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Patrick Maynard | July 25, 2012
A multi-month session of earthquake-related repairs to Baltimore's Basilca of the Assumption will start next week, after being delayed from its original start date, a representative for the Archdiocese of Baltimore wrote in an email on Wednesday. "The repairs to the 200-year-old structure will not begin until August 1.," wrote Sean Caine, referring to a series of fixes that are budgeted to cost $3-5 million. "At that time the Basilica will be open for Masses and tours with access restricted to the undercroft -- where Masses will take place [Mondays through Fridays]
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
As people of different faiths gathered Sunday at the Baltimore Basilica for a prayer service for peace in Iraq, Archbishop William E. Lori implored the crowd to keep praying after news of the crisis no longer dominates headlines. "This suffering has deep, deep roots, and it will require our faithful attention for a long time to come," the Baltimore archbishop said during the one-hour ecumenical and interreligious service that included religious leaders from Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2013
On Aug, 24, 2011, the earthquake that jolted the East Coast from Georgia to Quebec rattled through the bricks, plaster and paint of one of Baltimore's architectural jewels, the Basilica of the Assumption, sending nearly 1,000 linear feet of cracks through its ceilings and walls. On Sunday, as Christians worldwide commemorate the resurrection of Christ on Easter, the 207-year-old cathedral, too, will enjoy a rebirth. Construction workers have put the finishing touches on a seven-month, $3 million restoration job, and Sunday morning's Mass will mark the formal reopening.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
The call came to Baltimore's Basilica several weeks ago: President Barack Obama needed a gift to bring to Pope Francis on his coming visit to the Vatican. Might the basilica, the first Catholic cathedral in the U.S., have something? From a former crypt, now a storage room, in the bowels of the basilica, church officials did indeed have just the thing, or at least the raw material for it: some salvaged mahogany from the historic cathedral's early years, hand-crafted into a seed chest that the president presented to the pope Wednesday.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2012
Baltimore's 200-year-old Basilica of the Assumption, the first cathedral in America, will be closed to many visitors over eight months as crews repair domes damaged in August's earthquake, church officials said Thursday. Repairs could cost up to $5 million and extend into next year, officials said. But the extent of the damage will remain unknown until crews can reach the cracks and test them. It is nearly 100 feet to the top of the main dome. A preliminary review suggests that the damage is limited to restored plaster that was part of the nearly $40 million renovation completed six years ago, and is not structural, said archdiocese spokesman Sean Caine.
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By Edward Gunts | July 18, 1991
A non-profit group affiliated with the Basilica of the Assumption will restore the oldest Roman Catholic cathedral in America, preparing the landmark for its bicentennial in the year 2006.The Basilica of the Assumption Historic Trust Inc. kicked off the restoration effort yesterday by sending construction experts up in a cherry picker to inspect the deterioration of the twin onion domes on the west side of the building at Cathedral and Mulberry streets. The trust was formed in 1976 to make sure that Benjamin Henry Latrobe's masterpiece is preserved and protected.
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By Peter M. Krask and Peter M. Krask,Special to The Evening Sun | October 29, 1990
SUNDAY'S CONCERT at the Basilica of the Assumption by the Handel Choirof Baltimore momentarily transported the listener back to the Cathedral of St. Mark's in Venice in all its Renaissance splendor. The music of Gabrieli filled the great dome over the audience and echoed among the statues and candles and banners.Then you began to notice just how hard the pews were.This struggle between the poetic ideal and the reality of performance marked the uneven work of this choir and their director T. Herbert Dimmock.
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January 28, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI will not visit Baltimore for the rededication of the Basilica of the Assumption in November, but could make a stop here next year, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Baltimore said yesterday. Spokesman Sean T. Caine said that Pope Benedict's schedule will not allow him to visit for the rededication of the nation's first Roman Catholic cathedral. But with the pope considering a visit to the United States in 2007, Cardinal William H. Keeler has asked him to consider a stop in Baltimore, Caine said.
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By Staff Report | February 26, 1993
Msgr. Paul L. Love, who presided over the first downtown church program feeding the poor as rector of Baltimore's historic Roman Catholic Basilica of the Assumption, died Tuesday of heart disease at Stella Maris Hospice.The 71-year-old monsignor retired in 1988 and had lived at the rectory of St. Anthony of Padua Church on Frankford Avenue until his recent move to Stella Maris on Dulaney Valley Road. He had been in failing health for several years.The native Baltimorean obtained his elementary education at St. Thomas Aquinas and Mount Washington Country schools, attended Calvert Hall, and graduated from Loyola College in 1943.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF | March 4, 1999
They've put the "grand" back in New York's Grand Central Terminal. They've created the immigration museum at Ellis Island. They've extended the life of such landmarks as Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and George Washington's Mount Vernon.Now, two of the country's top preservation architects are joining forces to guide restoration of the first Roman Catholic cathedral in North America -- Baltimore's Basilica of the Assumption.The Basilica of the Assumption Historic Trust has selected Beyer Blinder Belle of New York City and John G. Waite Associates of Albany, N.Y., to begin the first phase of a multimillion-dollar project to restore and conserve the neoclassical landmark.
