Advertisement
HomeCollectionsBaltimore Archdiocese
IN THE NEWS

Baltimore Archdiocese

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2011
The Archdiocese of Baltimore named Friday the 23 members of its new school board who will oversee strategic planning for strengthening its Roman Catholic education program. The new archdiocesan school board, which will be led by Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, includes leaders in education, business and philanthropy. The board will lead the implementation of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Catholic Schools' Strategic Plan, a blueprint spurred by a report released in June by a panel of Catholic education experts.
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2014
The Rev. Father Joseph Valentine Messer, a Roman Catholic priest who served in Glen Burnie and Severna Park, died of dementia complications Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice. The Timonium resident was 90. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of Henry Philip Messer, who managed the old John Murphy church goods firm, and the former Mary Magdalen Goeckler, a homemaker. After his family moved to Halethorpe when he was a boy, he attended Ascension School and was a Catonsville High School graduate.
Advertisement
NEWS
By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Staff Writer Staff writer John W. Frece contributed to this article | October 7, 1993
Saying gun control is a high-priority moral issue, the Archdiocese of Baltimore announced yesterday that hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholics will be recruited to pressure the General Assembly to clamp down on the sale of firearms in Maryland.Auxiliary Bishop John H. Ricard said a new poll shows that most of the state's Catholics strongly favor stricter gun controls. He said the archdiocese believes that restricting the availability of weapons is a moral and practical necessity."Our pastors find increasingly that they can't hold church JTC meetings at night, can't let children play outside, that it's not safe to have festivals," the bishop said at a news conference in a Southwest Baltimore church hall.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2012
Monsignor Damien George Nalepa, the pastor of a West Baltimore Roman Catholic parish who led campaigns to take guns out of his neighborhood, died of an apparent heart attack Saturday. He was 70. Sean Caine, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, said that when Monsignor Nalepa failed to appear for his regular Saturday evening Mass at St. Gregory the Great, church workers called the police. He said they found him slumped over in a chair in his bedroom. "Though the cause of death is unknown at this time, there was no evidence of foul play," Mr. Caine said.
NEWS
April 25, 1991
A campaign to canonize Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange, above, a founder of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the first Catholic order of black nuns, will be announced this weekend. Rome has permitted the Baltimore archdiocese to begin making a case for the Cuban-born nun. Story, A6.
NEWS
By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Western Maryland Bureau of The Sun | April 30, 1994
EMMITSBURG -- A small group of parents is protesting courses in human sexuality being taught at Mother Seton School and other Catholic classrooms throughout the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore.Parents such as Mary Lynne Ziegler, whose three children attend the Emmitsburg elementary school, contend that textbooks are sexually explicit and that the program undermines parental responsibility.The group, including parents from as far away as Baltimore and Silver Spring, numbered about 20 at a prayer vigil at Mother Seton School this week.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | December 8, 2004
Sister Mary Paul Lee, a retired educator and treasurer of her Roman Catholic religious order, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 1 at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She was 75 and lived at her order's Arbutus motherhouse. The granddaughter of a slave owned by Jesuit priests at Georgetown University, she was born Susan Grace Lee in Philadelphia. She related her experiences there as a black high school basketball player on a predominantly white team in a 2002 issue of U.S. Catholic.
NEWS
By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Sun Staff Writer | June 17, 1994
For Pope John Paul II's August visit to Denver, more than 100 church-approved items were sold to help defray costs -- from official fanny packs to "pope scopes," peri- scopes that gave users a view of the pontiff over the crowd.Last week, officials of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Baltimore said no such merchandising of souvenirs would be authorized for the pope's scheduled trip here Oct. 23.But that changed yesterday.A small selection of official souvenirs -- likely to include T-shirts, caps and coffee mugs -- will be sold by the church, said archdiocesan spokesman Bill Blaul.
NEWS
By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Staff Writer | April 30, 1993
The author of a landmark study of the Roman Catholi priesthood told a conference on child neglect yesterday that the Baltimore and Washington archdioceses have not "done anything significant to deal with the problem of clergy sexual abuse."A. W. Richard Sipe said at a workshop on child abuse that "the church hierarchy has held some pro forma sessions for all priests" but that "the essential focus of these meetings was to forestall legal liability and litigation."Mr. Sipe wrote "A Secret World: Sexuality and the Search for Celibacy" based on interviews with Catholic priests between 1960 and 1985.
NEWS
By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2012
A Towson priest has been removed from duty at the Church of the Immaculate Conception after being arrested last week on indecent exposure charges. According to a police report of the incident, Mark Stewart Bullock, 47, was at Bush River Books & Movies, an Abingdon adult store on the 3900 block of Pulaski Highway, the night of Jan. 16, when two deputies, investigating complaints of indecent exposure, discovered him nude from the waist down in a...
