Alumnus, Archbishop John Foley Named Cardinal

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Saint Joseph's University alumnus Archbishop John Foley '57 was one of 23 priests named as new cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church today by Pope Benedict XVI. The archbishop will be officially elevated in a ceremony at the Vatican on November 24.

"We are immeasurably pleased to learn of Archbishop Foley's elevation to cardinal," said University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. "His long service to the Church stands as a glowing example of a lifelong love of God, and he has represented Saint Joseph's well as an alumnus. We are proud of and happy for him."

Archbishop Foley, who was born in Darby, Pa., attended Saint Joseph's Preparatory School before going on to earn a bachelor's degree in history from the University – then called Saint Joseph's College – in 1957. He was ordained a priest on May 19, 1962, by John Cardinal Krol and was elevated to Monsignor in 1976 and Archbishop in 1984. He was most recently named Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre after serving for more than 20 years as president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

In 1985, Archbishop Foley was awarded an honorary degree from the University. Saint Joseph's Alumni Association recognized him with its highest honor, the Shield of Loyola, in 1997. He has visited campus many times over the past several years, most recently celebrating his Golden Hawks 50th graduation anniversary at the 2007 commencement exercises last May.

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