The Pontifical North American College saw two of its former Rectors made Cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI at the Public Consistory held in St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday, February 18. Edwin Cardinal O’Brien C‘76, Pro Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, served as Rector of the College from 1990-1994, and Timothy Cardinal Dolan ‘76, Archbishop of New York, served as Rector from 1994-2001. They were among 20 others from around the world who were made cardinals at the Consistory.
Photos from the Consistory Weekend are available here.
The College gave a warm welcome to its former Rectors, hosting a reception for them after the Consistory ceremony and celebrating Mass with each of them on Monday and Tuesday in the College’s Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.
The day before the Consistory, Cardinal Dolan addressed the Pope and the whole College of Cardinals on the theme of the New Evangelization during their day of prayer and reflection at the Vatican’s New Synod Hall. Detailing seven “planks” of a strategy for what the New Evangelization should entail, the Cardinal spoke passionately about the need to witness to the truth of the Gospel above all with joy.
The joy of both of these steadfast servants of the Church was a blessing to the North American College this weekend and will be a blessing for the universal Church as they begin their new missions as Cardinals to the Church and the world.
Ad multos annos!