Cardinal Priest of San Silvestro in Capite
Cardinal Desmond Connell was born on 24 March 1926 in Phibsboro, in the Archdiocese of Dublin (Ireland). He studied at Belvedere College, Dublin, Holy Cross College, Dublin (seminary studies), University College, Dublin (bachelor and master of Arts), Maynooth Seminary, Maynooth.
He was ordained on 19 May 1951and went to Belgium to undertake further studies at the University of Louvain from 1951 to 1953, obtaining his PhD. He was chaplain to three successive communities of contemplative nuns from 1953 to 1966. At the same time, he taught metaphysics at University College, Dublin. He was made a professor in 1972 and was elected Dean of Philosophy and Sociology in 1983. We was given a D.Litt by the National University of Ireland in 1981. He was a member of the Irish Hierarchy's theological commission and the Diocesan Committee on Ecumenism. He was made a Prelate of Honour of His Holiness on 20 August 1984.
He was made Archbishop of Dublin by Pope John Paul II on 21 January 1988 and consecrated by Gaetano Alibrandi, Nuncio in Ireland, on 6 March 1988.
He retired on 26 April 2004.