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Two archbishops who teamed up to help military family now cardinals

Funny how things work out. Two  U.S. prelates were among 22 Catholic Church leaders worldwide to receive the cardinal’s red hat during a Feb. 18 consistory led by Pope Benedict XVI. The two include Cardinals Timothy M. Dolan and Edwin F. O’Brien.

Both men have known each other for years, as they’ve attended bishops’ meetings in Washington, D.C., and were both rectors of the North American College in Rome. But who would have guessed back in 2003 that these men would represent the United States at the cardinal’s consistory in 2012? The thought never crossed my mind while in the presence of then-Milwaukee Archbishop Dolan in July 2003.

We were in Brookfield, Wis., where I was reporting on and photographing a special visit the archbishop made to the home of Mary Kay Kulla. Kulla’s husband, Scott, an Army lieutenant, was stationed in Iraq and Mary Kay had just given birth to the couple’s fourth child nine days earlier.

There in the Kulla living room, Archbishop Dolan sat on the sofa holding 9-day-old Blaise Augustine Kulla, in his left arm while conversing with Kulla and her three other children, 11-year-old Celeste, 6-year-old Gabriel, and 2-year-old Genevieve.

“Since the war broke out I’ve been praying for military families,” Archbishop Dolan told me. “I found out about (Mary Kay’s) story and I took a liking to her.”

During his visit, the archbishop offered a special blessing for Blaise, who weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces at birth. He also made a phone call to a fellow archbishop, Edwin F. O’Brien, who was head of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services. He wanted Archbishop O’Brien to keep in touch with Kulla and her family while Scott was overseas.

So the two archbishops who teamed up to help a military family in 2003 are now teaming up to be part of Pope Benedict’s College of Cardinals. Yes, it’s funny how things work out.

In 2003, then-Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan cradled 9-day-old Blaise Augustine Kulla during a visit to the Kulla home in Brookfield, Wis. (Photo by Sam Lucero)

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Remembering Pope John Paul II

April 2 marked the sixth anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s death. While working at the Catholic Herald in Milwaukee, I attended several prayer services held in observance of John Paul’s passing.

Hours after Pope John Paul II passed away, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan spoke to the media about the life and legacy of Pope John Paul II. The press conference was held on the steps of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

Earlier in the day a noon prayer service was held at St. Anthony Church, Milwaukee. Pope John Paul’s  picture was placed on a side altar next to a single candle, where mourners came forward to kneel and pray.

On May 1, the beatification of Pope John Paul II will take place at St. Peter’s Basilica. Beatification is the third of the four steps in the canonization process and the late pope will be referred to as blessed.

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Dolan, humor and food

As I was reviewing archive photos that are stored on my Photoshelter page, a theme developed in photos taken of Archbishop Timothy Dolan. Now archbishop of New York, he served in Milwaukee from 2002 to 2008. I worked at the Milwaukee Catholic Herald from 2001 to 2007 and one of my duties was serving as staff photographer.

I spent a lot of time photographing Archbishop Dolan on his travels to parishes, schools and other locations across the 10-county archdiocese. In nearly every pastoral visit, it was an occasion for Archbishop Dolan to crack a joke and share a laugh, or to find something to eat. Oftentimes it was both.

I thought I would post some of the photos from my archives of Archbishop Dolan that involved food or humor. Let me know what you think.

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