Cardinal Edward Egan, Former Archbishop of NY, Has Died

Cardinal Egan - RIPCardinal Edward Egan, the Archbishop of New York from 2000-2009, died today. Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop-Emeritus , 12th bishop and 9th archbishop and 7th Cardinal of the See of New York, died of cardiac arrest at NYU Langone Medical Center early this afternoon.

In May of 2009, at the age of seventy-seven, Cardinal Egan was retired as Archbishop of New York. He maintained and assisted in the works of the Archdiocese, while serving on a number of offices of the Vatican.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. offered his thoughts and prayers to Cardinal Egan’s family and to the Archdiocese of New York in their time of mourning.

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Cardinal Edward M. Egan, a man whom hundreds of thousands looked up to as a spiritual role model and who represented his faith and the faith of all Catholics as an exemplary servant of God,” said Diaz in a statement.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan’s statement on the passing of Cardinal Egan, Archbishop-Emeritus:

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.

This post has been edited to include Bronx Borough President Diaz’s condolences. 

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