Bishop Francis J. Kane, D.D.
Bishop Kane was ordained a priest in 1969, after graduating from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein. He was ordained a bishop in 2003. As a priest he served as an associate pastor and pastor, as well as Associate Director of the Chicago Archdiocese’s Center for Pastoral Ministry (1973-1983) Director of the Office for the Ministry of Peace and Justice (1979-1985), Director of the Office of Evangelization and Christian Life (1983-1993), and Dean of Deanery A, Vicariate II (1999-2003). He also served as Chairman of the Community Affairs Division of the Illinois Catholic Conference (1980-1984), Director of the Campaign for Human Development (1980-1985), Director of Catholic Relief Services (1982-1987), Director of Community Services (1983-1989), Chairman of the Task Force for Revision of the Parish Sharing Program (1984), Coordinator of the Gang Intervention Project (1986), and a member of the Rotary Club of Wilmette since 1994. As a bishop, he has served on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development (2004-2011) Committee and its Social Development and World Peace Committee (2004-2008), and the Committee on Catholic Education (2008-2012). He has been a member Equestrian Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem since 1994, and a member of the Knights of Columbus since 2000. Bishop Kane has been Episcopal Liaison for the Annual Catholic Appeal and the Office for Lay Ecclesial Ministry since 2003; a member of the St. Joseph Seminary Board of Directors since 2004; Episcopal Liaison, Office for Asian Catholics since 2011; and General Chairman of Archdiocese of Chicago Capital Campaign: To Teach Who Christ Is since 2012. He also has been a board member of the Parish Evaluation Project (PEP) Board Member since 2004, a member of Aid for Women Member since 2006, and a member of the Fr. John Kolkman Sickle Cell Foundation since 2013.