• Paul Lim
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations, your Eminence!

  • Grace Pietrosanti
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    I am so happy for you and for New York! – Congratulations from St. John the Evangelist in Mahopac and was sooo happy to meet you at St. James in Carmel, NY – Rejoicing with you and in our prayers – Grace

  • Terrie Munger
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    God Bless you on this new part of your journey–many in Wisconsin celebrate your gift as well!

  • Terrie Munger
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Pray for us your Eminence that we may all someday be in His presence filled with love, joy and peace.

  • Charlotte Davolio
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence Cardinal Timothy Dolan,
    The people of New York and the greater Catholic Church of the United States have been blest by the Holy Spirit with this honor of you being named Cardinal of NY.
    I have been fortunate to here you speak on the Catholic Channel on the radio and read your comments on the internet.
    I am not from your diocese, but pray some day to attend Mass @ St. Patrick’s when you will be celebrating. Our son lives in Brooklyn and we visit often.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    God Bless you,

  • Liz F
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    You’ve had our family’s prayers for awhile, Your Eminence, but we will certainly pray extra. God bless you and all that you do for the Church.

  • Clare Lafferty
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations Archbishop Dolan! May God be with you as you travel on this part of the journey that He has set you upon. We all know that you will be a great Cardinal and a wonderful example for all of us to follow

  • Maggie McDaniel
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations! We love you and will continue to pray for you

  • Elizabeth
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Rejoicing from St. Louis! You are always in my prayers.

  • Maryellen Young
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations! Reading your messages always lifts my spirits and hearing this wonderful news and your humble response to it fills me with joy. Gob bless you!

  • Sarah Healy
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Our family is elated for you and the church.

  • Nicholas Bryant
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence, I remember you very fondly from your days in Milwaukee where I once had the honor of meeting you. I was moved that day and am overjoyed now. May God continue to Bless you as you move forward in his work.

  • Jeanette
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations, your Eminence! God is good!

  • Don
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations your Eminence. May God continue to bless you and your work.

  • Robert Salazar
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    My heartfelt congratulations, your Eminence. Deo gratias! Now that your burden is even greater, the more the need for prayer. Please be assured of my prayers and support for you. God bless you always!

  • Traci
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Wisconsin is very proud of you.

    May you continue to lead the church in the correct direction.

    May my little candle of faith help keep your FAITH strong.

    God Bless!

  • jp
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations, Your Eminence! I will remember you in my prayers.

  • Fr Guadalupe Rios
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Su eminencia….
    may the good work began in you be brought to fulfillment by our most loving God. May the Lord always help us serve more wholeheartedly…you are in my prayers as well as Archbishop O’Brien…blessings!
    Fr. Lupe Rios
    Diocese of Fresno CA

  • Brenda
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    This is one article where I disagree with the humble Archbishop of NY. He has taken humility to a new level. It is NOT about NYC per se, it IS about Timothy Dolan, servant of God. Sir, take your compliment from the Pope as a reward for YOUR service to God and the People of God. And we thank you!

  • Tom Diorio
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations, your Eminence, from a relocated Hopewell Jct. NY catholic now in St. Wiliam Parish, Round Rock, TX

  • Mayra
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    May the Holy Spirit guide you as you continue to serve Our Lord! Congratulations!!!

  • AndyP/Doria2
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Some people hate to say I told you so but I lllllove it, so:

    I told you so!!!

    I’ve been saying all along that you are one of the chosen, just like the original 12. Yes, I have my complaints about the educational establishment and the “professional Catholics” who are still entrenched in this Archdiocese but I knew you were special and I told you that over and over in this blog.

    Priest, Bishop, Archbishop, President of the USCCB, and now Cardinal and advisor to the Holy Father himself. You have been chosen Your Eminence, chosen to lead. God bless our Holy Father for his excellent choice.

    I pray that we have lost our last Catholic to the groups who raid us constantly. We must fight for every soul so they do not abandon the Body, Blood, Soul, and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    I close with a heart felt – CON-GRAT-U-LA-TIONS.

  • Timothy
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations, Your Eminence! I was just speaking with members of our chancery this week about this very thing. We fully expected this honor to be bestowed, but we’re postulated different theories about timing. I am elated not only for you and for New York, but also for the Church in America and Worldwide.

    Having witnessed your public defense of the Faith, it gives me great comfort to know that you will be among those who help select our future Popes (I hope and pray that you will not have to exercise that role any time soon, but when it eventually comes I’m grateful for your involvement.)

  • Mary Ann Jepsen
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence, The US is a better nation because of your faithful, robust, and joyful leadership in the Catholic Church. This gratitude comes from an Ohioan who has admired you for many years. Thank you, congratulations, and may the Lord abundantly bless you as Cardinal Dolan …ad multos annos!

  • Deacon Thomas Tortorella
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations, Your Eminence. You are a blessing to the people of God in New York.

