On September 21, 2014, it was announced that Blase Cupich, current bishop of the Diocese of Spokane, Washington, has been named by Pope Francis Archbishop-designate of the Chicago Archdiocese. The Pope has also accepted the resignation of Cardinal Francis George, current Archbishop of Chicago, for reasons of age.
Archbishop-designate Cupich will be installed as Archbishop of Chicago on November 18, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Until then, he will also be traveling back to Spokane to help start the transition there.
I am excited to see what comes of this appointment, and what it means for the Church in Chicago and Illinois. Here is a link to a National Catholic Reporter article of an interview with Bishop Cupich.
May God bless Archbishop-designate Cupich and give him guidance to perform the task in front of him, and may God also bless Cardinal George for his service to the Church. Cardinal George's health has not been well (he has cancer of the bladder), so I am grateful that he will be able to rest a little now.