O'brien To Move Into Archbishop's House

August 19, 2009|By Matthew Hay Brown | Matthew Hay Brown,matthew.brown@baltsun.com

Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien is in, and Cardinal William H. Keeler is out at the archbishop's official residence on North Charles Street.

O'Brien, who has been living in an apartment owned by the Society of the Priests of St. Sulpice in North Baltimore since coming to the city in July 2007, will move into the Greek revival building adjacent to the Baltimore Basilica in the fall, the archdiocese announced on Tuesday.

Keeler, who hosted Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa in what is believed to be the oldest archbishop's residence in the United States, will be moving to a Roman Catholic retirement community in Baltimore County.

"Like the Basilica, the Archbishop's Residence is a spiritual treasure for our Church and our city," O'Brien said in a statement. "The Cardinal has done much to preserve and advance that history and I look forward to following his example as visitors and guests will continue to be welcomed at the residence to share this living symbol of our Catholic heritage."

The building has served as the official home of Baltimore's archbishop since it was built in 1829, according to the archdiocese. It was used for planning meetings for the church's early provincial councils, regular meetings of the nation's archbishops and diplomatic receptions.

Other noteworthy guests have included President Andrew Johnson and former Confederate President Jefferson Davis, who visited on separate occasions in 1866.

Keeler, 78, served as the archbishop of Baltimore from 1989 to 2007. He said in a statement that he had been "overwhelmed by the goodness of people who have reached out and offered assistance to me during this time of transition."

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