The Catholic University of America

Oct. 17, 2007

CUA Alumnus and Trustee Elevated to the College of Cardinals

Archbishop Daniel N. DiNardo

Pope Benedict XVI named CUA alumnus and trustee Daniel N. DiNardo as one of 23 new cardinals on Oct. 17. DiNardo, who is the archbishop of Galveston-Houston, received his B.A. and M.A., both in philosophy, from CUA in 1971 and 1973, respectively. Archbishop DiNardo was one of two Americans who will be installed as cardinals on Nov. 24. The other American is Archbishop John Foley, grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

Below is a statement on Archbishop DiNardo's appointment from CUA president David M. O'Connell, C.M.


In the name of the entire community of The Catholic University of America, I extend heartiest congratulations and joyful best wishes to our alumnus and trustee, Archbishop Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, upon his elevation to the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church.

This ancient designation gives him a new and privileged role in the universal Church. As Cardinal, His Eminence will now share in the pastoral governance of the Church throughout the world. In addition to leading the local Church of Galveston-Houston, he now assumes special responsibilities as adviser to the Pope and to his colleagues with whom he will, one day, elect his successor.

Cardinal-designate DiNardo has consistently demonstrated both competence and care for the people of God in every task that has come before him in his distinguished career. In particular, his tireless commitment to evangelizing the faithful at every level of need marks him as especially suited for this high honor within the Church.

This is, at the same time, a unique and historic honor for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, indeed for the Catholic Church in that region of our country.

Leading by both word and example, he now stands among us in the scarlet robes of his Office, inviting us to give deeper witness to the Gospel to which and for which he gives his life.

Our grateful, prayerful best wishes to our new Cardinal!

Very Reverend David M. O'Connell, C.M.