Cathedral parish to mark 5 years of fixing houses


April 07, 1994|By Frank P. L. Somerville

Parishioners of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen will celebrate on Saturday the rehabilitation of a fifth vacant house in as many years.

The improvements are to a house in a blighted North Baltimore neighborhood that parishioners adopted in 1989.

Working with the St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center and the Pen Lucy Improvement Association, the parishioners have held to their schedule of renovating and selling at a modest price one vacant, single-family house a year in the 600 block of Cator Ave.

Renovation of the fifth house, at 612 Cator Ave., was completed last month, and it is now for sale.

The parish has invited the public to an open house there from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Cathedral Housing Project began in 1989 with the raising of $35,000 in seed money and the purchase of the first of the vacant houses on Cator Avenue.

Six months later, when a family moved into the renovated structure, money received from the sale was used to buy and rehabilitate a second vacant house in the block. The momentum continues with a total project budget of less than $80,000.

The parishioners have presented the city and potential contributors with this wish list for the area:

* A ramshackle wooden building containing four apartments, which has been condemned by the city, should be demolished and replaced by one or two single-family homes, which could anchor the block.

* A graffiti-smeared shopping strip on nearby Old York Road needs a face lift and general upgrading.

* A park-playground on the west side of Old York Road needs fencing and new equipment.

* A number of boarded-up houses in the 700 block of Cator Ave. await renovation, which would complement what has been achieved.

Information: 532-2904.

Danish honoree

Peter P. Dyvig, Denmark's ambassador to the United States, will be honored by the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation tomorrow for the Danes' rescue of 8,000 Jewish citizens by hiding them from the Nazis 50 years ago.

At an 8:15 p.m. service at the temple, 7401 Park Heights Ave., presentation of an award to Ambassador Dyvig will be made by Harvey M. Meyerhoff, chairman emeritus of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

Knights and dames

Nine men and four women from Maryland will be among 42 leaders of the Roman Catholic laity honored Saturday with investiture as knights or dames in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Matthew's Cathedral, Washington.

The Marylanders being admitted to the lay religious order are Constance U. Battle of Potomac; Elizabeth F. Beese of Timonium; Claudia M. Knudsen of Bethesda and Marguerite S. Seth of Butler.

Also, William P. Flanigan of Baltimore; Robert F. Corrigan and Thomas J. Egan of Chevy Chase; John J. Kuhn of Kensington; Robert E. Lighthizer and Peter H. Plamondon of Potomac; and James P. Schaller, J. Paul McNamara and James A. Ryan of Bethesda.

Urban rescue

A conference on "Rescuing Our Cities" at Maximum Life Christian Church, 6322 Security Blvd. in Woodlawn, will conclude at 6 p.m. Sunday with a free concert.

Among the conference speakers are Bishop Monroe Saunders Jr. of Catonsville's First United Church of Jesus Christ at 7:30 p.m. today.

Bishop Alfred Kee of Lynchburg, Va., will speak at noon tomorrow.

Also tomorrow, there will be panel discussions on urban violence and urban development. Information: 281-1240.

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