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2012
Cardinal-designate Edwin F. O'Brien said in a strongly worded letter that the Archdiocese of Baltimore will not comply with federal law requiring churches to offer birth control coverage even it means dropping health insurance for its 3,500 employees. "We cannot – we will not – comply with this unjust law," O'Brien wrote in the letter, which was read during last Sunday's Mass at the area's 153 Roman Catholic parishes. O'Brien's letter highlights a continuing dispute over federal health care reform, and a policy that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says is designed to improve care for women.
NEWS
By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2012
A Towson priest has been removed from duty at the Church of the Immaculate Conception after being arrested last week on indecent exposure charges. According to a police report of the incident, Mark Stewart Bullock, 47, was at Bush River Books & Movies, an Abingdon adult store on the 3900 block of Pulaski Highway, the night of Jan. 16, when two deputies, investigating complaints of indecent exposure, discovered him nude from the waist down in a...
FEATURES
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2011
A 28-year-old guy living in his parents' basement in South Philadelphia just might be one of the foremost experts on the Archdiocese of Baltimore, if not the whole American Catholic Church. Rocco Palmo facetiously calls himself "The Church Whisperer," and over the past six years, his blog has become a must-read for ecclesiastical insiders. After starting with just three readers a few days before Christmas in 2004, Palmo has built up a audience of roughly 500,000 unique visitors each month.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2011
The Archdiocese of Baltimore named Friday the 23 members of its new school board who will oversee strategic planning for strengthening its Roman Catholic education program. The new archdiocesan school board, which will be led by Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, includes leaders in education, business and philanthropy. The board will lead the implementation of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Catholic Schools' Strategic Plan, a blueprint spurred by a report released in June by a panel of Catholic education experts.
NEWS
By By Mary Gail Hare | The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2010
A Baltimore contractor has offered the archdiocese $700,000 to keep open several of the schools that are set to close in June. Danny Schuster has also launched a radio advertising campaign asking parishioners to withhold contributions at Mass until Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien reconsiders the decision to close a dozen elementary schools and the Cardinal Gibbons School. "The archbishop is a good man who is under tremendous financial pressure," Schuster said. "He has chosen the wrong place to cut, and I am going to stay vocal about the school closings until at least a portion of them survive."
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Frank Roylance and Baltimore Sun reporters | March 9, 2010
Facing a sea of red Monday night in the auditorium of the Cardinal Gibbons School, Bishop Denis J. Madden offered a glimmer of hope to students, parents and alumni distraught about plans to shut the high school down at the end of the academic year. Parent Chris Stark, father of a junior, had asked whether the Archdiocese of Baltimore would consider charging the Cardinal Gibbons community a minimal rent and allowing the Southwest Baltimore landmark to reopen as an independent Catholic school.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,Sun reporter | February 20, 2008
The Rev. Wayne George Funk, the pastor of a Roman Catholic church in Frederick who had earlier served in the Northwood section of Northeast Baltimore, died of cancer Saturday at Frederick Memorial Hospital. He was 70. Born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton, he attended St. Dominic's Parochial School and at the end of eighth-grade entered the seminary at the old St. Charles College in Catonsville. He completed four years of high school and two years of college there. According to his biography, in the fall of 1957 he was assigned to the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he received a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1959 and a licentiate in sacred theology in 1963, both degrees granted by the Pontifical Gregorian University.
NEWS
By Frank P. L. Somerville and Dan Rodricks and Frank P. L. Somerville and Dan Rodricks,Sun Staff Writers | November 24, 1994
ROME -- Baltimore Archbishop William H. Keeler, elated by the presence of more than 400 well-wishers from Maryland and Pennsylvania, flew here this morning to begin nearly a week of celebrations of his elevation to the College of Cardinals.The eight-hour trip turned into a celebration over the Atlantic. The ,10l chartered Alitalia 747 brought two archbishops and 409 other pilgrims to Rome from Baltimore-Washington International Airport. About 30 more well-wishers came on other planes.John Bellin of Reisterstown, a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church in Glyndon, said he knew it would be only a matter of time before Pope John Paul II recognized Archbishop Keeler.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown and Matthew Hay Brown,matthew.brown@baltsun.com | August 24, 2009
The Archdiocese of Baltimore has removed the pastor of a Cumberland church as it investigates allegations that he sexually abused a minor in the 1970s, the archdiocese announced Sunday. Monsignor Thomas Bevan, pastor of St. Patrick Church since 1997, has denied the allegations, according to the archdiocese. Representatives of the archdiocese met with parishioners and staff at St. Patrick on Sunday to inform them of the allegations and to answer questions, according to the archdiocese.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown and Matthew Hay Brown,matthew.brown@baltsun.com | April 5, 2009
A police officer assigned to watch over a church nursery during Mass overhears the homily and becomes intrigued. A retail manager struggling with the loss of hours at work is inspired by the faith of his fiancee. A married mother of two looks for answers after two siblings are stricken with cancer. All have found their way to the Roman Catholic Church as members of the largest class of converts the Archdiocese of Baltimore has seen this decade. Nine hundred and eighty-four local adults are preparing to become Catholics during Holy Week this year, a third more than joined the church locally in 2008.
Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.