Pope Benedict announces Archbishop Seán Brady to be made a Cardinal

17 Oct 2007


17th October 2007

Pope Benedict announces Archbishop Seán Brady to be made a Cardinal

This morning His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, at the end of his weekly Wednesday Audience in St Peter’s Square Rome, announced that he will create 24 new Cardinals to include Archbishop Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland and President of the Irish Bishops’ Conference.

On news of his appointment, Archbishop Brady said:

“I am deeply honoured and humbled by Pope Benedict’s announcement that I am to be made a Cardinal. Today’s news is a mark of the affection and esteem of the Holy Father for the whole Church in Ireland.”

“It is a daunting privilege to join Cardinal Cahal Daly and Cardinal Desmond Connell in the College of Cardinals. This small country is to have three Cardinals for the first time in its history.”

“I ask people for their prayers as I undertake my new responsibilities within the universal Church.”

Notes for Editors:

* Photo opportunities will be available from 2.30 p.m. today Wednesday 17th October at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Armagh followed by a Press Conference in the Synod Hall beside the Cathedral.
* A Consistory, at which the new Cardinals will be created, will be held in Rome on Saturday 24th November 2007.
* Biographical details for Archbishop Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Date and place of birth: 16 August, 1939, Laragh, County Cavan.

Family details:


Archbishop Brady has a brother Con Brady who lives in Cavan, and a
sister Mrs Kitty Mulligan who lives in Dublin as well as two nephews and a niece.



Caulfield National School, Laragh.
St. Patrick’s College, Cavan.
St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth (1957-60).
Pontifical Irish College, Rome (1960-67).




Bachelor of Arts (BA, St. Patrick’s College,
Maynooth, 1960)(Ancient Classics). Licentiate in
Theology (S.T.L., Lateran University, Rome, 1964).
Doctorate in Canon Law (D.C.L., Lateran
University, Rome, 1967). Honorary Doctorate in,
Law (L.L.D, University of Ulster, 2002).



Ordained priest 22nd February, 1964.
Ordained Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh 19th February, 1995.
Installed as Archbishop of Armagh, 3rd November, 1996.





Professor, St. Patrick’s College, Cavan (1967-80).
Vice-Rector, Irish College, Rome (1980-87).
Rector, Irish College, Rome (1987-93).
PP, Castletara, Co. Cavan (Ballyhaise) (1993-94).
Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh
19th February 1995-1st October 1996)
Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of
All Ireland (1st October, 1996-to date).

Extra-diocesan appointments:



Chairman of Irish Episcopal Conference (1996-to date).
Chairman of Standing Committee of Irish
Episcopal Conference (1996–to date).
Chairman of Episcopal Visitors to Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth (1996-2001), (2004-to date).
Member of the Holy See’s Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Goods of the Church (2002-to date).


Further information:
Martin Long Director of Communications (086 172 7678)
Kathy Tynan Communications Officer (086 817 5674)