The Catholic University of America

Feb. 23, 2009

STATEMENT ON THE APPOINTMENT OF CUA ALUMNUS AND BOARD MEMBER, ARCHBISHOP TIMOTHY M. DOLAN, AS ARCHBISHOP OF NEW YORK

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan

It is a real joy and a source of genuine pride for all of us at The Catholic University of America that a loyal alumnus and current member of the university's Board of Trustees, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, has been appointed the 13th bishop and 12th archbishop of New York.

Having received his doctorate in church history from The Catholic University of America in 1985, Archbishop Dolan has remained committed to his alma mater and its privileged place as the national university of the Catholic Church in our country ever since.

Beginning with his ordination to the priesthood in 1976, Archbishop Dolan has served as parish priest, CUA graduate student, staff member at the Vatican Embassy here in Washington, seminary professor, rector of the prestigious Pontifical North American College in Rome, auxiliary bishop of his native St. Louis and, currently, archbishop of Milwaukee. He comes to his new position not only with a wealth of pastoral and ecclesiastical experience but also with great wisdom and a deep love of the Church.

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.

Congratulations, Archbishop Dolan. The support, prayers and best wishes of your alma mater go with you to your new home!

Very Reverend David M. O'Connell, C.M.
President
The Catholic University of America