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Cardinal Seán O'Malley

Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., was born June 29, 1944 in Lakewood, Ohio, and was raised in Western Pennsylvania. At the age of 12, then-named Patrick O’Malley entered the Saint Fidelis Minor Seminary. At 21, he was professed into the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin and at 26 he was ordained a Catholic priest.

After earning a master’s degree in religious education and a Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese literature from the Catholic University of America, he taught at Catholic University and founded Centro Católico Hispano (Hispanic Catholic Center) in Washington, DC, an organization which provided educational, medical and legal help to immigrants.

Since his ordination to the episcopacy on August 2, 1984, he has served as the Bishop of the dioceses of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands; Fall River, Massachusetts; and Palm Beach, Florida. Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Boston in July 2003. Pope Benedict XVI named him a Cardinal in 2006. Cardinal O’Malley, who prefers to be called "Cardinal Seán," is known for his love of and commitment to the poor, his joyful demeanor, and his absolute devotion to others. 

Since his elevation, the CatholicTV Network has been airing Conversations with Cardinal Seán. The show takes viewers into the mind of a man who studied 7 languages, wears sandals during the Boston winter, and once voluntarily lived in a prostitution and drug-infested slum in order to experience and alleviate the sufferings of oppressed Washington D.C. tenants. Jay Fadden, hosts and asks the cardinal questions that you might have at home. Each week, viewers can watch a different 30-minute episode featuring Cardinal Seán and Jay; or anytime, everywhere on-demand here at Your Catholic Broadband Network.