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Monday, January 9, 2012

Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan opens Maryknoll Sisters' Centennial

His voice hoarse and nearly gone from countless interviews, speeches and phone calls from well-wishers following the announcement he would be elevated to Cardinal next month in Rome, Archbishop Timothy Dolan nevertheless gamely presided and preached at yesterday's official opening of the Maryknoll Sisters' Centennial.

Congregation President Sister Janice McLaughlin carried in the first Theresian Book in which are inscribed all the names of the women who joined the Maryknoll Sisters. This was placed in front of the main altar in the chapel at the Sisters Center. Then, different Sisters carried in fabric from the different regions where they work, accompanied by music of that area.

Cardinal-designate Dolan acknowledged several VIPs among the people filling the packed chapel, including Ms. Caroline Woo, newly installed president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), as well as Fr. Andrew Small, OMI, national director for the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS).

In his seven-minute talk, Dolan expressed his love and admiration for the Maryknoll Sisters and the courage of those first six women who formed the earliest community.

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