As we all know, the last of the cardinals arrived today in Rome to prepare for the conclave that will choose the next pope. These are undoubtedly very busy days for them as they gather for a world-affecting decision, so if I were someone on any cardinal’s immediate staff, I wouldn’t presume to call him unless it were something of a very urgent nature. Yet today, Cardinal Dolan took time out of his preparations for conclave to call me personally on my cell phone to see how I am doing after my rotator cuff surgery three weeks ago! He didn’t have his secretary call me in his name; he called me personally. Imagine how important that made me feel! Anyone would certainly understand if he could not keep in touch with us, and even when he is here in New York I hardly expect a phone call from him about a non-life-threatening surgery, but he has now contacted me not once but twice. And I don’t even know how he found out I had surgery!!!! I for one am extremely grateful for Cardinal Dolan and the fatherly love he gives us all. Some people have asked me, “So, do you think Cardinal Dolan will be elected pope?” My response is, “I hope not! I don’t want to lose him!” But if he is chosen and we must lose him, the Church Universal would be getting a true Holy Father! For now, may the Holy Spirit guide the College of Cardinals in their very important decisions!
I am so glad to hear you finally feel important.
God knows it’s been a rough road for you, with so many embarrassing moments and the humiliation of watching so many much younger priests become pastor years and years ahead of you. But now you’ve FINALLY made it! Good on you Fr. Andy!
Thanks but I wasn’t humiliated! I was waiting my time to become a pastor! I was in no rush and actually Cardinal Egan made me pastor. But thanks for the compliment!
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Hope you are well Fr. Andrew. That was such a thoughtful thing for the Cardinal to do – personally. I’ve attended his masses at St. Pats and I am with you – we need him here in NY. But.. if the good Lord wills it, it will be done.
Sorry to hear about your sholder and I hope you are healing well. it was very nice of Cardinal Dolan to call you. I’m sure it has made you feel very special. Feel better. Carol Senatore.