Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, head of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services and one of New York’s best-known priests, has been “named”:http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0702956.htm to the Congregation for Catholic Education by Pope Benedict XVI.
The congregation has responsibility for Catholic seminaries. O’Brien did two stints as rector of St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers and was also rector of the prestigious Pontifical North American College, the U.S. seminary in Rome.
O’Brien is a Bronx native who was ordained an auxiliary bishop of New York in 1996, the year before he was named to his current post, overseeing the boundaryless archdiocese for all Catholic military personnel and their families.
He was widely considered the favorite to succeed Cardinal John O’Connor as Archbishop of New York and is still considered by some to be a contender for New York, should Cardinal Egan actually retire. At 68, others think his time has passed.
O’Brien is still a regular visitor to New York, where he has many lifelong friends.
Also named to the Congregation for Catholic Education: Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec.
The Vatican also announced that a married couple from Madison, Conn., Carl A. and Dorian Anderson, has been named to the Pontifical Council for the Family.