A church legacy The Boston Globe
Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley was named a cardinal, two years and seven months after his appointment in Boston. How he compares to the city's modern archbishops:
William Henry O'Connell

William Henry O'Connell

Became archbishop of Boston: August 1907
Appointed cardinal: November 1911

Richard J. Cushing

Richard J. Cushing

Became archbishop of Boston: September 1944
Appointed cardinal: December 1958

Humberto S. Medeiros

Humberto S. Medeiros

Became archbishop of Boston: September 1970
Appointed cardinal: March 1973

Bernard Law

Bernard F. Law

Became archbishop of Boston: January 1984
Appointed cardinal: May 1985

Sean Patrick O'Malley

Sean Patrick O'Malley

Became archbishop of Boston: July 2003
Appointed cardinal: February 2006

Globe Staff Graphic / Chris Kirkman
SOURCES: The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, Salvador Miranda of Florida International University