- Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:04
Edward Michael Egan laid to rest at St Patrick’s Cathedral.
With a full cathedral –family, friends, hierarchy, ecumenical, interfaith and political leaders, and normal laity– the Requiem for the retired cardinal-archbishop of New York was prayed. The current Catholic leader of the archdiocese, Cardinal Dolan, offered the Mass and preached his tribute (though it was more eulogy than homily) with the notable Renee Fleming singing the “Ave Maria.”
May the Good Shepherd lead Cardinal Egan home to the Father.
“Dilexit Ecclesiam.” –He loved the church.
- Friday, 06 March 2015 08:19
Pope Francis sent a telegram to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York on occasion of the death of Cardinal Egan:
“Having learned with sadness of the death of Cardinal Edward M. Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York, I offer heartfelt condolences to you and to the faithful of the Archdiocese. I join you in commending the late Cardinal’s noble soul to God, the Father of mercies, with gratitude for his years of episcopal ministry among Christ’s flock in Bridgeport and New York, his distinguished service to the Apostolic See, and his expert contribution to the revision of the Church’s law in the years following the Second Vatican Council. To all assembled in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral for the Mass of Christian Burial, and to all those who mourn Cardinal Egan in the sure hope of the Resurrection, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of consolation and peace in the Lord.”
- Thursday, 05 March 2015 03:15
A short time ago I was notified of the sudden death of Edward Michael Cardinal Egan, emeritus archbishop of New York.
Following lunch, he succumbed from a heart attack and was pronounced dead at NYU Medical Center. He would have been 83 on April 2.
Many will say he was brought to NY because his financial abilities. Many will criticize his warmth. He was a kind man who gave others a chance and he looked after the needy. The Holy Father asked him to shepherd the Archdiocese because he had the ability to lead men and women to the Lord.
In 1957 he was ordained priest, in 1985 bishop, by 1988 he was installed as the bishop of Bridgeport and then translated to New York as the 9th archbishop on 19 June 2000. His service to the Church included being given the title of Cardinal on 21 Feb 2001. He retired on 23 February 2009.
I’ve known +EME since 1997 and have always enjoyed his friendship and counsel.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
Requiescat in pace et in amore.
- Sunday, 01 April 2012 21:01
This afternoon, Palm Sunday 2012, His Eminence, Edward
Cardinal Egan, JCD, preached Solemn Vespers and Benediction. He was the final preacher for our Sunday Vespers highlighting Great Preachers.
His Eminence’s presence among
us, along with his priest secretary Father Brendan Fitzgerald, was a very delightful
experience; it was a joy to hear about things historical and present. Time spent with the Cardinal and Father Brendan a perfect ending to the day and perfect beginning to Holy Week.
Cardinal Egan celebrates his 80th birthday. Canonically, he loses his right, responsibility and duty to enter a conclave to elect a pope. He will likely be attending to fewer things in Rome as travel is getting more and more difficult.
The Cardinal’s preaching was a fine opening to Holy Week. Domine, quo vadis? He focussed our
attention on 1 Peter 1:18-21:
Realizing that you were ransomed from your futile
conduct, handed on by your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or
gold but with the precious blood of Christ as of a spotless
unblemished lamb. He was known before the foundation of the world but revealed
in the final time for you, who through him believe in God who raised him from
the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.