Archbishop Wuerl on Retirement of Cardinal William Keeler and the Appointment of His Successor, Archbishop Edwin O’Brien

July 12, 2007

Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl released the following statement today regarding the retirement of Cardinal William Keeler as Archbishop of Baltimore and the appointment of his successor, Archbishop Edwin O’Brien:

“It is with joy that I welcome the appointment of Archbishop Edwin O’Brien as Archbishop of Baltimore. He and I have known each other for many years, not only through our episcopal conference, but through our work on the board of directors for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the board for the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

“As Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, Archbishop O’Brien has demonstrated a great commitment to meeting the spiritual and pastoral needs of the members of our armed services during some very difficult times. This gift for pastoral ministry will serve him well in his new responsibilities as shepherd of Baltimore and chairman of the Maryland Catholic Conference.

“At this time, I also wish to express my profound appreciation for the example of service Cardinal William Keeler has provided the Church in Baltimore for over 18 years. We have known each other for more than three decades, and worked closely together through the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference when he was Bishop of Harrisburg. When I was appointed Archbishop of Washington last year, he warmly welcomed me as his neighbor and once again we had the opportunity to work together on important initiatives through our roles with the Maryland Catholic Conference. He has been an exemplary leader of that Conference. We will miss him and his pastoral guidance. May God’s blessings be with him in his retirement.”

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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