Monday, February 23, 2009

Congratulations to Angelicum Alumnus Timothy Michael Dolan!

Pope Benedict XVI has named Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan and alumnus of the Angelicum, where he earned a Licentiate of Sacred Theology, as the next archbishop of New York.

The Holy See made the announcement Monday 23, 2009. Dolan succeeds Cardinal Edward Egan, who is retiring after nearly nine years.

The archbishop of New York is the most prominent post in the U.S. Catholic Church.

Dolan's appointment extends a nearly unbroken chain of Irishmen who have held the job since the archdiocese was founded two centuries ago.

Dolan has been the Milwaukee archbishop for about seven years. Before that, he led the U.S. seminary for priests in Rome —the Pontifical North American College.

The New York archdiocese serves 2.5 million Roman Catholics. It is the second-largest diocese in the country after Los Angeles.