Cardinal Hickey: Viewing and Funeral Arrangements

October 24, 2004

The arrangements for Cardinal James A. Hickey, Archbishop of Washington from 1980-2000, are below. Events are open to the public, space permitting, except for the private burial:

Thursday, October 28
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC

10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.:
Reception of the body followed by public viewing. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, and the auxiliary bishops of Washington, will receive the body.

5:30 p.m.:
Mass for communities of religious: Cardinal McCarrick, principal celebrant; Boston Archbishop Sean O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., homilist. Archbishop O’Malley served in the Archdiocese of Washington, primarily with the Latino community, for many years in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Friday, October 29
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Crypt Church (lower level)
400 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, DC

10:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.:
Reception of the body by Auxiliary Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, followed by public viewing.

7:30 p.m.:
Vigil Mass: Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, principal celebrant; Bridgeport (CT) Bishop William E. Lori, homilist. Cardinal Hickey chose the homilist, a former priest of Washington and his close friend for over 20 years, as well as the location of the Mass; he received his minor orders while preparing for the priesthood and was ordained to the diaconate, the last step before ordination to the priesthood, in this church.

Saturday, October 30, 2004
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Upper Church)
400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC

10:30 a.m.
Mass of Christian Burial: Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, will be principal celebrant and homilist. Cardinal Hickey’s family; cardinals, bishops and priests from throughout the nation; members of religious communities; dignitaries; and parishioners will attend. Bridgeport (CT) Bishop William E. Lori will give a reflection at the end of Mass. Ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington, he was Cardinal Hickey’s theological advisor, priest secretary, vicar general and then auxiliary bishop for 18 years.

Following the Mass, a private burial will be held at the Cathedral of St. Matthew, 1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW. Cardinal Hickey will be the second Archbishop of Washington to be buried in the Cathedral’s St. Francis Chapel; Cardinal Patrick O’Boyle was buried there following his 1987 death.

Media: Please contact the Archdiocese of Washington’s communications office at [email protected] or 301-853-4515 for details regarding media guidelines.

Susan Gibbs
Office of Communications
[email protected]