The Catholic Archdiose of New York has announced Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop-Emeritus , 12th bishop and 9th archbishop and 7th Cardinal of the See of New York, died today.
The cardinal was pronounced dead at NYU Langone Medical Center at 2:20 pm, cause of death was cardiac arrest. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Cardinal Egan was born on April 2, 1932, in Oak Park, Illinois. His Eminence was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago on December 15, 1957.
Cardinal Egan was consecrated a bishop in 1985. From 1985 – 1988, Cardinal Egan served as Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar for Education of the Archdiocese of New York. In 1988 he was appointed the Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport by Pope John Paul II. In the year 2000, he was appointed Archbishop of New York and made a cardinal in 2001.
In May of 2009, at the age of seventy-seven, Cardinal Egan was retired as Archbishop of New York. He Manhattan and assisted in the works of the Archdiocese, while serving on a number of offices of the Vatican.
Cardinal Egan’s full biography is attached. Cardinal Dolan’s statement on Cardinal Egan’s passing can be found here.
Cardinal Dolan is at 3:30 p.m. at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.
Cardinal Dolan’s Statement on the Passing of Cardinal Egan, Archbishop-Emeritus
My dear people,
I am saddened to tell you that our beloved Cardinal Edward Egan, the Archbishop of New York from 2000-2009, has gone home to the Lord.
Thank God he had a peaceful death, passing away right after lunch today, with the prayers and sacraments of his loyal priest secretary, Father Douglas Crawford, in his residence at the Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. He was rushed to NYU Langone Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 2:20 pm this afternoon.
Join me, please, in thanking God for his life, especially his generous and faithful priesthood.
Pray as well that the powerful mercy of Jesus, in which our Cardinal had such trust, has ushered him into heaven.
My sympathy to his natural family, who will grieve for their uncle, and to you, his spiritual family here in the Archdiocese of New York.
I’ll keep in touch as our arrangements are made.
May he rest in peace.