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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | May 12, 2003
The Rev. Matthew Kotkowski, the former pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church in Fells Point, died Friday of heart failure at the parish rectory, where he continued to reside after the church was closed in 2000. He was 83. Father Kotkowski was born in Fells Point and was baptized and attended grammar school at St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish. He graduated from St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, N.Y. He entered the Conventual Franciscan Friars in 1938 at St. Joseph Cupertino Novitiate in Ellicott City.
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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 Amy Segreti and Amy Segreti,SUN STAFF | July 19, 2004
A question mark scrawled on a piece of paper is often taped to a window of the church that was once the heart of the Polish-American community in Fells Point - a building that is now considered an "eyesore" to some residents. "The debris and wine bottles have been out of sight. There's grass growing up between the bricks, and it looks like no one takes care of it," said Gloria Weber, owner of the Weber funeral home across the street from the church. "I just can't believe they would let it go so long."
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May 20, 2006
Assault weapon ad just a political ploy Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan's ad campaign attacking Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. concerning assault weapons is totally misguided ("Spat over ad spotlights Ehrlich's gun position," May 16). No one believes that we need more firearms (of any kind) "on the streets" to be used illegally by felons and gang members, and Mr. Ehrlich certainly does not believe this. But these semiautomatic rifles are used so infrequently in crime that no Maryland police agency has a sub-category for their use in its crime listings.
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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF | March 20, 2000
Looking back on her 86 years, Leona Kulinski says most of the highlights of her life happened in St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church in Fells Point. "I was baptized here, I took my First Communion here, I went to school here and I was married here," said Kulinski, who lives on Wolfe Street. "Now where am I going to be buried?" Kulinski was one of about 70 people who protested yesterday the announced closing of the church. Braving chilly winds and gray skies, they walked in front of the church carrying signs that read: "Our Interest is in the Almighty God, not the Almighty Dollar," and "Keep Stanislaus Church Open."
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | March 13, 2000
St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church, a Fells Point parish that has served Baltimore's Polish community for more than 120 years but whose congregation has dwindled in recent years, is being closed by the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Bishop Gordon D. Bennett told parishioners after the 10 a.m. Mass yesterday that the final service will be held May 7, two weeks after Easter. The last Roman Catholic church to close in the city was St. Bernard's in Waverly in 1997. "I feel so bad," said Mel DeMartin, a lifelong parishioner.
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November 15, 2005
RAYMOND JOSEPH PENDYCK SR., 56, of Catonsville, formerly of Ellicott City died at his home on Thursday, November 10, 2005. Born in Coatesville, PA he was the late Joseph W. and Elizabeth Kovatch Pendyck. Ray graduated from Coatesville area schools and obtained an Associate Degree from NYU. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and cook. He earned a Black Belt in Karate. He was employed as a Manager and Consultant in the Plastic Extrusion field where he held several patents. He had been employed by Sweetheart Cups and most recently Russell Motors.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 20, 2000
A delegation of parishioners from St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church in Fells Point, which is being closed because of dwindling membership, met yesterday with Cardinal William H. Keeler in an attempt to persuade him to keep the parish open. Five members of the Steering Committee to Save St. Stanislaus Kostka Church met with Keeler and Bishop Gordon D. Bennett, Keeler's assistant who supervises city parishes, for about 45 minutes yesterday. They were told the archdiocese has no plans to delay the closing.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | August 28, 2005
The Rev. Victor Maksimowicz, a Franciscan pastor and teacher, died Wednesday at Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia of head injuries suffered in a fall during a heart attack. The resident of the St. Clement Friary in Rosedale was 78. Father Maksimowicz was born in Scranton, Pa., and entered the Conventual Franciscan Friars at Mount St. Lawrence Novitiate in Becket, Mass., when he was 18 years old. He professed his first vows a year later and continued his studies at St. Joseph Cupertino Seminary in Ellicott City, St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, N.Y., and St. Hyacinth Seminary in Granby, Mass.
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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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November 15, 2005
RAYMOND JOSEPH PENDYCK SR., 56, of Catonsville, formerly of Ellicott City died at his home on Thursday, November 10, 2005. Born in Coatesville, PA he was the late Joseph W. and Elizabeth Kovatch Pendyck. Ray graduated from Coatesville area schools and obtained an Associate Degree from NYU. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and cook. He earned a Black Belt in Karate. He was employed as a Manager and Consultant in the Plastic Extrusion field where he held several patents. He had been employed by Sweetheart Cups and most recently Russell Motors.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | August 28, 2005
The Rev. Victor Maksimowicz, a Franciscan pastor and teacher, died Wednesday at Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia of head injuries suffered in a fall during a heart attack. The resident of the St. Clement Friary in Rosedale was 78. Father Maksimowicz was born in Scranton, Pa., and entered the Conventual Franciscan Friars at Mount St. Lawrence Novitiate in Becket, Mass., when he was 18 years old. He professed his first vows a year later and continued his studies at St. Joseph Cupertino Seminary in Ellicott City, St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, N.Y., and St. Hyacinth Seminary in Granby, Mass.
