As leaders of the Catholic Church prepare to choose a new pope in the Vatican City, two American Catholic cardinals are on many of the circulating lists of papal contenders: Seán Patrick O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, and Timothy Michael Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
As it turns out, both of these cardinals earned doctorates at the same university in Washington D.C.
Here’s where they went to school:
O’Malley: Born on Ohio and raised in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, he was 12 when he entered the now-closed St. Fidelis Minor Seminary in Herman, PA, which was operated by the Franciscan Capuchin Order for boys interested in entering the Franciscan order. At the seminary he studied traditional subjects taught in high school as well as a number of languages, including Spanish (in which he is fluent) and Hebrew. He attended Capuchin College in Washington D.C., a Catholic seminary owned and run by priests of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin and located near Catholic University. He earned his master’s degree at Catholic University in religious education and a doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese literature. He also taught at the university and is a member of the Board of Trustees.
Dolan: Born in St. Louis, his family attended Holy Infant Roman Catholic Church in Ballwin, a St. Louis suburb, and he attended the Holy Infant grade school. In 1964 he entered Missouri’s Saint Louis Preparatory Seminary South to begin his high school seminary education, and then earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College. In Rome, he then studied at the Pontifical North American College (an educational institution that forms seminarians for the priesthood in North America and Australia) and the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (the university of the Dominican Order in Rome), where he earned a degree of Licentiate of Sacred Theology. Later he attended Catholic University in Washington D.C., where he earned a doctorate in American Church History. His doctorate was focused on the life and contributions of Archbishop Edwin O’Hara, a founder of the Catholic Biblical Association.
Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.