An Omaha native has been elevated to the position of Cardinal. Archbishop Blase Cupich was born in Omaha in 1949 and was ordained in the city in 1975. He is a graduate of Ryan High School and attended Mount Michael in Elkhorn.
Omaha Archdiocese spokesperson Father Ryan Lewis says, “He is the first ever Nebraskan to be elevated to the College of Cardinals and that is in the 2,000 history of the Catholic Church, so that is a big deal. He is a beloved native son. He is a south Omaha boy. Certainly when he gets his red hat we will have him back to Omaha for a big for a big celebration mass and reception.”
Archbishop Cupich received the phone call from the Vatican early Sunday morning to tell him the news. He currently serves as the Archbishop of Chicago and prior to that was in Spokane, Washington. Father Lewis says Archbishop Cupich has never lost sight of his Nebraska roots and is a proud Husker fan. He made that announcement when he arrived in Chicago two years ago.
This is a portion of the statement released by the Vatican:
His Holiness, Pope Francis, announced today at the Vatican that Archbishop Blase J. Cupich is a cardinal-designate and will be among the 17 new cardinals to be created at the consistory November 19, 2016, at the Basilica of St. Peter in Vatican City. Archbishop Cupich was appointed to head the Chicago archdiocese, the nation’s third largest, by Pope Francis on September 20, 2014.