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Mark Andrew Bartosic

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Mark Andrew Bartosic
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
SeeArchdiocese of Chicago
AppointedJuly 3, 2018
InstalledSeptember 17, 2018
OrdinationMay 21, 1994
by Joseph Bernardin
ConsecrationSeptember 17, 2018
by Blase J. Cupich, Francis J. Kane, and George J. Rassas
Personal details
Born (1961-06-21) June 21, 1961 (age 62)
EducationAshland University
University of St. Mary of the Lake
Niles College Seminary
MottoEgo ero ei in patrem
(I will be a father to him)
Styles of
Mark Andrew Bartosic
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Mark Andrew Bartosic (born June 21, 1961) is an American prelate of the Catholic Church who has been serving as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Chicago in Illinois since 2018.


Early life[edit]

Mark Bartosic was born in Neenah, Wisconsin on June 21, 1961. He attended St. Edward School in Ashland, Ohio, then completed his secondary education in the Ashland City School District. Bartosic attended Ashland University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater.[1]

After graduating from college in 1983, Bartosic moved to Chicago to get acting jobs. According to Bartosic, he started attending Mass at a Chicago church and was impressed with how much more diverse it was than his church in Ashland. He worked on the crew of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off as a stand-in for Alan Ruck. After re-evaluating his chances of becoming a successful actor, he decided he would rather be a successful priest. In 1989, Bartosic entered the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois and later Niles College Seminary at Loyola University Chicago.[2] After graduation, Bartosic spent a year in Mexico working in an orphanage.[3]


On May 21, 1994, Bartosic was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Chicago at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.[4]

After his ordination, the archdiocese assigned Bartosic as associate pastor for St. Agnes of Bohemia Parish in Chicago. In 2001, he was named pastor of St. Frances of Rome Parish in Cicero, Illinois, serving there for 15 years. Bartosic assumed the additional pastoral duties at Our Lady of Charity Parish in Cicero in 2009.[1] In 2016, Cardinal Blase Cupich appointed Bartosic as director of the Kolbe House Jail Ministry in Chicago as well as the pastor of Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Chicago.[1]

Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago[edit]

Pope Francis appointed Bartosic as auxiliary bishop of Chicago on July 3, 2018.[5][6] He was consecrated at Holy Name Cathedral on September 17, 2018 by Cupich, with Auxiliary Bishops Francis J. Kane, and George J. Rassas serving as co-consecrators.[4]

On September 22, 2018, Cupich suspended Reverend Paul Kalchik, pastor of Resurrection Parish in Chicago, after receiving complaints from parishioners. Ten days earlier, Kalchik had held an exorcism at the church, followed by the burning of a rainbow flag on the church grounds. Bartosic met with Kalchik at the parish and told him he had to leave his residence or be arrested for trespassing. Since Kalchik was just getting ready to officiate a wedding, Bartosic took his place.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Auxiliary Bishops - Archdiocese of Chicago". www.archchicago.org. Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  2. ^ Duriga, Joyce (September 6, 2018). "Bishop Mark Bartosic: From actor to priest". Chicago Catholic. Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  3. ^ Rosenberg-Douglas, Katherine (3 July 2018). "Pope Francis taps 3 new auxiliary bishops for Chicago Catholic archdiocese". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  4. ^ a b "Bishop Mark Andrew Bartosic [Catholic-Hierarchy]". www.catholic-hierarchy.org. Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  5. ^ "Pope Francis Appoints Reverends Ronald Hicks, Robert Casey and Mark Bartosic as Auxiliary Bishops of Archdiocese of Chicago; Accepts Resignation of Auxiliary Bishops George Rassas and Francis Kane". Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "Pope Francis Names Three New Auxiliary Bishops for the Archdiocese of Chicago". Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  7. ^ Ahern, Mary Ann (September 22, 2018). "Father Paul Kalchik Removed Following Recent Controversy, Threats: Sources Tell NBC 5". NBC Chicago. Retrieved 2021-12-17.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
Succeeded by