William Henry Cardinal Keeler † William Henry Cardinal Keeler †
Function:
Archbishop of Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Title:
Cardinal Priest of S Maria degli Angeli
Birthdate:
Mar 04, 1931
Country:
USA
Elevated:
Nov 26, 1994
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English Local Catholics remember Cardinal Keeler
Mar 25, 2017
Classmates and others recall the Lebanon man who rose to the upper echelon of the Catholic Church.

March 24, 2017

Cardinal William H. Keeler never forgot his roots in Lebanon and visited his hometown often, said one of his Lebanon County friends.

Local Catholics are mourning Keeler's death Thursday in Baltimore at the age of 86.

After serving as bishop of Harrisburg from 1983 to 1989, Keeler became archbishop of Baltimore, where he served until retiring in 2007.

Keeler and Dr. Joseph Bering of North Cornwall Township hit it off as teenagers when they met as freshmen at Lebanon Catholic School in the mid-'40s because they had similar interests in science, Bering said. A retired family physician, Bering called Keeler brilliant.

Although Keeler left for the seminary as a junior, he is still considered a member of his 1948 Lebanon Catholic graduating class and always returned for their reunions, Bering said.

"He was brilliant. He could have done anything he wanted to," Bering recalled.
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