March 23, 2017 — (Wilmington, DE) —
The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, released the following statement today on the passing of William Cardinal Keeler, 14th Archbishop of Baltimore:
“I am saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend and mentor, Cardinal Keeler. I served with him in the Archdiocese of Baltimore for 18 years as his Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia. We communicated daily – in person or by phone – for all of those years. He was a model shepherd, brilliant teacher, and tireless advocate for interfaith bonds, the sanctity of life, and Catholic education. He was a thoughtful, considerate, and humble man who will be missed dearly.
I offer my heart-felt condolences to Cardinal Keeler’s sister, Julia; his niece, Julie; and his extended family. I join with Archbishop Lori, the Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and Cardinal Keeler’s countless friends around the world as we pray that he may enter the joy of his eternal Master to receive the rewards of his labors.”
The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, was ordained to the priesthood in 1970. He has served as parish priest, retreat house administrator, Chancellor, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Baltimore until July 7, 2008 when His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Malooly as the Ninth Bishop of Wilmington. He was installed to that post on September 8, 2008.
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 30 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. There are over 244,000 Catholics in the diocese. Information about the diocese is available at www.cdow.org on the Internet.