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Cardinal’s Hat for Archbishop Wuerl!

Here is a copy of the letter of congratulations I sent the archbishop:

October 20, 2010

Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl
(His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl)
Archbishop of Washington
P.O. Box 29260
Washington, DC 20017

Your Eminence,

When you first came to Washington, I remarked to you that your TEACHING OF CHRIST catechism was used by many of us in seminary, not only to learn the basics of faith but to give doctrinal content to our spiritual reflection and prayer. Many of us followed your life and the tasks given to you by the Holy See with prayer that God would give you both strength and courage. Sometimes the jobs you were given were hard and you were placed under great pressure; but you did what needed to be done with obedience and professionalism. You became a bishop and then an archbishop, but throughout you have remained a wonderful model of the priesthood. I watched you on television for years and it was readily apparent that here was a man who was in love with the faith and who was moved by the Holy Spirit to proclaim and teach the truth.

Today we got news of your elevation to the College of Cardinals. I cannot express how delighted I am by this news. Although I am only one of many of your priests, and one of no particular renown, please know that as you accept the responsibilities of this office, you will remain in my daily prayers and Masses. I have always taken very seriously, that while configured to Christ, every priest is also an extension of his bishop. I know that you will continue to do much good for both the local and universal Church, building up the Mystical Body in unity, holiness and peace.

Again, many congratulations and prayers on your behalf,

Fr. Joseph Jenkins