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...]

From home plate to lunch plate: meet the Baltimore umpire who serves the hungry

From CNS and Baltimore’s Catholic Review: When Major League Baseball umpire Mark Wegner, a Catholic, is in Baltimore to work at an Orioles game, one way he likes to spend his spare time is by helping people in need. “I have free time, and I try to use it productively, but nothing is more productive [Read More...]

The Jewish football giant who loved and supported Catholic schools

That would be Art Modell, one-time owner of the Baltimore Ravens, who died this week at the age of 87.  George P. Matysek, Jr. of the Catholic Review remembers him: A few days before the then-owner of the Baltimore Ravens was to be honored by the National Catholic Educational Association in 2003, I was assigned [Read More...]

Catholic school to name center after Bill and Camille Cosby

Details: A historic Baltimore Catholic school will name its community center in honor of Bill and Camille Cosby, the biggest donors in the school’s 184-year history and fierce champions of education, the school announced Friday. St. Frances Academy, which serves 162 primarily low-income high school students, will host the comedian, his wife and their relatives [Read More...]

Say it ain’t so: church where Babe Ruth was baptized being sold

An era is ending: A renowned city architect designed St. Peter the Apostle Church 170 years ago. Irish laborers dug the foundation by hand, donating their labor to build it. And its early parishioners spared no expense in adorning their house of worship. They installed an elaborate white marble altar, with a life-size statue of [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...]

In Baltimore, 14 on the 14th

New deacons, that is.  Ordination season is just beginning. Details, from the Catholic Review: Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien will ordain 14 men to the permanent diaconate May 14 during a 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland. Hailing from as far west as Oakland in Garrett County, the soon-to-be deacons [Read More...]


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