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Jacques Kelly | January 10, 2014
I sat in the Downtown Partnership's office this week and heard the new urban geographic labels being considered for Baltimore's emerging neighborhoods. With more than 1,000 new apartments being created this year in what we traditionally call downtown Baltimore, there is a momentum to define and give these residential enclaves an identity. "In 2013, the development clock started again," said Kirby Fowler, the partnership's president. "As people are renting units, they are asking for a name change that tells just where they live.
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By William E. Lori | June 16, 2013
On Friday, Catholics throughout the United States will begin observing two weeks known as the Fortnight for Freedom. For a second consecutive year, the U.S. Catholic Church has set aside this time leading up to Independence Day to draw attention to the need to resist erosions of religious liberty so that faith can continue to enrich our public life. How appropriate that the Fortnight should begin with a nationally televised Mass from our own Basilica of the Assumption, the first Catholic cathedral in the United States.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2013
On Aug, 24, 2011, the earthquake that jolted the East Coast from Georgia to Quebec rattled through the bricks, plaster and paint of one of Baltimore's architectural jewels, the Basilica of the Assumption, sending nearly 1,000 linear feet of cracks through its ceilings and walls. On Sunday, as Christians worldwide commemorate the resurrection of Christ on Easter, the 207-year-old cathedral, too, will enjoy a rebirth. Construction workers have put the finishing touches on a seven-month, $3 million restoration job, and Sunday morning's Mass will mark the formal reopening.
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Patrick Maynard | July 25, 2012
A multi-month session of earthquake-related repairs to Baltimore's Basilca of the Assumption will start next week, after being delayed from its original start date, a representative for the Archdiocese of Baltimore wrote in an email on Wednesday. "The repairs to the 200-year-old structure will not begin until August 1.," wrote Sean Caine, referring to a series of fixes that are budgeted to cost $3-5 million. "At that time the Basilica will be open for Masses and tours with access restricted to the undercroft -- where Masses will take place [Mondays through Fridays]
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2012
Monsignor James Vincent Hobbs, former rector of the Basilica of the Assumption who during his tenure oversaw a two-year, $32 million restoration of the 200-year-old structure, died Monday of cardiac arrest at his Thurmont home. He was 81. James Vincent Hobbs was born and raised in Thurmont, where his father owned a grocery store and his mother was proprietor of a hardware store. He attended Frederick County public schools as an elementary school student before entering St. Anthony's parochial school in Emmitsburg.
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Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2012
The Catholic Church, embroiled in a dispute with the Obama administration over new health insurance rules, has chosen Baltimore to kick off a national campaign it says is aimed at promoting religious liberty. Archbishop William E. Lori is scheduled to celebrate mass at the Baltimore Basilica on June 21 to open the "Fortnight for Freedom," a two-week national campaign of special liturgies, prayer services and other events leading up to the Fourth of July. The Archdiocese of Baltimore is the oldest Catholic diocese in the United States.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | January 14, 2004
More than 35 people, their opinions sharply divided about whether Baltimore's Basilica of the Assumption should replace nine historic stained-glass windows as part of a $32 million project to restore the cathedral, turned out last night for a city hearing that was to decide the project's fate. The city's commission on historic and architectural preservation hadn't rendered a decision by late last night after hearing testimony from supporters and opponents of the restoration. Among the critics who spoke at the meeting was Stuart Seipple, a graduate student who grew up in Baltimore and comes from an eighth-generation Catholic family who attended Mass at the Basilica when he was a child.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,sun reporter | October 31, 2006
Sunbeams flooded the nave and sanctuary of Baltimore's basilica yesterday during the first formal media tour of the nearly 200-year-old cathedral since it closed in 2004 for a $32 million renovation and restoration. The sunlight entered through 24 skylights restored in the basilica dome, illuminating murals of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John that were discovered there. The Basilica Historic Trust will celebrate the culmination of restoration with a reopening ceremony Saturday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Cathedral and Mulberry streets.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2012
Baltimore's 200-year-old Basilica of the Assumption, the first cathedral in America, will be closed to many visitors over eight months as crews repair domes damaged in August's earthquake, church officials said Thursday. Repairs could cost up to $5 million and extend into next year, officials said. But the extent of the damage will remain unknown until crews can reach the cracks and test them. It is nearly 100 feet to the top of the main dome. A preliminary review suggests that the damage is limited to restored plaster that was part of the nearly $40 million renovation completed six years ago, and is not structural, said archdiocese spokesman Sean Caine.
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November 21, 2011
  Katherine Lawler and Christopher Broughton   George Lawler and the Hon. Theresa Lawler, of Timonium, announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Anne Lawler, to Christopher Shane Broughton, son of Linda Lee Bullock, of Parkville, and James Kenneth and Jo Ann Broughton, of Reisterstown. The bride-to-be is a 2005 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, in Notre Dame, Ind., where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing and psychology; and a 2008 graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law, where she earned a law degree.
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