Chair of Church History established in honor of Cardinal Dolan
In honor of Cardinal Timothy Dolan's homecoming celebration and recent elevation to the Sacred College of Cardinals, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has announced the creation of the Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan Chair of Church History at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson made the announcement at the close of Cardinal Dolan's Mass of Thanksgiving.
Before presenting him with a framed plaque, Archbishop Carlson said, "We look to you for leadership as you work zealously to defend religious liberty ... because of what you have accomplished, we honor you our native son.
Cardinal Dolan, upon receiving the honor, said, "Archbishop, thank you. This was a gift enough just to come back to the Cathedral. It's icing on the cake."
Connected to the chair title is an endowment, which will provide financial support needed for the future of ongoing education and training of future priests at the seminary, specifically in the area of teaching Church history. A chair is financially supported by donations, and provides funding for a professor's salary as well as other academic opportunities, such as bringing in experts or guest lecturers. The seminary also has a chair in liturgy, named in honor of Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, and a chair in canon law, named in honor of Cardinal Raymond L. Burke.
Cardinal Dolan was a professor of Church history at the seminary from 1992-94, while he also served as vice-rector and director of spiritual formation. He earned a master's degree and doctorate in Church history Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and before that, a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Kenrick-Glennon in 1972.
"When you consider the rich history and commitment Cardinal Dolan has with Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, it becomes clear that this is a very fitting and appropriate way to honor him," said Archbishop Carlson.
The first recipient of the chair is expected to be announced by the seminary in the fall.
Gifts in honor of Cardinal Dolan and the Chair of Church History may be mailed to:
Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson
c/o Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Development Office
Chair of Church History Endowment
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119
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