  • Patty Gross
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    What a blessing the Holy Father has extended to you, your Eminence. He has most certainly demonstrated his great wisdom in choosing you to become a cardinal. I watch you regularly on TV and find I am riveted to your conversations. You draw people to you, and I am so thrilled by your “promotion” in our Holy Mother Church. May our Precious Lord continue to bless you and keep you as your duties and responsibilities increase. I have no doubt you will handle them in a most superb manner. God has great plans for you…..I really believe that you are a “chosen one.” God’s Peace Always!!!

  • Alex Rodriguez
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations to you an the people of New York.

  • Fr. Guillaume Petit
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Please receive my congratulations from Marseille, France. Thank you for the gift of yourself to our Lord and his beloved Bride. Tomorrow, on friday 7th, I will offer Mass for you. May our Lord bless you always !
    Daignez recevoir mes félicitations de Marseille, en France. Merci pour le don de vous-même à notre Seigneur et à son épouse bien-aimée. Demain, vendredi 7, j’offrirai la Messe pour vous. Que le Seigneur vous bénisse toujours !

  • Derek
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Not at all surprised by this…not at all! CONGRATULATIONS, YOUR EMINENCE!!!

  • Fr John Hogan
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations, Your Eminence. May the Lord continue to bless you and your ministry.

  • C Boschert Diekman
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Congratulations! Having met you but briefly in Rome many years ago I knew this would come one day. My parents always admired your wonderful, caring personality. You are a blessed man, an asset to the church and will be a very special Cardinal – and of course as a St Louis native it is very fitting.

  • Lynne
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    While you may poke fun at yourself good-naturedly as you did this morning on the Today Show, you are the face of Holy Mother the Church here in America. You are exactly what we need, a loving son to the Church who is faithful and speaks out to defend Her. Your writings and talks indicate an intelligent, holy man who strives to lead others to Christ.

    May Our Lord walk beside you as serve Him and may our Blessed Mother hold your hand as your ministry grows.

    You are in my prayers,

  • Rose
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Dear Archbishop,

    Congratulations and many many blessings!

  • Mary & Dan Stutte
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations your Eminence.
    St. Louis is celebrating and praying for you.

  • Brian A. Cook
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Your eminence, may God grant you greater wisdom in your ministry.

  • Simon
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    I am delighted to now refer to Timothy CARDINAL Dolan! You’re in my prayers.

  • William Callaghan
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Many congratulations your Eminence!

  • Caroline
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations from Drogheda.

  • Robyn
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    God promised he would send the Church leaders who will help us overcome the stumbling blocks of every generation. You are certainly one of those people as you help us seek human dignity, religious freedom, and the sanctity of life in our country, to be an example to the rest of the world. May God continue to bless you, and I will continue to pray for you every day.

  • Dottie Mowatt
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations your Eminence! I saw you on the today show this morning. While I haven’t been a New Yorker for over thirty years I was so impressed by your humility and the sheer joy that you exude. God obviously has big plans for you:-) God Bless.

  • John Jeffrey Timothy Pitts
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Father Dolan, your Eminence, Congratulations and thank you ! I am so proud of you, and for the Archdiocese of New York. I may even become a Yankees fan ! All of us here in St Louis and all of us whose lives you touched are loudly celebrating, and quietly thanking god that he gave you to us, and the church. It is fitting that you began as a cardinal fan, and now you are one. I will let Andrew Timothy know the bar has been set just a little higher, again ! From all of us here, uber congrats and thanks ! WOW !! This Bud’s for you !

  • Anne Bender
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations!!!! Many prayers and much love from the Bender family in West Allis, WI! We rejoice with the entire church at this joyous news!

  • Gene Sullivan
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Best Wishes!

  • Gerard Scanlan
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    in behalf of all the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of the Archdiocese I congratulate you and promise you our prayers of support for your growing ministry to the people of God. Ad mutes annoys!

  • Laura
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations! This is wonderful news! Congratulations to Cardinal O’Brien as well. I am happy for you both and for Catholics in America.

  • Brian G. Andersson
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    This red Cardinal’s hat won’t have “St. L” on it! Congrats, Your Eminence-elect!

  • Mike King
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    What a happy and joy filled day! I live in St. Louis and was always so grateful to have Cardinal-designate Dolan as bishop here. He was always a wonderful priest and continues to be a blessing to the entire Church. May God bless him and the Archdiocese of New York!

  • Rob Hall
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations, Your Eminence. May Christ strengthen you, and be your light and guide at all times.

  • Colette Rodriguez
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations your Eminence! Even though I live in Lakeland, FL I have long admired you and watched you on EWTN and on other occasions when you have been on TV. I admire you and the work you have done for our Lord and His Church. We will miss you here in the States but we will pray for you and your continuing work for Christ and His Church.

    May the Lord continue to bless you as you continue your work for His Church.

    Yours In Christ,

    Colette L. Rodriguez

  • Maggie
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations Your Eminence! May God continue to bless you as you shepherd your flock in New York (and indeed the entire American Church) on a mission to save souls… with a smile.
    Wisconsin misses you but wishes you well!

  • Ana Maria Rivas
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    God’s peace to you your Eminence! Sending ferverent prayers and good wishes your way!

