CHICAGO (AP) — A knock on the door will begin the process in which a bishop will become the new spiritual leaders of more than 2 million Catholics in one of the largest archdioceses in the United States.
On Monday night, Blase Cupich (BLAYZ' SOO'-pihch) will arrive at a Chicago cathedral for what is called the Rite of Reception. After he knocks on the door, he will be welcomed inside and presented with the garment called the archdiocesan stole and then will greet civic and ecumenical leaders representing various religions.
The retiring Cardinal Francis George will preside over an evening service. Various public figures are expected to attend and Cupich will deliver a homily.
Cupich officially succeeds George as archbishop during the Installation Mass. Pope Francis named him as George's successor in September.