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Michael Louis Pfleger is a Roman Catholic priest and a social activist in
Chicago, Illinois. Pfleger attended Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary
South, Loyola University and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. He was
ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 14, 1975. Since 1981,
Pfleger has been pastor of Saint Sabina, a Catholic church in Chicago's Auburn
Gresham neighborhood. His uninterrupted tenure in just one parish is normally
unheard of in a diocese where pastors usually serve for only six to twelve years.
When he was appointed to his present position, at the age of 31, he became the
youngest pastor in the Chicago archdiocese. Under Pfleger's leadership, Saint
Sabina has established an Employment Resource Center, a Social Service
Center, an Elders home and several chicago anti-violence initiatives such as the
Chicago Basketball Peace Tournament.
Pfleger's social activism has brought him media coverage throughout Chicago and beyond. He has often collaborated and associated with
religious, political and social activists such as Jeremiah Wright, Joseph Lowery, Jesse Jackson, Harry Belafonte, Cornel West, and Louis
Farrakhan.
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