Statement on death of Rev. Billy Graham
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: John Stegeman,
Manager of Communications
Noting the death of evangelist Billy Graham, 99, Wednesday at his home in Montreat, N.C., Glenmary Home Missioners Director of Catholic-Evangelical Relations Frank Lesko released the following statement. Lesko leads Glenmary's Commission on Ecumenism, an inter-denominational group created to enhance understanding, reduce alienation and foster reconciliation between Catholics and Evangelicals in the southeastern United States.
"Rev. Graham spent his life as a missionary, preaching the Gospel as he knew it. He built bridges between Evangelicals and Catholics even when faced with skepticism and resistance on both sides. The work of Rev. Graham, much like the work of Glenmary priests, brothers, and co-workers has helped usher in an ongoing era of ecumenical understanding in the United States.
"Pope St. John Paul II once said to Rev. Graham, "We are brothers." In that spirit, Glenmary prays for his soul, and mourns the loss of an important member of the family of Christ."
Glenmary Home Missioners, founded in 1939, is a Catholic society of priests and brothers who, along with coworkers, are dedicated to establishing a Catholic presence in rural areas and small towns of the United States where the Catholic Church is not yet effectively present.
For the Catholic News Agency story on reaction on the death of Billy Graham, click here.