TRANSFERAL OF THE BODY OF CARDINAL PAUL CULLEN FROM THE TOMB UNDER THE ALTAR OF HOLY CROSS COLLEGE CHAPEL TO THE CRYPT IN ST MARY’S PRO-CATHEDRAL
25 JUNE 2021
This morning the mortal remains of Cardinal Paul Cullen were transferred to the burial Crypt of the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin in a liturgy presided over by Archbishop Dermot Farrell, Cullen’s successor as Archbishop of Dublin. Cardinal Cullen died in 1878 and his remains have rested under the high altar of the chapel of Holy Cross College, Clonliffe for over a century. The sale of Holy Cross College required that his body be reinterred in the Pro-Cathedral Crypt.
Cardinal Paul Cullen’s contribution in the nineteenth century to the fields of religious, social, educational, and ecclesiastical reform in Ireland was immense. He had the distinction of being Ireland’s first Cardinal, Archbishop of Armagh (1850 – 1852) and later Archbishop of Dublin (1852 – 1878).
Addressing a small gathering in the Crypt of the Pro-Cathedral, Archbishop Farrell prayed: “We come together to bring the body of Cardinal Paul Cullen, my predecessor, to its new resting place. Together let us pray some Psalms that here, his body – together with all those interred in this crypt – will rest in God’s safety”.