The transfer of power will take place in a ceremony which begins Monday, November 17, at 7:00 pm. Bishop Blase Cupich will arrive Monday night at the Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago for the Rite of Reception. After he knocks on the cathedral door, he will be welcomed inside and presented with the garment called the archdiocesan stole. Then he’ll greet civic and ecumenical leaders representing various religions.
The installation ceremonies for the new Chicago Archbishop begins tonight and on Tuesday the installation mass will take place at 2:00 pm.
The Archbishop’s arrival to Chicago will be ceremonious and historical. With much symbolism to the installation ceremonies, on Monday night Cupich will knock on the front door with a rubber mallet at Holy Name Cathedral and Cardinal George, along with other pastors will answer. The knock represents the initiation and their answering the door symbolizes his welcome. After he knocks on the cathedral door, he will be welcomed inside and presented with the garment called the archdiocesan stole.
ABC News reported Cupich will be greeted by civic and ecumenical leaders representing various religions, along with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel who are expected to attend.
Once inside the cathedral, Cupich will be given a garment called the archdiocesan stole. This is given to him as another invitation to be the pastor. During the prayer service, Cupich will deliver the homily.
This past Sunday, Cardinal George celebrated his final mass. In his homily, he told the congregation, ‘You are my legacy.’ According to the Catholic News Agency, Cardinal George said, “At some point, Christ will question me: What have you done with my people? Are they holier because of your ministry? Are they more generous, more loving toward others? In short, you are my legacy.”
Bishop Cupich comes to Chicago from Spokane Washington dioceses of 90,000 Catholics. Welcoming him to Chicago is a big deal. Chicago is the third-largest archdiocese in the country comprising of some 2.2 million Catholics.
Cardinal Francis George was the first Chicago native to become Archbishop of Chicago. Now retiring and battling cancer, he has often stated he would like to be the first Archbishop of Chicago to retire, rather than die in office. So this is an historical event as this will be the first time in the history of the archdiocese that a new archbishop has assumed leadership while his predecessor is still alive.
On Tuesday, Cardinal George will officially step down when Bishop Blase Cupich is installed as the next Archbishop of Chicago. During Tuesday’s installation mass, Cupich will be seated in the cathedra, the designated chair for the archbishop.
Due to the limited seating capacity at Holy Name Cathedral, there will be no general public admittance. Attendance at the Installation Services is limited to those who have received invitations and tickets. Local Chicago radio and television channels are planning to cover the installation live on Tuesday afternoon. For a full list of coverage, visit the Chicago Archdiocese website.