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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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  • Charles S. 'DC' Reed, hospital food director

    Charles S. 'DC' Reed, hospital food director
    Charles S. "DC" Reed, former food service director at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Greater Baltimore Medical Center, died July 24 of lung cancer at his Towson home. He was 79. Born and raised in Towson, Mr. Reed attended Loyola High School and graduated in...
  • Catholic bicentennial

    Catholic bicentennial
    The Archdiocese of Baltimore will celebrate its bicentennial starting next month with work on a new prayer garden near downtown, musical performances in the Basilica of the Assumption and an exhibit of the Catholic community's history at St. Mary's...
  • The mark of a leader

    Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien will receive his pallium at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican tomorrow, a capstone event marking his connection to the Catholic hierarchy and to the church worldwide. More than 100 Marylanders have traveled to Rome to attend...
  • Criticism of archdiocese strikes nerve with readers

    There has been so much response to my Sunday column on the Archdiocese of Baltimore's decision to close 13 schools, including Cardinal Gibbons School, I thought I would share some of the more interesting and thoughtful comments with all my other readers...
  • Ratzinger to lead church

    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a German theologian known as a strict traditionalist, was elected pope yesterday, taking the name Benedict XVI and describing himself to a cheering crowd in St. Peter's Square as "a simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the...
  • 'We won't see another Johnny Unitas'

    Mourners said goodbye to John Unitas yesterday, evoking memories of a steely, Hall of Fame quarterback and a tender father who stayed close to his coal-shoveling roots. Cardinal William H. Keeler said he found "sanctity" in the man who threw footballs as...
  • A wide range of reactions to new pope

    When the Rev. Denis J. Sweeney heard the news, he tore down the halls of St. Mary's Catholic school in Annapolis, high-fiving students and encouraging them to shout, "Three cheers for the new pope." But 30 miles away, at the Hyattsville headquarters of...
  • Fans turn out at Ravens game to pay respects to Colts' Unitas

    The funeral for John Unitas is tomorrow, but the wake began yesterday, when the past and future of Baltimore football merged at Ravens Stadium. The afternoon ended with a sparse crowd and a somber locker room as quarterback Chris Redman and a young...
  • Hackerman says secrecy about deal wasn't his idea

    Construction magnate Willard J. Hackerman said yesterday that it was not his idea to keep his identity secret in discussing his plan to buy St. Mary's County preservation land from the state. In his most detailed explanation yet about the aborted land...
  • Hey, Hon! It's John Waters

    BILLIE HOLIDAY called Baltimore a tough town. Frank Zappa moved away at the age of 10 and never came back. Edgar Allan Poe died here. John Wilkes Booth is buried here. But John Waters? John Waters, the one-time Pope of Trash, thrives on the place, and...
  • Stokes found not guilty

    Dontee D. Stokes, who admitted shooting a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting him nearly a decade ago, was acquitted last night of attempted murder in a Baltimore trial that drew national attention amid the church's unfolding sex scandal....