Warmth and charm

When my great-uncle John J. Russell Bishop of Richmond passed away, I had the great honor of being seated next to Archbishop Keeler at the luncheon reception after the funeral. I was a young woman in my 30’s at the time, and was somewhat intimidated when I learned of my assigned seating arrangement. “What in the world could I possibly talk to His Eminence about?”, I wondered to myself. But I quickly realized my worry was unnecessary. He put me at ease immediately with his warmth and charm. And truth be told, I couldn’t get a word in edgewise with his stories and jokes about my beloved uncle. I came away with my sadness dissipated and my spirits entirely lifted. The Archbishop was a consummate “gentleman”, and I will never forget his kindness!

-Susan McCormick