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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | September 24, 2009
William E. Schaffner, a Jesuit educator who later was chaplain at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, died of pneumonia Sept. 15 at Manresa Hall Jesuit Community in Merion Station, Pa. He was 91. Father Schaffner was born and raised in Wheeling, W.Va. After graduating from Central Catholic High School in Wheeling, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1935 and professed his vows in 1937. He studied at the Novitiate at St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, Pa., from 1937 to 1939, and for the next two years, he studied philosophy at the St. Ignatius Jesuit Retreat House at Inisfada in Manhasset, N.Y. Father Schaffner completed additional philosophical studies at West Baden College in West Baden Springs, Ind., from 1940 to 1942.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | August 20, 2009
Joseph M. Healy, a former Jesuit priest who was associate director of institutional programs at Loyola College, where he also taught theology and philosophy, died Aug. 13 of esophageal cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The longtime Charles Village resident was 75. Mr. Healy, the son of a copy editor and a telephone operator, was born and raised in Jersey City, N.J. After graduating from St. Peter's Preparatory School in Jersey City, where he was an honors student, Mr. Healy enrolled at St. Peter's College, also in Jersey City, earning a bachelor's degree in 1955 in marketing.
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By Alec MacGillis and Alec MacGillis,SUN STAFF | April 8, 2002
At most colleges, you have to give a lot of money toward the school's mission to get a building named after you. But at Loyola College, it helps if you give your life. In an attempt to reinforce its Jesuit identity, the North Baltimore college is renaming a dozen buildings and several roads on its campus for great Catholic martyrs and thinkers. The 10-story Wynnewood Towers apartments on Cold Spring Lane are now the Cardinal John Henry Newman Towers, named after the 19th-century theologian.
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Dan Rodricks | March 13, 2013
Be still, my somewhat jaded American Catholic heart: A Jesuit? A Jesuit from Argentina who, as archbishop then cardinal, eschewed the chauffeur-driven limousine for the public buses of Buenos Aires? A Jesuit devoted to social justice and to helping the poor? And, he took the name of Francis, one of the coolest saints. Excuse me while I have a somewhat positive reaction to the smoke signals from Rome. Here we were - that is, me and a lot of my friends among the heretical faithful - thinking the whole process of electing a new pope was an exercise in identifying the safest old European conservative in red shoes.
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By Haydee M. Rodriguez | November 19, 2000
I HAVE followed with great interest, and no small amount of anger, the recent trial of two former Salvadoran generals who were cleared of liability in the deaths of four American churchwomen in El Salvador nearly 20 years ago. On Dec. 2, 1980, Maryknoll nuns Ita Ford and Maura Clarke, Ursuline nun Dorothy Kazel and lay volunteer Jean Donovan were abducted, raped and killed by Salvadoran soldiers who suspected them of sympathizing with leftist guerrillas....
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,jacques.kelly@baltsun.com | September 13, 2009
The Rev. Hugh A. Kennedy, a Jesuit priest who in his 45 years in the administration of the his religious order was known as its Maryland "corporate memory," died of pneumonia Sept. 6 at Manresa Hall in suburban Philadelphia. The longtime Roland Park resident was 90. Born in Braddock, Pa., he was a graduate of St. Vincent's College Prep School in Latrobe, Pa. Friends said he developed a lifelong affection for Gregorian chants and church music while being taught by the school's Benedictine priests.
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By Jacques Kelly and Frederick N. Rasmussen and Jacques Kelly and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | January 20, 2005
The Rev. Harold E. "Hap" Ridley, a Jesuit priest who strengthened Loyola College in its transformation into a regional university in his decade as president, was found dead yesterday morning at his home on the eastern edge of the school's North Baltimore campus. He was 65. Father Ridley apparently died Tuesday night, and his body was found by his secretary, a college spokesman said, adding that the cause of death had not been determined. A former professor of Victorian English literature, he was credited with raising millions of dollars for a new business school building, as well as fitness and student centers.
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By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,SUN STAFF | August 28, 1996
The Rev. Frank Ernst has been a Jesuit priest for nearly 40 years, yet when asked about any dramatic spiritual events in his career he answers softly: "None that I can remember."Looking back, the 69-year-old product of St. Brigid's parish in Canton thinks that perhaps the whole of his career -- the day-in and day-out effort to fulfill a decision made as a teen-ager -- is quiet spiritual drama in itself."There were times when I felt I was at a dead end. Sometimes I think: 'Should I have been a priest?
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2013
Surprise turned into joy as Baltimore Catholics celebrated the election of the first Latin American and first Jesuit pope, saying it offered an often-hidebound church a chance for rejuvenation. "One time, John Paul the Great called America, meaning North, Central and South America, the continent of hope," said Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori. "I can only imagine the hopes and the joy that is welling up in the hearts of Hispanic Catholics here in the archdiocese and all over the country.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2011
The Rev. Thomas F. Composto, a Roman Catholic priest who devoted his life to being a peacemaker on the streets of Reservoir Hill, died of complications from pneumonia Wednesday at University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 72. "He was a combination of deep reverence and yet was also a very joyful person," said City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke. "He was a true shepherd of his people. He was a man of loyalty and vision. " Born in New York and raised in the Prospect Park section of Brooklyn, he was the son of Frank and Concetta Composto.
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