Two days before he is formally installed as New York's new archbishop, Archbishop Timothy Dolan is already settling into his new home, which he arrived at yesterday.
The 59-year-old former Milwaukee archbishop arrived in the city yesterday and went straight to his residence in Midtown.
"I walked out to go out to the hotel to see them this morning and there were a bunch of Italian people that were here visiting from Italy and it was so good to visit with them," said Dolan. "It was a good reminder of how universal New York is."
He is spending today with some of his family members setting up the house. He says he is expecting about 50 additional family members later tonight for dinner.
"He knew from the time that he could walk that he wanted to be a priest," said the archbishop's brother, Bob Dolan. "My grandma took him to Mass once, they sat in the front pew, and about halfway through Mass he pointed at the priest and said, 'I want to be him,' which was funny because about 10 years later, my grandma took me to Mass and I pointed to the guy with the collection basket and said, 'I want to be him.'"
"It's been very surreal," said niece Erin Dolan. "We've been very lucky to have him in Milwaukee. It's been great for our family as well as the archdiocese. So, it's definitely sad; it's bittersweet him leaving, but it's also so exciting and we're so proud of him. Milwaukee loved him so much, New York is going to love him as well."
Dolan celebrated his final Easter Mass in Milwaukee yesterday before a packed house of nearly 1,000 worshippers. He served as archbishop in that city for nearly nine years.
He will succeed Edward Cardinal Egan as the head of the New York Archdiocese, being installed on Wednesday, with Egan expected to take part in the ceremony.
Yesterday, Egan presided over his final Easter service at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
"I've fallen in love with New York and I'm very, very grateful and I only wish I had the eloquence to express that gratitude as it should be expressed," said the cardinal.
Egan celebrated Easter Sunday Mass yesterday before a standing-room only crowd – one week after spending Palm Sunday in the hospital with a gastrointestinal virus.
In his homily, the 77-year old urged worshippers not to lose hope in times of crisis.
After the Mass, Egan said his successor will bring a different approach to the job.
"He's going to talk to you much more than I do. I kind of focused on the parishes and the diocesan institutions. I think it's the way to go, but there are many ways to go," he said.
Egan says he intends to do some work with the parish of St. Stephens on East 33rd Street.
Meanwhile, a different type of Easter celebration took to the streets outside St. Patrick's Cathedral.
A sea of colorful Easter hats flooded Fifth Avenue for the annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival. Everything from flowers to Peeps were used to decorate the elaborate hats.
Even dogs even got in on parade, which dates back to the mid-1800s.