  • Stephen Gerard Scullion
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    May I take this opportunity of passing on my sincerest best wishes for your elevation to the Cardinalate, following the footsteps of so many who have done Gods will. I would also like to mention our own Cardinal, Cardianl Cormac Murphy ‘O’ Connor, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, and in my own Diocese, Bishop Seamus Cunninghamwho I am sure would echo my sentiments to you, to all New Yorkers, and to all our friends ‘Across the Pond’

  • Fr. Mark McKercher
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations from the Archdiocese of Omaha, and one of your Kenrick seminarians!

  • Pauline
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    The members of the Milwaukee Archdiocese are smiling this morning as news circulates the city. We will continue to support you and keep you in our prayers. Congratulations and “Glory to God in the highest!”

  • Sr Helen Ryan
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations from Srs Helen Ryan and Sister Winifred Adelsberger from Ballwin, Mo., your neighbors. Many blessings in your work.

  • Patrician and Kevin McCutchan
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulation Your Eminence!

    Our Prayers and best wishes for this wonderful news
    God’s blessings always,

    Patricia and Kevin McCutchan
    St. Brendan’s Parish Brooklyn, New York 11230

  • Stephen Schmidt
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations from St. Louis! The Church rejoices today! Our prayers are with you.

  • Mamabearjd
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    My husband called me in when it was announced on the news this morning – and this Texas girl is just over the moon with excitement for you! You were in my prayers in Mass and at First Friday adoration this morning – it was your influence that inspired me to make First Fridays a priority and also to give up meat every Friday this year. We need your plain spoken guidance!

  • Therese
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations. What a gift!

  • Jason Bruggeman
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    I am very pleased to hear that you’ve been elevated to the Cardinal status. Who knows, maybe someday you’ll become the first American Pontiff.

  • Doreen Wigderson
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations! I was just telling my husband the other day that I knew in my heart you would be a Cardinal some day. Those of us who enjoyed your sermons and community work here in Milwaukee send you lots of prayers and will be watching on February 18th. God Bless you!

  • Anthony S. Layne
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    I’m sure I speak for a lot of Catholic bloggers when I say, I’m not surprised … just very, very grateful. Congratulations, Your Eminence, and thank you for all you do not just for the Big Apple but for the Church in America!

  • Anna Worthington
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    I am so happy for you! Congratulations on this blessing, so well deserved.

  • Jacqueline M De Leon
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence, the moment I saw that wonderful twinkle in your eye, I knew you are someone special. More proof is the invaluable help you have been to our church and community. Your presence will never be forgotten, well not by this lowly servant. I know that your new place o honor is well deserved but mostly; it’s an opportunity to aid and assist a lot more of us. Thank you God and you Father Dolan, it was truly a pleasure meeting you. My prayers and best wishes are for you r future endeavors.
    Jacqueline M. De Leon, Catechist
    The Roman Catholic Church of the Ascension, Upper West Side NYC

  • Deacon Dan Waloski
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations to you from all of us at Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Riverhead NY

  • Denise Sienkiewicz
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations Your Eminence!

    I called mom first thing when I read this and she and dad were absolutely thrilled. They both send their love.

    We are very excited for you and for the Church and her people.

    God’s blessing to you and you remain in our daily prayers.

  • Fr. Isidore Bard
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula-! We love you your Eminence!
    -Fr. Isidore

  • Barbara&Carolyn Volpicello
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulation. We knew this day would come and that you and Cardinal-elect O’Brien would be so honored. We send our prayers to both of you.

  • Deb Hohenbrink
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations! I have been to St. Patricks many times when I visit my daughter in NYC and enjoy listening to you on the Catholic Channel. What an honor, and well deserved.

  • Joan
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations your Eminence. I thank God for your leadership and that you have been elevated to Cardinal. I am a little surprised that our former President, John Kennedy, is alluded to as a faithful Catholic. He promised reporters that he would not bring his faith with him into office, that his duties as President would not reflect his faith. I have always felt that this led people into a compartmentalized mentality that we can ill afford.

    All my love in the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

  • Dawn Marie Ceja
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations Your Eminence!

    This is truly wonderful news, what a blessing for all of us! You and I will share in this special day of Feb. 18TH, which is also my birthday. What a wonderful birthday gift! I will keep you in my prayers, and ask that you please do the same for me!

    God’s blessings to you always,

    Dawn M Ceja
    EWTN Media Missionary Area Coordinator-Archdiocese of NY
    Corpus Christi Parish – Port Chester, NY

  • Jennifer Tritle
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations and great blessings to you! As a mother of a seminarian at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, I can say that I have been following keenly your good service to the American Church, and I not at all surprised by your being honored in such an important way. God bless you!

  • Liane and Dennis Dolezar
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Our prayers remain with you and our pride in your good work have followed you from Milwaukee. I can only think that Betty is dancing in heaven telling all, “I told ya so!” How wonderfully lucky the church is to have you as a new Cardinal.

  • Liane and Dennis Dolezar
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Our prayers remain with you as they have since you left Milwaukee. I can picture Betty dancing in heaving and shouting, “I told you so!”. The Catholic church is blessed to have you as a new cardinal.

