Statement from the Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. CAP., Archbishop of Philadelphia

March 23, 2017 — (Philadelphia, PA) —

I was deeply saddened today to learn of the death of Cardinal William H. Keeler, Archbishop Emeritus of Baltimore.

As an alumnus of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and former Bishop of Harrisburg, he had close ties to the Philadelphia region and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He served God’s people with apostolic zeal, charisma, and kindness in many ways over several decades. All those who mourn Cardinal Keeler’s passing can find consolation in knowing that he served the Lord well, and that the Lord has welcomed him home.

On behalf of the Church in Philadelphia, I extend prayerful condolences to Cardinal Keeler’s family and many friends as well as Archbishop William E. Lori and the priests, religious, and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

I ask the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to offer prayers for Cardinal Keeler, and our priests to offer Masses for the happy repose of his soul. All of us are very grateful for the gifts of his life and service to the Universal Church. May God grant him the gift of eternal life, and give peace and solace to all those who loved, admired, and respected him.