and John Lancaster Spalding of Peoria
4. University of Saint Mary of the Lake – It is recognized as the first institution of higher education in the City of Chicago. Chartered by the Illinois General Assembly in 1844, it has the longest continuous academic charter in the state of Illinois, the largest major seminary in the United States, Mundelein Seminary serves 45 dioceses in eight different countries and was the first ecclesiastical faculty in the U. S. In addition to the seminary, the University of St. Mary of the Lake offers the Lay Formation Program, Instituto de Liderazgo Pastoral, Diaconate Formation Program, Chicago Studies is an academic journal for priests and others in parish ministry. It is edited by the university and seminary faculty along with priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago, after years in flourishing operation but growing financial burden, the university was forced to close in 1866. Expressing a need for priests, Archbishop George Mundelein was compelled to re-open the institution as Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary around 1921. In 1926, the opened a new campus church, designed by Chicago architect Joseph W. McCarthy. The institution became known throughout the world in 1926 as a site for the International Eucharistic Congress, in September 1929, the seminary received a second charter, this time from the Holy See. Cardinal Mundelein obtained from the Sacred Congregation for Seminaries and Universities the authority to grant the international academic degrees of the Holy See, in 1934 the Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology at Mundelein was honored with a permanent grant of this authority. The seminary became the first American institution to be honored as a theological faculty under the Apostolic Constitution. The seminal liturgical leader and Catholic Action chaplain Msgr, reynold Henry Hillenbrand served as rector of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary from 1936-1944. Under the leadership of Cardinal Albert Meyer, in 1961 the seminary opened a campus in Niles. The Niles campus became the site for the liberal arts program. The Mundelein campus included the upper class college studies in philosophy followed by a four-year theology curriculum, under Cardinal Meyer’s successor, Cardinal John Cody, the undergraduate program was affiliated with Loyola University of Chicago and became Niles College of Loyola University. Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary was now strictly a school of theology. 1976 saw two milestones in the seminary history, in cooperation with the Center for Pastoral Ministry, the Archdiocese of Chicago’s continuing education school, the seminary began a program of studies leading to the new doctor of ministry degree. Also in 1976, the seminary celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first ordinations held in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. In 1982, under the direction of Archbishop Joseph Bernardin, the faculty initiated a thorough revision of the program which had been in place for ten years. The changes had as their goal the better implementation of the objectives set forth in the edition of the Program of Priestly Formation
5. Robert Barron (bishop) – Robert Emmet Barron is an American prelate of the Catholic Church, author, theologian and evangelist, known for his Word on Fire ministry. He serves as a bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Previously, he served as Rector of Mundelein Seminary in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, robert Emmet Barron was born on November 19,1959, in Chicago. He spent his childhood first in Detroit, then in the Chicago suburb of Western Springs and his mother was a homemaker, and his father, who died in 1987, was a national sales manager for John Sexton & Company, a national food distributor. He has a sister and a brother, John Barron, who is the Sun-Times Media Groups publisher and senior vice-president of news, Barron discovered Thomas Aquinas when he was a freshman in high school. He transferred to Benet Academy, a private Benedictine high school and he was ordained a priest on May 24,1986 by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin. He is a Doctor of Sacred Theology under the system from the Institut Catholique de Paris in 1992. His thesis was Creation as Discipleship, A Study of the De potentia of Thomas Aquinas in Light of the Dogmatik of Paul Tillich, in addition to his native English, Barron is also fluent in French, Spanish, German, and Latin. Barron was the Professor of Faith and Culture at University of St. Mary of the Lake near Chicago until his installation as an auxiliary bishop. He lectured extensively in the United States and internationally, including the Pontifical North American College in Rome, the late Cardinal Francis George called Barron one of the Churchs best messengers. Barron served as pastor at St. Paul of the Cross parish in Park Ridge, Illinois. Since 1992 he was the Professor of Systematic Theology at University of St. Mary of the Lake, in 2002 he was a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in 2007. He was also twice scholar in residence at the Pontifical North American College at the Vatican and he was Rector of the Mundelein Seminary from 1 July 2012 to 20 July 2015. On September 8,2015, Barron was consecrated as a bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels by Archbishop José H. Gomez. In 2000 Barron launched Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, a non-profit organization, Word on Fire programs, featuring Barron, have been broadcast regularly on WGN America, EWTN, Telecare, Relevant Radio and the Word on Fire YouTube Channel. Barrons Word on Fire website offers daily blogs, articles, commentaries, in September 2015, Barron and Word on Fire Content Director Brandon Vogt started a weekly podcast called The Word on Fire Show. Barron lectures extensively in the United States and internationally and he has published books, essays. He is a frequent commentator on faith and culture for The Chicago Tribune, NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel, Our Sunday Visitor, the Catholic Herald in London and The Catholic New World
