It’s official: Archbishop Dolan to NYC

By Sam Lucero | The Compass | February 23, 2009

As expected, Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan was named shepherd of the Archdiocese of New York City this morning by Pope Benedict XVI. The appointment must have been an easy decision for the pope, as Archbishop Dolan has all of the skills necessary to lead the second largest archdiocese in the country.

While serving as associate managing editor of the Milwaukee Catholic Herald from 2001 to 2007, I was fortunate to interview and photograph Archbishop Dolan on many occasions. His warm, gregarious personality is  infectious. People find him likable and down to earth, yet Archbishop Dolan is very intelligent and well spoken.

New York will find their new archbishop as a leader who unites and who handles controversy behind-the scenes. He’s not one to castigate others in public. His self effacing style will have New Yorkers in stitches. When introduced to the media in Milwaukee in June 2002, Archbishop Dolan was asked what separated him from his predecessor, Archbishop Rembert Weakland, and in typical Dolan fashion he replied, “Well, for starters, about 50 pounds.”

I have created a slideshow of photos featuring Archbishop Dolan. The photos were taken during my time as staff photographer for the Milwaukee Catholic Herald. Hover over photos to read captions. Click on icon at bottom right to view full screen.

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