The Catholic University of America

Feb. 22 , 2006

Alumnus Sean Patrick O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, Named a Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI

Archbishop Sean Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap.

Catholic University's president noted this morning that the appointment of Archbishop Sean Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap., a CUA alumnus, to the College of Cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI "was a special joy" for the university community.

Boston's Archbishop O'Malley, who is also a member of the CUA Board of Trustees, was among 15 new cardinals and one of two Americans named by the pope.

On hearing the news, Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., university president, said: "It was a special joy for all of us at CUA to learn this morning of the elevation of Archbishop Sean Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap., a double alumnus of the university and a current member of our Board of Trustees to the College of Cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI."

"Cardinal-designate O'Malley has used his academic achievements at CUA well throughout his distinguished ministry in the Church, serving the Hispanic, Portuguese and Haitian communities here in the Archdiocese of Washington in his early years as a Franciscan priest, then as bishop of three dioceses before his current appointment as archbishop of Boston," Father O'Connell added. "His humble manner combined with a deep love for the poor reveal a profound awareness of and commitment to the compassion of Christ the Good Shepherd in the manner of St. Francis of Assisi."

Father O'Connell concluded his statement by saying, "In announcing the list of new cardinals, which also includes a former CUA trustee, Cardinal-designate William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Holy Father said, 'in the ancient ecclesiastical texts, the popes saw the College of Cardinals as pars corporis nostri - part of our body … For them I invite you to lift up to God a particular prayer to the Lord, that he may grant them the graces needed to carry out their mission with generosity.' That is, indeed, our prayer for Cardinal-designate O'Malley and all those named to the College of Cardinals today."

Cardinal-designate O'Malley earned a master's degree in religious education and a Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese literature at Catholic University.

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