NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Archbishop Timothy Dolan is back in New York, fresh off a trip from the Holy Land, but he won’t be for long.

Dolan sang Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Sunday, and sermoned on the monastic saying: laborare est orare, or to work is to pray.

“The harder we pray, the better we work. And the harder we work, the more we need prayer,” Dolan said.

Following Sunday’s service, he spoke about the profound effect his trip to the Holy Land had on him.

“One of the reasons they say it’s good to go to Israel and the Holy Land is because reading the Bible is never the same. So for people of the book, namely Jews and Christians, when you go to Israel, when you go to the Holy Land, the bible comes alive,” Dolan said.

Christa Schwartz attended Sunday’s Mass. She was raised in the Church and was married at St. Patrick’s.

“We’re thrilled to have him back and we love having him here. He’s an adopted New Yorker here,” she said.

“I think he would make a great Pope because he’s so friendly and he radiates happiness,” said Orietta Echeverria of Midtown.

Dolan said he felt reinvigorated by his trip to the Holy Land.

“The highlight for me is always the Sea of Galilee because you can almost just picture Jesus on that lake,” he said.

Dolan’s homecoming will be brief. He will leave a week from Sunday for Rome, where he will be elevated to Cardinal.

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