National Review Online
September 29, 2014 12:00 AM
By Kathryn Jean Lopez
Mundelein Seminary, Ill. — It’s 7:15 on Tuesday morning and, as on most mornings, Father Robert Barron, rector of the seminary here, unassumingly takes an open seat among the seminarians and faculty of Mundelein, and some of the staff and students of the University of St. Mary of the Lake. Father Barron is best known for his Catholicism series, which appeared on PBS not long ago, and his Word on Fireministry (involving, among other things, YouTube videos); his media work flows from a mandate Cardinal Francis George gave him several years ago to evangelize the culture. But here he is as if an abbot of a monastery, gathered with his community for prayer, on this serene campus outside of Chicago, which today is experiencing something of a Platonic ideal of a beautiful day.
This particular morning, after a brief greeting, the newly announced archbishop of Chicago slips in alongside Father Barron, just a few rows from the back, for Morning Prayer. Archbishop Blase Cupich, currently the bishop of Spokane, will be installed as the successor of Cardinal George, who is suffering from not his first bout of cancer.