Francis Cardinal George is speaking out as he prepares to hand over the reins in the Catholic Church in Chicago.
During his time, there were closing parishes and growth and the realization of mistakes in the church sex abuse scandal.
But as the Cardinal points out, he made a lasting impression on Catholics in Chicago.
He says people write to him now and tell him how he changed their lives.
Cardinal George's successor, Archbishop Blasé Cupich will be installed on November 18th.