Edward A. McCarthy

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His Excellency

Edward Anthony McCarthy
Archbishop of Miami
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ChurchRoman Catholic Church
In officeJuly 26, 1977 to
November 3, 1994
PredecessorArchbishop Coleman F. Carroll
SuccessorArchbishop John C. Favalora
OrdinationMay 29, 1943
ConsecrationJune 15, 1965
Personal details
BornApril 10, 1918
Cincinnati, Ohio
DiedJune 7, 2005
Previous postTitular Bishop of Tamascani,
Bishop of Phoenix

Edward Anthony McCarthy (April 10, 1918 – June 7, 2005) was the second Archbishop of Miami, Florida. He was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Miami on September 17, 1976 and succeeded Coleman Francis Carroll as Archbishop of Miami on July 26, 1977. Archbishop McCarthy retired as Archbishop on November 3, 1994. He died on June 7, 2005 at the age of 87.


Archbishop McCarthy was ordained a priest in 1943 within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, graduating from Saint Gregory Seminary and Mt. Saint Mary Seminary in Norwood, Ohio. His education included a master's degree in Philosophy from the Athenaeum of Ohio. He earned a Doctor of Canon Law degree, or J.C.D. in 1947 and a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree, or S.T.D. in 1948 while in Rome, Italy at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum.[1] His dissertation was entitled Epiky : a theoretical study of the virtue of epiky and its use, along with a historical review of the development of the doctrine on this subject. He also has a high school named after him.

During his service within the Diocese of Cincinnati he served as the secretary to two Archbishops, judge in the marriage tribunal and chairman of numerous diocesan committees.[2]


McCarthy was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati by Pope Paul VI on April 21, 1965. He was consecrated two months later on June 15, 1965[3] with Cincinnati Archbishop Karl Joseph Alter serving as Principal Consecrator[citation needed].

After four years as an Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati, McCarthy was appointed the first Bishop of the newly created Diocese of Phoenix on August 25, 1969. He was installed as Bishop of Phoenix on December 2 of that year.[2][3]

On September 17, 1976, McCarthy was appointed the Coadjutor Archbishop of Miami due to the failing health of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll. Upon Archbishop Carroll's death on July 26, 1977, McCarthy succeeded him as the second Archbishop of Miami.[4][5]

Archbishop McCarthy would transform and affect almost every aspect of life within the Archdiocese of Miami. Soon after arriving, he would oversee the construction of a Pastoral Center for the diocese and restructure most senior operational divisions.[6] He would establish the Office of Lay Ministry, the Office of Evangelization and the Permanent Diaconate program.

In 1980, he was a key figure in offering support and assistance during the Mariel Boat Lift. A year later, he stood up for the rights of Haitian immigrants who were detained under what would become known as the Wet Foot, Dry Foot policy. In response to these incidents, that same year he oversaw the opening of the Pierre Toussaint Haitian Catholic Center in Miami.[7][8] However, he was also picketed by Haitian-born Roman Catholic priest Gérard Jean-Juste, who criticized him for not doing more for Haitian refugees and attributed McCarthy's alleged indifference to racism.[9] As punishment, Jean-Juste was forbidden by his church superiors from performing mass in the area.[10]

In 1984, he assisted with the transition of the Archdiocese when the Diocese of Venice and Diocese of Palm Beach were established from annexed counties.[11] A year later, he would call for the first ever Archdiocesan Synod. Lasting until 1988, it was seen as a method to revitalize the faithful within the Archdiocese.[8][12]

Pope John Paul II visited Miami in 1987. For the first time he was forced to halt his public Mass midway due to a massive thunderstorm. Severe lightning caused the liturgy to be suspended due to safety concerns—an event that had never occurred elsewhere during the Pope's travels. The Pontiff completed the offering of the Mass inside a trailer, as the crowds dispersed, but only after McCarthy pleaded with them to tend to their own safety.

In 1993, Archbishop McCarthy submitted his resignation at the mandatory retirement age of 75.[13] He became officially retired on November 3, 1994. During his tenure, South Florida underwent a population boom. The Archbishop oversaw the development and foundation of many new churches. In his final year, he started the planning on a new parish and high school in western Broward County. The church, authorized in 1994 and founded two months after his retirement in 1995, bore his namesake...Saint Edward.[14] The school would be completed in 1997, with current Archbishop John C. Favalora having the facility named in honor of the man that had made it possible, therefore it was named Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School.[8][13]

Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy died in his sleep on June 7, 2005 at the age of 87.[13]


  1. ^ https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/11164100 Accessed 19 June 2014
  2. ^ a b "Archdiocese of Miami: History - First Successor". Retrieved 2007-04-19.
  3. ^ a b "Archbishop Edward Anthony McCarthy". Retrieved 2007-04-19.
  4. ^ "Archdiocese of Miami: History - First Successor". Retrieved 2007-05-26.
  5. ^ "Archbishop McCarthy High School - About Us". Archived from the original on 2007-04-28. Retrieved 2007-05-26.
  6. ^ "Archdiocese of Miami: History - Pastoral Center". Retrieved 2007-04-19.
  7. ^ "Archdiocese of Miami: History - More Exiles". Retrieved 2007-04-19.
  8. ^ a b c "Archbishop McCarthy High School - About Us". Archived from the original on 2007-04-28. Retrieved 2007-04-19.
  9. ^ William Grimes (28 May 2009). "The Rev. Gérard Jean-Juste, Champion of Haitian Rights in U.S., Dies at 62". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  10. ^ Grenier, Guillermo (1992). Miami now!: immigration, ethnicity, and social change. University Press of Florida. p. 71. ISBN 0813011558. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  11. ^ "Archdiocese of Miami: History - Auxiliary Bishops". Retrieved 2007-04-19.
  12. ^ "Archdiocese of Miami: History - Archdiocesan Synod". Retrieved 2007-04-19.
  13. ^ a b c "Archdiocese of Miami: History - The Pope in The U.S." Retrieved 2007-04-19.
  14. ^ "Saint Edward Catholic Church: Clergy's Corner". Archived from the original on 2007-02-19. Retrieved 2007-04-19.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bishop of Phoenix
Succeeded by
James Steven Rausch
Preceded by
Coleman F. Carroll
Archbishop of Miami
Succeeded by
John C. Favalora