Cardinal Donald Wuerl Statement on the Death of R. Sargent Shriver

January 19, 2011

“Sargent Shriver was recognized as a man of family, faith and service. In the Archdiocese of Washington, we are particularly grateful for the witness that Sargent Shriver provided as he lived out his commitment to his faith and the obligations of the Gospel. We deeply appreciate his support of the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute, a program established 50 years ago by the Archdiocese of Washington and the Kennedy Foundation, and run by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, to educate youth and adults with developmental disabilities.

Sargent Shriver and his late wife, Eunice, were active supporters of a model inclusion program for students at Our Lady of Mercy School in Potomac. I had the opportunity in the 1990s, in Pittsburgh, to work with the Shrivers to develop the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Program, a religious education curriculum for children with special needs that has been implemented in dioceses nationwide.

The legacy of Sargent Shriver is both his deeply spiritual faith life and the example of his service in helping to transform the social order to make it much more reflective of the care and love we all should have for each other as children of the same loving God. Sargent Shriver was proud to live his faith in public life.

My prayers are with the Shriver family and the entire Kennedy family. I am close to them as we pray that they may find comfort and strength in Christ our Lord who is the Resurrection and the Life.”

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