Cupich, Blase Joseph
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: San Bartolomeo all'Isola
Native Country: USA
Appointed by: Francis on 19 November 2016
Ecclesiastical Office:  Archbishop of Chicago 
Papal Elector: Eligible; Ineligible on 19 March 2029

Card. Cupich was born, 19 March 1949, in Omaha, Nebraska. He obtained a Bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1971 at the College of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. From 1971 to 1975, he was a student at the North American College in Rome and studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Later he obtained a license and a doctorate in Sacramental Theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Ordained a priest on 16 August 1975, besides serving in various pastorates, he was director of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Office (1978-1981), secretary at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. (1981-1987); and president/rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio (1989-1997). He was appointed Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, on 7 July 1998, and ordained a bishop 21 September. On 30 June 2010, Benedict XVI appointed him Bishop of Spokane, and on 20 September 2014 Pope Francis appointed him Archbishop of Chicago. He is a member of numerous committees of the USCCB.