The Role of Baltimore in American Church History
But the Archdiocese is more than an historic relic - it is a living, growing entity of the Universal Church. Today, more than two hundred years after its founding, the Archdiocese has over one-half million Catholics and over 250 active Diocesan Priests. Under the leadership of Cardinal Keeler, the premier see enjoys a position of importance in the American Church as a leading center of ecumenical, social and civic progress, along with being one of the prime locations for priestly formation in the United States. For the first time in the history of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, on October 8, 1995, the Holy Father, His Holiness Pope John Paul II, celebrated Mass in the Archdiocese at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and visited both the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption.