Statement of Bishop Paul S. Loverde on the Death of Cardinal Edward M. Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York

I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Cardinal Edward M. Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York. On behalf of this Diocesan Church of Arlington and in my own name, I offer profound sympathy and assurance of prayer to His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan and the Church of New York, as well as to the relatives of Cardinal Egan, some of whom reside within this diocese, and the many people to whom he ministered so faithfully.

An overview of Cardinal Egan's life reveals so strikingly his outstanding service to the Church as a priest of the Chicago Archdiocese; as a member of the faculty of the Pontifical North American College in Rome; as a member of the Roman Rota; as an Auxiliary Bishop of New York; as the Diocesan Bishop of Bridgeport; as the Archbishop of New York; and as a Cardinal of the Catholic Church. Personally, I am saddened even more because of my relationship with this outstanding man of the Church beginning in 1962 when I entered the North American College where he was a young faculty member. The Lord blessed us with many shared experiences together during our episcopacies, most notably in my being appointed the successor to Bishop John R. Keating, Cardinal Egan's close priest-friend.

Archbishop Egan's gifts were many and varied, and he put them at the service of the Church and of the human family with passionate zeal and enduring pastoral care. May the Good Shepherd take him into His embrace, giving him eternal life!

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015