Parishioners gathered at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Saturday to celebrate Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s elevation to cardinal, and some said they expect his new status to be quite a draw for his upcoming Ash Wednesday service. NY1’s Amanda Farinacci filed the following report.
There was no special service Saturday at St. Patrick's Cathedral to mark the elevation of Timothy Dolan to cardinal, though there will be next week.
Those who visited the church will still rejoicing on Dolan’s behalf, however.
“Exciting—it should be for all religious, for all people who are religious and Catholic,” said one person present for the celebration.
“I think we probably have to pray a lot for him, maybe a lot more than we've been praying, and ask the lord to allow him to flourish,” said another.
Some say they rose early to watch the ceremony and share in Dolan's proud moment.
“He seemed very humbled by it, and that was really just a very beautiful moment to see that someone takes it in stride as just a very humbling moment, and I thought that was nice,” said one Dolan fan.
“He ran up to the altar to greet the pope to receive his hat. He was wonderful,” said another.
Inside the church, preparations have already been made to welcome Dolan into his new role.
The altar and Dolan's chair are now red, the color of cardinals.
Those NY1 spoke with said they expect big things from Dolan's heightened position.
“He'll just continue to grow, and I think the faith will continue to grow, and not just population in Mass, but I think that people will continue to grow in their faith, and he's the example for it,” said one New Yorker.
“It's a wonderful thing because I think that it does help the world to see that in a city that's as busy as this street with all this commercial stuff going on, that the church has a role and a place and a voice,” said another.
Cardinal Dolan is due back at St. Pat's to preside over Ash Wednesday services, a Mass that typically draws thousands of Catholics as they mark the beginning of the Lenten season.
Parishioners say they expect even more to attend to welcome their new cardinal home.