Statement from the Maryland Catholic Conference

March 23, 2017 — (Annapolis, MD) — The staff of the Maryland Catholic Conference were saddened to learn today of the passing of William Cardinal Keeler, who served as the Conference’s chairman throughout his tenure as Archbishop of Baltimore.

“Cardinal Keeler was a beloved friend and mentor to my predecessor Dick Dowling, and outstandingly kind and supportive to all of the Conference’s staff,” said Mary Ellen Russell, the Conference’s executive director. “He championed the values of the Church in the public square with compassion, respect and collaboration, and his example will continue to be a blessing on our work in Annapolis for many years to come.”

The Maryland Catholic Conference represents all three dioceses with territory in the state – the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.