Cardinal DiNardo captivates audience during visit to BCU

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, left, spoke about the 50th anniversary of the constitution on the sacred liturgy, which changed the way Mass is celebrated.
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SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, the archbishop of Galveston-Houston, returned from his office in Texas Friday night worried about Tropical Storm Karen swirling around the Gulf of Mexico. He flipped on a weather station but found only talk of another storm hundreds of miles north.

“There's a great problem going on in Northeast Nebraska and Northwest Iowa right tonight,” DiNardo remembered, referring to the nine tornadoes that touched down in Siouxland that night. “Boy, did I feel at home."

It was a preview of DiNardo’s Wednesday visit to Sioux City, where he spent seven years as bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City. He would go on to lead the Galveston-Houston Diocese, be named to the College of Cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI and travel to Vatican City to elevate Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio, of Argentina, to become leader of the Roman Catholic Church.


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DiNardo returned to Iowa to take part in Briar Cliff University Department of Theology and Philosophy’s Annual Sister Ruth Agnes Ahlers Lecture Series. About 500 people attended the event, at the St. Francis Center on campus.

DiNardo used the discussion to talk about the 50th anniversary of the constitution on the sacred liturgy, which changed the way Mass is presented now, in the language of the people, rather than the traditional Latin. The constitution emphasizes that Mass requires the full, conscious, attention of all people.

Linda Harrington, associate professor of theology at Briar Cliff, said the turnout was strong because of DiNardo’s personality.

"Part of the draw, all of the draw actually, is that Cardinal DiNardo is remembered with such affection by folks in Sioux City," Harrington said. "People want to come and see what he has to say."

Mary Kallsen, of Hinton, was in the audience with her daughter, Anne, a Briar Cliff student. Kallsen said she remembers DiNardo speaking several times at St. Michael's Church in Sioux City, where his voice had a calming effect.

"When Annie was very little she was very naughty in church, always moving around," Kallsen said. "But when he'd come around she'd calm, she'd sit quietly and listen. He just has a presence."

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