Cardinal McCarrick was born in New York (USA) on 7 July 1930. He was ordained on 31 May 1958 following studies at St Joseph's seminary, Dunwoodie, New York. After ordination he continued his studies, obtaining a masters in history and a doctorate in sociology from the Catholic University of America (1958-1963). He was President of the Catholic University of Puerto Rico from 1965 to 1969. He was made secretary adjunct for Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of New York and worked in Most Blessed Sacrament parish from 1969-1971. He was Cardinal Terence Cooke's secretary from 1971-1977. He was named auxiliary bishop of New York on 24 May 1977 and consecrated by Cardinal Cooke in New York on 29 June 1977. He was appointed first bishop of the new diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey on 19 November 1981. He was then made Archbishop of Newark on 30 May 1986 and was also made superior of the sui iuris mission of Turks and Caicos. He was appointed as Archbishop of Washington DC on 21 November 2000.