He is no stranger to changing career paths: Pope Francis has worn the hats of a janitor, nightclub bouncer, chemical technician and a teacher of literature. Most recently, he was caught trading his papal skullcap for a hat from some enthusiastic Boston College students.
A man of simplicity, the pope abandoned the papal apartments for the Vatican guesthouse. He also takes public transportation and has traded in the papal Mercedes for a Ford Focus.
Known for his accessibility, the pope spent Holy Thursday washing and kissing the feet of young women and Muslim prisoners. He also welcomed a young boy who ran onto the altar during his homily, even allowing the child to sit in his chair.
Acts like these have made an impression with people all over the world, Dolan said.
"What we were after was a good pastor with a track record of a solid administration, but fatherly, warm, tender care for the sheep, for his people," said Dolan.
"And, boy, we got that on steroids with Pope Francis. He's the world's parish priest."
ABC News' Anthony Castellano contributed to this report.