Most Reverend William G. Curlin

The Most Reverend William G. Curlin, third Bishop of Charlotte, passed away tonight, December 23, 2017, at the age of 90.  Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, Bishop Curlin served as our bishop from 1994-2002.  Bishop Curlin accepted me into the seminary program of our Diocese (I was in the very last group he accepted), and I can honestly say that, without his priestly example, I likely would have never entered the seminary.  I remember the first time I met him.  It was at a youth event when I was serving as a volunteer Youth Minister at St. Matthew in the mid-1990s.  I was in awe as to how well he connected with the teens, so much so that I approached him after the liturgy to tell him just that.  In his trademark way, he gave me a big hug and said, "Aren't you wonderful!"  I remember how surprised I was that a bishop would say that to me.  Although retired over 15 years, Bishop Curlin was very active even until recently in ministering to the sick  and dying and administering the sacrament of confirmation through the diocese.  I hope that you will join me in praying for the repose of his soul.  May He rest in peace.

Father Patrick T. Hoare
Pastor, St. Matthew Catholic Church