Cardinal Timothy Dolan To Speak at Manhattan College’s Commencement on May 20

College will also honor Cardinal with honorary doctorate degree during ceremony. 


Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, who was formally elevated to cardinal on Feb. 18 by Pope Benedict XVI and has served as Archbishop of New York since 2009, will deliver Manhattan College’s keynote address at the College’s 170th Commencement on Sunday, May 20. 

The new cardinal will also receive an honorary doctorate degree during the 1 p.m. ceremony, which will award more than 700 undergraduates with degrees in some 40 major fields of study from its five schools in arts, business, education, engineering and science.

“We are honored and delighted that Cardinal Dolan will be with us to celebrate this great day in the life of the College,” said Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College. “He has a deep affection for and appreciation of the work of Catholic education at all levels and has been a wise counselor and pastor to the Colleges and Universities in his diocese. His becoming an honorary alumnus of Manhattan College represents the continuance of a great history of faithful, collaborative work between the College and the Church in New York City.”

Since first being installed as Archbishop of New York on April 15, 2009, Cardinal Dolan has guided the diocese in the Catholic faith and teachings. In 2010, his fellow bishops elected him to president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and he also was chairman of Catholic Relief Services from 2009-2010.

Cardinal Dolan was ordained a priest in 1976 and spent the first 10 years of his religious service working as an associate pastor at Immacolata Parish in Richmond Heights, Mo., and serving in parish ministry in St. Louis. In the late 1980s, he was recognized for his leadership in the Church and appointed to secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. He went on to serve as rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome from 1994-2001. Before beginning his work in New York, Cardinal Dolan was the Archbishop of Milwaukee from 2002-2009 and also was named Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis in 2001 by Pope John Paul II. 

Born in St. Louis, he received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College. He completed his priestly formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, and earned a license in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas. In addition, Cardinal Dolan was awarded a doctorate in American Church History from The Catholic University of America.

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