Mass to Mark One Year Since Death of Cardinal James Hickey

October 18, 2005

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, will celebrate a Mass to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of his predecessor, Cardinal James A. Hickey:

Monday, October 24, 2005
5:30 p.m.
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Cardinal Hickey is buried in a crypt at St. Matthew’s, along with Washington’s first resident archbishop, Cardinal Patrick O’Boyle.

The homilist for the Mass will be Bishop Raymond Boland, who recently retired as Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Originally from Ireland, he was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1957. He served in three parishes and in several leadership positions while in Washington. From 1980-1988, he was a key advisor to Cardinal Hickey. In 1988, he was ordained Bishop of Birmingham (AL).

A native of Midland, Michigan, Cardinal Hickey served as Archbishop of Washington for 20 years, from 1980-2000. He died on October 24, 2004, at the age of 84. Prior to coming to Washington, he was a priest and auxiliary bishop of Saginaw (Michigan), rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy and Bishop of Cleveland. He attended every meeting of the landmark Second Vatican Council, now marking its 40th anniversary, as a theological expert. During his two decades in Washington, Cardinal Hickey oversaw a significant expansion of social services, a renewal of Catholic elementary schools in the District of Columbia and the establishment of 16 new parishes and missions as well as two schools. He also greatly expanded services to the region’s increasingly diverse community, particularly for those from Latin America.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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