October 17, 2013
The University of Mary in Bismarck will confer its highest honor on the highest-ranking Catholic in the United States. His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, sometimes referred to by the New York Times and others as the "pope of America," named one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time Magazine and appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, to the College of Cardinals, will ceremoniously receive an honorary degree from one of the nation's premier Catholic universities at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in the Bismarck Civic Center.
At that time Monsignor James Shea, president of the University of Mary, will present His Eminence with the Doctor of Leadership, Honoris Causa.
The work of Cardinal Dolan in the area of seminary education has influenced the life and ministry of a great number of priests of the new millennium — including Monsignor Shea and others in the Diocese of Bismarck.
"Cardinal Dolan was the rector of the North American College in Rome when I was a student there," commented Monsignor Shea. "He is a man of the Church and of the people — which is why he's excitedto reach out and meet the good people of North Dakota. He's quickly become the public face and leader of the Catholic Church and Catholic culture in America. People will warm to him quickly and they will witness first-hand how genuinely charming, engaging and gregarious he is with everybody. His endearing qualities make him so respected around the world — and give us so much honor and pride to host him and have him speak at the diocesan THIRST conference."
Cardinal Dolan is one of five keynote speakers at the Diocese of Bismarck's free, two-day THIRST celebration Oct 25 and 26. His presentation, "Go Teach All Nations: Passing the Treasure of Faith to the Next Generation" is sponsored by the University of Mary. For more information regarding THIRST, visit http://www.bismarckdiocese.com.
As a cardinal, Dolan participated in the conclave to elect Pope Francis, currently serves as archbishop of New York and is president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
When designated a cardinal in February 2012, Dolan viewed it as a higher calling. "It has given me some humility. I can't let this go to my head. I can't let my head get as puffed up as my tummy. I have to remind myself 'I'm a sinner, I constantly have to improve my life,'" Cardinal Dolan told a reporter from romereports.com.
Cardinal Dolan is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America. He is also a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization and the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.