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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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October 23, 1992
Rev. A. V. Hunter Jr.Minister, professorThe Rev. A. Vanlier Hunter Jr., a Presbyterian minister who was professor of biblical studies at St. Mary's Seminary and University and active in ecumenical and interfaith activities, died Tuesday of liver cancer at the home of his mother in Johnstown, Pa.Services for Dr. Hunter, who was 53, were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Beechwoods Presbyterian Church at Dubois, Pa.Two services for Dr. Hunter are scheduled...
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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 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 and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | June 3, 2003
The Rev. Blair P. Raum, who served as a pastor in Fells Point and was a leader in the Roman Catholic anti-abortion movement, died of pancreatic cancer Saturday at his residence at St. Rose of Lima Church in Brooklyn. He was 58. Father Raum was an official of the National Office of Post-Abortion, Reconciliation and Healing and headed Project Rachel in Baltimore, a program offering counseling to women who have had abortions. After a multi-alarm fire 20 years ago heavily damaged St. Patrick Church in Fells Point, where he was pastor from 1980 to 1995, he led the restoration and repair of stained-glass windows at the Gothic Revival Broadway landmark.
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By JACQUES KELLY and JACQUES KELLY,SUN STAFF | October 4, 1995
WITH ITS IMPOSING neo-Baroque limestone facade and elaborate cornice, St. Mary's Seminary has been compared to a Baltimore Versailles or a palace straight out of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.But the size of the building and the distance it sits back from the corner of Roland Avenue and Northern Parkway exaggerates the size and gravity of this university for priests.It will be from the steps of this 1929 building that Pope John Paul II will greet the men in training for the priesthood of this archdiocese, perhaps say a word or two, then board a helicopter for his ride to Baltimore-Washington International Airport, ending his daylong Baltimore visit Sunday and returning to the Vatican.
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By JOSH MITCHELL and JOSH MITCHELL,SUN REPORTER | November 25, 2005
Dr. George Grenville Merrill, an Episcopal minister and physician who for decades had a psychiatric practice in Baltimore, died Tuesday at Keswick Multi-Care Center in North Baltimore. He was 96 and had been suffering from congestive heart failure. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., and raised in Stockbridge, Mass., he graduated in 1927 from St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H. He earned a biology degree from Princeton University and a medical degree from Harvard University before marrying Anne Totten in 1939.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | June 18, 1999
Louise Ann Meister, a social worker who assisted prisoners, AIDS patients and the homeless, died of cancer Monday at her Columbia home. She was 59.The director of social services for N Street Village in Washington, a center where 600 homeless women annually seek help, she had a long career with institutions in Baltimore and Washington."
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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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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 Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | January 20, 2001
The Rev. Joseph A. Kenney, retired pastor of St. Clement's Roman Catholic Church in Lansdowne, died Tuesday of heart failure at Long Crandon, a retirement home for priests in Baltimore County. He was 84. In his 57 years as a priest, he served as a curate at the Shrine of the Little Flower parish in Northeast Baltimore and as pastor of St. Joseph's in Taneytown, St. Rita's in Dundalk and St. Clement's. He retired in 1987. "He was a joyful, exuberant and gregarious man. He created an atmosphere about him. He loved to tell stories and jokes.
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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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