William D. Borders


December 22, 2007|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Archbishop William Donald Borders may have stepped down in 1989 as leader of Baltimore's Catholic community, but he's busier than ever.

Since 2003, he has lived at Mercy Ridge, where he still offers an 11 a.m. Mass each day for about 50 residents in the Timonium retirement community's chapel.

"I offer a 10 a.m. Mass on Sundays for about 300 people and it makes me feel like a pastor again," said Borders the other day. "On Fridays, I go downtown to my office in the Catholic Center on Cathedral Street."

During his 15-year tenure leading the archdiocese, he enjoyed widespread popularity.

He will offer Christmas Eve Mass at Stella Maris and Christmas Day Mass at Mercy Ridge.

After Mass on Christmas Day, he plans to go to Baltimore and enjoy a hearty holiday dinner with old friends.

He was an avid golfer for most of his life.

"I guess I gave it up about seven years ago. My knees and back have gone, and if I took a full swing now, I'd fall on my face," he said with a laugh.

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