6. Edwin R. Chess – Edwin Ralph Chess is a former Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force. Mother Anna Zdonek Father Mieczyslaw Charles Czeslawski Sister Adeline Brother Raymond Edwin was Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1913 and he attended Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary and DePaul University. In 1962, he was given the title of Monsignor by Pope John XXIII, Chess was originally commissioned an officer in the United States Army Reserve in 1942. He would serve in World War II with the 47th Bombardment Group, the 57th Bombardment Wing, in 1946, he was released from active duty. In 1948, Chess was recalled to duty as a member of the United States Air Force. During the Korean War, he served with the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, later in his career, Chess was named Command Chaplain of the U. S. Air Force Security Service before becoming Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force in 1961. He was promoted to Chief of Chaplains and achieved the rank of Major General in 1966, Chess remained Chief of Chaplains until his retirement in 1970. Awards he received include the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Medal, Chess died in 2000 at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas
7. Edward Egan – Edward Michael Egan was an American Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Bridgeport from 1988 to 2000, and he was elevated to the cardinalate in 2001. The third of four children, Edward Egan was born in Oak Park, Illinois and his father was a sales manager and his mother was a homemaker and former teacher, his parents families were from County Mayo and County Clare, Ireland. In 1943, Egan and his older brother contracted polio, causing them to two years of school while convalescing at home. He graduated from Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary, where he had been student body president and editor of the student newspaper and yearbook, Egan then entered St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, from where he obtained a Bachelors degree in Philosophy. He was then sent to continue his formation for the priesthood at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Egan was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Martin John OConnor on December 15,1957, and earned a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Gregorian in 1958. Upon his return to the United States, he served as curate of Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, assistant chancellor for the Archdiocese, during this time, he also taught evening classes for potential Catholic converts and served as a chaplain at Wesley Memorial Hospital. In 1960, Egan returned to the Gregorian in Rome to pursue his doctoral studies, during his studies, he became assistant vice-rector and repetitor of moral theology and canon law at the Pontifical North American College. He received his doctorate in law summa cum laude in 1964. Egan, returning to the Archdiocese of Chicago, became secretary to John Cardinal Cody, as his secretary, he saw Cardinal Cody take the heat for good causes such as the Civil Rights Movement and desegregation. From 1969 to 1971, he served as co-chancellor for the Archdiocese, Egan once again returned to Rome in 1971, when Pope Paul VI named him an auditor of the Sacred Roman Rota. While serving on the Roman Rota, he was also a professor of law at the Gregorian and of civil. Egan served as a commissioner of the Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship, in 1982, he was chosen to be one of the six canonists who reviewed the new Code of Canon Law with Pope John Paul II before its promulgation in 1983. On April 1,1985, Egan was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of New York and he received his episcopal consecration on the following May 22 from Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, with Archbishop John Joseph OConnor and Bishop John Richard Keating serving as co-consecrators, in Rome. He selected as his motto, In the Holiness of the Truth. As an auxiliary, he served as Vicar for Education in the Archdiocese from 1985 to 1988, Egan was later named the third Bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut, on November 5,1988. He was formally installed on December 14 of that year, during his tenure, he oversaw the reorganization of Catholic schools. He also raised $45 million for schools through a fundraising campaign
