MONTREAT, N.C. (CNS) — The Rev. Billy Graham, a fiery Baptist preacher who was easily the most famous evangelist of the 20th century and for decades one of the world figures most admired by Americans, died early Feb. 21 at his home in Montreat, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He was 99.
The presentation of the Christ Child in the temple — an act by his parents according to Jewish custom — and the men and women whose lives are set apart in service to Our Lord were both celebrated by the Diocese of Phoenix in a vigil Mass that brought together members of consecrated life and laity.
He was known as the founder of America’s first Catholic Studies program which is thriving at University of Mary-Tempe campus, among other places.