New York Catholics get an affable archbishop

Steven Avella of Milwaukee
Steven Avella, a Roman Catholic priest in Milwaukee, said his counterparts in the Archdiocese of New York should soon expect a phone call from their new boss—Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

“He’ll start phoning guys right away,” said Avella, 57, a historian at Marquette University who served under Dolan during the archbishop’s seven years as head of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. “He’ll find out when their ordination anniversaries are, look after the older guys, go visit them. He’s a guy who’s close to his co-workers, who makes them feel they’re worth something.”

When Pope Benedict XVI appointed Dolan, 59, as the new archbishop of New York February 23, he placed a friendly face in the nation’s most prestigious Catholic pulpit, elevating a Mid westerner known for his pastoral touch to the upper echelons of the church hierarchy.


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