McCarrick, Theodore Edgar

Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington D.C., USA, was born on July 7, 1930 in New York City, USA. He was ordained on May 31, 1958 for the Archdiocese of New York and holds a doctorate in sociology from the Catholic University of America, Washington.

He was dean of students and director of development at the Catholic University of America, and later served as president of the Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Ponce (1965-69). He was recalled to New York in 1969 and appointed associate secretary for education and personal secretary to Cardinal Terence Cooke.

On May 24, 1977 he was appointed titular Bishop of Rusubisir and Auxiliary of New York, receiving episcopal ordination on June 29. On November 19, 1981 he was named the first Bishop of the new Diocese of Metuchen and on May 30, 1986 was promoted to Archbishop of Newark. His appointment as Archbishop of Washington was announced on November 21, 2000.

Named Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, May 16, 2006.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the consistory of February 21, 2001, of the Title of Santi Nereo e Achilleo (Sts. Nereus and Achilleus).

Member of:

  • Pontifical Councils: Justice and Peace, Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, Christian Unity;
  • Pontifical Commission for Latin America;
  • Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See;
  • Special Council for America of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.


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