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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN REPORTER | July 13, 2007
Months before the Vatican issued a formal policy barring gay men from the seminary, Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien made his own feelings clear. "I think anyone who has engaged in homosexual activity, or who has strong homosexual inclinations, would be best not to apply to a seminary and not to be accepted into a seminary," O'Brien, then the leader of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, told the National Catholic Register in 2005. His position became the Roman Catholic Church's. It was not the first time O'Brien played a central role in the church's relationship with its gay and lesbian members.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,jacques.kelly@baltsun.com | September 21, 2009
The Rev. Anthony Rivera "Tony" Perez, the vice rector of St. Mary's Seminary and University who taught liturgy and theology, died of a heart attack Sept. 12. He was 57. Colleagues said he collapsed and died after playing a game of racquetball with his students. He was transported to Union Memorial Hospital, where his death was confirmed. Father Perez moved to Baltimore in 1997 and served in numerous capacities at the Roland Park educational institution run by the Society of Saint Sulpice, of which he was a member.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | August 21, 2002
The Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore released the names yesterday of six suspended and former priests who allegedly abused minors while they were students at a Baltimore seminary and later went on to molest additional youths while serving in other cities. The allegations against five of the men date from the 1970s, and a sixth is accused of abuse in the 1980s, while all were students at St. Mary's Seminary & University in Roland Park. Although the men attended seminary in Baltimore, all were ordained for other dioceses.
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By JACQUES KELLY | August 15, 2009
The crape myrtle was at its summertime height the other day when I wandered into the Seton Hill neighborhood to see the area's newest arrival. Without fanfare, a new Mother Seton House visitors center has risen in one of Baltimore's most venerable locations. It's tucked between Mother Seton House and the old St. Mary's Seminary Chapel. This location, only a few blocks west of the Washington Monument and Mount Vernon Place, is not as well known as it should be. St. Mary's Park and the adjoining collection of National Register of Historic Place landmarks provide a delightfully atmospheric glimpse into early Baltimore.
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By Kelly Brewington and Kelly Brewington,SUN STAFF | April 6, 2005
When Pope John Paul II visited St. Mary's Seminary and University in Roland Park in 1995, he spent about 15 minutes at the final stop of his Baltimore visit praying silently in the back pew of the seminary's cavernous, dimly lighted chapel. Though the pope said little to the students and faculty at the nation's oldest Roman Catholic seminary, the Rev. Robert R. Leavitt recalls the visit as "one of the most magical moments of my priesthood," adding that the pontiff's peaceful presence awed and inspired seminarians.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | December 14, 1999
The Rev. Robert A. Reed, a retired priest who served inner-city parishes in Baltimore for more than 40 years, died Saturday of a heart attack at the parish house of St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church in West Baltimore. He was 83."Clear thought and strong commitment certainly were hallmarks of Bob Reed's ministry," said Monsignor W. Francis Malooly, communications director for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.Father Reed had been associate pastor of St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church in Hamilton for nine years at the time of his formal retirement in 1985 but pursued an active retirement.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | February 14, 1993
Monsignor Austin L. Healy, a Catholic priest who gave long service to residents of Baltimore's inner city, died Friday at St. Joseph Hospital of congestive heart failure and complications from cancer. He was 82.The Baltimore native had been a patient at the hospital for three days. He had lived at Stella Maris Hospice since 1966, when, after two cancer operations, his doctor told him to retire.Monsignor Healy was a leader in the Catholic church's work to minister to blacks in the inner city.
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May 31, 2006
Sarah Flynn, Towson SPORT LACROSSE GIRLS STATS -- A junior defender for the No. 9 Generals' 16-2 lacrosse team, Flynn helped her team win a regional championship for the second straight year. She plays club lacrosse for Skywalkers. Last fall, Flynn was the unsung hero of the soccer team. SIDELINES -- The straight-A student earned college credit for taking a class in Youth Theological Studies at St. Mary's Seminary and University. Planning to major in pre-med with an interest in public health, she has worked the past three summers as an assistant to the dean of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,Staff Writer | April 24, 1992
The International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee, the primary vehicle for dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and worldwide Judaism, will meet in Baltimore next month "to discuss issues of mutual concern," Archbishop William H. Keeler has announced.Bringing together about 50 scholars and religious leaders, the Vatican's Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews and the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations will be holding its joint meeting in the Western Hemisphere for the first time.
