As The Georgia Bulletin in Atlanta notes in its latest edition:
There’s no place like home, and when you can’t live there perhaps the next best thing may be sharing memories of it with friends.
A cherished camaraderie has formed over the years for the four “Chicago guys” ordained auxiliary bishops together on Dec. 13, 1983. It continues even after they were sent by the church to serve in diverse places.
Two of the four are now prominent archbishops: Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta and Archbishop John Vlazny of Portland, Ore. The other two are Bishop Placido Rodriguez of Lubbock, Texas, and now-retired Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Timothy J. Lyne.
- Here’s a link to the Bulletin’s story this week about the camaraderie that exists between the four. Also, make sure you check out the story links on the right side of the page for more about Archbishop Gregory, including his work as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and a story about how he is a revered role model in the black community.
- The Catholic Sentinel in Portland also has a comprehensive profile on Archbishop Vlazny this week that reads like a history of the U.S. church, from his roots in Chicago’s neighborhoods to his service as leader of the church in Portland since 1997.
- In Lubbock, the currently posted edition of the South Plains Catholic (.pdf only) profiles Bishop Rodriguez, who this fall is also marking the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.