Statement on the death of Joseph E. Robert, Jr.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington

December 08, 2011

I am saddened to hear of the death of Joseph E. Robert, Jr.

Joe was an enthusiastic advocate for Catholic education, and as chairman of the Washington Scholarship Fund, he worked tirelessly to ensure that students from low-income families have the opportunity to attend non-public schools through the Washington Opportunity Scholarship Program. His philanthropic generosity benefited countless children.

Over the years of working with Joe, I came to appreciate his deep concern for young people, their education and their opportunities for the future. I also came to recognize the important role his faith and the Church played in his life, particularly as he faced his final illness.

I offer my prayers and sympathy to Joe’s family and friends and the many people whose lives were touched by his generosity and ask the Lord to grant him eternal rest.

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