Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap., D.D.
Archbishop of Philadelphia

Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput,
O.F.M., Cap., D.D.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput was born in Concordia, Kansas, where he attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Grade School; he then attended St. Francis Seminary High School in Victoria, Kansas. He joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, St. Augustine Province, in 1965. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from St. Fidelis College Seminary in Herman, Pennsylvania, in 1967, he earned a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Capuchin College in Washington, D.C., in 1970. He was ordained to the priesthood on August 29, 1970.

Archbishop Chaput received a Master of Arts 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, Pittsburgh, from 1974 to 1977.

In 1977, he became pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Thornton, Colorado, and in the years following, served the Capuchin Province of Mid-America as vicar provincial, secretary and treasurer, and chief executive and provincial minister.

Archbishop Chaput was ordained Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, on July 26, 1988. Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Denver on February 18, 1997, and he was installed on April 7 the same year. Archbishop Chaput, a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe, was the second Native American to be ordained bishop in the United States, and the first Native American archbishop.

Archbishop Chaput is author of two books: Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics (Servant, 2001) and Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life (Doubleday, 2008).

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Archbishop of Philadelphia on July 19, 2011. He was installed as the 13th bishop and ninth archbishop of Philadelphia on September 8, 2011.

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