A St. Louis native is now a Cardinal in the Catholic Church. New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was elevated Saturday in a reverent ceremony in Rome.
"He is wonderful," said Sister Rosario Delaney of Holy Infant Schools in January when she learned of the impending elevation. "When you come into his presence, you leave it a better person. I've always admired his love of family, love of God and love of the church."
Timothy Michael Dolan grew up in Ballwin, attending Holy Infant. When he was ordained a priest in 1976, he celebrated his first ever mass at that parish. He then led two parishes in St. Louis and left to study in Rome before being named an Auxiliary St. Louis Bishop in 2001.
He became Archbishop of Milwaukee in 2002, then Archbishop of New York in 2009.
Now, in February 2012, he's become a Cardinal.
Saturday inside St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, he knelt before the pope for about one minute, praying, receiving his ring and red hat, called a biretta, then he quietly spoke to the pontiff.
A dozen family members from St. Louis, and about a thousand friends and family members from across the world went to Rome to celebrate.
As a Cardinal, Dolan will remain the leader of the Archdiocese of New York. Dolan is now one of 125 Cardinals world wide.