3 Chicago Auxiliaries Retire, 3 Appointed

CHICAGO, JAN. 24, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II has appointed three priests as auxiliary bishops of Chicago, while accepting the resignations of three long-serving auxiliaries in that archdiocese.

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Appointed auxiliary bishops were Father Francis Kane, 60, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Wilmette; Father Thomas Paprocki, 50, pastor of St. Constance Church, Chicago; and Mexican-born Father Gustavo Garcia-Siller, 46, provincial superior of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit.

The Pope accepted the resignations of Bishop Thad Jakubowski, 78; Bishop John Gorman, 77; and Bishop Raymond Goedert, 75.

Bishop-elect Kane is a past director of the archdiocesan Department of Evangelization and Christian Life, and of the Office of Peace and Justice and Department of Community Services.

Bishop-elect Paprocki holds a doctorate in civil law from De Paul University, Chicago, and a doctorate in canon law from the Gregorian University, Rome.

He was vice chancellor of the archdiocese from 1985 to 1987, and chancellor from 1992 to 2000. He founded the Chicago Legal Clinic to assist immigrants.

Gustavo Garcia-Siller was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. In 1973 he entered the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, in Mexico City. He holds degrees in divinity and in psychology.

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