December 28, 2019
By Jesse Kirsch
Family, friends and members of Holy Angels Catholic Church came together to pay tribute to Father George Clements during a funeral service Saturday.
A complicated figure in Chicago’s Catholic community, Clements died Nov. 25 at the age of 87.
He served as the priest at Holy Angels in the Bronzeville neighborhood for more than 20 years.
“I felt that he was truly a man of God, a servant of God. He was speaking from his heart,” said Carole Haymon, who attended Clements’ funeral.
Clements’ impact reached far beyond his hometown of Chicago. In 1980, he blazed a new trail for Catholic priests as the first to adopt a child. In all, he adopted four sons.
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