PRO MEMORIA: Walter Zachariasiewicz passed away at the age of 105
It is with great sadness that we learned that our friend, Walter Zachariasiewicz has died at the age of 105. He lived in Washington, D.C., capital of the United States of America. Although great distance from Rome, Walter Zachariasiewicz has had a great influence on our Foundation and throughout the world. As a matter of fact, he was the originator of the idea of establishing John Paul II Foundation and of setting up chapters of Friends throughout the world. All these ideas were gladly accepted by Saint John Paul II and all other supporters of the Holy Father that gathered in Rome some 35 years ago.
Walter Zachariasiewicz was a splendid idea man. With his deep Catholic faith, he strongly believed that John Paul II Papacy would have enormous impact on the future of our Church. One of his particular concerns was the Catholic Church in former communist countries and other areas where it was persecuted and discriminated against by local governments. And it is in these countries that the Foundation had initial splendid success through student recruitment and Catholic education. Thus, the Foundation flourished and achieved remarkable results during the Papacy of John Paul II. Today, we all continue to build on these solid foundations of success.
For many years, Walter served as a member on the Board of the Rome Institution, sharing his experiences and wisdom with all of us.