It’s official. Another Irishman.
As we’ve been waiting to hear for weeks, Archbishop Timothy Dolan is coming to New York.
The Vatican just announced it.
He’s only 59 — so he could be here for a long time.
Here’s the storyline for the next 24-48 hours: Dolan is an outgoing, affable fellow whom everyone will get to see and hear in the public square after the low-key tenure of Cardinal Egan.
You’re going to hear it and read it over and over and over (including from me). So get used to it.
Dolan will be at St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 8 a.m.
He’s be at a press conference at 11 a.m. at the Catholic Center.
And he’ll be coming to YONKERS — St. Joseph’s Seminary — at 5 p.m. Solemn vespers with the seminarians.
Dolan will be installed on April 15.
Catholic University loves Dolan. CU President the Rev. David M. O’Connell says:
“His personal warmth, hearty laugh and great sense of humor enrich his own pastoral gifts and enable him to love and be loved by those he serves as priest and bishop. It would be rare that a person would not immediately feel at ease in his presence. In the great Archdiocese of New York, Archbishop Dolan is perfectly suited to respond to the marvelous opportunities it provides for a renewed evangelization as well as to its unique challenges as one of the nation’s largest and most diverse archdioceses. He has a profound understanding of the role and responsibilities that define the Catholic priesthood and episcopacy and he will respond to his priests with the concern and care of both a brother and a father.
If the appointment of the archbishop of New York could ever be scripted, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan would truly be cast in the role. Obviously, the Holy Father feels the same way.”
Here’s the first statement from the New Boss, from the archdiocese:
“My brother bishops, priests, religious women and men, seminarians, committed Catholics of this wonderful Church, I pledge to you my love, my life, my heart, and I can tell you already that I love you, I need so much your prayers and support, I am so honored, humbled, and happy to serve as your pastor.”
More love from Ken Hackett, president of Catholic Relief Services (Dolan has been chairman since December 2007):
“I could not be happier for the people of New York.
Archbishop Dolan will be in his element in New York – he’s fast-paced, energetic, quick-witted and passionate about his ministry. He made a strong positive impression on the staff at Catholic Relief Services from day one; he’ll do the same in New York.
Although he leads a busy Archdiocese in Milwaukee, Archbishop Dolan devoted considerable attention to his work with CRS. In just the last year he traveled to the field twice. In May he went to Ethiopia, where he met with people suffering from the twin blows of the global food crisis and devastating drought. And last month, he traveled to India to see CRS programs and to witness our longstanding collaboration with the Missionaries of Charity.
As Archbishop Dolan moves to New York, he goes to a city with a long CRS connection. Our headquarters was in New York for 46 years, from our founding in 1943 until we moved to Baltimore in 1989. We were first located in the Empire State Building and in the early 1970s, we moved to the Catholic Center, where Archbishop Dolan will have his offices. So as he moves to New York, Archbishop will remain linked to us in history.
I’m confident Archbishop Dolan will bring to New York what he has brought to CRS as our Chairman: dedication to the Church, tremendous energy, a warm sense of humor, and deep compassion for the poor and vulnerable.”