Sunday, 31 August 2008

Terence Cooke

Terence Cardinal Cooke - Archbishop of New York; SMOM's U.S. Advisor

Terence Cardinal Cooke

His Eminence, Terence Cardinal Cooke, (1 March 1921 - 6 October 1983) was an American cardinal, the tenth bishop (seventh archbishop) of the Roman Catholic diocese of New York. He was born in New York, entered St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie in 1940 and was ordained a priest on December 1, 1945. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of New York on September 15, 1965, and ordained a bishop on December 13, 1965 with the titular see of Summa. He was appointed Archbishop of New York on March 2, 1968 and appointed Archbishop for the Military Services on April 4, 1968. He was elevated to Cardinal on April 28, 1969, and served as archbishop until his death from cancer. He is interred in the crypt under the altar of St. Patrick's Cathedral. He was widely regarded as a holy person during his episcopal ministry as archbishop; the cause for his canonization is under way.

The Military Vicariate

For fifteen years Terence Cardinal Cooke served as Military Vicar of the United Sates. Over two million members of our country's military personnel were under his care.

As shepherd to those in the armed services, Cardinal Cooke visited the far corners of the world. Despite public criticism at home, he journeyed to Vietnam to be with the troops on Christmas 1968. Knowing that his flock in New York was well served by his priests and auxiliary bishops Cardinal Cooke felt he was called to be a true father to the young men and women who were far from home, facing danger in the service of their country. Throughout the rest of his life he never wavered in this conviction. Despite failing health, he spent Christmas 1982 with American troops in war-torn Beirut, Lebanon.

Less than a month before his death October 6, 1983, Cardinal Cooke asked that a message from him be delivered to the Military Chaplains' meeting in San Antonio, Texas. It read, in part . . . "Many people do not know, as I have come to know, the special sacrifice you make in bringing the love of Jesus into the lives of so many who reach out to you for help. Sometimes your flock is small and far from home, very young and confused by dramatically changed circumstances which the cause of peace demands of them. For these, your title of Father, assumes a very special significance, a significance not always appreciated in other priestly apostolates." In closing . . . "I rejoice that through, with and of the Eucharistic Christ I am able to serve God's People in the Military Vicariate in sickness as I have in health. I offer my suffering and my prayers for you and for all whom you serve so faithfully."

On April 5, 1984 Cardinal Cooke was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan: "A saintly man a great spiritual leader, Terence Cardinal Cooke inspired his countrymen with his dedication to his Church, devotion to his flock, and service to his country. As the Military Vicar to our Nation's Armed Forces, Cardinal Cooke worked tirelessly on behalf of those who serve their country in uniform. As a patriot and national leader, he preached the love of country and championed the cause of human freedom. He will live in the memory of his countrymen as a man of compassion, courage, and personal holiness."
Cooke, Terence Cardinal SMOM • 10th Bishop , 7th Archibishop, Catholic Diocese,
New York
• D. 1983
This firm's clientele include the New York archdiocese and the late Cardinal Cooke, Spellman's successor as SMOM's U.S. advisor.
Inducted: January 19,1974
Date of Birth: February 2, 1913
Special Recognition: Help to spearhead the drive for the Athletic and Convocation Center at Notre Dame; Inducted into the Knights of Malta at ceremonies conducted by Cardinal Cooke in St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. Highest honor a Catholic Layman can receive.
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