WASHINGTON (January 24, 2003) -- Pope John Paul II has appointed three priests as Auxiliary Bishops of Chicago, while accepting the resignations of three long serving auxiliaries in that archdiocese. All of the newly retired auxiliaries are 75 or older.
Appointed Auxiliary Bishops of Chicago were Father Francis J. Kane, 60, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Wilmette, named Titular Bishop of Sault Sainte Marie; Father Thomas J. Paprocki, 50, pastor of St. Constance Church, Chicago, appointed Titular Bishop of Talattula; and Father Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S., 46, Provincial Superior of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, California, who was named Titular Bishop of Esco.
The Pope accepted the resignations of Bishop Thad J. Jakubowski, 78, and Bishop John R. Gorman, 77, both appointed in 1988, and Bishop Raymond E. Goedert, 75, named Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago in 1991.
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, announced the appointments and resignations.
Francis Kane was born in Chicago, October 30, 1942. He studied at Quigley Preparatory Seminary and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, and was ordained a priest of the Chicago archdiocese on May 14, 1969.
He served as parochial vicar at St. John Fisher, Fox Lake, from 1969 to 1975, at St. Nicholas of Tolentine, Chicago, 1975-1979, and at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Chicago, 1979-1991.
Bishop-elect Kane was Director of the archdiocesan Department of Evangelization and Christian Life, 1991-1993, and also served as Director of the Office of Peace and Justice and Department of Community Services. He was named Pastor of St. Joseph Church, Wilmette, in 1993.
Thomas J. Paprocki was born in Chicago, August 5, 1952. He studied at Quigley Preparatory Seminary and St. Mary of the Lake, and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 10, 1978. He earned a Doctorate in Civil Law from De Paul University, Chicago, and a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
Bishop-elect Paprocki served in pastoral assignments from 1978 to 1985, and as Vice-Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Chicago from 1985 to 1987. He was Chancellor from 1992 to 2000, when he was named Pastor of St. Constance Church, Chicago.
Bishop-elect Paprocki was the founder of the Chicago Legal Clinic which was formed to assist immigrants.
Gustavo Garcia-Siller was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, on December 21, 1956. In 1973 he entered the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, in Mexico City. He studied at St. John"s Seminary, Camarillo, California, and holds degrees in Divinity and in Psychology. He was ordained in Guadalajara on June 22, 1984.
After serving at St. Joseph parish, Selma, California, from 1984 to 1988, Bishop-elect Garcia-Siller studied at Western Jesuit University, Guadalajara, and at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. From 1994 to 1999 he served as Rector of Houses of Studies operated by the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit in Lynwood and Long Beach, California, and in Portland, Oregon. From 1999 to 2002 he was Rector of the Theologate House of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit in Oxnard, California, and also served in three parishes of the Los Angeles archdiocese.
Bishop-elect Garcia-Siller was appointed Superior of the Vicariate "Cristo Sacerdote" of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, which comprises the United States and Canada, in 2002.
Thad J. Jakubowski was born in Chicago, April 5, 1924. He studied at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary and at Loyola University, Chicago, and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese on May 3, 1950. He was appointed Titular Bishop of Plestia and Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, February 16, 1988.
John R. Gorman was born December 11, 1925, in Chicago. He was ordained a priest of the Chicago archdiocese, May 1, 1952, after studying at Our Lady of the Lake Seminary and Loyola University, Chicago. He was appointed Titular Bishop of Catula and Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, February 16, 1988.
Raymond E. Goedert was born in Oak Park, Illinois, October 15, 1927. He studied at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary and at the Gregorian University in Rome, where he earned a doctorate in Canon Law. Ordained May 1, 1952, he was appointed Titular Bishop of Tamazeni and Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, August 29, 1991.