On January 6, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI announced that St. Louis Native Timothy Dolan would be created a cardinal at the consistory of the Church. He would receiving the traditional red biretta and gold ring during a ceremony in Saint Peter’s Basilica on February 18, 2012
The eldest of five children Cardinal Dolan was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Robert (d. 1977) and Shirley (née Radcliffe) Dolan. His father was an aircraft engineer, working as a floor supervisor at McDonnell Douglas. He has two brothers, one of whom is a former radio talk-show host, and two sisters. The family later moved to Ballwin, a suburb of St. Louis, where they attended Holy Infant Roman Catholic Church.
Dolan exhibited a strong interest in the Roman Catholic priesthood from an early age, once saying, “I can never remember a time I didn’t want to be a priest.” He would also pretend to celebrate Mass as a child.