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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer | August 14, 1994
The pastor of a Catholic church in Glen Burnie and a receptionist were abducted at knifepoint after a Mass yesterday by a man who forced the priest to drive to the Davidsonville area before locking him in the car's trunk, police said.The Rev. Gene Nickol, 47, pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, opened the trunk and jumped out of the car on a rural road off Defense Highway. The church receptionist, Aileen Pelsky, 66, jumped from the moving car moments later, police reported.Both ran to safety at a nearby real estate office.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | July 3, 1994
Although he is soon to leave the Westminster parish he has called home for five years, the Rev. David Pietropaoli is still working for the children he calls its future.Two weeks ago, the man whose many duties included the youth ministry at St. John Catholic Church led one last retreat for 32 teen-agers. During the three days of prayer, mixed with sports, at a camp in Pennsylvania, the children "really inspired me," he said."By the second day, they had decided it was OK to be Catholic," he said.
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January 5, 1995
POLICE* Westminster: An employee of Stone Construction Co. on Medinah Circle reported that someone stole sheets of plywood from the job site Sunday. The value of the wood was estimated at $216.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Sun Staff Writer | August 15, 1994
As the nervous bridegroom paced at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, wondering why the priest hadn't shown up for the Saturday wedding and how to tell his bride, the Rev. Gene Nickol was praying he and his receptionist wouldn't be harmed by a man holding a knife to her throat."
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By Phyllis Brill and Phyllis Brill,Sun Staff Writer | March 14, 1994
More than 125 people gathered on the grounds of St. John's Roman Catholic Church overlooking Long Green Valley yesterday afternoon and prayed together for their friend, the Rev. Jerome F. Toohey Jr.The priest was accused in a civil suit last week of sexually abusing a student he counseled in the late 1980s.The gathering was organized Saturday evening after parishioners of the church on Long Green Pike in Hydes read about the suit in the newspaper. They wanted to show their support for the priest, a former chaplain at Calvert Hall College high school who said Mass at the school every Sunday as a weekend associate.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,Contributing Writer | March 21, 1993
The Rev. John Joseph Canfield, S.S., a retired priest whose work served the Roman Catholic priesthood in Baltimore for about three decades, died Tuesday of heart failure at St. Martin's Home for the Aged in Catonsville. He was 77.Father Canfield served and taught his fellow priests for 28 years at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore before retiring as its vice president in 1986. During those years, his work included teaching dogmatic theology, editing the seminary's alumni magazine, and serving as vice rector.
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By Liz F. Kay and Julie Scharper and Liz F. Kay and Julie Scharper,SUN REPORTERS | May 20, 2008
A Baltimore priest has been permanently removed from ministry 15 years after allegations that he had committed sexual abuse and three years after he pleaded guilty in court to abusing a minor - too long a wait for some advocates for abuse victims. At the request of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Pope Benedict XVI this month defrocked Jerome F. Toohey Jr., who admitted in November 2005 that he sexually abused a high school sophomore in the late 1980s while Toohey was chaplain at Calvert Hall College High School in Towson.
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By Robert A. Erlandson and Joe Nawrozki and Robert A. Erlandson and Joe Nawrozki,Sun Staff Writers | November 4, 1994
After months of negotiations, the Archdiocese of Baltimore and a private anti-crime group are prepared to offer a $6,000 reward for information leading to the solution of the 1969 murder of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik.The reward -- the first in the case -- is being offered through the archdiocese and Metro Crime Stoppers Inc., a Baltimore organization that gives tipsters anonymity in identifying crime suspects and forwards information to authorities.The funds were to be placed in escrow in a local bank today, and the reward soon will be publicized through the anti-crime group's television announcements, said William Blaul, a spokesman for the archdiocese.
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By Joseph F. Breighner | December 10, 1990
IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS: The Death and Life of a Parish Priest. By Paul Wilkes. Random House. 256 pages. $19.95.WHEN WAS the last time anyone thought of the parish priest as a hero? With all of the negative news about priests surfacing in recent months, this book by Paul Wilkes stands as a "point of light" in what seems a gloomy night for the priesthood."In Mysterious Ways" is the story of a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, the Rev. Joe Greer. Inspired by the French classic, "Diary of a Country Priest," the author wanted to write about a modern priest, a sort of "diary of a city priest."
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | January 6, 2005
The Rev. Paul Francis Dolan, a retired priest who bought and drove a school bus so children at his Taneytown parish could get a Roman Catholic education, died of pneumonia Friday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 85. Born in Johnstown, Pa., he was the son of a Bethlehem Steel Corp. manager who moved the family to Sparrows Point in the early 1930s. Father Dolan attended St. Rita parochial school and was a 1937 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School, where he was captain of the track team.
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