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William H. Keeler

William H. Keeler
Cardinal William H. Keeler is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Baltimore from 1989 to 2007. Pope Benedict XVI accepted Keeler's resignation on July 12, 2007, when it was announced that Edwin O'Brien had been appointed to succeed Keeler as Archbishop of Baltimore. Keeler was ordained on July 17, 1955. Raised in Pennsylvania, Keeler spent more than half his career in the Diocese of Harrisburg -- first as a parish priest, then becoming auxiliary bishop in 1979 and bishop in 1983. Keeler became known for his work building interfaith bonds, particularly Catholic-Jewish dialogue. Some observers have said the prelate's relationships with Jewish leaders im... Show more »
Cardinal William H. Keeler is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Baltimore from 1989 to 2007. Pope Benedict XVI accepted Keeler's resignation on July 12, 2007, when it was announced that Edwin O'Brien had been appointed to succeed Keeler as Archbishop of Baltimore. Keeler was ordained on July 17, 1955. Raised in Pennsylvania, Keeler spent more than half his career in the Diocese of Harrisburg -- first as a parish priest, then becoming auxiliary bishop in 1979 and bishop in 1983. Keeler became known for his work building interfaith bonds, particularly Catholic-Jewish dialogue. Some observers have said the prelate's relationships with Jewish leaders impressed Pope John Paul II during the pontiff's 1987 visit to the United States, ultimately leading to Keeler's elevation to cardinal in 1994. As Archbishop of Baltimore, Keeler was head of America's oldest see and de facto Primate. In 1992, he initiated the Lenten Appeal, a giving campaign that raised more than $44 million in support of Baltimore's Catholic schools, the needs of the less fortunate and a variety of spiritual development efforts. Keeler also played a key role in the effort to restore Baltimore's Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, America's first cathedral, the cost of which was financed entirely through private donations. In 2005, Keeler was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the papal conclave that chose Pope Benedict XVI. He retains his membership in the College of Cardinals but will not be allowed to vote after he turns 80. « Show less

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  • A plea for peace to the one God of Muslims, Christians and Jews

    JUST BEFORE sunset last night in the old basilica in Baltimore, with the nation still shattered by ungodly acts of terrorism, an imam sat next to a cardinal who sat next to a rabbi, and they prayed for peace and healing in the face of terror and hate. They did the difficult thing that people expect of them - they tried to use words to restore hope in a week that tested a believer's faith in a merciful God.
  • Pope picks American to oversee doctrine

    Pope Benedict XVI selected yesterday a San Francisco bishop with a reputation as a conservative theologian to take over his former job - one of the most powerful in the Catholic hierarchy and instrumental in shaping the direction of the church....

    Crucial job awaits Cardinal Keeler at papal conclave

    When word of Pope Leo XIII's grave illness reached the United States in 1903, Cardinal James Gibbons booked passage on every steamship leaving for Rome, according to his biographers, lest he miss the opportunity to vote for the pope's successor. The...

    Area churches focus prayer on war, safety of troops

    Prayers for peace, for protection of American troops, for wisdom among world leaders and for the safety of the people of Iraq reverberated in churches and in streets throughout the area yesterday. The Rev. Richard B. Hilgartner, associate pastor at the...

    Abusive Priest Found In Caribbean Hideaway

    The Rev. Laurence F.X. Brett vanished abruptly almost a decade ago, leaving clothes still hanging in his closet and a trail of accusers stretching across four states and back 30 years. Now, a Hartford Courant investigation has found the onetime...