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Father George Clements
Rev. George H. Clements.jpg
Fr. George H. Clements giving Holy Communion, 1973. Photo by John H. White.
Born
George Harold Clements

(1932-01-26)January 26, 1932
DiedNovember 25, 2019(2019-11-25) (aged 87)
OccupationRoman Catholic priest, activist
Years active1957–2019
ChildrenJoey, Friday, Stewart, Saint Anthony[1]

George Harold Clements (January 26, 1932 – November 25, 2019) was an American Roman Catholic priest. In 1981, became the first Catholic priest in the Chicago area to adopt a child.[2]

In June 1969, Father Clements became the first black pastor of Holy Angels Catholic Church on the South Side of Chicago.[3] He was also well known for his involvement in civil rights activities in the 1960s.[3]

In August 2019, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich asked Clements resign from ministry, while the Church investigates allegations that he sexually abused a minor in 1974.[4][5][6][7]

Clements suffered a stroke on October 12, 2019.[8] He died on November 25, 2019 at a hospital in Hammond, Indiana from a heart attack caused by the stroke, aged 87.[9][8]

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