October 21, 2010 – “It is my great honor to announce that His Eminence, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, will give the opening prayer at the next meeting of Houston’s City Council on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 1:30 PM,” states Council Member Costello.
Pope Benedict XVI elevated Archbishop DiNardo to the College of Cardinals in October 2007, making him the first Roman Catholic Archbishop in Texas to be named Cardinal. Cardinal DiNardo was ordained a priest in 1977 serving first in the Diocese of Pittsburgh and then, from 1984 to 1990, in Rome as a staff member of the Congregation of Bishops and an adjunct professor at the Pontifical North American College. Returning to the United States in 1991, he served again in Pittsburgh and later became the founding pastor of Saints John and Paul parish in Franklin Park, PA. In 1997, DiNardo was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Sioux City, Iowa by Pope John Paul II. In 2006, he became Archbishop of Galveston-Houston succeeding Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza.
As chief shepherd of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Cardinal DiNardo has worked tirelessly on behalf of the poor, the sick and the immigrant. His pragmatic and insightful leadership rebuilding communities in the wake of Hurricane Ike is well known. He has also been instrumental in bringing leaders of different faith traditions together to address the need for comprehensive immigration reform. Cardinal DiNardo’s home parish is downtown’s beautiful Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart where he recently blessed the new 5,500 pipe Opus XIX organ.
“As Houstonians, we are extremely proud to have our own resident Houston-based Cardinal. We are grateful for his presence and visibility as a leading advocate for human rights, social justice and peace in our community” says Council Member Costello. “Please join me Tuesday in welcoming Cardinal DiNardo to City Hall.”