  • Sue Palmer
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    On behalf of all the Sisters here at Maryknoll (the Fathers, Brothers and Lay Missioners, too, I’ll warrant), our very best wishes to you and prayers for you as you join the Cardinalate. We are excited to know we will be able to tell you in person, when you celebrate our 100th Anniversary Mass here at the Maryknoll Sisters Center this Sunday. Looking forward to seeing you soon! Cordially, Ms. Sue Palmer, Communications Manager, Maryknoll Sisters.

  • Ed Gamboa
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations and greetings from California! We are all happy for you. It’s not a surprise. Deo gratias.

  • Carl Laski
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Dear Archbishop,

    Congratulations on your pending elevation to Cardinal. Although we live in NJ we find our selfs in NY on many a Sunday and come to St Patricks for mass. We have been fortunate enough to have you as a celibrant many times and each time is more inspiring then the previous. You are in our prayers

    Michelle and Carl Laski

  • Father James from NJ
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations, Your Excellency!

  • Barb
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations, Your Eminence, from up here in the Syracuse diocese….the home of soon-to-be-canonized Mother Marianne Cope!

    Wow, New York State has had some pretty awesome news lately-first, we’ll be getting new Saints who lived here, and second, our Metropolitan Archbishop is going to get the red hat of a Cardinal!

  • Sr. Lou Ann Fantauzza
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Our joy, good thoughts and prayers accompany you, Archbishop Dolan, as you become a Cardinal of the Church and continue your great service to our Church!

    Sr. Lou Ann and the Sisters, Teachers, Faculty, Staff, Students, and Families of
    Corpus Christi Holy Rosary School (Port Chester, NY)

  • stmcatholiccolleen
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations and prayers from St. Thomas More in Paradise, CA! The left coast is cheering!

  • Gabriel Pulido
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    The more is given, the more is asked. Congratulation!!! With admiration for all what you do for our church. BTW, I enjoyed your article written about vocations that The Catholic Answer published early this month. I truly believe that you will be a good prophet announcing Good News for the US and beyond. Praise God!
    Florida State present!

  • Peter & Claire Brockmann
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations and God’s blessings be upon you as you are elevated to the role of Cardinal. You are in our daily prayers.

  • James Garrity
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Your Excellency,

    Heartfelt congratulations and blessings to you! What a wonderful gift by the Holy Father to you, and to your flock here in New York.

    I’m so happy to hear that you will be Cardinal Dolan in the near future!

  • Espe Villasenor
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    It couldn’t have happened to a nicer and so down to earth gentleman! I’ve had the opportunity to meet Archbishop Timothy Dolan twice and it was if I knew him all my life. He is so down to earth and has such a warm and God-loving personality!
    Our prayers go with you Cardinal Dolan!

  • Charles Bassey
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations His Eminence. I remember the meeting my family had with you at St Bart’s in Yonkers in 2010 when we came in from Nigeria for the 100th year celebration of the parish. Your warmth, thoughtful and spirit-filled interaction remains with us. We pray for God’s guidance as you serve the Church as one of her modern day delightful princes. Greetings of love from Nigeria.

  • Sem. Genesius Budebo Desire
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations your Excellency! Time now for higher service to the entire church. God’s blessings upon you!

  • Pat Claus
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations from Maine, your Eminence! So happy for you. Keep up the wonderful work you do in Gotham. Perhaps, perhaps, someday we will have an American Pope and I cannot imagine anyone more appropriate than yourself.

  • Bruce Johnson
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations, Your Eminence, and thank you for all you do not just for the Big Apple but for the Church in America!

    One of many who love you in Colorado.

  • Chris Porrell
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations and may the Holy Spirit continue to guide you.

  • Tony Haughey
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations from Columbia, SC. I think we all knew at Kenrick that you were destined for the red hat. I know I am blessed by having you as one of my mentors, and so is the Archdiocese of New York and the Universal Church.

  • Shon M. Pirollo
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations Your Eminence! This is such joyous news. We are all so blessed to now have you as a Cardinal! My prayers will be with you as you continue to lead and guide us. May God Bless you!

  • Mary Jane Maglio
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations, Archbishop Dolan! What a great birthday present I’m getting! To have you named Cardinal on MY birthday is exceedingly wonderful! May Our Lord continue to give blessings over-flowing! God bless you!

  • John Shanahan
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations, Your Eminence.

    As to what the appointment is all about, I beg to offer a slightly different view. In the first sense, it is about Timothy Dolan, a fine priest and bishop who’s done a terrific job in speaking out positively for the Church. You’ve recognized the call to evangelize God’s people and you’re doing that, with a fine sense of humour along the way. And you’ve presented a fine sense of apologetics — speaking out for the message of Christ and the Church he’s entrusted to us. More need to do it — and hopefully, try to do it as well as you do.

    Finally, it is about the See of New York and all the fine people, Catholoc and otherwise, that make up the archdiocese. As to a red hat on home plate at Yankee Stadium — here’s a thought (Yankees, are you listerning?). Why not turn home plate red for the opening home game in April…? And maybe red pin stripes on the uniforms…?

    At any rate, Your Eminence, you’re a home run. Congratulations again — and best wishes.

