A great classmate and friend

To his Roman classmates, he was “Bill,” a loyal and thoughtful friend for over six decades. I was honored to host our 50th class reunion in Kansas City, along with my sister, Sister Rose Maureen Mahoney, F.S.M. We enjoyed a concelebrated Mass at our Cathedral and a “pranzo speciale” classic Italian dinner at our home with many memories and much humor. Bill never missed a chance to remember his classmates. As a diocesan priest I had a somewhat unusual and lengthy professorship at a Jesuit university. One of the Jesuits was not aware of our connection. He went to Rome to visit Timothy Dolan, then the Rector of the North American College. Dolan told the Jesuit that Cardinal Keeler was there visiting and offered to introduce him. When Keeler was told that the Jesuit was from Kansas City and Rockhurst, University, Keeler said, “Oh, you would know Bob Mahoney.” He never failed to remember us, and we will never fail to remember him with great affection.

– Rev. Robert J. Mahoney, Ph.D.