Cardinal Seán O'Malley, OFM Cap. was born in Lakewood, Ohio and he has been a professed member of the Capuchin Friars Minor for over 50 years. He is the Archbishop of Boston and has been a world-wide leader in the Church’s efforts to protect minors for more than 25 years, including his previous service as bishop in Palm Beach, Florida; Fall River, Massachusetts; and St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands.
Cardinal Seán is the founding President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. He also serves in the Holy See as a member of the Council of Cardinals and he is a member of the Congregation for the Clergy, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Presidential Council of the Pontifical Council for the Family. He has also been an Apostolic Visitator for several seminaries in Central America and the Caribbean and for the Apostolic Visitation of dioceses and seminaries in Ireland (2010).
The Cardinal earned a master’s degree in religious education and a doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese literature from The Catholic University of America, where he served as professor (1969-1973) and is presently a Trustee. During his twenty years in Washington, the Cardinal was also the Executive Director of "El Centro Católico Hispano", an organization which provided educational, medical and legal help to immigrants; the Episcopal Vicar for the Hispanic, Portuguese and Haitian communities in the Archdiocese of Washington; and the Executive Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Social Ministry.