Archbishop DiNardo to Become a Cardinal

The late entertainer Dean Martin is no longer Steubenville’s most visible claim to fame. Now, the City of Murals can claim a “Prince of the Church” as one of its own.

On Wednesday, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will make Archbishop Daniel N. DiNardo a cardinal. DiNardo is archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and is the first Texan named a cardinal.

Of note to area residents, the cardinal-elect and his twin sister were born in Steubenville on May 23, 1949, two of the four children of Nicholas and Jane Green DiNardo. According to DiNardo’s biography, he was reared in suburban Pittsburgh and attended grade school in Castle Shannon. He then attended the Bishop’s Latin School, a Jesuit institution in Pittsburgh, and St. Paul Seminary and Duquesne University. He holds degrees from the Catholic University of America and North American College in Rome.

The Dallas Morning News reported that at a press conference, DiNardo, 58, expressed surprise at his appointment and called himself “just a kid from Pittsburgh.”

DiNardo was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1977 and served several parishes there (as well as a stint in Rome) before being named coadjutor (in 1997) and then bishop (in 1998) of the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa. He was named coadjutor of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in 2004 and became archbishop in 2006.

DiNardo and 22 other new cardinals (including only one other American, Archbishop John Foley, a native of Philadelphia) will be elevated to the College of Cardinals in Rome on Saturday, Nov. 24.


The West Virginia Storytelling Guild has named the late Paul Lepp, son of John and Sally Lepp of Glen Dale, as one of the winners of its 2007 Bob McWhorter Award in recognition of tales based on West Virginia traditions and values.

Paul Lepp’s legacy continues in the telling of his tales by his brother, Bil Lepp, and the publication of Paul Lepp’s stories in a book titled “The Monster Stick.”


My electronic mailbox fills daily with unsolicited, occasionally bizarre, messages, sometimes to the point that “real” messages almost become lost in the shuffle. For example, if I had a nickel for every e-mail I receive about items for “holiday gift guides,” I could buy someone a lovely holiday gift.

On Thursday, I received an e-mail about one of the odder products to come out — a line of “organic Kosher dog biscuits.” Not aware of any religious leanings among canines, I wondered aloud if there were, indeed, dogs that followed Kosher dietary rules. However, a priest friend pointed out that Kosher dog biscuits would be important to pet owners who kept Kosher and didn’t want to purchase doggie treats that would contaminate their Kosher kitchens.

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