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By SUN STAFF | January 23, 2001
The spectre of the fast-approaching Super Bowl has moved Baltimoreans in mysterious ways. To wit ... City Hall and the World Trade Center? Of course. The Resco plant? Ideal for those trash-talking Ravens. But St. Mary's Seminary & University School? Why not? One recent evening, the seminary, at the corner of Roland Avenue and Northern Parkway, was bathed in a subtle shade of purple. The hue cast the institution in an eerie light befitting a Gothic horror story. The Rev. Robert F. Leavitt, the seminary's president-rector, saw it as a way of showing support for the team in concert with other Baltimore institutions and the city itself.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,Sun reporter | April 29, 2008
The first Anne Arundel officer on the scene just after 3 a.m. thought what was burning was a mannequin. Then two other cops arrived, and the three of them realized that this was no imitation. A human body was in flames. They extinguished the fire and huddled over the smoking remains of an adult male. His arms and legs were pulled into his torso, as if in terror or pain. He lay partially wrapped in a blue blanket on Old Mill Road just south of Baltimore. He wore jeans, socks and a shirt stained with what appeared to be blood.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,Sun reporter | April 28, 2008
If he were honest with himself, Detective Richard Gibson had to admit that he was eager to meet Miss Cindy McKay. It wasn't always that way with crooks. Most struck Gibson, a blunt Baltimore cop and former Navy petty officer, as barely sentient and uninteresting in the extreme. Experience had shown that most were far from criminal masterminds. And it was true, McKay was no genius. But, man, she had brass. She was fearless. He had to give her that. St. Mary's Seminary & University in Roland Park was already far along in its investigation of a suspected embezzlement when it brought its findings to Gibson.
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January 20, 2008
CHARLES THOMAS PERTSCH died suddenly at his home in Roland Park on December 29, 2007 of cardiac arrest at the age of 84. A faithful employee of St. Charles College (where he was a 1945 alumnus) and St. Mary's Seminary and University for 57 years, he was truly an institution at Roland Park since 1972. After retiring in 1990, he returned to the Seminary four years later to work part-time in the school's bookstore and then, until his death, in the Center for Continuing Formation. Charlie always greeted the Seminary's alumni by name whenever they returned to visit.
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October 23, 2007
Sister Joan Gormley, a Mount St. Mary's Seminary Scriptures professor, died of cancer Friday at Gettysburg Hospital in Pennsylvania. She was 70. Born in Philadelphia, she earned a bachelor's degree at Trinity College in Washington and a master's degree in classics from Harvard University. She later completed a doctorate in New Testament studies at Fordham University. Her postgraduate work included study at the Ecole Biblique de Jerusalem and the Theresian Documentation Center in Lisieux, France.
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By Robert F. Leavitt | September 23, 2007
The men studying at St. Mary's Seminary in Roland Park today really impress me by their strength and spirituality. After 27 years as president-rector of the seminary, it's the one legacy I wanted to leave. They have received a religious calling that some scorn, many overlook, and not a few members of their own church struggle to appreciate. Members of the Seminary Class of 2007, recently ordained as priests, entered St. Mary's just as the clergy sex-abuse scandals hit the papers, first in Boston and then in other cities.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN REPORTER | July 13, 2007
Months before the Vatican issued a formal policy barring gay men from the seminary, Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien made his own feelings clear. "I think anyone who has engaged in homosexual activity, or who has strong homosexual inclinations, would be best not to apply to a seminary and not to be accepted into a seminary," O'Brien, then the leader of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, told the National Catholic Register in 2005. His position became the Roman Catholic Church's. It was not the first time O'Brien played a central role in the church's relationship with its gay and lesbian members.
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October 22, 1991
As the birthplace of U.S. Catholicism -- site of its first seminary, seat of its first bishop, home for a while of its first native-born saint -- Baltimore has a stake in St. Mary's Seminary. Its 200th anniversary is cause for ecumenical celebration.The shortage of St. Mary's students with priestly vocation is typical within the church. Nevertheless, St. Mary's is doing fine. Particularly notable for outreach is its night school, the Ecumenical Institute, offering theological knowledge and spiritual insight to students of all denominations, professions and genders.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 28, 2004
In Baltimore City Woman sentenced in $205,000 theft at St. Mary's Seminary A 47-year-old Wicomico County woman was sentenced yesterday in city Circuit Court to eight years in prison for stealing money from St. Mary's Seminary & University in Baltimore, where she used to work. Cynthia J. Downs, 47, pleaded guilty in October to continuing theft in connection to $205,989.22 that was missing from the seminary. Judge Stuart R. Berger sentenced Downs to prison time and five years' probation, and ordered her to pay full restitution.
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June 11, 2007
The Rev. Bernard Stanley Bak, who served several Roman Catholic parishes in the Baltimore area after the widower was ordained late in life, died of heart failure Friday at his home in Dundalk. He was 85. After graduating in 1988 from St. Mary's Seminary University in Roland Park, he served at the St. Philip Neri parish in Linthicum until 1994 and at St. Joseph parish in Cockeysville from 1994 until he retired in 1999. He then continued part-time service at St. Clare parish in Essex and St. Athanasius in Curtis Bay until the week before his death.
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May 25, 2007
The Rev. Thomas R. Hurst will become president-rector of St. Mary's Seminary & University in Roland Park on July 1, replacing the retiring Rev. Robert F. Leavitt. Hurst - a member of the Society of St. Sulpice - had been rector of Theological College, the national seminary of the Catholic University of America in Washington, since 2001. He was ordained a priest in Albany, N.Y., in 1973, and was a member of the St. Mary's faculty from 1980 to 1992. The appointment to head the nation's oldest Catholic seminary was made by the Provincial Council of the U.S. Province of the Society of St. Sulpice, and approved by Cardinal William H. Keeler, Baltimore's archbishop who also serves as chancellor of St. Mary's.
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