Daniel DiNardo

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Daniel Nicholas DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
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  • January 16, 2004 (Coadjutor Bishop)
  • December 29, 2004 (Coadjutor Archbishop)
  • March 26, 2004 (Coadjutor Bishop)
  • February 28, 2006 (Archbishop)
PredecessorJoseph Fiorenza
Other posts
OrdinationJuly 16, 1977
by Vincent Martin Leonard
ConsecrationOctober 7, 1997
by Lawrence Donald Soens, Donald Wuerl, and Raymond Leo Burke
Created cardinalNovember 24, 2007
by Pope Benedict XVI
RankCardinal Priest
Personal details
Birth nameDaniel Nicholas DiNardo
Born (1949-05-23) May 23, 1949 (age 70)
Steubenville, Ohio
DenominationRoman Catholic
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Styles of
Daniel Nicholas DiNardo
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Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
Ordination history of
Daniel DiNardo
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated byLawrence Donald Soens (Bishop of Sioux City)
DateOctober 7, 1997
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Daniel DiNardo as principal consecrator
William MulveyMarch 25, 2010
George SheltzMay 2, 2012
Joseph StricklandNovember 28, 2012
Brendan J. CahillJune 29, 2015

Daniel Nicholas DiNardo (born May 23, 1949) is an American cardinal of the Catholic Church. He is the second and current Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, serving since 2006. He previously served as Bishop of Sioux City from 1998 to 2004. On November 12, 2013, he was elected as the Vice President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. On November 15, 2016, he was elected as the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,[1] exercising a leading administrative role in the Catholic Church in the United States, although the Archbishop of Baltimore is considered honorarily "prerogative of place".

DiNardo was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. He is the first cardinal from a diocese in the Southern United States.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Daniel DiNardo was born in Steubenville, Ohio, to Nicholas and Jane (née Green) DiNardo.[3] One of four children, he has an older brother, Thomas; a twin sister, Margaret; and a younger sister, Mary Anne. The family later moved to Castle Shannon, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh.[3] As a child, DiNardo would pretend to celebrate Mass in vestments sewn by his mother and at an altar his father constructed.[4]

He attended St. Anne Elementary School from 1955 to 1963, and graduated from the Jesuit Bishop's Latin School in 1967.[5]

He then entered St. Paul Seminary at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where he was a classmate of David Zubik (who later became Bishop of Pittsburgh[5]).[4] In 1969, DiNardo was accepted as a Basselin Scholar in philosophy at Theological College at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and earned a BA in 1971 and MA in 1972, both in philosophy.[3][6]

He continued his studies in Rome, earning a S.T.B. at the Pontifical Gregorian University and a S.T.L. at the Patristic Institute "Augustinianum."


DiNardo was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Vincent Leonard on July 16, 1977.[3] He then served as parochial vicar at St. Pius X Church in Brookline until 1980.[5][7] In 1981, he was named Assistant Chancellor of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and part-time professor at St. Paul Seminary.[6] While at St. Paul, he served as spiritual director to the seminarians.[5]

From 1984 to 1990, DiNardo worked in Rome as a staff member of the Congregation for Bishops in the Roman Curia.[4] During this time, he also served as the director of Villa Stritch (1986–1989),[6] the house for American clergy working for the Holy See, and an adjunct professor at the Pontifical North American College.[3]

Upon his return to the United States in 1991, he was named Assistant Secretary for Education for the Pittsburgh diocese and concurrently served as co-pastor with Paul J. Bradley of Madonna del Castello Church in Swissvale.[5] He became the founding pastor of Saints John & Paul Parish in Franklin Park in 1994.[4]

Episcopal career[edit]

Bishop of Sioux City[edit]

On August 19, 1997, DiNardo was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Sioux City, Iowa, by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following October 7 from Bishop Lawrence Soens, with Bishops Donald Wuerl and Raymond Burke serving as co-consecrators, in the Church of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.[3] He adopted as his episcopal motto: Ave Crux Spes Unica, taken from the Latin hymn Vexilla Regis and meaning, "Hail, O Cross, Our Only Hope."[8]

He succeeded Soens as the sixth Bishop of Sioux City upon the latter's retirement on November 28, 1998.

Archbishop of Galveston-Houston[edit]

DiNardo was later named Coadjutor Bishop of Galveston-Houston, Texas, on January 16, 2004. The diocese was elevated to the rank of a metropolitan archdiocese by John Paul II on the following December 29, and he thus became Coadjutor Archbishop. When Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Joseph Fiorenza, DiNardo succeeded him as the second Archbishop of Galveston-Houston on February 28, 2006. He received the pallium, a vestment worn by metropolitan bishops, from Benedict XVI on June 29 of that year.

