Please join us for the free premiere of a new documentary on the life and legacy of Cardinal Francis George at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21 in our Cardinal Mundelein Auditorium. This screening immediately follows the Rector’s Mass and Brunch, although separate reservations are required.
“It is truly fitting for this moving documentary to premiere at Mundelein, since Cardinal George’s influence as our chancellor for 17 years can still be felt in the seminary’s formation and academic programs,” said Father John Kartje, rector of Mundelein Seminary. “I entered Mundelein three months after he was installed as archbishop and all of us seminarians felt incredibly blessed to be led by someone who could articulate the faith so compellingly.”
Produced by Shalom World Television, the documentary chronicles every step of Cardinal George’s journey from his polio-stricken childhood on Chicago’s Northwest Side and early priestly ministry to his term as Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago and heroic battles against cancer. Various family members, friends and colleagues offer an inside look at the public and private sides of this brilliant man who became an intellectual giant of the Catholic Church and a model for personal holiness.
The film includes interviews with: Margaret Cain, Cardinal George’s sister; Bishop Robert Barron of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York; Fr. Daniel Flens, Cardinal George’s longtime secretary; Mary Hallan Fiorito, who served as his vice chancellor for the Archdiocese of Chicago; Joan Lewis, EWTN’s chief Rome correspondent; and many others. Even Cardinal George’s barber, Alfredo Fricano, offers personal recollections of his interactions.
Free tickets to the screening can be ordered here, and are required for entry.