Archbishop Cupich to make cathedral rectory his home

By Catholic New World
Sunday, November 16, 2014

The view of the archbishop's residence from North Boulevard. Archbishop Cupich is establishing the Archbishop's Residence Committee to study the best uses of the facility for the benefit of the mission of the archdiocese. He himself will live at Holy Name Cathedral rectory. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

In a move that broke with more than 100 years of tradition, Archbishop Blase Cupich announced Oct. 22 that he would live in the former quarters of the late Bishop Timothy Lyne at Holy Name Cathedral instead of the archbishop’s residence at 1555 N. State Parkway.

Archbishop Cupich made the decision in consultation with Cardinal George, Msgr. Dan Mayall, pastor of Holy Name Cathedral, and several Chicago priests.

Among the considerations that Archbishop Cupich took into account when making his decision were the historical significance of the North State Parkway residence and its symbolic meaning for the people of the archdiocese.

Archbishop Cupich also took into account his desire to reside in a place where he could be most effective in serving all the people in the Archdiocese of Chicago. When his schedule permits, the archbishop intends to say daily Mass at the cathedral.

The location also provides easy access to his office at the Archbishop Quigley Center, 835 N. Rush St., as well as everything Chicago has to offer.

In addition to living at the cathedral rectory, Archbishop Cupich plans to use the North State Parkway Residence in the coming year for official archdiocesan functions and to host guests.

The archbishop also announced that he will establish the Archbishop’s Residence Committee to study the best uses of the facility for the benefit of the mission of the archdiocese. After receiving the committee’s advice and the counsel of the presbyterate and other interested parties, the future use of the residence will be decided.

As the home of all the archbishops of Chicago since it was built in 1885 by Archbishop Patrick Feehan, the residence has hosted St. John Paul II and two of his predecessors before they were elected pope, Cardinals Eugenio Pacelli (Pius XII) and Giovanni Montini (Paul VI). President Franklin D. Roosevelt was also an overnight guest.

The residence was made possible through the sacrifice and financial commitment of archdiocesan Catholics.

The National Register of Historic Places designated it as a structure of significance. The residence houses a small chapel, sitting rooms, rooms for resident priests and guests, a kitchen and a dining room. It was built as the pastoral center for the archdiocese back in a time when the Gold Coast area was mostly farm land. The archbishop lived upstairs and the downstairs were offices and meeting spaces, much like today.

Cardinal George proposed selling the residence in 2002 but archdiocesan officials recommended against selling.

Other priests and bishops live at the residence with Cardinal George and the home is regularly used for meetings and official archdiocesan events.

To learn more about the residence, visit


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