Cardinal Edwin Frederick O’Brien Drops The ‘Acting’ To Become The Grand Master

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

U.S. Edwin Frederick O’Brien [dob: April 8, 1939] was appointed Pro-Grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem on August 29, 2011 — where the ‘Pro‘, signifying ‘acting‘ related to him not being a cardinal.

O’Brien was the replacement for the ailing, US Cardinal Deacon John Patrick Foley [dob Nov. 11, 1935], the prior Grand Master of this order, who formally retired as August 29, 2011 — though he, known to be terminally ill, had submitted his letter of resignation to the pope, in February 2011 and left Rome shortly afterwards having met with the pope two days after tendering his resignation.

Foley was to die on December 11, 2011 — the last cardinal to die that year.

O’Brien was created a Cardinal Deacon at the February 18, 2012 consistory and was given Foley’s old deaconry. Now that he is a cardinal the ‘Pro’ part of his title was removed today. He is now the Grand Master of the Order. Prior to being named to head this order he was the Archbishop of Baltimore from July 2007 to June 2008.

Flag of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre over the Palazzo della Rovere, the Order's international headquarters