Deacon R. William Steltemeier, Jr., who served as chairman and CEO of EWTN from 2000 to 2009, died this morning at the age of 83. Deacon Steltemeier was a champion of EWTN and served at Mother Angelica’s side for 30 years.
Raymond Arroyo, who wrote a biography on Mother Angelica, said of Deacon Steltemeier, “In the formative years of EWTN, he was central to the launch. He was Mother’s primary cheerleader and negotiator … I often say Mother Angelica was like a locomotive, and there were a lot boxcars attached to her. Bill was there shoveling the coal.”
At EWTN’s 25th Anniversary Family Celebration, Archbishop Charles Chaput, then archbishop of Denver, said, “Behind every great man stands a great woman, we’re told. But in this case, behind a great woman stands a very great man, Deacon Bill Steltemeier.”