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By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,SUN STAFF | January 14, 2005
Despite years of planning and bingo fund-raisers, a grass-roots group's hopes of turning its former Fells Point church into a Slavic heritage museum were dashed yesterday. St. Stanislaus Kostka Church Museum Inc. found out that it had lost its bid to buy the church from the Franciscan friars. Instead, the South Ann Street property will go to Mother Seton Academy, a Catholic school next to it that wants to expand. Late last year the likelihood of a deal between the museum group and the friars appeared unlikely.
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By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,SUN STAFF | December 30, 2004
To be able to turn its beloved former Fells Point church into a museum, a grass-roots group must promise church owners one thing: Religion will not happen there. The unusual caveat is the latest hitch in a struggle by St. Stanislaus Kostka Church Museum Inc. to buy the church from the Franciscan friars. After a year of negotiating and raising money, the St. Stanislaus group thought it was finally closing in on its goal of buying the South Ann Street property for $400,000 and converting the church into a Slavic culture museum.
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By Amy Segreti and Amy Segreti,SUN STAFF | July 19, 2004
A question mark scrawled on a piece of paper is often taped to a window of the church that was once the heart of the Polish-American community in Fells Point - a building that is now considered an "eyesore" to some residents. "The debris and wine bottles have been out of sight. There's grass growing up between the bricks, and it looks like no one takes care of it," said Gloria Weber, owner of the Weber funeral home across the street from the church. "I just can't believe they would let it go so long."
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | May 12, 2003
The Rev. Matthew Kotkowski, the former pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church in Fells Point, died Friday of heart failure at the parish rectory, where he continued to reside after the church was closed in 2000. He was 83. Father Kotkowski was born in Fells Point and was baptized and attended grammar school at St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish. He graduated from St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, N.Y. He entered the Conventual Franciscan Friars in 1938 at St. Joseph Cupertino Novitiate in Ellicott City.
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By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,SUN STAFF | December 30, 2004
To be able to turn its beloved former Fells Point church into a museum, a grass-roots group must promise church owners one thing: Religion will not happen there. The unusual caveat is the latest hitch in a struggle by St. Stanislaus Kostka Church Museum Inc. to buy the church from the Franciscan friars. After a year of negotiating and raising money, the St. Stanislaus group thought it was finally closing in on its goal of buying the South Ann Street property for $400,000 and converting the church into a Slavic culture museum.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Staff Writer | October 7, 1993
A vacant convent in Fells Point will become Baltimore's newest contemporary art museum later this month.The St. Stanislaus Kostka Convent at 724 S. Ann St. will become the temporary home of an international exhibit, "Contemporary East European Ceramics." Baltimore is the second of four U.S. stops for the exhibit, which opens Oct. 24 and runs through Dec. 12. The display includes works by 73 artists from 15 countries.The exhibit is being brought to the city through a collaboration of Baltimore Clayworks; the Maryland Institute College of Art; and the Contemporary, a 4-year-old roving museum that selects a different site for each exhibit it mounts.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 20, 2000
A delegation of parishioners from St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church in Fells Point, which is being closed because of dwindling membership, met yesterday with Cardinal William H. Keeler in an attempt to persuade him to keep the parish open. Five members of the Steering Committee to Save St. Stanislaus Kostka Church met with Keeler and Bishop Gordon D. Bennett, Keeler's assistant who supervises city parishes, for about 45 minutes yesterday. They were told the archdiocese has no plans to delay the closing.
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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF | March 20, 2000
Looking back on her 86 years, Leona Kulinski says most of the highlights of her life happened in St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church in Fells Point. "I was baptized here, I took my First Communion here, I went to school here and I was married here," said Kulinski, who lives on Wolfe Street. "Now where am I going to be buried?" Kulinski was one of about 70 people who protested yesterday the announced closing of the church. Braving chilly winds and gray skies, they walked in front of the church carrying signs that read: "Our Interest is in the Almighty God, not the Almighty Dollar," and "Keep Stanislaus Church Open."
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