Daniel Mark Francis from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Odenton was ordained a deacon in the Redemptorist order at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on Saturday.
In addition tothree other class postulates, Francis was joined by seven Dominican candidates, along with three Augustinians and one Franciscan. The ordinating prelate was the Most Rev. Alvara Corrada, auxiliary bishop ofWashington.
Francis entered the minor Redemptorist seminary at North East, Pa., in 1978, and after graduating, attended the college seminary at Suffield, Conn. Upon completing his college course, he moved on the Washington Theological Seminary, where he will receive his master's degree prior to his ordination to the priesthood in May.
The new deacon is the son of Margaret and Walter Francis, who reside in Odenton. He will be the second member in the 67-year history of the Odenton parish to enter the priesthood.
The Rev. Kevin Murray, who is the first clergyman, and likewise a Redemptorist, was ordained in 1986, andis now associate pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Brooklyn, N.Y.
During the summers of his seminary years, Francis gained experience to supplement his spiritual training, most notably in the Dominican Republic, the Covenant House in New York City and at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Philadelphia.
The Maple Ridge Homeowners Association will have a meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Odenton
Library. Members will be deciding on matters involving the association's recreational area.
All residents of Maple Ridge are urged to attend.
With the school year more than half over, parents are facing many questions about paying for their child's college education. Here are some events that can answer some of your questions:
A financial aid workshop for Arundel Senior High parents and students will be presented by Dr. Herm Davis, president of the National College Services, from 7 to 9 p.m., Jan. 22, at Severna Park High School. Contact the school at 674-6500 for more information.
Also on Jan. 22, WBAL radio is assisting through its "Eleven On Your Side/Call For Action" help lines on financial aid. Financial aid questions willbe answered by calling (301) 336-5900 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.
The Meade Senior High School Citizens Advisory Committee is sponsoring "Going To College," an evening of informal discussions for parents and students. During the meeting, the guidance department will be conducting a session on completing financial aid forms.
Participants will also hear from parents and students who have already gone through college admission/selection.
This is a great opportunity to pick up important information.
For more details, contact the school at 674-7710.
The Crofton Library, located at 1657 Crofton Centre, is sponsoring "Schools Out Movies" for children ages 5 to 12.
The next Schools Out Movies will be at 2 p.m., Jan. 21. "The Adventures of J. Thadius Toad," "Charlie Brown Clears the Air" and "Dragon Stew" will be shown. No registration is required.
For information, call the library at 222-7915 or 261-3909.
The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will have its annual meeting at 11:30 a.m., Jan. 23, at the Fort Meade Officers' Club. CountyExecutive Robert Neall will be the guest speaker.
Chamber membersand guests will hear a description of the coming year's Program of Action and receive the Annual Report and Calendar of Events for 1991.
The cost of the luncheon is $12.95, with a choice of entrees. Reservations are required no later than Friday. Call the chamber at 672-3422 for more information.
The Fort Meade Retired Officers' Wives' Club monthly luncheon will be at 11 a.m., Feb. 5, at the Fort Meade Officers' Club.
A program of polka dancing will feature Butch and Mary Kotowski, Polka Dancers of Annapo
lis. Those who enjoy the polka will be invited to join the Kotowskis in a dance.
The cost is$6.50, and deadline for reservations is Jan. 31. Make your reservations with your area committee member or Chairwoman Mae Hudson, 964-8976.
* The First Lutheran Youth Group, sponsored by the First Lutheran Church in Odenton, is having a skate-a-thon at 1:30 p.m., Jan. 27, at Benfield Ice Skating Rink.
Half of the proceeds will go to Sara's House, a home for battered and homeless women, and the other half will go to help feed the homeless in Washington.
The group will work with the Salvation Army to buy and distribute the food. In the past, this annual event has raised between $1,700 and $2,000.
Pledges are taken with a dollar amount for each lap the individual stakes,with a 50-lap maximum.
Anyone who wants to participate in the fund-raiser or sponsor a youth may contact the church at 551-9189.
*Partners for a Drug-Free West County will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m., Jan. 21, at the apartment complex on Blue Water Boulevard in Odenton.