Just yesterday, Friday, February 15, Deacon Bill Steltemeier, a beloved husband, father, and friend of many, faithful servant of Christ and the Church, went to his eternal reward. Our deepest condolences to his devoted wife, Ramona.
At the loss of someone like Deacon Bill, so many of the consoling promises of Our Lord come to mind. “I was in prison and you visited me, a stranger and you welcomed me… come you blessed of my Father.” In this vein, Deacon Bill was an ardent evangelizer. He frequently and unabashedly would offer to coach a visitor to the Shrine through the nuances of Vespers, and at another point in his life, he served as a prison chaplain. He was certainly someone who carried the Good News both in his mind and heart and couldn’t refrain from sharing it.
From their first meeting more than three decades ago, Deacon Bill and Mother Angelica struck up a friendship and a shared goal to spread the Gospel that would survive a multitude of trials and adventures. Both Mother and her dedicated President gave themselves entirely to building EWTN to be a faithful and successful tool of evangelization to the nations. Deacon Bill was truly a “both-and” Catholic man – the right kind for the job. A lawyer and a permanent deacon, one often plagued with a multitude of sufferings, but joyful at the same time, spontaneous and orthodox – he lived the Christian life to the full.
In comparison to all that could be said about Deacon Bill, hardly does him justice! Please join us in praying for Deacon Bill Steltemeier and the consolation of his loved ones. Eternal Rest grant unto him O Lord…