Back in 2001, I went to the Vatican for the consistory where Archbishop Egan was made a cardinal.
Yes, Gannett and other newspaper companies were doing a lot better then.
On the morning before he was made a cardinal, Egan celebrated an early morning Mass at the Pontifical North American College, the “elite” seminary for American priests-in-training. Egan had prepared for the priesthood there.
In 2001, the rector of the NAC—as the seminary is widely known—was Monsignor Timothy Dolan.
“That you came to this college – which you love and which loves you – on the eve of your consistory is a great honor for us,” Dolan said to Egan.
At the time, everyone was telling me that Dolan was a rising star in the church. I heard from several people that he could wind up in New York one day.
I wrote that Dolan “is rumored to be coming to New York in some capacity.”
Tomorrow, I may prove to have been correct (finally). Several signs point to the big announcement of the next archbishop tomorrow. We should know bright and early if this is, in fact, the case.
It seems that everyone thinks that Dolan, currently the archbishop of Milwaukee, will get the Big Job. I chatted with him briefly at the NAC and remember being impressed by his friendly demeanor. He smiles. And he looked me in the eye when we talked.
That’s not much to go on, I know. But we may know more soon.
If there’s a press conference tomorrow, I’ll do my best to get down there on time (traffic permitting. The FDR is never friendly).
Here’s a look at Dolan (from a video message promoting a capital campaign in Milwaukee):