I would think that is Amleto Cardinal Cicognani, then Apostolic Delegate to the United States of America.
Then why would the Cardinal be installing him which is what is clearly happening in the picture? It is obviously from the installation Mass of one of Chicago's suffragan bishops.
The alb worn by the vested priest (standing next to the Cardinal) in the upper picture is surely the ugliest alb I have ever seen, resembling a mesh fence.Compare it with the magnificent rochet shewn in the post below "Somewhere in France".
The actual .jpg title of the image says Stritch_McNamara, and www.catholic-hierarchy.org says Bishop Martin Dewey McNamara was Bishop of Joliet, IL from 1949-1966. However, it also says that Cardinal Stritch was Bishop McNamara's principal consecrator when Bishop McNamara became Bishop of Joliet. This picture then presents a question, because if this is Bishop McNamara's Mass of Episcopal Consecration, why is Cardinal Stritch wearing the Cappa instead of the Pontifical vestments a principal consecrator would be wearing, since the enthronement of the Bishop takes place during Mass?
First, thank you Leo for these wonderful photos! You were missed during your much-deserved break and please don't think we take all your work for granted.Our readers/viewers may want to learn more about Cardinal Stritch. I have long admired him after reading his biography: "The Cardinal Stritch Story" by Marie Buehrle.Now to the photo: I don't know if we can be completely sure that the Episcopal Consecration and Installation would have necessarily taken place on the same day. The 1959 Kenedy Directory states that Bishop McNamara was consecrated on March 7, 1949. Joliet, which had just been established as a Diocese, is listed as being canonically erected on March 24, 1949. That may be the day in this photo, his Episcopal Consecration having already taken place two weeks previous.
Thanks for all your input, guys!
FYI exactly correct about Bp. McNamara. 2nd, 24 March '49 photo is from 1st Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet (my home parish). McNamara was consecrated earlier in Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago. Fun to see!
Glad that you all recognized the schnozzola of Bishop Martin Dewey McNamara, first Bishop of Joliet-in-Illinois.
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