Ordination Update: 16 New Deacons for Baltimore

I posted a first look at the new clergy of Bal’mer over the weekend. Now, here’s the write-up from the Catholic Review:  A weekend retreat Mark Loepker attended a decade ago was a turning point in his faith journey. “That took the hidden veiled call away and I came face to face with the call [Read More...]

First look: the new deacons of Baltimore

A shout-out to my friend Deacon Sean Keller, who received the sacrament of Holy Orders yesterday along with 15 other men in the Archdiocese of Baltimore in my beautiful home state of Maryland. (The pictures here are cribbed from the good deacon’s Facebook page. He’s the tall one. He will be an invaluable gift to [Read More...]

Trailblazers: Baltimore’s first class of deacons, 40 years later

What was it like to be one of the first permanent deacons in the United States?  The Catholic Review chats with surviving members of the class of ’71: After Cardinal Lawrence Shehan ordained Deacon George Evans as one of the first permanent deacons in the United States 40 years ago, a lot of people didn’t [Read More...]