Birth Date: Jan. 16, 1937
Cardinal Since: Feb. 21, 1998 Title: Cardinal Priest of S. Bartolomeo all'Isola
Parishioners: 2.4 million

Stricken with polio at age 13, George wears a brace on his right leg.

He entered the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1957, and, taking a vow of poverty, was ordained a priest in 1963. He studied theology at the University of Ottawa, and earned a master's degree in philosophy at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and a doctorate in American philosophy at Tulane University, New Orleans, in 1970.

He was vicar general in Rome for his religious order before taking positions in Chicago. He was named archbishop of Chicago in 1997; the next year, he was named Chicago's cardinal. He is the first native of Chicago to become archbishop of the city.

In the archdiocese, a retired priest accused of abuse was restricted from public ministry and placed in monitoring by a review board.