January 18, 2011 - Statement of Cardinal O'Malley on the Passing of R. Sargent Shriver*

“Today we mourn the passing of one of America’s most beloved and respected citizens, R. Sargent Shriver.  A champion for millions of people around the world as the founder of the Peace Corps, Sargent inspired us with his dedication to his family and public service.  He changed the world for the better.  His commitment to preserving and protecting human life at every stage of existence, especially for the unborn, and working to lift people out of poverty were exceptional gifts of love and humanity.  He and his late wife Eunice showered us with their energy and devotion to faith and society and they shall remain ever in our thoughts and prayers.  We extend our deepest condolences to his children, grandchildren, relatives and friends during their hour of sorrow.  We pray for the repose of Sargent’s soul and we ask that God grant him eternal rest in His loving Kingdom.”