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By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF | August 21, 1996
A decision to turn a Towson-area rectory into a home for recovering alcoholics and addicts was postponed last night, frustrating many nearby residents who oppose the plan.They gathered at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in anticipation of a vote on the issue by the nine-member vestry.Instead, the Rev. Walter C. Simmons, pastor of the church in the Cromwood-Coventry neighborhood near Perring Parkway, delayed the decision, telling the group of almost 150 neighbors that he would organize a forum for further discussion.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
The three-story brick townhouse at 115 W. Lee St. is one of the largest in Baltimore's Otterbein neighborhood. A former rectory for the long-since-gone St. Joseph Catholic Church, this end-of-group home has been meticulously restored by its current owners and is for sale for just under $1.3 million. "This house is on one of the most beautiful streets downtown," said listing agent James Baldwin of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. "Lee Street is classic, tree-lined and broader than most [in the area.]
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 8, 2001
A federal judge has agreed to allow the ousted rector of a Prince George's County Episcopal parish to remain with his family in the rectory until the end of the month. U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte had ordered the Rev. Samuel L. Edwards to move out of the rectory at Christ Church in Accokeek by yesterday. Messitte ruled last week in favor of acting Bishop Jane Holmes Dixon of Washington, who filed suit seeking the court's help in enforcing her decision not to confirm Edwards' hiring as rector by the church's vestry.
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By Carrie Wells and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2013
A fire in a church rectory in Ocean City Tuesday that left two dead began when a person on fire entered the ministry's offices, according to the Episcopal Diocese of Easton. One of those killed in the three-alarm blaze was Rev. David Dingwall, the pastor of the church, St. Paul's By The Sea Episcopal, diocese officials said. The second man who died has not yet been publicly identified. The fire began at around 9:25 a.m. in the rear offices of the rectory at 302 N. Baltimore Avenue "when a person on fire entered the Shepherd's Crook ministry offices," the diocese said on its website.
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By Beth Smith | May 19, 1991
The rectory near the corner of Saratoga and Cathedral streets, known as the "parsonage on the hill," boasted the highest elevation in Baltimore when it was built in 1791. Its 18th century residents had a clear view of the harbor and not the slightest inkling that one day the grand home of the rector of St. Paul's Church would be dwarfed by towers of steel and edged by yards of cement and concrete."You know," says Stiles Colwill, partner in Colwill and McGehee, an antiques shop and design firm specializing in period restorations, "the really unique thing about this house is that it is still here, that it has managed to survive as a residence for nearly 200 years."
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By Peter Hermann | December 6, 2011
Since writing about copper thieves targeting homes in Homeland and Ruxton, I've been inundated by storis from victims in the city and beyond. One woman in Pikesville told me that her $5,000 statue was taken from outside her house, even though it had been cemented to the ground. Today came a new low -- a report from a pastor in Towson who said copper from his church was taken this fall. Here is the account from Rev. Michael Carrion: "On Saturday, September 24, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Towson discovered the theft of 11 of our copper downspouts from the Rectory, the south side of the Church and on the School.    Several of them from the sides of the Church were about 20 feet in length.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | September 9, 1996
Anger and frustration spilled from the pews of a Towson-area church yesterday during a meeting on the pastor's plans to turn his rectory into a home for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts.In a debate that has ignited the Cromwood-Coventry neighborhood, about 35 people -- including two state delegates -- attended the session after the morning service at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church to hear the pros and cons of Oxford House, a facility for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts, moving into the community.
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By BRENT JONES and BRENT JONES,SUN REPORTER | July 25, 2006
The remaining portion of a rectory near an old church in Fells Point was demolished yesterday, a move that brings a developer a step closer to building high-priced condominiums on the property. The rectory was the first of several buildings slated to be razed as part of a redevelopment project at the site of the old St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church complex at Ann and Aliceanna streets. Opponents of the project say the buildings should be preserved because they are part of the heritage of the neighborhood's Polish community.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | December 13, 2001
An associate pastor at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen was arrested at its rectory by FBI agents yesterday and charged with possessing child pornography. The Rev. Thomas A. Rydzewski, 35, who lived at the rectory next to the church in the 5300 block of N. Charles St., was released to the custody of his parents last night by U.S. Magistrate Judge James K. Bredar after a brief hearing. As a condition of his release, Rydzewski promised to remain at his parents' Arnold home and to stay away from unsupervised children.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Robert A. Erlandson and Joe Nawrozki and Robert A. Erlandson,Sun Staff Writers | February 14, 1995
Cardinal William H. Keeler has revoked the official duties of a priest being sued for allegedly molesting two women while they were students at a Catholic high school in southwest Baltimore 20 years ago.A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, William Blaul, said the Rev. A. Joseph Maskell was notified that Cardinal Keeler had removed the priest's faculties to administer the church sacraments when officials named a successor to Father Maskell as...
