One of the big stories this week happened in New York: Cardinal Edward Egan, the retired archbishop of New York, died suddenly at the age of 82.
Cardinal Egan collapsed at his residence and was rushed to NYU Langone Medical Centre. There he was prounced dead by doctors at 2:20pm.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the current Archbishop of New York, said in a statement that Cardinal Egan “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."
Cardinal Egan was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1932. He studied at Our Lady of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein and at the North American College in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1957.
Over the years, the cardinal served as Vice Rector of the North American College in Rome, a judge of the Roman Rota, and was one of six canonists who reviewed the new Code of Canon Law with John Paul II in 1982, before it was promulgated.
In 1988, Cardinal Egan was named Bishop of Bridgeport, and in 2000 he was appointed Archbishop of New York. He was made a cardinal in 2001 by Pope St. John Paul II.
His tenure in New York was not always smooth sailing. Parishioners and, at times, priests did not agree with all his decisions, especially when it came to merging or closing certain parishes.
However, during his time as head of the archdiocese, the number of parishioners increased, as did enrollment in Catholic schools. At the same time the Catholic Charities budget doubled, and Catholic agencies were debt free.
Cardinal Egan retired as Archbishop of New York in 2009 at the age of 76.
Funeral plans have yet to be announced.