USCCB News Release
February 23, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pope Names Archbishop Timothy Dolan as Archbishop of New York
WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Timothy Michael Dolan of Milwaukee, 59, as Archbishop of New York, and accepted the resignation of Cardinal Edward M. Egan, 76, from the pastoral governance of the New York Archdiocese.
The appointment was announced in Washington, February 23, by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Timothy M. Dolan was born February 6, 1950, in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended St. Louis Preparatory Seminary and Cardinal Glennon College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1972. He completed his studies for the priesthood at North American College and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (the Angelicum) in Rome, where he earned a licentiate degree, in 1976. He was ordained a priest for the St. Louis Archdiocese on June 19, 1976.
After a parish assignment, Archbishop Dolan began further studies at The Catholic University of America, where he earned a doctorate in church history in 1983. After further parish assignments, he was appointed to the staff of the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, 1987-1992.
He was vice-rector of the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, 1992-1994, and rector of North American College, 1994-2001.
He was named a prelate of honor to the Pope with the title of monsignor in 1994, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis in 2001, and Archbishop of Milwaukee in 2002.
Cardinal Egan has headed the New York Archdiocese since 2000 and was named a cardinal in 2001. He is a native of Oak Park, Illinois, and was ordained for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1957. He served in administration in the Archdiocese of Chicago, on the faculty of North American College and for 14 years as a judge in the Vatican's Roman Rota, which is the ordinary court of appeals for canonical cases appealed to the Vatican, particularly regarding the validity of marriage. He was named an auxiliary bishop of New York in 1985, and Bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1988.
The Archdiocese of New York has 4,683 square miles. It includes the Boroughs of Manhattan, Bronx, and Richmond of the City of New York, and the Counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester in the State of New York. It has a population of 5,676,566 people, with 2,554,454, or 45 per cent, of them Catholic.