R. Sargent Shriver was honored Saturday as much for his passion to help others embrace his love and enjoyment of baseball. Shriver, who served his brother-in-law John F. promise Kennedy campaign starting with the Peace Corps, the organization has developed to help an international force. Others who have worked to help others through charities were among the hundreds Shriver honored at a funeral Mass at Our Lady of Mercy parish church family Shriver in Potomac, Maryland
Former President Bill Clinton, first lady Michelle Obama, U2 frontman Bono (scroll down to see his performance) and singer Wyclef Jean were among those in attendance, along with members of the Kennedy and Shriver families.
One by one, some of Shriver’s 19 grandchildren read short remembrances about their grandfather, recalling his passion for helping people, his hugs and his love of baseball.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington told Shriver’s grandchildren to live with the same courage and fortitude of Shriver and his late wife, Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Wuerl spoke of Shriver’s legacy and belief that the world could be filled with peace, compassion and love.
“Ask your parents to tell you stories. Read what your grandfather has written,” Wuerl said. “When you think of him, rejoice in the heritage he has given you.”
Shriver’s son, Anthony Shriver, welcomed the guests before the Mass began, cracking jokes and honoring his father.