8. Gerald Frederick Kicanas – Gerald Frederick Kicanas is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He as been the seventh Bishop of Tucson since January 15,2002, gerald Kicanas was born in Chicago, Illinois, to parents being of Lebanese heritage, Frederick and Eva Kicanas. He attended Immaculate Heart Elementary School and Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago and he obtained his licentiate in Sacred Theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein. He was ordained to the priesthood on April 27,1967, and then earned a Ph. D. in Educational Psychology, after working as an associate pastor until 1978, Kicanas held various offices at the archdiocesan seminary for over twenty-five years. He served as rector, principal, and Dean of Formation at Quigley Preparatory Seminary South, while rector, he also served as a lecturer in Community and Organization Development at Loyola University. On January 24,1995, Pope John Paul II named Kicanas Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago and he received his episcopal consecration on the March 20 from Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, with Bishops Alfred Abramowicz and Timothy Lyne serving as co-consecrators. Kicanas selected as his motto, La Justicia Promueve La Paz. During his tenure as an auxiliary, he served as Episcopal Vicar for Vicariate I in the archdiocese and he also became involved with vocations, the permanent diaconate, and encouragement of lay ministry. Kicanas was named Coadjutor Bishop of Tucson, Arizona on October 30,2001 and he succeeded Manuel Moreno as the seventh Bishop of Tucson on March 7,2003. Kicanas has been praised for his handling of the sexual abuse crisis in his diocese, on November 13,2007, he was elected Vice-President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, defeating Archbishop Timothy Dolan by a margin of twenty-two votes. On February 28,2008, the USCCB chose Kicanas as a member of the American delegation to the twelfth World Synod of Bishops, which was held in Vatican City in October 2008. On November 16,2010, he was defeated by Dolan in the election for USCCB President, in June 2009, Kicanas spoke at the annual meeting of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management at the Wharton School in Philadelphia. Hia talk addressed the need for communications in the Catholic Church. Kicanas was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Notre Dame on May 22,2011
9. Jerome E. Listecki – Jerome Edward Listecki is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who currently serves as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin since 2010. Previously Archbishop Listecki served as a bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Jerome Listecki was born in Chicago and raised on the Southeast Side and his father owned a tavern before working as a bus driver for the Chicago Transit Authority. Jerome received his education at the parochial school of St. Michael the Archangel Church before attending Quigley Preparatory Seminary South. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Joseph College Seminary in 1971, during his summers as a seminarian, he worked in a blast furnace centering plant in the US Steel mills near Chicago. Listecki was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal John Cody on May 14,1975 and he previously earned a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University, making him the holder of degrees utriusque juris as Doctor of Canon and Civil Law. During his service to the Archdiocese of Chicago, he taught at both Quigley Preparatory Seminary North and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, served in a number of Chicago parishes and as pastor of St. On November 7,2000, Listecki was appointed bishop for the Archdiocese of Chicago by Pope John Paul II. On March 1,2005, he was installed as Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse, Bishop Listecki was named Archbishop of Milwaukee by Pope Benedict XVI on November 14,2009. He was installed on January 4,2010 by the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America, as Archbishop of Milwaukee, the metropolitan see of the Ecclesiastical Province of Milwaukee, he received the pallium on June 29,2010 from Pope Benedict XVI. Listecki served as an Army Reserve chaplain in the United States Army Reserve for 20 years, Listecki testified against the bill, saying it would single out Catholic institutions and bankrupt the Milwaukee Archdiocese. He credited the bravery of victim-survivors who persisted in bringing their cases to light and we owe these victims/survivors our deep gratitude and we acknowledge our own actions have not always expressed that gratitude adequately. He defended Pope Benedict XVIs role in the matter, istakes were made in the Lawrence Murphy case, the mistakes were not made in Rome in 1996,1997 and 1998. The mistakes were made here, in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, in the 1970s, the 1980s and the 1990s, by the Church, by authorities, by Church officials. And for that, I beg your forgiveness in the name of the Church, official site of the Holy See
10. Joseph M. Siegel – Joseph M. Siegel is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who serves as an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Joliet in Illinois. The youngest of nine children, Joseph Siegel was born in Joliet, Illinois, to Francis and he was raised on a farm in Lockport Township. He was baptized at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus and he completed his seminary formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome between 1984 and 1988. He earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree cum laude from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1987 and he was ordained to the diaconate by Cardinal William W. Baum on April 14,1988, at St. Peters Basilica. Following his return to Illinois, Siegel was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Joseph L. Imesch on