Letter from Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan
My affection and appreciation for our jubilarian goes farther back than his appointment as Bishop of Rochester.
He was my spiritual director in Rome while I was a seminarian at the North American College. There and then I came to admire his wisdom and sincerity. I even witnessed his perseverance as he quit smoking!
When I was nominated Archbishop of New York a little over three years ago, one of the features of my new mandate I very much looked forward to was working closely with my old - - excuse me, my "former" - - spiritual director in the Province of New York.
And now I heartily join all of you in praising Jesus for his half-century of faithful priesthood, and over three decades as a bishop. As Jesus reminded us, "A student never outranks his teacher," so I bow in gratitude to this man we’ve all come to love.
Faithfully in Christ,
Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York