Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM
Archbishop Archbishop Charles J. Chaput was born September 26, 1944, in Concordia, Kansas, and joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, St. Augustine Province, in 1965. After earning a B.A. in philosophy from St. Fidelis College Seminary in 1967, Archbishop Chaput completed studies in psychology at Catholic University in 1969. He earned an M.A. in religious education from Capuchin College and was ordained to the priesthood in 1970. Archbishop Chaput received an M.A. in theology from the University of San Francisco in 1971. He served as an instructor in theology and spiritual director at St. Fidelis from 1971-1974 and as executive secretary and director of communications for the Capuchin Province of St. Augustine in Pittsburgh from 1974-1977. In 1977, Archbishop Chaput became vicar provincial for the Capuchin Province of Mid-America; then secretary and treasurer for the province in 1980; and then chief executive and provincial minister in 1983. Archbishop Chaput was ordained Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1988, choosing the episcopal motto: “As Christ Loved the Church” (Ephesians 5:25). Pope St. John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Denver in 1997. A member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe, he was the second Native American to become a bishop in the U.S. and the first Native American archbishop. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Archbishop of Philadelphia in 2011. He has served on numerous committees for the USCCB and as an Apostolic Visitor for the Holy See. In 2014, he was named to the Pontifical Council for the Laity. In 2015, he hosted the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia. He participated in the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome and was named a permanent member of the council for that synod.