NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Cardinal Edward Egan was eulogized Tuesday from the Fifth Avenue pulpit where he once preached.
The 82-year-old Roman Catholic prelate, who led the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York for nearly a decade, was remembered during a music-filled funeral Mass celebrated by his successor, Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
Dolan told the 2,500 people packing St. Patrick’s Cathedral that Egan “was uncomfortable with eulogies” but Dolan went on to praise him nonetheless. He said Catholics from fellow cardinals to “God’s good people” could tell of “consolation given on and after 9/11, prayers offered, sick visited, prisoners encouraged, children taught, immigrants welcomed, and parishes strengthened.”
As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported, Dolan shared an Egan family story about his mother’s funeral.
“As soon as the mass was over he started to march out, and someone said, ‘Uncle Ed you have to give the eulogy.’ He said, ‘I don’t like eulogies and neither did my mother. Let’s go!,'” Dolan recalled.
“Now this Church thanks God for him and commends his noble, priestly soul to the everlasting mercy of Jesus,” Dolan said.
Dolan addressed a packed St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which included Gov. Andrew Cuomo and four mayors — incumbent Bill De Blasio and former mayors Michael Bloomberg, Rudy Giuliani and David Dinkins — saying the life of his predecessor was “a gift” to the church. Several of Egan’s relatives also took part in the Mass.