Cardinal Egan’s farewell tour continues

We’re back after another blog-out…

I blogged a few weeks ago about Cardinal Egan celebrating Mass in Yonkers for people from the city’s 20 parishes. It was an early stop on his “bicentennial tour” of the Archdiocese of New York’s 19 vicariates (or regions).

Since then, the cardinal has been to Kennedy Catholic H.S. in Somers, where he met with priests and deacons from northern Westchester and Putnam and led a Mass for people from throughout the region.

bilde.jpegLast night, he was at St. Francis of Assisi in West Nyack to do the same for the Vicariate of Rockland County. My colleague Hannan Adely “reports”: that some 40 priests and 20 deacons turned out, as did hundreds of parishioners on a rainy night.

You can see/hear video from the Mass and some comments from Egan “here.”:

“I’d like to send out the message of congratulations and thank you for your wonderful example, your generosity and your prayerfulness over the years,” Egan said.

This is a farewell tour of sorts for ninth Archbishop of New York. The pope is expected to accept his retirement at some point in the coming months (I’ve heard everything from within weeks to next fall as theories). The big question is whether he will still be archbishop for the official bicentennial of the archdiocese in April (a Mass is scheduled at Radio City Music Hall on April 8) and for the big papal visit to NY on April 18, 19 and 20.

The cardinal, by the way, is scheduled to make a final vicariate visit in the region on April 1. He is supposed to come by Stepinac H.S. in White Plains to visit the Vicariate of Central Westchester.

If Egan is still archbishop then, it was be the beginning of several real big weeks for him. The ultimate retirement party for a cardinal archbishop?

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.