Cardinal Keeler

I hardly know where to begin when it comes to remembering His Eminence. He was a gentle, kind, and dedicated priest who had a knack for making one feel special. I recall his enthusiasm back in the late 1990’s when he shared his hopes with me of one day restoring our Basilica to its’ original beauty and splendor. His enthusiasm was infectious and I wanted very much for him to realize his dream. I never imagined that he’d one day invite me to be a presenter of this project to Pope John Paul II. That’s exactly what happened though on October 18, 2001 in Rome. I’ll never forget the sound of his voice and the pride on his face when he introduced me to the pontiff. His support and approval made it possible for us to establish our local guild of the Catholic Medical Association in the Archdiocese of Baltimore years later. In has later years it was my privilege and honor to pay him regular visits at Mercy Ridge retirement facility and then St. Martin’s home. The Sunday and day before he passed on, I had the opportunity to pray a Divine Mercy chaplet at his bedside and silently recall many good memories of him. Before I left him that last time on Wednesday, I whispered in his ear that I loved him and would continue to pray for him. I asked him to remember to pray for me when he went to the Father’s house. Farewell to my dear mentor you will not be forgotten.

– Dr. Marie-Alberte Boursiquot