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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2012
A historic Baltimore Catholic school will name its community center in honor of Bill and Camille Cosby, the biggest donors in the school's 184-year history and fierce champions of education, the school announced Friday. St. Frances Academy, which serves 162 primarily low-income high school students, will host the comedian, his wife and their relatives in a ceremony at the St. Frances Community Center on April 20. In addition to giving $2 million to St. Frances in 2005 to support its scholarship program, Camille Cosby also has a strong connection to the founders of the Baltimore school, having been educated by the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the oldest order of African-American nuns in the country, for seven years.
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Sun Staff Writer | August 9, 1995
A Nigerian cardinal widely mentioned as a possible successor to Pope John Paul II toured Roman Catholic ministries among Baltimore's African-Americans yesterday and said he was pleased by "the image of the church here" as it serves "people who are suffering."Cardinal Francis Anizoba Arinze, 62, who heads the Vatican's relations with non-Christian faiths, is a leading African among the pope's advisers in the Roman Curia, the powerful administrative council of the church.For more than three years, as concerns increasingly were raised about the health of John Paul, Cardinal Arinze's name appeared repeatedly on every short list of likely papal candidates in both the Catholic and secular news media.
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June 12, 1999
Sister M. Martina Lancaster, 84, dietitian and educatorSister Mary Martina Lancaster, O.S.P., a former educator and dietitian, died Monday of heart failure at the Oblate Sisters of Providence motherhouse near Arbutus. She was 84.Sister Martina had been administrator of the order's health care center since 1993 and moved to the motherhouse in 1987.Born Bertha Virginia Lancaster in Piscataway, Prince George's County, she entered the Oblate Sisters of Providence in 1938 and professed her vows in 1941.
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August 2, 1998
Sister Mary of Mercy, 79, teaching nunSister Mary of Mercy Coleman, OSP, a teaching nun who devoted six decades to her religious order, died of an aneurysm Tuesdaywhile visiting her ailing brother in Philadelphia. She was 79."She was a gentle, generous person who persevered, even though she knew she was sick," said Sister Mary Celestina Johnson, a friend and nun in the Oblate Sisters of Providence.When Sister Mary of Mercy died, she was visiting her brother, Dradon Coleman, at a Philadelphia hospital.
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By Allison Klein and Allison Klein,SUN STAFF | April 28, 2001
East Baltimore's tiny St. Frances Academy has won Catholic League basketball titles without a gym to practice in. Now, it will get one. Yesterday, officials broke ground for a recreation center that the school at 501 E. Chase St. has waited more than six decades to see built. It should be completed by January. In the heart of one of Baltimore's toughest neighborhoods, hundreds attended the school's flag-raising ceremony yesterday for a 31,500-square-foot brick center that will have a computer laboratory, meeting rooms, a kitchen and the school's first gymnasium.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2012
When St. Frances Academy needed another $2 million to build its community center in East Baltimore, one nun turned to her "good friends and two of the very finest persons I know" — the Cosbys. Sister Mary Alice Chineworth, an Oblate Sister of Providence and one of the school's longest-serving teachers, called the couple. Camille Cosby said yes right away. Her husband, Bill, one of the country's best-known comedians, insisted repeatedly, amid much laughter at a dedication ceremony Friday, that he was not consulted.
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By Laura Loh and Laura Loh,SUN STAFF | April 5, 2005
Camille Cosby, the entertainer's wife who attended a school in Washington run by the Oblate Sisters of Providence, is giving $2 million to the small East Baltimore high school operated by the country's oldest order of black nuns. "It's a tremendous gift, and we're extremely grateful," said Sister John Francis Schilling, principal of St. Frances Academy. "We've been on a shoestring budget for so long, it's almost second nature." The donation, announced yesterday, will be used to create an endowment that will pay the tuition for 16 students a year in perpetuity, Sister Francis said.
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October 8, 1995
Jane E. Latshaw-Moss, Hutzler's buyerJane Elizabeth Latshaw-Moss, a retired buyer for Hutzler Bros. and volunteer, died Oct. 1 of heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 77.She retired in 1980 from the department store, where she had been chief dress salon buyer. Her work required annual travel to London, Paris, New York and Milan, Italy, where she inspected and purchased the couture of the more notable fashion houses.The former Jane Elizabeth Meyers, who was born and educated in Milwaukee, began her career modeling for Chicago's Marshall Field department store.
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August 1, 2011
Baltimore Restaurant Week - presented by Visit Baltimore and the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, is Aug. 5-14. Participating restaurants will offer a choice of pre-selected, three-course dinner menus for $35.11 and three-course lunch menus for $20.11. Go to http://www.baltimorerestaurantweek.com . The National Aquarium - 501 E. Pratt St., hosts a 30th anniversary festival, featuring live entertainment and activities for all ages, Aug. 5, noon-7 p.m.; Aug, 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Aug. 7, 10 a.m. -3 p.m. Free.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2011
The Archdiocese of Baltimore added a new religious order of nuns Tuesday, its first in decades and one that began as an Anglican community. The All Saints' Sisters of the Poor left the Episcopal Church for the Roman Catholic Church two years ago. By a decree from the Vatican, they are now an official diocesan priory, or order, the same designation carried by the School Sisters of Notre Dame or the Daughters of Charity. "We feel we have broken ground," said Mother Christina Christie, leader of the community and a nun since 1966.
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