Updated 04/19/2009 04:44 PM
Dolan Celebrates First Sunday Mass As Diocese Leader
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Archbishop Timothy Dolan celebrated his first mass Sunday at Saint Patrick's Cathedral as the newly installed leader of the New York Archdiocese.
Dolan presided over the mass in front of a standing-room-only crowd and thanked New Yorkers for their warm welcome this past week.
"I'm still your new baby Archbishop and my heart is so very, very grateful for the welcome embrace this archdiocese, this city, this entire community has been giving to me," said Dolan.
While the crowd in Midtown is a bit bigger than what he's used to, Dolan said it didn't necessarily make him self-conscious.
"You know you try not to be too conscious of your surrounds, you try to concentrate on the Lord, but I would have to say standing in front of that many people kinda makes me conscious about the sacred responsibility I have to bring God's people's prayers and worship to the Lord," said Dolan.
The former Milwaukee Archbishop replaced Edward Cardinal Egan as the new leader of the New York Archdiocese on Wednesday.
Many parishioners who came out to see the newly installed church leader say his message is being well-received.
"I think he touched a lot of the people and he spoke to the people, really nice," said one parishioner.
Dolan has since had a busy first few days on the job, getting acquainted with his new hometown, visiting a food pantry and attending baseball games.