Dolan starts tour of his turf

Archbishop Dolan was up in Kingston last night for his first stop around the 10-county archdiocese.

He was there to greet clergy and parishioners from across Ulster County.

What did he tell them? “You are as important to me as Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue.”

I’m sure it went over well.

According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, St. Joseph’s Church was overflowing.

“It’s tough for an Irish boy to come to Ulster County,” Dolan said.

You can see plenty of photos HERE.

Next stop? Next Tuesday at St. Francis of Assisi in West Nyack, where the new boss will meet folks from across the county of Rockland.

PHOTO: Karl Rabe, Poughkeepsie Journal

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.