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Reception set for Cardinal-designate Cupich

People across the archdiocese will have an opportunity to congratulate Omaha native and Cardinal-designate Blase J. Cupich after he is brought into the College of Cardinals.

The archbishop of Chicago – and the first native of the Omaha archdiocese elevated to cardinal – will be the celebrant at Vespers (Evening Prayer) at 7 p.m. Dec. 30, on the Feast of the Holy Family, at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

A dessert reception and receiving line will be held in the Msgr. Ernest Graham building, just east of the cathedral.

Cardinal-designate Cupich, who grew up in Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Omaha, will receive the red hat of a cardinal with 16 other churchmen Nov. 19 in Rome.

"This will be a wonderful opportunity for people who he grew up with, served as a pastor, and other friends to celebrate with him," said Father Michael Gutgsell, pastor of St. Cecilia Parish and rector of St. Cecilia Cathedral.

Cardinal-designate Cupich attended Ss. Peter and Paul School and then-Archbishop Ryan High School, both in Omaha.

As a priest, he served at St. Margaret Mary and St. Robert Bellarmine parishes in Omaha, and St. Mary Parish in Bellevue. He was appointed bishop of Rapid City, S.D., in 1989, bishop of Spokane, Wash., in 2010, and archbishop of Chicago in 2014.

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