Cardinal Hickey: Messages From Cardinals and Bishops

October 25, 2004

Avery Cardinal Dulles,S.J., Theologian, Fordham University:

The completion of the life of Cardinal James Hickey brings back many memories of his long and faithful service. He was a distinguished scholar and pastor, greatly devoted to the cause of justice and the poor. I had interesting and rewarding contacts with him when he was rector of the North American College, bishop of Cleveland, chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine, and especially when he was Chancellor of The Catholic University. Taking his responsibilities very seriously, he acted fairly and firmly as circumstances required. In his last years he gave an admirable example of patience in bearing with the burdens of age and failing health. The Lord will surely welcome him into glory as a faithful and prudent servant. I pray that his blessing may descend upon the dioceses and institutions that he served so well.

Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York:

The passing of His Eminence, James Cardinal Hickey, represents a great loss for the Church in the United States. I have known the Cardinal since I was a young priest and have had the pleasure of working with him on several committees of the Conference of Catholic Bishops over the past twenty years. He was a devoted pastor of souls whose learning and wisdom did immense good throughout his many years as a priest and bishop. I have written His Eminence, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Cardinal Hickey’s successor, to express my own sympathy and that of the People of God of the Archdiocese of New York.

William Cardinal Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore:

Today the Lord called home Cardinal James A. Hickey, whose pastoral leadership has been an enormous blessing wherever he has served. He has been a dear friend since 1962, when we went to Rome together to be of assistance at the Second Vatican Council. As bishop and as archbishop, he showed repeatedly his love for the poor and for children. In the Maryland Catholic Conference he was a tireless advocate for justice, for reform of the penal system and for the common good of all our citizens. In the neighboring Archdiocese of Washington he was a wonderfully good neighbor and faithful friend. In these recent years, while his declining health caused much concern, his successor Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick and the Little Sisters of the Poor assured him the best of care. May his noble soul rest in peace.

Adam Cardinal Maida, Archbishop of Detroit:

A native of Michigan, an alumnus of Detroit’s Sacred Heart Seminary, a priest and auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw, Cardinal James Hickey truly lived up to his episcopal motto – veritatem in caritate – that is, living the truth in love, a passage from Ephesians, Chapter 4. He was a gentle statesman, a loving shepherd, a careful teacher, and a prudent administrator. The Church was, indeed, his whole life.

The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark:

James Cardinal Hickey was a wonderful priest and outstanding bishop, a true son of the Church. Over the years, I had been privileged to work closely with him on a range of issues of importance to the Church. Each experience deepened my admiration and respect not only for his many talents, but also for the zeal with which he dedicated himself to representing and defending the poor, the marginalized, and the defenseless.

As we remember Cardinal Hickey, the people of the Archdiocese of Newark also offer our sympathy and prayers to Cardinal McCarrick and the people of the Archdiocese of Washington on their loss of a friend and advocate.

The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington:

In the name of the priests, deacons, religious and laity of the Diocese of Arlington and in my own name, I offer to His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick and to all the members of the Church of Washington our heart-felt sympathy on the human loss which they are experiencing in the death of His Eminence James Cardinal Hickey earlier today. Cardinal Hickey was a good and faithful shepherd, integrating in his life and ministry a clear and unequivocal proclamation of the truth with a compassionate and understanding heart. In every place in which he served both here in the United States and in Rome, he truly resembled the Good Shepherd. May the Lord Jesus now give him fullness of peace and life in that eternal home to which all of us are journeying, inspired and strengthened by the witness of this devoted and faithful shepherd, a true man of the Church.

The Most Reverend Anthony Pilla, Bishop of Cleveland:

On behalf of the people of the Diocese of Cleveland, I extend sincerest sympathy to Cardinal Hickey’s family, his associates in ministry and all of the people of the Archdiocese of Washington.

The Cardinal served the people of Cleveland as our bishop for six years from 1974 to 1980 with distinction. He was a great churchman, a true theologian, teacher, canonist and shepherd. His time in Cleveland proved to be pivotal in many ways, but he marked the future of our local Church, particularly by the restructuring of our diocesan governance, the secretariat system of administration, and the ministry of regional auxiliary bishops.

As a member of his cabinet as one of his auxiliary bishops and as his successor, I have always appreciated the Cardinal’s gifts, his passion for the Church and his friendship.

May Cardinal James A. Hickey, the 8th bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, rest now in the peace of the Lord who he served so faithfully.

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