  • Andrea Lawson
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    So grateful for this wonderful news for our Church! Prayers from St. Louis are with you!

  • Kathleen
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations to you from Texas! What a wonderful blessing. I have so enjoyed hearing you on The Catholic Channel on Sirius/XM Radio. It’s nice to listen to someone who clearly enjoys what he does! May God Bless you as you continue to serve His people and His church. We will keep you in our prayers.

  • Fran Cardella
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations as you ready to serve at the higher level of Cardinal. May God continue to bless your ministry always and in all ways.

  • Maryann Bunt
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations Cardinal Dolan, you know that our family up in Heaven is very proud of you.

  • Elizabeth Warynick
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations Archbishop Dolan!!! I KNEW this would happen before too long! THANK YOU FOR STANDING UP FOR THE FAITH! We need all of our Priests, Bishops, Archbishops and Cardinals to be as Faithful as you are in standing up to the secularization going on in the world! You will continue to be in my prayers daily!
    We love you and are so proud of you! THANK YOU POPE Benedict!s

  • Deacon TOm Mahoney
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for being our Apostolic Minister for the Diocese of Green Bay from September, 2007 to July, 2008. Congratulations on you being selected as cardinal elect. It is well deserved. For Christmas my gift was a look at your life through the eyes of your brother. I am reading: “Life Lessons from my Life with my Brother, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan” by Bob Dolan. Although our paths never crossed exactly, I feel that we could sit down and have a beer or some other Irish beverage and talk theology or football. Thank you for being so real. God bless you. Deacon Tom Mahoney, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Karen J Kurtek
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations!! You certainly deserve this and we are all blessed to have you. Many blessings to you and you will be in my prayers! This is great news for the Catholic Church!

    May God Bless You and Mary Keep You!!

  • Michelle Mayer
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Was sooooo excited to hear about Archbishop Dolan’s “promotion” . I follow you via the Catholic Channel on satellite radio. You are a great inspiration and I am always quoting you to my husband so even he knows who you are. You are sooooo deserving of this. Please don’t forget about us, the faithful, when you enter the College of Cardinals.
    May God bless you as you have blessed us!!!!!

  • Jon
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Timothy Cardinal Dolan. Has a VERY nice ring to it!

  • Elaine Payne
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    So proud and excited! Was so glad to hear you on the Mass this morning announcing it on The Catholic Channel! I read your brother’s book and love how you’re a regular Catholic boy, loved the part about you trick or treating! You’re in our prayers, we love you!

  • Mark A. Ricken
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations to you and the church in New York!! May the Good Lord watch over you every minute of everyday as you assist Him in His work here on earth

  • David Savidge
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    You Excellency –

    Many warm wishes to you on this honor. I was thinking just the other day “when is our Holy Father going to get around to dear Archbishop Dolan?” It seems the Lord has blessed me with a bit of the ole ESP! Many warm wishes to you and the great Archdiocese of New York on this wonderful gift. And your right – now you need our prayers more than ever. I’ll be sending them from our parish out here in Rocky Mountains from Boulder, Colorado. We like to think we get a bit of boost with our prayers here since we’re so far above sea level!

    Again, Cheers, Warm Wishes, Prayers and Huzzah!

  • Jon Haines
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations! I wrote a humble article in honor of this. Please continue to love Christ more than us because we need a leader like that!

  • Lester Zapata
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulation, I am reading your book about the priestly life and had help me a lot. I am a seminarian from Tijuana Mexico I am with the OMI pray for my perseverance.

  • Cheryl Craig from Texas
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Yes!! Congratulations!!! You are so deserving
    and Howard & I knew it was only a matter of
    We miss you!

  • Steven
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    May God continue to bless you and New York! It is a proud day for Catholics in Southeastern Wisconsin! Keep up the good work.

  • Mary Smith
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    From all of us who have followed and so often heard you speak, this was truly meant to be… We knew!!! The Spirit is with you, a gift you already had… We have been blessed by you sharing your gift with us….
    May our dear Lord continue to bless you!!!! Happy New Year for us all!!!

  • Denita
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations from Fort Worth, TX

  • Joe
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan
    I want to send you sincerest congratulations from Wicklow, Ireland.
    I have been deeply iompressed by your strong faith and your words on EWTN
    I wish you God’s blessing and the wisdom of the Holy spirit inm your new role.

    God bless you


  • Tina
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations! I saw you on the TODAY show this morning receiving your “Cardinals” pennant. My prayers and, I’m sure, the prayers of all the parishioners of St. Mary’s of Dorrance, PA will be with you.

  • Bonnie Campbell
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Time is one of those ‘things’ that we just really can’t explain – especially when it comes to God’s time. And, with time, coming aging and experience which are blessings.
    When it comes to time and aging, I remember meeting you back in high school days – just a quick meeting – but, there was something there. When I heard you had become a priest, that ‘something’ made sense. When you came back to STL from Rome and came to the Life Teen mass at Incarnate Word, from your sermon and interaction with the teens and even the rest of us, I felt BIG blessings were to follow. And, here they are.
    Thank you for listening to God’s calling and living it. Congratulations and continued prayers for your knew role.

