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William Henry Cardinal Keeler

William Henry Cardinal Keeler, cardinal, archbishop emeritus.


  • Keeler, William Henry Cardinal was born on March 4, 1931 in San Antonio, Texas, United States. Son of Thomas. Love and Margaret T. (Conway) Keeler.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, 1952. Licentiate of Sacred Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, 1956. Doctor of Canon Law, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, 1961.

      Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Lebanon Valley College, 1984. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Gettysburg College, 1986. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Susquehanna University, 1989.

      Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Mount St. Mary's College, 1985. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Gannon University, 1993. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Loyola College, 1995.

      Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Shippensburg State University, 1995. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), St. Mary's University, Winona, Minnesota, 1995. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Elizabeth College, 1996.

      Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Western Maryland College, 1996. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), St. Vincent Seminary, 1996. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 1997.

      Doctor of Divinity (honorary), University Notre Dame, 1998. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Ateneo de Manila University, 1998. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Sacred Heart University, 2000.

      Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Catholic University, Lublin, Poland, 2000. Doctor of Divinity in Human Letters (honorary), Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati.


    • Ordained priest Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1955. Assistant pastor Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Marysville, 1956—1958. Secretary diocesan tribunal Diocese of Harrisburg, 1956—1958, defender of the bond, 1961—1966, vice-chancellor, 1965—1969, chancellor, 1969—1979.

      Ordained bishop, 1979. Auxiliary bishop and vicar general Diocese of Harrisburg, 1979—1983, bishop, 1984—1989. Archbishop Archdiocese of Baltimore, 1989—2007.

      Chairman Maryland Catholic Conference, 1989—2007. Elevated to cardinal, 1994. Cardinal-priest S. Maria degli Angeli, since 1994.

      Apostolic administrator Diocese of Richmond, Virginia, 2003—2004. Archbishop emeritus Archdiocese of Baltimore, since 2007. Co-chairman Pennsylvania Conference Inter-Church Cooperative, 1981—1989.

      President Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, 1983—1989. Chairman committee on ecumenical and inter-religious affairs National Conference Catholic Bishops, 1984—1987, member, since 1984, secretary, 1988—1989, Episcopal moderator Catholic-Jewish relations, 1988—1992, since 1995, vice president, 1989—1992, president, 1992—1995. Chairman World Youth Day Celebration, Denver, 1993.

      Past pastor Marysville Parish. Chairman Committee Pro-Life Activities, 1998—2001. Past titular bishop Ulcinium (Dulcigno).

      Member International Joint Committee for Catholic - Orthodox Theological Dialogue, since 1986, International Liaison Committee Catholics and Jews, since 1987, Synod of Bishops for Africa, 1994, World Synod of Bishops for the Consecrated Life, 1994, Synod of Bishops for American, 1996. Secretary, special advisor 2d Vatican Council, 1962—1965. Staff Council Digest, 1963—1965.


    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Active Black and Native American Missions Board. Executive board Keystone Area council Boy Scouts America, 1979—1989. Trustee Catholic University America.

    Chancellor, chairman board trustees St. Mary's Seminary and University, 1989—2007. Chancellor Mount St. Mary's Seminary, 1989—2007. Vice-chair North American College Board Governors, since 1998.

    Trustee Basilica of National Shrine of Immaculate Conception, Washington, 1989—2007, board member. Active Interreligious Forum Greater Harrisburg, 1968—1989. Pontifical council Promoting Christian Unity, since 1994.

    Active Congregation for the Oriental Churches, since 1994. Chairman board trustees Associated Catholic Charities, since 1989, Basilica of National Shrine of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1989—2008. Member of Catholic Extension Society Governors, American Catholic History Society, Canon Law Society America.


    • father: Thomas. Love Keeler
    • mother: Margaret T. (Conway) Keeler
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    • 1952
      St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
    • 1956
      Pontifical Gregorian University
    • 1961
      Pontifical Gregorian University
    • 1984
      Lebanon Valley College
    • 1986
      Gettysburg College
    • 1989
      Susquehanna University
    • 1985
      Mount St. Mary's College
    • 1993
      Gannon University
    • 1995
      Loyola College
    • 1995
      Shippensburg State University
    • 1995
      St. Mary's University
    • 1996
      Elizabeth College
    • 1996
      Western Maryland College
    • 1996
      St. Vincent Seminary
    • 1997
      College of Notre Dame of Maryland
    • 1998
      University Notre Dame
    • 1998
      Ateneo de Manila University
    • 1955
      Ordained priest Diocese of Harrisburg
      Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1956 - 1958
      assistant, pastor Our Lady of Good Counsel Church
      Marysville, Ohio, United States
    • 1956 - 1958
      secretary, diocesan tribunal Diocese of Harrisburg
    • 1961 - 1966
      secretary, diocesan tribunal Diocese of Harrisburg
    • 1965 - 1969
      secretary, diocesan tribunal Diocese of Harrisburg
    • 1969 - 1979
      secretary, diocesan tribunal Diocese of Harrisburg
      Chancellor, Alabama, United States
    • 1979 - 1983
      auxiliary bishop and vicar general Diocese of Harrisburg
      Bishop, California, United States
    • 1979
      ordained bishop
    • 1984 - 1989
      auxiliary bishop and vicar general Diocese of Harrisburg
      Bishop, California, United States
    • 1989 - 2007
      archbishop Archdiocese of Baltimore
    • 1989 - 2007
      chairman, Maryland Catholic Conference
    • 1994
      elevated to cardinal
    • 1994
      cardinal-priest S. Maria degli Angeli
    • 2003 - 2004
      apostolic administrator, Diocese of Richmond
      Virginia, United States
    • 2007
      archbishop emeritus Archdiocese of Baltimore
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