Cardinal Paul Augustin Mayer, RIP

Dear Friends,

It is with sadness, but also joy that I pass on to you news of Cardinal Mayer's death this morning.  He was on the threshold of his 99th year.  He was a truly holy monk and priest, the most kind and fatherly man for whom I have ever worked.  Let us commend his holy soul to God, although I suspect that he is already in the glory of the kingdom.

I also take this opportunity to commend myself to your prayers that I might become a priest secundum Cor Jesu.  I will celebrate my fortieth anniversary of ordination next Friday.  Cardinal Mayer had the kindness to assist at the celebration of my 25th anniversary Mass fifteen years ago.

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei.  Requiescat in pace.

Msgr. Arthur B. Calkins