PORTAGE PARK — The first anniversary of the death of Cardinal Francis George will be remembered with the blessing of his gravestone, officials with the Archdiocese of Chicago said.
Members of the public are invited to attend the ceremony, set to take place at 2 p.m. April 21 at All Saints Cemetery & Mausoleum, 700 N. River Road, Des Plaines, officials said.
Archbishop Blase Cupich will bless the new ledger stone marking George's grave. The stone is engraved with George's coat of arms and will cover the full length of the area where the former cardinal is buried.
George, who grew up in Portage Park, and attended church and school at St. Pascal, 3935 N. Melvina Ave. He died April 17, 2015 after suffering from cancer. He is buried alongside his parents, Francis J. George and Julia R. McCarthy George.
George was the first Chicago native to lead the archdiocese, which includes 2.2 million Catholics in Cook and Lake counties.
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