DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     July 21, 1999     vol. 10, no. 135


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      Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we spotlight each member of the Conclave in alphabetical order. We find this necessary as our dear Sovereign Pontiff Pope John Paul II grows older, clinging to hope, as we join him, of seeing the light of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart with the dawn of the new millennium - the Jubilee Year 2000. How much longer this 264th successor of Peter has left on this earth only God knows for sure, but His Divine Mercy is evident in allowing him to be with us this long for he truly is a saint for our times, truly Christ's Vicar on earth in these waning days before the glorious Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Time of Peace, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the New Pentecost, the Second Advent, the Age of the Holy Spirit. What 1999 will bring we have no idea, nor does anyone else, but with John Paul II at the helm, we feel much more secure in knowing God's Will will be done. Nevertheless, we want to preview the future Pope whether that be soon or much, much later, for no one lives forever and eventually one of those prelates will be selected as the 265th successor of Peter. This will give the reader a better insight into the man whom the Holy Spirit will move the conclave to choose. Thus we bring the reader vignettes on each cardinal in alphabetical order gleaned from the Catholic Almanac, Inside the Vatican and other sources.

77.   Cardinal Adam Joseph Maida

          Born to the parents of Polish immigrants in East Vandergrift, Pennsylvania on March 18, 1930, Cardinal Adam Joseph Maida entered the seminary in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and was ordained there on May 26, 1956 by Bishop John Dearden who would go on to become Archbishop of Detroit and Cardinal in Pope Paul VI's Consistory of April 28, 1969. Little did Fr. Maida realize he would follow the same course. After early pastoral work, he enrolled at the Lateral Pontifical University in Rome where he received a degree in Corporate Law and then returned home to earn a doctorate in Civil Law at Duquesne University. His expertise in both Canon and Civil Law served him well as a lawyer in Pennsylvania as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. It also aided the Pittsburgh Diocese greatly for he was assigned as Vice Chancellor and General Counselor.

          On November 7, 1983 Pope John Paul II named him Bishop of Green Bay succeeding the retired Bishop Aloysius J. Wycislo. He was ordained Bishop for this northern Wisconsin Diocese on the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul in 1984 (January 25). Bishop Maida's expertise in law prompted him to be appointed to various Papal Commissions and national Church committees concerning the interpretation of Canon Law. After seven years heading the Green Bay Diocese, on April 28 1990 the Holy Father tabbed him to replace Cardinal Edmund Szoka who had been called to Rome to serve as President for the Prefecture for the Economics Affairs of the Holy See. Bishop Maida was elevated to Archbishop of Detroit at his installation on June 12, 1990. After four years with Detroit not having a cardinal to represent them, he was honored with the cardinalate by John Paul II in his Consistory of November 26, 1994 receiving the titular church of Sts. Vitalis, Valeria, Gervase and Protase.

          At 69, Cardinal Maida also serves membership in the Congregation for the Clergy and the Congregation for Catholic Education plus the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant Peoples. He oversees over one and a half million Catholics in southeastern Michigan and has had his hands full curtailing his liberal Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton whom he inherited from the previous regime. Cardinal Maida has also had his run-ins with the administrators at the University of Detroit-Mercy where Catholic education has been questioned because of radical faculty who Rome is trying to reign in. He is a strong advocate of pro-life, serving on the NCCB Committee on Pro-Life. During his tenure as Detroit's shepherd he has introduced new programs such as Cornerstone Schools, the Religious Leaders Forum, Partners in Service, St. Johnís Center for Youth and Family, Project Life, an archdiocesan endowment, Jubilee 2000, and helped establish the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, DC. He resides at the Archdiocesan address at 1234 Washington Blvd. in Detroit.

July 21, 1999       volume 10, no. 135


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