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Cardinal George William Mundelein
Birth: Jul. 2, 1872
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Oct. 2, 1939
Mundelein
Lake County
Illinois, USA

Religious Figure. He was the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, Illinois, serving from 1915 to 1939. In 1924, he was the first to be named Cardinal. He was noted as an administrator and fund-raiser, building hundreds of schools, churches, hospitals, and charitable institutions. Born on the lower east side of New York City, New York, from 1895 to 1915 he served in various posts in the Diocese of Brooklyn, as a priest and then auxiliary bishop. After being named Chicago Archbishop in 1915, Mundelein created the modern Archdiocese of Chicago: organizing a city-wide network of charities, creating the Catholic cemetery system, building parishes and parochial schools, high schools and colleges, founding Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary, and building the Archdiocesan major seminary, St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, in a town that changed its name to Mundelein. He regarded the establishment of St. Mary of the Lake as the major achievement of his career. Mundelein launched an effort to unify ethnic Catholic groups into territorial, instead of ethnic, parishes with mixed success. The Catholic politics he espoused were economically liberal and culturally conservative. Cardinal Mundelein was of German ancestry and vigorously denounced Nazism and Adolf Hitler. He is best remembered today for his "Paper hanger" speech on May 18, 1937. In the speech, he ridiculed Hitler as an "an alien, an Austrian paperhanger, and a poor one at that I am told" and labeled Nazi minister Joseph Goebbels, as a "crooked minister of propaganda". Mundelein warmly supported the New Deal administration of Franklin Roosevelt. A close friend of the President, he defended Roosevelt's program against Catholic critics, notably the radio orator Father Charles Coughlin. Mundelein died in his sleep of a cerebral hemorrhage at his residence at the St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, on the eve of a planned radio address supporting a more vigorous American policy of resistance to totalitarianism. He is buried behind the altar in the seminary chapel. (bio by: William Seitz) 
 
Burial:
Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary Cemetery
Mundelein
Lake County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
GPS (lat/lon): 42.28116, -88.00051
 
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Originally Created by: Guy Gagnon
Record added: Jan 14, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8278482
Cardinal George William Mundelein
Added by: William Seitz
 
Cardinal George William Mundelein
Added by: William Seitz
 
Cardinal George William Mundelein
Added by: William Seitz
 
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