Archbishop Dolan leads 1st Sunday Mass

April 19, 2009 5:42:40 PM PDT
Archbishop Timothy Dolan has celebrated his first Sunday Mass as the new leader of the New York Archdiocese.Dolan was installed last Wednesday. His predecessor, Cardinal Edward Egan, retired after nearly nine years in the job.

On Sunday at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dolan noted that the standing room only crowd was larger than what he was accustomed to in Milwaukee, where he was formerly the archbishop. Dolan said the larger crowd makes him more conscious of his responsibility. He also noted the crowd's diversity.

Dolan spoke on faith and mercy.

The Archdiocese of New York is the nation's second-largest diocese after Los Angeles, yet it is the most visible Catholic post in the country.

Dolan is now leading an archdiocese with 2.5 million parishioners, nearly 400 churches and an annual budget estimated to be at least half a billion dollars.

He says he knows the church is facing numerous challenges that are financial, spiritual and political.

Since his installation, Archbishop Dolan is already trying to get out into the community.

On Friday, he visited a food bank in the Bronx, and he's also made an appearance at the Mets new home in Queens and a Yankees game.

Dolan says that he may bring a new style to the pulpit, but the message of the church remains the same.


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