Dolan still going…and going

New York’s fascination with Archbishop Dolan has probably ebbed a bit after his breathless first few weeks.

But Dolan is still very much on the move.

My colleague Theresa Juva was at Maryknoll on Saturday when Dolan ordained a new Maryknoll priest, Father Stephen Taluja (whose story is quite interesting, as he was raised a Sikh in India).

And yesterday, colleague Christine Pizzuti was at Holy Name of Mary Church in Croton to watch Dolan rededicate the church, mark Pentecost and do three Confirmations. He also addressed the parish’s past problems (Holy Name lost its last two pastors to sex abuse allegations and each was later defrocked).

Dolan said that he talked to the current pastor, Father Michael Keane, by phone before he came.

“He went on to tell me some of your recent, painful history,” Dolan told the congregation. “I’m here on Pentecost Sunday to let you know I love you very much.”

Dolan doesn’t waste any time.

I recently learned that Dolan spends his time in the car — and there’s a lot of it when you’re running a 10-county archdiocese — making phone calls. He calls people who sent him notes and letters. He calls people he has been asked to pray for. He calls people to offer a kind word or to thank them for a job well done.

He calls. He makes contact. He relates.

He is Archbishop Connection.

Photos: Mark Vergari,

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.