'Cardinal Dolan's New York' is driven by the prelate's love of history, natural charisma, and signature sense of humor.
In the fifth week of Easter, 2021, Cardinal Timothy Dolan launched a video series that instructs on Catholic practices. From the storied Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan, the prelate illuminated the functions of various aspects of church buildings in relation to the faith. The show was such a hit that it has spurred the cardinal to produce more videos.
Now, Cardinal Dolan, 71, is taking viewers on a walking tour of Catholic sites in New York. The series, Cardinal Dolan’s New York, just released its seventh episode, in which Cardinal Dolan visits the Most Precious Blood Church. Standing in the heart of Little Italy, the parish became well known after appearing in The Godfather.
Cardinal Dolan’s New York
Cardinal Dolan’s natural charisma makes him an excellent host for this series. His unscripted discussions are conversational in tone and make the viewer feel like they’re walking right beside the prelate. His robust enthusiasm for the rich Catholic history of New York further engages viewers.
He said in his opening to the most recent episode:
“Welcome, everybody, to the Most Precious Blood parish in Little Italy, here in the southern part of Manhattan … We mentioned how the Church is our family home. Yeah, there’s a great historical significance to them, especially Old Saint Patrick’s, but they’re living. They’re still home to God’s family, and this was a home to welcome, especially, the Italians … It’s still renowned because it’s the scene of the Sanctuary of San Gennaro and the famous San Gennaro fest.”