Statement on the death of Edward Cardinal Egan

Published on March 5th, 2015

031108_0729Following is a statement by Richard E. Barnes, executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference, on the death of Edward Cardinal Egan, archbishop emeritus of New York and president emeritus of the Catholic Conference:

“We are so saddened to learn of the death of our beloved former Conference President, Edward Cardinal Egan, archbishop emeritus of New York. Cardinal Egan was a dear and true friend and he will be terribly missed by those who knew and loved him.

“The cardinal’s contributions to the work of the New York State Catholic Conference cannot be overstated. As the founder of the Catholic Action Network, he had the vision to use the potential of the Internet to fundamentally reshape our grassroots education and advocacy. It was a model copied not only by other state Catholic Conferences throughout the country, but by advocacy organizations of all kinds.

“He was a tireless defender of the poor and vulnerable, the unborn, the sick and the elderly. He had a particular devotion to Catholic education, calling it the Church’s most important charitable ministry, and he raised untold millions to ensure its viability.

“I personally will miss his friendship, his wise counsel, his sense of humor, and the example he showed as a man of holiness. His episcopal motto, ‘In the holiness of truth,’ summed him up perfectly. Cardinal Egan was a man of truth, who recognized the holiness of that virtue.

May he rest in the peace of the Lord whom he loved and served so faithfully here on earth.”