Latest Message from Fr. Paul Cao – September 20, 2020

BISHOP GROB – Many of you have already heard the news from the Archdiocese that Pope Francis has named three new Auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Chicago and our former pastor and resident priest Fr. Jeff Grob is one of them.

Congratulations to Bishop–elect Jeff Grob!! I am not surprised at all and I am sure he will be a great bishop. The episcopal ordination of the bishops–elect will take place on the feast of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini, November 13, 2020.

Bishop–elect Grob will serve as the Episcopal Vicar of Vicariate I (Lake County and northern Chicago suburbs). I feel sad that we will lose our resident priest and his assistance during the weekend Masses, but I am very proud that one of our own will be a bishop.

Please keep Fr. Jeff in your prayers as he takes on this new role with a lot of responsibilities.

Once again, congratulations to Fr. Jeff and may the Lord shower His abundant blessings upon him!

FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE – Bishop–elect Jeffrey S. Grob, appointed titular bishop of Abora, was born on March 19, 1961, in Madison, Wisconsin, to Bonnie (Meinholz) and the late Gerald J. Grob. He grew up on a dairy farm outside Cross Plains, Wisconsin. He attended St. Francis Xavier Grade School in Cross Plains and Holy Name High School Seminary in Madison. Bishop–elect Grob attended St. Meinrad College in St. Meinrad, Indiana, and graduated from the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio, in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies. He spent a year at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota before earning a master of divinity degree in 1992 from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois, where he was also awarded a Licentiate in Sacred Theology in 1999. Bishop–elect Grob earned a Licentiate in Canon Law and a doctorate in Canon Law from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Ontario, in 2000 and 2007, respectively. He earned a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, also in 2007.

Bishop–elect Grob was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin on May 23, 1992. He served in parishes as resident and assistant pastor at SS. Faith, Hope and Charity Parish, Winnetka, from 1992 to 1998, and as a weekend assistant at St. Basil Parish in Ottawa, Ontario, from 1998 to 2002. He was dean of Deanery IV–D from 2008 to 2009 and pastor of St. Celestine Parish in Elmwood Park from 2008 to 2013.

He has served the Archdiocese in many, often simultaneous positions, including assistant chancellor from 1994 to 1998, judge on the Court of Appeals from 2003 to 2013, judicial vicar from 2013 to 2015, chancellor from 2015 to 2017, archbishop’s delegate to the Independent Review Board from 2010 to the present, archbishop’s liaison to lay ecclesial movements and new communities from 2015 to the present, and judicial vicar and vicar for canonical affairs from 2017 to the present.

In prayer,
Fr. Paul Cao
St. Mother Guerin Parish Pastor