Pope Benedict XVI appointed Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, 59, to be the next archbishop of New York. He will succeed Cardinal Edward Egan, 76, who is retiring after holding the highest profile post in the U.S. Catholic Church for nearly nine years.
"I have known Bishop Dolan for a number of years and state wholeheartedly that he is the right man for the job," said Bishop James Moynihan of the Syracuse Catholic Diocese."His accomplishments are many and his gifts numerous."
Dolan, widely known as being affable and an extrovert, is a former rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome, an elite seminary which includes prominent U.S. church leaders, such as Egan, among its alumni.
"I have admired him for his time as the rector of North American College in Rome, and have personally benefited from his talks given at Bishops' Conferences and the books and articles he has published on the priesthood," Moynihan said. "He is a man of great warmth and abounding energy and enthusiasm - all of which will serve him in good stead as he assumes his new responsibilities."
Dolan was named archbishop of Milwaukee in 2002 by Pope John Paul II.