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Understanding Exorcism: An Interview with Father Jeffrey Grob, Specialist in the Rite of Exorcism

New bishop-to-be in Chicago

September 14th, 2020 3:28 PM

By Jim Bowman

Writer

Spielberg to Streep: My land is haunted. Have you got an exorcist? Streep, a veteran of devil movies, did.

One person who wouldn't be surprised to find even Spielberg and Co. consulting the Church on matters undreamt of in their special effects is Father Jeffrey Grob, vicar for canonical affairs and judicial vicar for the Archdiocese of Chicago. An expert in the Rite of Exorcism, Father Grob received a doctoral degree in 2007 after writing a thesis on the revision of the Rite of Exorcism.

Ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1992, Father Grob was born in Cross Plains, WI. He studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, OH, and University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, IL. Today, in his capacity as vicar for canonical affairs and judicial vicar of the archdiocese, Father Grob has plenty of first-hand knowledge of the Rite of Exorcism and the ministry which serves those suffering spiritual affliction.

Fr. Grob is one of three new bishop-appointees for Chicago, by the way. No cracks, please, about how the archdiocese can use a specialist in exorcism.

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