St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Clarksville postpones farewell celebration for pastor

January 12, 1996|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF

2/3 TC Bad weather has prompted St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Clarksville to postpone until Feb. 11 a farewell celebration for Monsignor Anthony Sauerwein, who is retiring as pastor after 28 years of service there.

The festivities, originally planned for Sunday, will include a Mass at 4 p.m. that the most Rev. P. Francis Murphy of the Baltimore archdiocese is expected to attend. Afterward, a program and reception will be held, with Howard County officials and Cardinal William H. Keeler.

"It's going to be a packed house," said Patricia Hopkin of Glenwood, a 25-year member of the church. "He's truly loved."

She and others credit Monsignor Sauerwein, 72, with the church's growing membership, which increased from 400 families when he came to the parish to more than 3,500 families, or about 10,000 members. During his tenure, a new church was built in 1980 and a new parish center in 1990.

The monsignor is described as caring, easygoing and open to change. "He's just done so many things for the parish," said Margaret Smith, a secretary at the church.

"He'll be a hard act to follow," Ms. Hopkin said.

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