  • carlos
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Big Congrats your Eminence! from Bakersfield california with lots of Love. I have to say Eminence that i saw this one coming from a mile away. since last year when i started to listen to you on the cath channel. i felt that there was something especial about you. your humility, your laughter, your overall personality. its just so great to be able to hear you on the radio; Too bad that i wont probably ever get a chance to shake your hand personally but i cannt wait to see where the H.S. will move you next. i hope we can continue to listen to you on the conversation with the archbishop which will probably have to be rename to conversation with the Cardinal! Keep up the Great work. keep getting us inspired by your homilies and explanations and your Good Works. God Bless you.

  • Jason M. Molitor
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Whoo hoo! Congratulations! Thank you!

  • John Wilson
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations Your Eminence!
    The joyful Christmas season comes to a close with the Epiphany and the gift of the Holy Father to you. As a Missourian and a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians I rejoice in the Holy Fathers selection.
    Bless Dia duit agus tú buíochas a ghabháil do gach duine a dhéanann tú

  • Tony Adams
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations Tim! Red hat or no, you’ve always been a prince in my book. Despite our serious differences of opinion, I’ve always trusted the opinion of our mutual friend Msgr. Ed Petty and I am very sad that he is no longer here with us to rejoice in this news. I know you will say “God forbid” to this next wish, but I sincerely hope that in some future conclave, you will emerge with no earthly authority above you. God only, disclosed to you in your very good heart, and then, you will rectify all the nonsense. I hope I live to see that day, and I suspect I will. Ad multos annos.

  • Rev. John M. Lagiovane
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Your Excellency,
    May God Bless you! The Church in New York is blessed to have you as our leader in the faith. On behalf of the Administration , faculty, staff and students of Our Lady of Lourdes High School- Our prayers and best wishes go out to you. Ad Multos Annos!

    God Bless,
    Fr John Lagiovane

  • Josephine
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,

    Congratulations and may God bless you and our great city of New York! You are breathing new life into our faith and are a great gift to Catholicism. Thank you God!

  • Deacon Mike Brainerd
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Your Excellency,
    God bless you and congratulations on being chosen for this “higher level of service.” As always, you will be in our prayers. (Brooklyn)

  • Sylvia
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations from South Dakota! Until recently I lived in Madison WI and I distinctly remember the two times I had the opportunity to hear you speak in person, once in Madison and once in Milwaukee. I have a recording from one of those talks and last summer I referenced it and shared it with my spiritual director.

    Your words of wisdom and the seeds you planted have stuck with me these many years. You have been an instrument of love and peace to so many people and I pray your call to higher service allows the Lord’s work through you to reach even farther and wider places. How honored America is for your service and representation. I pray the transition and move overseas is one of great joy to you each and every day.

  • Kevin J Hayes
    January 6, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations, what a lovely position to be elevated to.

    I’m hoping and praying that you are able to raise to the challenge. Being a member of the catholic church from a very young age, to my current age I’ve found myself struggling with how to react…especially to a person that isn’t as accepting as my incredibly religious family. My family was very shocked when I came out as a homosexual, and some of them even considered and did leave the catholic faith because of the inconsistent rants of the catholic church…
    My father asking once “why would we support a church that doesn’t support my family?”
    I’m really hoping that a religion and a belief that I have that God is forgiving, provides all, and is there for us, is really the truth that I can rely upon, and not a fantasy…

    Simply saying, if God made me this way, why is it so hard for my faith to believe that, and support me?

    I do hope that our new Cardinal will feel the same way, and begin to support what changes need to be made in acceptance.


  • Lisa A. Marrero, MD
    January 7, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations! May God be always with you, and remain fearless in proclaiming the Truth!

  • HCS Knight
    January 7, 2012 Reply

    Your Excellency,

    Though I am very happy for your selection, and believe it to be a very good thing. I am sorry, I’ll be “frank”. I most strongly disagree with the title and general direction of your letter. Specifically, that your selection is more a reflection of the people of the Archdiocese than you.

    Here’s a fact. Roughly half the Catholics in your Archdiocese believe it is okay to vote for a pro-choice politician.

    The Catholic Church in America is a mess “protestant” mess right now. Priest are clearly far more active and concerned with being social workers fighting for Social Justice issues than the Mass and Sacraments. Every week Catholics are subject to long Homilies focused mostly on Social Justice issues. Yet when it comes to the time immediately after Communion, virtually every priest sits down for at most 30-40 seconds and then pops up and starts talking again about such weight issues as parish social events or issues. Really? 30-40 seconds of silence after receiving the Body and Blood of our Lord? Really? After long winded social justice sermons? Really?

    No your Excellency. Your selection was about you and your role in Serving Our Lord. The Church is in grave need of REAL men who stand up and serve the Lord. Not sensitive men who serve man.

    You were chosen your Excellency. Humbly man up and dont for a minute think you were chosen by God because of the people in the Archdiocese.

    The road to hell is paved with the skulls of erring priests, with bishops as their signposts.–St. John Chrysostom

    I pray you never forget these words.

