A man of faith and reason: Remembering Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I.

Legacy of Cardinal Francis George, OMI

By Thomas Levergood, Originally Published by AMERICA

(Thomas Levergood is executive director and a co-founder of the Lumen Christi Institute at the University of Chicago.)

Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., speaking at the Lumen Christi Institute. Throughout his time as Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal George was a strong supporter of the Institute. (Photo courtesy of Lumen Christi).

Central to the vision of Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., who blessed the founding of the Lumen Christi Institute in 1997, was the notion of Communio, communion. On April 17, we observe the fifth anniversary of his death. The idea of communion was a common thread through the three books he published with the assistance of the Lumen Christi Institute: The Difference God MakesGod in Actionand A Godly HumanismTo put his thought into one phrase: We come to know and to be ourselves in relationship to others and to God.

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