September 08, 2011 –
MAYETTA: Prairie Band Potawatomi member, the Most Reverand Charles J. Chaput will make history today in Philadelphia by becoming the thirteenth Bishop and ninth Archbishop to be installed in Philadelphia.
Chairman Steve Ortiz and Jerry and Terry Tuckwin will be in attendance at Chaput’s installation that can be viewed beginning at 12:30 p.m. central standard time atwww.archphila.org. Jerry Tuckwin is a tribal member and chairperson of the PBP Entertainment Board.
Chaput has been the Archbishop in Denver since 1997 and is the first Native American ever to hold an archbishop appointment. He was selected by the Pope on July 19 and will succeed Cardinal Justin Rigali who will resign due to age as required by church law.
Chaput, 66, was raised in Concordia, Kan. and had relatives that lived on the reservation. His parents were Marian (DeMarais) and Joseph Chaput and his siblings are Jolene Harper and Gerald Chaput. His grandmother was Adelaide Keegan (aka Adelaide James), and great-grandmother was Adelaide Bourdon. The great-great-grandmother was named Judith Navarre.