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 William Cardinal Keeler
Jul 19, 2007
During his 18 year tenure in Baltimore, William Cardinal Keeler is most proud of the $32 million restoration of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

(WBAL-TV, July 19, 2007) The Basilica was the first Catholic cathedral in the United States when it opened in the early nineteenth century. It was there, he announced that Pope Benedict XVI had accepted his resignation and appointed Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien as successor. But Cardinal Keeler is beloved in Baltimore and known nationwide for his long-time role as an Episcopal moderator for Catholic - Jewish relations and also worked to improve interfaith dialogue with Muslims and Orthodox Christians.

Locally, he led the Partners in Excellence program which provided more than 16,000 scholarships for Catholic school students since 1996. He is credited with arranging the visit of Pope John Paul the second to Baltimore in 1995. He is often referred to as a visionary leader as well as one who recognizes the need to feed the poor and address the everyday needs of people. He embraced diversity and gained the respect of Latino parishioners, even working to learn the language. Jewish leaders admired his integrity, his honesty and tireless efforts at building interfaith dialogue. Baltimore's half a million Catholics will remember him for being the leader they have loved. Archbishop O'Brien describes Cardinal Keeler as a hard act to follow, but he will remain in Baltimore in retirement, although still active in the church he loves.
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