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By Peter Hermann | December 6, 2011
Since writing about copper thieves targeting homes in Homeland and Ruxton, I've been inundated by storis from victims in the city and beyond. One woman in Pikesville told me that her $5,000 statue was taken from outside her house, even though it had been cemented to the ground. Today came a new low -- a report from a pastor in Towson who said copper from his church was taken this fall. Here is the account from Rev. Michael Carrion: "On Saturday, September 24, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Towson discovered the theft of 11 of our copper downspouts from the Rectory, the south side of the Church and on the School.    Several of them from the sides of the Church were about 20 feet in length.
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By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2010
A Baltimore church was robbed of thousands of dollars in checks, cash and gift cards last week, police said, when a burglar broke into the church offices and rectory and stole the valuables from a safe. On the morning of Dec. 16, staff at St. Francis of Assisi Church on Harford Road discovered that approximately $1,400 in cash, $4,235 in checks and gift cards of unknown value were missing from a church safe. According to a police report on the incident, one employee's window had been tampered with, and police believe that sometime between the night of Dec. 15 and the next morning, the burglar accessed the church's second-floor offices by climbing onto an adjacent roof using a church ladder lying near the side of the building.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,sun reporter | June 7, 2007
The pastor of a Roman Catholic parish in northern Anne Arundel County has stepped down after church officials concluded that he persuaded lay leaders to pay him more money than the Archdiocese of Baltimore allows. The Rev. Domenic L. Cieri, who led St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Severn for nearly 15 years, received salary and Mass stipends above the scales approved by the archdiocese, according to an audit conducted in October. Archdiocese spokesman Sean Caine said Cieri also received a housing allowance to live in northern Baltimore County, although his parish has a rectory.
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February 19, 2007
Cecile Michaud, who cooked and cleaned for the priests of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church in Prince George's County until she was 89, died Tuesday of complications from dementia at the Household of Angels assisted-living facility in Crofton. She was 96. Cecile Reny was the youngest of seven children raised on a small farm in Winslow, Maine. While accompanying her brother on milk deliveries, she met her future husband, Raoul Michaud, a baker. They were married in 1933. As a young woman she worked as a warper for a wool mill, loading fibers onto a machine that spun them into thread, said her daughter, Evelyn Leclerc of Gambrills.
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By BRENT JONES and BRENT JONES,SUN REPORTER | July 25, 2006
The remaining portion of a rectory near an old church in Fells Point was demolished yesterday, a move that brings a developer a step closer to building high-priced condominiums on the property. The rectory was the first of several buildings slated to be razed as part of a redevelopment project at the site of the old St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church complex at Ann and Aliceanna streets. Opponents of the project say the buildings should be preserved because they are part of the heritage of the neighborhood's Polish community.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 13, 2003
A former nun will not participate in the prosecution of a former Catholic priest whom she had accused of raping her in 1989 at St. Ambrose Church, the city state's attorney's office said yesterday. Margaret T. Burns, spokeswoman for the office, said prosecutors received a letter last month from Rita D. Monahan indicating that after additional thought she did not wish to testify in a potential case against the Rev. Thomas R. Schwind, now a Pentecostal pastor in East Baltimore. "Based on correspondence from the victim that outlines her desire not to testify, the state will be unable to proceed, and the matter will be officially closed," Burns said.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer | July 16, 1993
A 37-year-old Annapolis man was sentenced to six years in prison yesterday for snatching a purse from a woman as she was leaving the rectory of an Annapolis church.Timothy Austin Blake of the 700 block of Newtowne Drive was sentenced by Circuit Judge Eugene M. Lerner, who cited Blake's criminal record and the crime's location as reasons for the length of the prison term."I can't imagine a safer place, a place that's supposedly safer than a church rectory," Judge Lerner said. "God is there to help people, and here's someone who comes in to get some marriage counseling before getting married, and to be subjected to this kind of harassment is just uncalled for."
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | June 14, 1991
CAMDEN, N.J. -- Thieves broke into the rectory of Camden's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception early yesterday, evaded an elaborate alarm system and stole a ruby ring and a gold cross from the body of Bishop George Guilfoyle.Camden police took a 13-year-old boy believed to have been involved in the crime into custody last night.The boy was taken into custody about 8 p.m. Police said he told them that the items had been taken to ashop that deals in gold and silver in Camden. As of midnight, the stolen objects had not been recovered.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | May 17, 2002
Anticipating the adoption next month of a national zero tolerance policy toward priests who sexually abuse minors, Cardinal William H. Keeler asked a priest accused 20 years ago of molesting two teen-age altar boys to retire from his job as an administrator at the Archdiocesan Tribunal, a religious court. The move signals the archbishop of Baltimore's support for a zero tolerance policy that would take retroactive action against priest abusers, a controversial and unresolved issue that came out of the high-level summit in Rome last month.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | December 13, 2001
An associate pastor at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen was arrested at its rectory by FBI agents yesterday and charged with possessing child pornography. The Rev. Thomas A. Rydzewski, 35, who lived at the rectory next to the church in the 5300 block of N. Charles St., was released to the custody of his parents last night by U.S. Magistrate Judge James K. Bredar after a brief hearing. As a condition of his release, Rydzewski promised to remain at his parents' Arnold home and to stay away from unsupervised children.
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