Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Boston (U.S.A.), was born on June 29, 1944 in Lakewood, Ohio, U.S.A. He was ordained a priest on August 29, 1970 and holds a master’s degree in religious education and a doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese literature.
Cardinal O’Malley carried out his priestly ministry in the United States. The archdiocese of Washington assigned him to serve the Hispanic population. He was director of the Apostolate for Hispanics in Washington, D.C., and director of social services for Spanish-speaking ministries in San Francisco.
On June 2, 1984, he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Saint Thomas in the Virgin Islands. He received episcopal ordination on August 2, 1984, and was made Bishop of the diocese on October 16, 1985. Here, he is especially remembered for his work with the homeless and for opening a home for persons with AIDS.
He was appointed Bishop of Fall River in Massachussets on June 16, 1992, and on September 3, 2002 he was appointed Bishop of Palm Beach. He worked there until July1, 2003, when he was appointed Archbishop of Boston.
Created and proclaimed cardinal by Benedict XVI in the consistory of March 24, 2006, of the Title of Santa Maria della Vittoria (St. Mary della Vittoria).
- Congregation: for the Clergy; for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.