SPELLMAN, Francis J. Cardinal (1889-1967)
NOTA BENE: we are selling this solely for the memorabilia value. Greeting and signature on lower mount is litho print process. Photograph is excellent.
Archbishop of New York; military ordinariate to the Armed Forces; Auxiliary Bishop of Boston; author.
MEMORABILIA: 5″x7″ color glossy formal studio portrait mounted to a larger art board. On the bottom the cardinal is penned, litho print process, “With prayer greetings, F. Cardinal Spellman.” The image was sent November, 1964, as indcated in the accompanying letter from his then personal secretary, Monsignor Vincent J. Kenney. Handsome image in very good to fine condition. Sadly, Monsignor Kenney died at the young age of 43.
Spellman was one of the most influential churchmen of the 20th century, somewhat irreverently called The American Pope for his close association with Pope Pius XII. Early in his priestly career, he was reassigned from Boston to Rome by William Cardinal O’Connell who was not fond of the priest. O’Connell referred to Spellman as a “little popinjay” and observed “…Francis epitomizes what happens to a bookkeeper when you teach him how to read.”
Spellman was auxiliary bishop of Boston; military ordinariate of the US Armed Forces and author of several works.