Chicago’s archbishop, Blase Cupich, a notorious dissenter Francis put in charge of one of the largest dioceses in the United States, will speak on May 5 at a fundraiser for the Athenaeum, the home of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Mount St. Mary’s of the West.  The irony would be amusing if it weren’t so offensive.  Cincinnati’s Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr has made priestly vocations the centerpiece of his episcopate, and he’s accelerated the uptick in vocations that began under his predecessor.  Cupich, on the other hand, is to vocations what a turd is to a punch-bowl.  I’m told by people close to his diocese that dozens of men discerning priestly vocations are escaping Chicago for more faith-friendly locales.  There’s an additional irony here: Cupich was widely rumored to have been on a very short list for Cincinnati’s ordinary when former Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk’s retirement loomed.  Imagine what he would have done to vocations here.  We dodged a bullet, Chicago didn’t.  Shame on the Athenaeum’s Bishop Fenwick Society for inviting scandal by bringing this man here.

BFS Dinner Features Cardinal Blase Cupich

Cardinal Blase Cupich is the Archbishop of Chicago and a member of the Congregation for Bishops which advises the Holy Father in the choice of Bishops for the United States.

Cardinal Cupich was born on March 19, 1949 and ordained to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Omaha, August 16, 1975. After receiving a B.A. in Philosophy, from the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN he attended the North American College receiving his bachelors, masters and licentiate in theology from the Gregorian University. He completed his doctorate in Sacramental Theology at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Cardinal Cupich has served as a pastor, high school teacher, director of worship, as well as Secretary, Apostolic Nunciature, Washington, D.C. and President/Rector, Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, OH. He was appointed by Saint Pope John Paul II Bishop, Diocese of Rapid City and later Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Bishop of Spokane. On September 20, 2014 he received the pastoral care of the Archdiocese of Chicago and His Holiness Pope Francis elevated him to the College of Cardinals on November 19, 2016.

His Eminence serves on many commissions including the USCCB Communications Committee and the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs; he is co-chair of the National Dialogue Initiative with Muslims, Chair of the Sub-Committee for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe as well as Chancellor of the Catholic Church Extension Society and a Trustee of the Catholic Mutual Relief Society.

Throughout the years, the seminary has depended on financial support from generous benefactors. The Bishop Fenwick Society (BFS) is a devoted giving society made up of benefactors who give $1,000 or more, annually, to fund the seminary and Athenaeum. To thank BFS members for their steadfast generosity, and encourage others to join, Archbishop Schnurr hosts an annual thank-you dinner. This year’s event on May 5 will be held at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel (downtown Cincinnati).

“We encourage everyone who cares deeply about our mission to join the BFS,” said Kyle Isaack, director of Advancement at the Athenaeum. “If you’ve already donated this year – we thank you for your support. If you’ve never given, please consider making a donation today, so you can help us form and educate our future priests.”