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St. John’s Law Mourns the Passing of His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan

Friday, March 6, 2015

Cardinal Edward M. Egan, a former archbishop of New York, died on Thursday at age 82.

Born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1932, Cardinal Egan was ordained a priest in 1957 and was consecrated a bishop in 1985. In 2001, Pope John Paul II named him to the College of Cardinals. But, for New Yorkers everywhere, Cardinal Egan will be remembered first and foremost for his leadership of the New York Archdiocese from 2000-2009.

In that role, he earned high praise for his unwavering and empathic support of grieving families and citizens in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks. Cardinal Egan’s concern and compassion reflected the spirit and determination of a man of deep faith who lived a life of service to the greater good, and who inspired his more than 2.5 million parishioners and others to do the same.

In an official statement, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said this about the man who ministered to the people of New York so selflessly:  “Cardinal Egan had a powerful and positive impact on our state and the world that will continue to be felt for years to come.”

The lasting impact of Cardinal Egan’s words and deeds will also be felt at St. John’s Law, where he served as honorary chair of the Center for Labor and Employment Law. Just this fall, he presented the center’s Distinguished Annual Lecture. Speaking on the topic of “Pope Francis: Where He Will Lead Us,” Cardinal Egan reflected on his longtime friendship and collaboration with the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, observing that the “266th successor of St. Peter” has “captivated not only the Catholics of the world, but also devotees of all faiths.”

“Everyone at St. John’s was privileged to hear the wise words of the Church’s greatest canon lawyer,” said David L. Gregory, the center’s executive director and the Law School’s Dorothy Day Professor of Law. “He will be missed.”

The funeral arrangements for Cardinal Egan are as follows:
A private family visitation will take place at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Monday, March 9, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by a public visitation from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. During the public visitation, a vigil mass will be held at 6 p.m.

On Tuesday, public visitation will run from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by the funeral procession at 1:30 p.m. and funeral mass at 2 p.m.

Cardinal Egan will be laid to rest next to his predecessor, Cardinal John O'Connor, in the crypt under St. Patrick's Cathedral.