Star Wars creator George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, have been meeting with anti-violence activist and Roman Catholic priest Father Michael Phleger in Chicago. Fr. Phleger is the pastor of St. Sabina’s, which is home to a large African-American congregation on the south side of the city. The parish is also home to ARK, a community youth center, and St. Sabina Academy.

The trio have met twice for lunch, most recently this past Saturday. The exact reason for the meetings is unknown, but Chicago holds a special place in the hearts of Hobson and Fr. Phleger – both were born and raised in Chicago – and they share a concern for the issue of education. Lucas and Hobson have made significant contributions to the city, totaling $50 million, over the last year. After School Matters, a program started by the late Chicago first lady Maggie Daley, will receive $25 million over a five-year period, and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools will receive $25 million to facilitate the construction of a new arts building.

Lucas is also considering building his Lucas Cultural Arts Museum in Chicago, after being turned down by The Presidio Trust in San Francisco.

(Source: Chicago Sun-Times)

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  1. Melinda
    April 17, 2014 at 12:10 Reply

    Maybe they just enjoy each other’s company, and catching up when Mr. & Mrs. Lucas are in the Windy City.
    I don’t mean to be flip, but speculation on the part of Chicago’s press is just silly. Even if the group is meeting to discuss some major plan, it’s foolhardy to start conjecturing. 😉

  2. Lisa
    April 17, 2014 at 13:05 Reply

    Mellody Hobson did attend a Catholic high school – St. Ignatius College Prep – so I’m thinking she knows Fr. Phleger through church connections.

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