Pope Francis Names Three New Auxiliary Bishops For Archdiocese Of Chicago

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Francis has appointed three new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The three new Bishops-elect are Kevin M. Birmingham, Jeffrey S. Grob and Robert J. Lombardo, CFR. The episcopal ordination of the bishops-elect will take place on the feast of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini on Nov. 13.

“We are grateful to the Holy Father for the gift of these new auxiliary bishops,” said Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, in a statement. “Each of these fine priests has made a unique contribution to the life of the church and society, yet they share in common a solid record of pastoral service, fidelity to the Gospel and inspiring personal witness.”

For now, Bishop-elect Birmingham will remain in his current position as director of the Archdiocese’s Department of Parish Vitality and Mission. Bishop-elect Grob will serve as the episcopal vicar of Vicariate I and Bishop-elect Lombardo will serve as episcopal vicar of Vicariate III.

Bishop-elect Birmingham grew up in Chicago Ridge, was ordained in 1997 by Cardinal Francis George and is director of the archdiocese’s Department of Parish Vitality and Mission. Bishop-elect Birmingham is fluent in Spanish.

Bishop-elect Robert Lombardo is also fluent in Spanish. He grew up in Stamford, Connecticut and was ordained in 1990 by Cardinal John O'Connor in New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral. Fr. Lombardo is a founding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal order and has done missionary work in Bolivia and Honduras. He was asked to come to Chicago in 2005 by Cardinal Francis George to set up a mission outreach to the poor on the city’s West Side.

Bishop-elect Jeffrey Grob grew up on a dairy farm in Cross Plains, Wisconsin and was ordained by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin in 1992. He has served a variety of parishes and administrative positions, including serving at Sts. Faith, Hope and Charity Church in Winnetka and St. Celestine Parish in Elmwood Park.