WHITE CROSS BALL 2007

The recipient of the Tuitio Fidei Award in 2007 was Seán Patrick Cardinal O’Malley.

His Eminence Seán Patrick Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap, was born as Patrick O’Malley in Lakewood, Ohio.

He was ordained a priest on August 29, 1970, at age 26. After graduating from St. Fidelis, he attended Capuchin College in Washington, D.C. and The Catholic University of America, where he graduated with a master’s degree in religious education and a Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese literature. He served as a professor at Catholic University from 1969 to 1973. In 1973, he was asked to minister to Hispanics living in the Washington, D.C. area.

He founded Centro Católico Hispano (Hispanic Catholic Center), which provided educational, medical and legal help to immigrants. He also opened a Spanish bookstore and founded the first Spanish newspaper in the Washington area. He was appointed episcopal vicar for the Portuguese, Hispanic, and Haitian communities in 1978, and became the executive director of the archdiocesan Office of Social Ministry.

His Eminence was appointed coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Saint Thomas on May 30, 1984, by Pope John Paul II and succeeded Bishop Harper as Bishop of Saint Thomas on October 16, 1985. On June 16, 1992, he was chosen to head the Diocese of Fall River, in Massachusetts, where he worked closely with the Portuguese and Hispanic population. After serving in Fall River for ten years, he was appointed Bishop of Palm Beach in Florida, on September 3, 2002.

Pope Benedict XVI elevated Archbishop O’Malley to the rank of cardinal in the consistory on March 24, 2006. In May 2006, he was named as a member of both the Congregation for the Clergy and the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life in the Roman Curia. He has been a chaplain of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta since 1991, being ascribed to the American Association.