March 25, 2017
With heartfelt thoughts and deepest sympathy, we offer our condolences to Your
Excellency and to the Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Baltimore on the death
of his Eminence William Cardinal Keeler, Archbishop Emeritus. Cardinal Keeler dedicated
his entire life to the service of God’s people, witnessing His love to every person he met.
His passion for unity was demonstrated in his tireless pursuit of dialogue at all levels,
and in his humility and accessibility to all.
We are profoundly grateful for his long friendship over many years with the
Focolare Movement (Work of Mary) in the United States. The late Cardinal was
instrumental in assisting our Movement in its mission in many different ways, including
opening new paths and bridges of dialogue in the ecumenical sphere and with Jewish
and Muslim communities.
His example remains a beacon of light, encouraging us to live our charism ever
more profoundly, working for the unity of the entire human family.
Assuring Your Excellency of our prayers, we ask through the intercession of Our
Lady, in this her Feast Day, that the Almighty God bestow on the late Cardinal his eternal
United in the Risen Christ,
Paloma Cabetas Enrico Donzelli
Co-Directors, Focolare Movement North America