    The world and the Church needs priests and Bishops who love the Sacrifice of the Mass more than the love of the parish and who love the Sacraments more than being leaders of Social Justice. If they do these things the Social Justice issues will be taken care of by the laity. It should not be the other way around.

    You were chosen Bishop Dolan.
    May God continue to Bless and keep you.

    HCS Knight

  • Sr.Anne Breen, PDDM
    January 7, 2012 Reply

    Greetings your eminence, from all the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master in the USA Delegation. Praying for you, Congratulations, you make us proud!!

  • D. L. Meyers
    January 7, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations, Archbishop Dolan. What an awesome gift to get on the Feast of the Epiphany January 6, 2012 that you will become a Cardinal on February 18, 2012. Red denotes the Christmas Flower – the Poinsetta. Red denotes Our Lord’s Precious Blood shed for us, and co-mingled with, as it were, the Serosanguiness Fluid, from Our Lord’s Sacred Wounded Side; celebrated especially on First Fridays of every month. You may be called on, to shed your blood, for Him, or your will entirely so that all is left is His Witness of the Triumph of the Cross, over sin and death. You will be configured to Christ more so, as this Cross you bear as Cardinal furrows a channel in which the Word of God – the seed of Truth is planted in that furrow, in NY and wherever that cross takes you. Shoulder on. God will give you His Mother and Wise Men along the way, to help you. Either those already in heaven, or on earth, namely the Pope, and your brother Cardinals. Congratulations. Remember Servant of God, Fr. John A. Hardon said, “Never, never, never run from the cross.” And, you’ll do fine. May God Bless U and Mary Keep U. -+-

  • Wendell
    January 7, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations, Your Eminence, from Victoria, B.C., Canada!

    January 7, 2012 Reply

    Congrat ! Your Eminence, may the good Lord who elevated you to the office of cardinal grant you His Divne wisdom, joy , love , peace to enable you to do your best in preaching His gospel in the mighty name of Jesus . Amen ! May the one who is called the Father of spotlessness, righteousness and holiness who is God Himself , show you the way of holiness in your life both now and for evermore . May the words of God according to Nehemiah chapter 8:10 come to pass in your life . Amen ! May you live to see the goodness, wonders, favour, blessing , happiness and freedom of the Lord in the land of the living in Jesus’ name . Amen !

  • Lwasa John Martin
    January 7, 2012 Reply

    May the lord God give you more and bless you for me i think its the begining alot is to come.

    From Uganda

  • Sharon Ann Weidelman
    January 7, 2012 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan,
    I have always remembered your wonderful kindness to one of my parishioners and his family. Scott Sunnenberg was a student at the North American and was hospitalized, each day you called his dear Mother and updated her about the progress of her Son. You kept her calm and comforted during this trying time. As she or her husband would update me each day they honored your dedication to the well being of their Son! Thank you for today he is a wonderful holy priest! and you now are a Prince of the Church. God Bless you! Prayers for you always.
    Sharon Ann Weidelman
    Springfield Missouri

  • Donna Jorgenson Farrell
    January 7, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations! You are a marvelous gift to the Catholic Church, and it’s nice to know that the Pope recognizes that!!!

  • Carolyn Bostic
    January 7, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations. Loved your interview with Matt Lauer and Al Roker. When you’re in Rome, make sure you do a lot of walking around that wonderful restaurant as much as in it. We want a home – grown Missouri, USA boy there as long as possible. God bless you.

  • Sharon
    January 7, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations from Australia your eminence. I first came to “know” you through your book “Called To Be Holy” and since reading that book I have tried to follow your eminence via interviews and to read your wise words on the internet.

  • Sarah Henderson
    January 7, 2012 Reply


    Dear Cardinal-Elect Timothy Dolan,

    Greetings from Scotland, UK.

    Please may we offer you our warmest congratulations on your elevation to Cardinal-Elect. We are thrilled for you.

    We have hung on your inspiring words since your installation as Archbishop, and are thoroughly delighted for you. Pope Benedict is inspired in his elevation of you . . . absolutely the right thing to do for the well-being of the Church. Well done indeed. We are so happy for you and for the Church.

    With every good wish from Scotland,
    Mick and Sarah Henderson.

  • Fr. Jonathan Blake
    January 7, 2012 Reply

    congratulations Your Eminence! always enjoy your witness through the Catholic Channel! peace.

  • Dorothy Krebs McDowell
    January 8, 2012 Reply

    We are so proud of you, Archbishop! Just a few days ago I was reading from the Bible you gave us when Mac and I were married 26 yrs ago, and I said to myself, I wonder how the Arch Bishop is, and wished I could get in touch with you somehow. I truly felt you were on track for being Pope some day! Then I heard you will be made Cardinal Dolan on Feb. 18! It was a privilege that as a Priest, we were your very first Parish, Immacolata! We miss you and love you!

  • Susan Saunders
    January 8, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations on this great call to service! I have followed your ministry from my home in Louisiana. (Diocese of Lafayette, Sacred Heart Parish, Ville Platte, Louisiana).
    My prayer is that you lead our country closer to the Church! God bless you always.

