Cardinal, Roman Catholic Church
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Daniel N. DiNardo is an American Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the second and current Archbishop of the Galveston-Houston Diocese. As Archbishop, he is the spiritual leader of approximately 1.3 million Catholics. DiNardo previously served as Bishop of Sioux City from 1998 to 2004 and was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2007. He is the first cardinal of the Southern United States.
DiNardo was ordained to the priesthood in 1977. He then served as parochial vicar at St. Pius X Church in Brookline until 1980. In 1981, he was named Assistant Chancellor of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and part-time professor at St. Paul Seminary. While at St. Paul, he served as spiritual director to the seminarians.
From 1984 to 1990, DiNardo worked in Rome as a staff member of the Congregation for Bishops in the Roman Curia. During this time, he also served as the director of Villa Stritch (1986-1989), the house for American clergy working for the Holy See, and an adjunct professor at the Pontifical North American College.
Upon his return to the United States in 1991, he was named Assistant Secretary for Education for the Pittsburgh diocese and concurrently served as co-pastor of Madonna del Castello Church in Swissvale. DiNardo became the founding pastor of Ss. John and Paul Church in Franklin Park in 1994.
In 1997, DiNardo was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Sioux City, Iowa and received his episcopal consercation in the Church of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. DiNardo was later named Coadjutor Bishop of the Galveston-Houston Diocese in 2004. When the diocese was elevated to a metropolitan archdiocese, he became Coadjutor Archbishop.
When Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza retired in 2006, DiNardo succeeded him as the second Archbishop of Galveston-Houston. In 2007, he was elevated to the College of Cardinals. In 2009, he was made a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture. DiNardo is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at Catholic University of America. He will be eligible to participate in any future papal conclave until he reaches the age of 80 on May 23, 2029.