Daniel DiNardo

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Daniel Nicholas DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
DiNardo in 2006
AppointedDecember 29, 2004
InstalledFebruary 28, 2006
PredecessorJoseph Fiorenza
Other post(s)
OrdinationJuly 16, 1977
by Vincent Martin Leonard
ConsecrationOctober 7, 1997
by Lawrence Donald Soens, Donald Wuerl, and Raymond Leo Burke
Created cardinalNovember 24, 2007
by Pope Benedict XVI
RankCardinal Priest
Personal details
Daniel Nicholas DiNardo

(1949-05-23) May 23, 1949 (age 74)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post(s)
MottoAve crux spes unica
(Hail, o Cross, our only hope)
Styles of
Daniel Nicholas DiNardo
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
Ordination history of
Daniel DiNardo
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated byLawrence Donald Soens (Bishop of Sioux City)
DateOctober 7, 1997
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Daniel DiNardo as principal consecrator
William MulveyMarch 25, 2010
George SheltzMay 2, 2012
Joseph StricklandNovember 28, 2012
Brendan J. CahillJune 29, 2015
David ToupsAugust 21, 2020
Italo Dell'OroJuly 2, 2021

Daniel Nicholas DiNardo (born May 23, 1949) is an American cardinal of the Catholic Church. He is the second and current archbishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in Texas serving since 2006. He previously served as bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City in Iowa from 1998 to 2004.

On November 12, 2013, DiNardo was elected vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and on November 15, 2016, was elected president.[1]

DiNardo was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. He is the first cardinal from a diocese in the Southern United States.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Daniel DiNardo was born on May 23, 1949, in Steubenville, Ohio, to Nicholas and Jane (née Green) DiNardo.[3] One of four children, he has an older brother, Thomas; a twin sister, Margaret; and a younger sister, Mary Anne. The family later moved to Castle Shannon, Pennsylvania.[3] As a child, DiNardo would pretend to celebrate Mass in vestments sewn by his mother and at an altar his father constructed.[4]

DiNardo attended St. Anne Elementary School in Castle Shannon from 1955 to 1963, and graduated from the Jesuit Bishop's Latin School in 1967.[5] He then entered St. Paul Seminary at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[5][4] In 1969, DiNardo was accepted as a Basselin Scholar in philosophy at the Theological College at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in 1971 and a Master of Philosophy degree in 1972.[3][6]

DiNardo continued his studies in Rome, earning a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree at the Pontifical Gregorian University and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Patristic Institute "Augustinianum."


DiNardo was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Pittsburgh by Bishop Leonard on July 16, 1977.[3] He then served as parochial vicar at St. Pius X Parish in Brookline, Pennsylvania, until 1980.[5][7] In 1981, DiNardo was named assistant chancellor of the diocese and part-time professor at St. Paul Seminary.[6] While at St. Paul, he served as spiritual director to the seminarians.[5]

From 1984 to 1990, DiNardo worked in Rome as a staff member of the Congregation for Bishops in the Roman Curia.[4] During this time, he also served as the director of Villa Stritch (1986–1989),[6] the house for American clergy working for the Holy See, and as an adjunct professor at the Pontifical North American College.[3]

Upon his return to Pittsburgh in 1991, DiNardo was named assistant secretary for education for the diocese and concurrently served as co-pastor at Madonna del Castello Parish in Swissvale, Pennsylvania.[5] He became the founding pastor of Saints John & Paul Parish in Franklin Park, Pennsylvania, in 1994.[4]

Episcopal career[edit]

Bishop of Sioux City[edit]

On August 19, 1997, DiNardo was appointed coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on October 7, 1997, from Bishop Lawrence Soens, with Bishops Donald Wuerl and Raymond Burke serving as co-consecrators, in the Church of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.[3] DiNardo adopted as his episcopal motto: Ave Crux Spes Unica, taken from the Latin hymn Vexilla Regis and meaning, "Hail, O Cross, Our Only Hope."[8]

DiNardo succeeded Soens as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City upon the latter's resignation on November 28, 1998.

Coadjutor Archbishop and Archbishop of Galveston-Houston[edit]

DiNardo was later named coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, by John Paul II on January 16, 2004. The diocese was elevated to the rank of a metropolitan archdiocese by John Paul II on December 29, 2004, and he thus became coadjutor archbishop.

When Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza, DiNardo succeeded him as the second archbishop of Galveston-Houston on February 28, 2006. He received the pallium, a vestment worn by metropolitan bishops, from Benedict XVI on June 29 of that year. DiNardo once commented, "There is a certain sense of the church in Texas...It is more laid-back, informal, which I think is good."[4]

DiNardo was created cardinal-priest of S. Eusebio in the consistory of November 24, 2007. In 2008 he was awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.[9]

On January 17, 2009, DiNardo was named to the Pontifical Council for Culture.[10] In March 2009, he described the choice of President Barack Obama to be the commencement speaker for the University of Notre Dame's graduation ceremony as "very disappointing," given Obama's support for legal abortion.[11]

DiNardo is a board member of the National Catholic Partnership for Persons with Disabilities. He is also a board member of Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., an advisor to the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, a member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People and a member of the Ad Hoc Committee to Oversee the Use of the Catechism for the USCCB DiNardo is the grand prior of the South West Lieutenancy of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, a papal order of knighthood, in which he holds the rank of knight grand cross.

DiNardo was a cardinal elector who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that selected Pope Francis.

On November 14, 2014, at the USCCB fall meeting, DiNardo was elected as a delegate to the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family, pending Vatican approval.[12]

DiNardo promised to release a list of archdiocesan priests with credible accusations of sexual abuse of minors in January 2019. In November, CBS News spoke to 20 people who claim to have knowledge of incidents of misconduct, and none of them had been contacted.[13] On January 30, 2019, DiNardo released a list of names of 40 priests from the archdiocese with credible allegations of sexual misconduct over the previous 70 years.[14] One name on the list was John Keller. DiNardo was criticized for allowing Keller to offer Mass publicly at his parish the morning after the list was released.[15]


DiNardo wears hearing aids because calcium deposits in his ears have impaired his hearing. Despite his hearing difficulties, he still prefers to sing or chant parts of the Mass, especially the Lord's prayer.[4] DiNardo suffered a stroke on March 15, 2019.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pope Praises Latinos, Immigrants in Remarks to US Church - ABC News". ABC News. Archived from the original on November 16, 2016.
  2. ^ Dooley, Tara (November 26, 2007), "Unity of faith with pope among goals for archdiocese", Houston Chronicle, archived from the original on May 21, 2011, retrieved December 4, 2007
  3. ^ a b c d e f Miranda, Salvador, "DINARDO, Daniel Nicholas", The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church
  4. ^ a b c d e f Dooley, Tara; Vara, Richard (October 21, 2007), "Cardinal has taken to Texas", Houston Chronicle (4 STAR ed.), Ssection A, p. 1, archived from the original on October 2, 2012
  5. ^ a b c d e Craig, Smith (October 18, 2007), "'Father Dan' appointed cardinal", Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, archived from the original on November 14, 2007
  6. ^ a b c "Curriculum Vitae", Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, archived from the original on November 3, 2014, retrieved November 3, 2014
  7. ^ "St. Pius X Church and School History", The Brookline Connection
  8. ^ "Coat of Arms". Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Archived from the original on November 3, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  9. ^ "Le onorificenze della Repubblica Italiana".
  10. ^ "NOMINA DI MEMBRI E DI CONSULTORI DEL PONTIFICIO CONSIGLIO DELLA CULTURA". Holy See. January 17, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Palmo, Rocco (March 27, 2009). "From Houston to South Bend, "Charitable But Vigorous Critique"". Whispers in the Loggia.
  12. ^ "US bishops elect delegates to synod: Kurtz, Chaput, DiNardo, Gomez".
  13. ^ Battiste, Nikki (November 20, 2018). "Head of U.S. Catholic bishops kept 2 priests accused of abuse in active ministry". CBS News. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  14. ^ Hensley, Nicole (January 30, 2019). "Archdiocese releases list of 'credibly accused' priests in Houston region". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  15. ^ Merchant, Nomaan (February 2, 2019). "Top US cardinal let priest accused of sexual abuse lead Mass". Religion News Service. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  16. ^ "US Cardinal DiNardo suffers mild stroke". VaticanNews.va. Dicasterium pro Communicatione. March 17, 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2019.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
Preceded by Cardinal-Priest of Sant'Eusebio
Preceded by President of the USCCB
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Sioux City
Succeeded by