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October 18, 2007

Statement from Seminary Rector Regarding Archbishop Foley

Pope Benedict XVI has announced the names of 23 prelates who will be created cardinals in a consistory to be held on November 24, the eve of the Feast of Christ the King. Archbishop John Patrick Foley will be elevated to Cardinal in the consistory. Archbishop Foley is the fifth alumnus of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary to receive this high honor. Reverend Monsignor Joseph G. Prior, rector of the Seminary, offered this statement following the Holy Father's announcement regarding Archbishop Foley:

“On behalf of the entire Seminary community, I express sincere congratulations to Archbishop John Foley on being named to the College of Cardinals. We are especially delighted to celebrate this occasion for Archbishop Foley shares a close connection to the Seminary. Even though his appointments have taken him to the Vatican, Archbishop Foley still calls the Seminary home.

"I am grateful to Archbishop Foley for the priestly example he has set for me, our faculty and seminarians over the years. And I am confident that, as a Cardinal, he will continue to exemplify the rich tradition of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary for our seminarians, our future priests.

"The entire Seminary community joins in prayer, as we celebrate Cardinal-Elect Foley’s appointment.”

Quick Facts on Archbishop Foley:
Archbishop John Patrick Foley entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, Philadelphia and received a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy there in 1958.
He was ordained a priest on May 19, 1962, by Archbishop (later Cardinal) John J. Krol in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia.
In 1967, he was named Professor of Philosophy here at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and remained here until 1984.
When he returns to the United States, he has called the Seminary home. For 40 years (and counting) Archbishop Foley has held residence here - longer than anyone else.

Daniel A. Skalski
Communications Coordinator

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