June 4,1988. After his ordination, he completed his studies in theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein. His first assignment was as a vicar at St. Isidore Church in Bloomingdale. He then served at St. Mary Immaculate Church in Plainfield, St. Mary Nativity Church in Joliet, and the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus and he became pastor of Visitation Church in Elmhurst in 2004. Siegel was a member of the Presbyteral Council for nine years and he also served as director of Continuing Formation for Priests, a member of the Diocesan Vocation Board, the Priest Personnel Board, and dean of Eastern Will County. Within the Catholic Conference of Illinois, he served on the Executive Committee as a priest representative and was chairman of the Catholics for Life Department. He chaired the Steering Committee for the Joliet Diocesan Year of the Eucharist and Eucharistic Congress and he is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and a member of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. He is currently the State Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus Illinois State Council, on October 28,2009, Siegel was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Joliet and Titular Bishop of Pupiana by Pope Benedict XVI. He selected as his motto, In Te Domine Speravi
11. Maurice Francis Burke – Maurice Francis Burke was an Irish-born clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Cheyenne and Bishop of Saint Joseph, maurice Burke was born in Knockainy, County Limerick, to Francis Noonan and Joanna Burke. When he was a child, he and his parents came to the United States and he received his education at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Chicago and at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. Burke continued his studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, on his return to Chicago, he was assigned to serve as a curate at St. Marys Church. From 1878 to 1887, he was rector of St. Marys Church in Joliet, on August 9,1887, Burke was appointed the first bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming, by Pope Leo XIII. During his tenure in Cheyenne, he faced attacks against the Catholic Church by members of the American Protective Association and he unsuccessfully petitioned the Holy See to suppress the diocese. In 1893, the Diocese of Cheyenne was attached to the province of Dubuque. During his tenure in Saint Joseph, he liquidated the heavy debt incurred by the cathedral, built a residence and a school for the cathedral parish
12. George Clements – George H. Clements is an American Roman Catholic priest who, in 1981, became the first Catholic priest in the Chicago area to adopt a child. In June 1969, Father Clements became the first black pastor of Holy Angels Catholic Church on the South Side of Chicago and he is also well known for his involvement in civil rights activities during a period that extended from the late 1960s to present. George Clements was born George Harold Clements in Chicago, Illinois on January 26,1932 to Samuel George, a Chicago city auditor and he attended Corpus Christi Elementary School in Chicago, and graduated from Chicagos Quigley Academy Seminary in 1945. He studied at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sacred Theology, Clements became an ordained priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 3,1957. 1945, Became the first black graduate of Quigley Academy Seminary in Chicago, may 3,1957, Ordained a Roman Catholic priest in Chicago, Illinois by Cardinal Samuel Stritch. 1960s, Marched on Selma, Alabama with Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.1969 Became pastor of Holy Angels Church in Chicago,1980, Originated the one church-one child program concept. 1981, Received approval from the Vatican to adopt the first of his four children,1994, Started the one church-one addict program. 1999, Started the one church-one inmate program, may 4,2007, Completed fiftieth year as a Roman Catholic priest. Clements started the One Church-One Child program locally in Chicago at Holy Angels Church in 1980, though the program was started locally in Chicago, it became a national effort in 1988. After retiring from Holy Angels, Clements moved to Washington, D. C, in 1994, Clements started a program known as one church-one addict. The goal of the program was to assist churches nationwide in helping recovering drug addicts through job counseling, spiritual consolation, in 1999, Clements started a program called one church-one inmate, a collaborative effort to help prison inmates and their families. The program was designed to facilitate the transition of inmates from incarcerated life to a life as productive, the Father Clements Story was produced as a television movie by NBC and starred actors Lou Gossett, Jr. Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and Carroll OConnor. Gossett, Jr. played Father Clements, Warner played Clements adopted son Joey, and OConnor played Cardinal John Cody,1977, Named priest of the year by the Association of Chicago Priests. 1982, North American Council on Adoptable Children Award winner,1987, Named an honorary chief by a Yoruba tribe in Nigeria. April 11,2002, The Kentucky State Legislature passed a resolution HR 117A, may 2007, Golden Jubilee marks Clements 50th year as a Roman Catholic priest. Celebrated at Hilton Chicago banquet and Jubilee Mass at Holy Angels Church Chicago, http, //celebrities. adoption. com/famous/father-george-clements. html Holy Angels Church, An African-American Roman Catholic Church