He once commented, "There is a certain sense of the church in Texas...It is more laid-back, informal, which I think is good."[4]

He was created Cardinal-Priest of S. Eusebio in the consistory of November 24, 2007. In 2008 he was awarded Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.[9]

On January 17, 2009, he was made a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture.[10] In March 2009, he described the choice of President Barack Obama to be the commencement speaker for the University of Notre Dame's graduation ceremony as "very disappointing," given Obama's support for legal abortion.[11]

Outside of the Archdiocese, Cardinal DiNardo serves on the Board of the National Catholic Partnership for Persons with Disabilities, a position to which he brings a certain empathy, contending as he does with significant hearing loss in both ears. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Catholic University of America, is an advisor to the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, is a member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People and is part of the Ad Hoc Committee to Oversee the Use of the Catechism for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is the Grand Prior of the South West Lieutenancy of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, a Papal order of Knighthood, in which he holds the rank of Knight Grand Cross.

He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that selected Pope Francis.

On November 14, 2014, at the fall meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal DiNardo was elected as a delegate to the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family, pending Vatican approval.[12]

On November 20, 2018, it was reported that Cardinal DiNardo has kept two priests accused of past abuse in current active ministry. John LaBonte accused the Rev. John Keller of sexually molesting him at age 16. The abuse allegedly included attempting to get him drunk and fondling him in bed. LaBonte first reported his allegation to the archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in 2002. The archdiocese said in a reply that Keller admitted to "holding [LaBonte] in a manner inappropriate for a priest" and promised to admit him to therapy. However, it also stated that Keller "[denied] any sexual intent" and claimed that it "could not conclude that" what happened "constituted sexual abuse." Keller remained in ministry. Furthermore, in a sworn affidavit, an alleged victim accused Rev. Terence Brinkman of sexual misconduct. The events allegedly took place during the 1970s. The archdiocese stated that the person making the accusation "provided a physical description that does not match Father Brinkman." DiNardo promised to release a list of credibly accused priests in January 2019. In November, CBS News spoke to 20 people who claim to have knowledge of incidents of misconduct, and none of them had been contacted.[13]

On January 30, 2019, DiNardo removed 40 priests from public ministry whom the archdiocese deemed had been credibly accused of sexual misconduct. One of them was Keller. However, he was criticized for allowing Keller to offer Mass publicly at his parish the morning after the list was released.[14]


DiNardo wears hearing aids because calcium deposits in his ears have impaired his hearing. Despite his hearing difficulties, he still prefers to sing or chant parts of the Mass.[4]

DiNardo suffered a stroke on March 15, 2019.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/us-catholic-bishops-elect-texas-cardinal-top-post-43546956
  2. ^ Dooley, Tara (November 26, 2007), "Unity of faith with pope among goals for archdiocese", Houston Chronicle, archived from the original (– Scholar search) on May 21, 2011, retrieved December 4, 2007
  3. ^ a b c d e f Miranda, Salvador, "DINARDO, Daniel Nicholas", The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church
  4. ^ a b c d e f Dooley, Tara; Vara, Richard (October 21, 2007), "Cardinal has taken to Texas", Houston Chronicle (4 STAR ed.), Ssection A, p. 1, archived from the original on October 2, 2012
  5. ^ a b c d e Craig, Smith (October 18, 2007), "'Father Dan' appointed cardinal", Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, archived from the original on November 14, 2007
  6. ^ a b c "Curriculum Vitae", Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, archived from the original on November 3, 2014, retrieved November 3, 2014
  7. ^ "St. Pius X Church and School History", The Brookline Connection
  8. ^ "Coat of Arms". Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Archived from the original on November 3, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
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  10. ^ "NOMINA DI MEMBRI E DI CONSULTORI DEL PONTIFICIO CONSIGLIO DELLA CULTURA". Holy See. January 17, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Palmo, Rocco (March 27, 2009). "From Houston to South Bend, "Charitable But Vigorous Critique"". Whispers in the Loggia.
  12. ^ http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/us-bishops-elect-delegates-to-synod-kurtz-chaput-dinardo-gomez-42472/
  13. ^ Battiste, Nikki (November 20, 2018). "Head of U.S. Catholic bishops kept 2 priests accused of abuse in active ministry". CBS News. Retrieved November 22, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  14. ^ Merchant, Nomaan (February 2, 2019). "Top US cardinal let priest accused of sexual abuse lead Mass". Religion News Service. Retrieved February 2, 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  15. ^ "US Cardinal DiNardo suffers mild stroke". VaticanNews.va. Dicasterium pro Communicatione. Retrieved March 17, 2019.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Joseph Fiorenza
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
Preceded by
Franz König
Cardinal-Priest of Sant'Eusebio
Preceded by
Joseph Edward Kurtz
President of the USCCB
Preceded by
Lawrence Donald Soens
Bishop of Sioux City
Succeeded by
R. Walker Nickless