This month in our Image Author 101 series, we’re featuring Timothy Cardinal Dolan.
His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on February 6, 1950. The eldest of five children, he has two sisters and two brothers. His family attended the Holy Infant Roman Catholic Church in Ballwin, a suburb of St. Louis, during his upbringing and he has said that he can’t remember a time he didn’t want to be a priest. He followed his calling and entered Saint Louis Preparatory Seminary in Shrewsbury, Missouri in 1964, and later obtained a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College. Cardinal John Carberry sent him to Rome to further his studies at the Pontifical North American College and the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum, from which he earned the degree of Licentiate of Sacred Theology in 1976. He was ordained a priest on June 19, 1976.
Dolan is now the tenth and current Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, which serves over 2.5 million Roman Catholics. He was appointed to the position by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 and had previously served as Archbishop of Milwaukee and Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis. He was elected president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 2010, succeeding Cardinal Francis George of Chicago. On January 6, 2012, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI announced that Cardinal Dolan was to be appointed to the College of Cardinals. He was elevated in the Consistory of February 18, 2012.
Dolan is well-known on a national and international scale for his conservative values and charismatic media personality. He was highly involved in the 2012 “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign and was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” that same year. He garnered a lot of attention as a candidate for the papacy after Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, but maintained all along that he didn’t expect to be elected. The amount of support he had speaks to his incredible popularity and importance within the Catholic Church.
Did you know…
- He’s a die-hard Milwaukee Brewers fan?
- One of his brothers is a former radio talk-show host?
- He played “priest,” pretending to minster Mass as a child?
- His doctorate thesis centered on former Archbishop Edwin Vincent O’Hara?
- He once wore a “cheesehead” hat in tribute to the Green Bay Packers during a homily at an outdoor Mass?
In his free time, Cardinal Dolan likes to read and take walks… and write books with Image! Cardinal Dolan is a prolific writer and has published three books with us.
Vatican correspondent John L. Allen, Jr. conducted a series of lengthy exclusive interviews with Cardinal Dolan, and then compiled them into a book entitled A People of Hope. These interviews address the challenges facing the Catholic Church today and Cardinal Dolan’s view of the present and future of Catholicism. John Allen draws out a picture of future trends by exploring where Dolan wants to lead, and how a Church that increasingly bears his imprint will look and feel. Allen frames his questions in a way that allows Dolan to expand on the topic himself as much as possible. The result is a book more “with” Dolan than a book “about” him – one that lets his personality, voice, and opinion shine through more than anything else. More information |Excerpt
Cardinal Dolan published the short e-book, True Freedom, in light of the 2012 “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign. Here, he explains the need for all Americans to embrace a new culture rooted in what Blessed John Paul II called the Gospel of Life – where the sacredness of all human life, and the freedoms that are their birthright, are upheld, respected and protected by law. Dolan issues a plea for all citizens to reject the cynicism of the day and foster a culture in which religious freedom and all human life are infinitely valued. More information |Excerpt | Author Q&A
Praying in Rome is Cardinal Dolan’s most recent published work with Image. This e-book original addresses Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, his final days in the Vatican, the Conclave, and the excitement and joy of the election of Pope Francis – all from the eyes of Cardinal Dolan. More information |Excerpt