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Archbishop designate Edward Egan
NYP2000051110 - 05 MAY 2000, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: Archbishop designate Edward Egan, stands on the steps of St. Patricks Cathedral, New York, May 11, to speak to the press. Archbishop Edward Egan, was named today by the Vatican to replace Cardinal O'Connor as the Leader of the 2.4 million Catholics. UPI/hrc Hayden Roger Celestin
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Edward Michael Egan (born April 2, 1932) is an American Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Bridgeport from 1988 to 2000, and as Archbishop of New York from 2000 to 2009. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2001.

The third of four children, Edward Egan was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Thomas and Genevieve (née Costello) Egan. His father was a sales manager and his mother was a homemaker and former teacher; his parents' families were from County Mayo and County Clare, Ireland. In 1943, Egan and his older brother contracted polio, causing them to miss two years of school while convalescing at home.

He graduated from Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary, where he had been student body president and editor of the student newspaper and yearbook, in 1951. Egan then entered St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, from where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy. He was sent to further his studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

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