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 Loyola University Chicago President Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., Reflects on the Passing of Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago Francis Cardinal George, OMI

CHICAGO, April 17, 2015 – The passing of Cardinal George is, for all of us, a sad day. What we will miss is his insistence that each of us has responsibilities that come from the principles we hold deepest and from our most enduring convictions. More than anything else, Cardinal George was a man of principle. He believed deeply in the dignity of each human being and their right to practice their faith, to be educated to the fullest of their capacities, and to enjoy the same level of health care that should be available to all because of their membership in our human family. He used his mind, his energy, and his skills to advocate for these things, and he was fearless in standing up to those who resisted their civic and moral duties.

He was a friend of education at all levels. He enjoyed a good argument and did not suffer fools lightly. We agreed on most things. And, when we did not agree, he always listened and accepted my point of view as potentially important and useful. He enjoyed a good meal, the camaraderie of friends, and he was as comfortable with the so-called important members of our community as he was with everyday people. He was happiest when engaging young minds, and he enjoyed visiting Loyola for discussions and programs with our students. He was always a university professor at heart.

I considered him a good friend. Just a week before his death, I received a very thoughtful letter from him. In his note, he expressed how grateful he was for the kindness shown by our Loyola family and his deep affection for those who worked so closely with him while he was our Archbishop.

May he now rest in God’s hands.

Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
Loyola University Chicago




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