Pope Names Former Ballwin Parishioner Cardinal

A St. Louis native, Timothy Dolan was an auxiliary bishop in the St. Louis Catholic archdiocese from 2001-02 and attended Ballwin's Holy Infant Roman Catholic Church as a youth.

A St. Louis native who served the Catholic archdiocese as its auxiliary bishop in 2001 has been named one of the church's newest cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI on Friday.

Timothy M. Dolan, was born in St. Louis, attended church as a youth at Ballwin's and "began his high school seminary education at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South in Shrewsbury," according to the New York archdiocese website. He has been the archbishop of New York since February 2009.

The Vatican named Dolan to the College of Cardinals on Friday, according to the New York Times. According to the newspaper's website, Dolan was one of 22 newly named cardinals and "eighteen of them, including Archbishop Dolan, are under the age of 80...and are therefore eligible to participate in the secret conclave to elect a new pope after Benedict dies."

Dolan will be 62 on Feb. 6.

Dolan was one of two American clerics named cardinal, according to the Times. The pope also elevated Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, who was archbishop of Baltimore until August 2011, and now serves at the Vatican as the Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

A CNBC report online lists the 22 clerics named cardinal on Friday. They will officially be elevated and receive the red cap of the cardinal on Feb. 18.

According to the New York archdiocese website: "(Dolan) had served as Archbishop of Milwaukee since he was named by Pope John Paul II on June 25, 2002. He was installed as Milwaukee's 10th archbishop on August 28, 2002, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, papal nuncio to the United States, installed Archbishop Dolan."

After his ordination in 1976, Dolan was an associate pastor at  in Richmond Heights until 1979.

In 1992, he was appointed vice rector of  in Shrewsbury, where he also served as director of spiritual formation and professor of church history.

Joan Edleson January 07, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Great news! Can't think of any other American Bishop who is more deserving, He was a friend of my parents and even took time from his busy schedule to stop by a party for her birthday. Always enjoy his interviews on TV, especially a recent one on 60 Minutes.


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