On November 19, 2016, Blase J. Cupich was elevated to the Sacred College of Cardinals at the Basilica of St. Peter in Vatican City. Cardinal Cupich was appointed by Pope Francis after serving the Archdiocese of Chicago for over two years.
Cupich was installed as the Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago in September 2014 and was elevated to Archbishop that November. Cupich came to Chicago from the Diocese of Spokane, where he had served as Bishop since September 2010. Prior to that, Cupich served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Rapid City for 12 years. Before landing in South Dakota, Cupich served as a pastor in Columbus, Ohio and Bellevue, Washington, and as the Secretary at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC. Ordained to the priesthood in 1975, Cupich started out in the Archdiocese of Omaha, where was pastor of two parishes.
Cupich obtained his BA in Philosophy in 1971 from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He attended seminary at the North American College and Gregorian University in Rome, where he received his Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology in 1974 and his MA in Theology in 1975. Cupich received his Licentiate of Sacred Theology degree in Sacramental Theology from The Catholic University of America in 1979. He earned a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree—also in Sacramental Theology—from The Catholic University of America in 1987, with his dissertation entitled: “Advent in the Roman Tradition: An Examination and Comparison of the Lectionary Readings as Hermeneutical Units in Three Periods”.
In July 2016, Pope Francis appointed Cupich to the Congregation for Bishops. Cardinal Cupich also serves on many committees within the Catholic Church, including: the USCCB Communications Committee; the USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, National Dialogue Initiative with Muslims (Co-Chair); the USCCB Subcommittee for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe (Chair); Catholic Church Extension Society (Chancellor); and The Catholic Mutual Relief Society (Executive Member). He is also Chancellor of the University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein. Previously, he served as Chair for the USCCB Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People (2008-2011) and for the National Catholic Educational Association Board (2006-2008).
Cardinal Cupich was born on March 19, 1949 in Omaha, Nebraska to Blase and Mary (Mayhan) Cupich. He is one of nine children, with five sisters and three brothers.