Cardinal Edwin O’Brien

Cardinal Edwin O'Brien

St. John Paul II named Cardinal Edwin O’Brien auxiliary bishop of New York in 1996; upon his appointment he was ordained a bishop by Cardinal John O’Connor. In 1997, the Cardinal was named Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Military Services. Pope Benedict XVI named him archbishop of Baltimore on July 12, 2007. In 2011, Pope Benedict appointed him Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2012.

As Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of New York, he coordinated the visit of John Paul II to the city in 1979. Made a Monsignor in 1986, he served two terms as rector of St. Joseph’s Seminary; from 1990-1994, he was the Rector of the North American College in Rome. In 1970 he had become an Army chaplain with the rank of captain; In 1971-1972, he served a tour of duty in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and the 1st Calvary Brigade.

A native of the Bronx, NY, he studied for the priesthood at St. Joseph’s Seminary. In 1965, he was ordained a priest by Cardinal Francis Spellman.