  • sam
    January 8, 2012 Reply

    While I’m happy that you have been honored so w/this new title. I beg to differ w/your reasoning re the Holy Father’s honoring NY w/your new title. What about Cardinal Egan who is still alive as far as I know. So it’s not like NY was missing anything until Dolan received this honor. Sorry.

  • imelda pulido nezu
    January 8, 2012 Reply

    What a wonderful gift recieved ,Congartulation Archbishop Dolan.

  • Helene Romero
    January 9, 2012 Reply

    God Bless you Cardinal Dolan! Prayers for all our priests!
    I love New York! Go St. Patrick’s Cathedral!
    With prayers and love,
    Diocese of Orlando, Florida!!!!!

  • Ivana Antunovic
    January 9, 2012 Reply

    Your Excellency,

    I can´t write English very good. But I want to tell You, I´m grateful to God that he invitid you to the Cardinal Servant. God bless You und Mather Mary, Queen of Peace be with You.
    I will pray for You and for our holy Curch in New York.

    In Love Christi
    Medjugorje, Bosnian and Herzegovina

  • maureen and Tom McCormack
    January 9, 2012 Reply

    Across the river in Brooklyn we are celebrating too!!! Congratulations on a well deserved honor and a much needed representative of New York in Rome.

    Many prayers for you!!

  • Rev. Fr. Steve Tyminski
    January 9, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations to Abp. Timothy Dolan of New York on becoming a Prince of The Church this coming Feb. 18th! We’ve been wishing for this meritorious honor since the passing of +John Cardinal O’Connor of New York. The Holy Father couldn’t have picked a better guy. I pray that the Holy Spirit will select this Archbishop of NY for the Chair of St. Peter in Rome one day… (St. Anthony’s Bread Mission Apostolate)

  • David Vande leest
    January 9, 2012 Reply

    Archbishop Dolan;

    Congratulations on your promotion to Cardinal! There was never a doubt. Congrats from your Spirtual family in Milwaukee. You are missed here!

  • Raul M. Ubieta
    January 9, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations and best wishes on your appointment to Cardinal. May God continue to bless you.

    Raul M. Ubieta
    Miami, Florida

  • Amy R. Salerno, MD
    January 9, 2012 Reply

    First I wish to congratulate you for your well-deserved selection as Cardinal. This is a joyous occasion which all Catholics and many non-Catholics will celebrate. On a less happy note, I would like to comment on the public announcements regarding Bishop Gabino of the Los Angeles Archiocese and his transgressions.

    I find it disturbing that the Archbishop of Los Angeles fails to address the core issue of the transgression of Bishop Gabino himself! Instead, the Archbishop of Los Angeles asks in his formal statement on the Archdiocesan of L.A. Website for the ‘flock to do penance..’. Penance for what? Have the people done wrong in this situation? Or is this another example of the Church imposing guilt upon the parishioners for the sins of someone else? In addition, when the Archbishop states that the Achdiocese of L.A. Will ” provide spiritual guidance to the mother and financial assstance for the college funds of Bishop Gabino’s two children,” it implies that ” solution to the problem” is to pay off his paramour and their two children. It is troubling that the Church would offer parishioner’s hard earned money to appease the mistakes of yet another fallen priest.

    Archbishop Dolan, so many of my friends and family admire you and your faith journey tremendously. Can you help us to understand what’s going on here?


    Amy R. Salerno, M.D.

  • Louise Wolpert
    January 9, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations from Indiana, Cardinal Dolan! You now have a new red hat hat to wear, I will pray for you that it will not turn into a bulls-eye for every disgruntled person who misunderstand what a great faith we have.

  • Gisselle
    January 9, 2012 Reply

    Many congratulations! May God guide you in this new service.

  • Judy Gruner
    January 10, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan;

    Congratulations from St. Louis, MO. My husband is a distant relative of yours and we rejoice in your recent elevation to Cardinal and pray that God will continue to bless you and your work here on earth. What a wonderful honor and one you so rightly deserve. May you continue to spread God’s message of love to a nation and world that so desperately needs it. Peace be with you.

  • Fr Warner D’Souza
    January 28, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence,
    I write to congratulate you on your elevation as Cardinal. Ever since you took over as Archbishop of New York, I became a ‘fan’ of your happy and Christ like attitude. Your warm smile, I am sure, has won you many many hearts. I particularly admire your courage to stand for the truth and your firm defence of the gospel of life and truth.

    I have travelled twice to New York from Mumabi, India, where I live; in the last two years. Each time hoping to spend a few minutes with you to thank you for your leadership; that of course never happened. I have even spoken to Cardinal Oswald Gracias, our Archbishop of how much I esteem you.

    God Bless you your Eminence. You will be in my prayers always

    Fr Warner D’Souza

  • thomas a yeager
    January 28, 2012 Reply

    Your eminence you are so often in my thoughts and prayers what a great honor my father often remarked that some day you would be high up in the catholic church wow was he thinking thisappointment i guess born a cardinal and then be truly made a cardinal of the lord almighty not very many many red bird fans can say that i hope your mother is doing well take care and most of allpray for me and my family god bless.


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