Protecting a fundamental right

The U.S. Catholic Church’s 2018 religious freedom observance begins June 22, the feast of two English martyrs who fought religious persecution — St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More — and ends June 29, the feast of two apostles martyred in Rome — Sts. Peter and Paul.

“Serving Others in God’s Love” is the theme of this year’s Religious Freedom Week. U.S. Catholics are encouraged to pray and take action in support of religious liberty at home and abroad.

Two USCCB websites, and, have resources for observing the week and learning about current and ongoing threats to religious liberty.


News/Commentary on Religious Freedom

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Feast of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher

We must foster and defend the right of the believers not only to worship in freedom, but also to bear witness to the truth in the public square and to serve the common good through an array of church ministries.
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How to promote religious liberty

I’ve always suspected that at the root of the religious liberty controversies of the last few years is an inherent distrust or even disrespect for traditional religious beliefs.
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Religious freedom in U.S., around world focus of June 22-29 observance

"Serving Others in God's Love" is the theme of this year's Religious Freedom Week. U.S. Catholics are encouraged to pray and take action act in support of religious liberty at home and abroad.
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Archdiocese of Baltimore celebrates the Class of 2018

The Archdiocese of Baltimore congratulates more than 2,300 graduates of 19 Catholic high schools.
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Ex-Vatican diplomat found guilty of distributing child porn

A Vatican court found Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, a former staff member at the Vatican nunciature in Washington, guilty of possessing and distributing child pornography.
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Three new priests ordained for Archdiocese of Baltimore

Archbishop William E. Lori ordained Fathers William Keown, John Martínez and John Streifel in an ancient liturgical rite that lasted approximately two hours.
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Pope: Individual bishops must decide about Communion in mixed marriages

The question of allowing Protestants married to Catholics to receive Communion at Mass in special cases has to be decided by each individual bishop and cannot be decided by a...
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Missionary Disciples: ChristLife discovers, follows and shares Christ

People came from 36 U.S. dioceses as well as Canada, Mexico, Ireland and Singapore to participate in the ChristLife National Training Conference at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in...
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Cardinal McCarrick’s 60 years of ministry in church had global impact

As a board member of Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops' overseas relief and development agency, he continued to travel the world and had regular speaking engagements and other...
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Called, consecrated, sent

Three new priests ordained

Archbishop William E. Lori ordained Father John Martínez, Father William Keown and Father John J. Streifel to the priesthood during a joyful June 23 Mass at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore.

For full coverage, including a story, the archbishop’s complete homily, photos, video and a slideshow, click the “learn more” link below.

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Meet our new priests

Retired from the Navy, Deacon William Keown is excited about new role as priest

Transitional Deacon William Keown never anticipated having a second career, let alone one as a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
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Deacon John Martínez found support from parishioners in pursuit of the priesthood

Deacon Martínez has high hopes for Catholicism in Baltimore and is determined to accompany young adults in their faith journey.
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St. Maria Goretti graduate ready for priesthood

“In the end I’ve been able to come to this point, this graced point, where the Lord has made clear to me this is my vocation,” Deacon Streifel said.
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Blogs & Commentary


Catholic Baltimore

Catholic Baltimore is a weekly radio production of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

This week, we talk with Cindy Wooden, Rome correspondent for Catholic News Service, speaking about her many years covering the Holy Father.

Listen below or here, and click here to listen to other Catholic Baltimore programs.


Featured Homily

Priests and deacons throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore provide wonderful spiritual insights through their homilies and reflections.

This week, we feature Father Richard Hilgartner, pastor of St. Joseph in Cockeysville. Listen here or below, and click here to listen to other homilists and podcasts in the archdiocese.



Celebrate the Class of 2018

The Archdiocese of Baltimore congratulates more than 2,300 graduates of 19 Catholic high schools in the archdiocese. Click the link below to see a photo slideshow, news graphics and details from the schools.

Journey of faith

Seán Bray

Seán Bray, director of campus ministry at Loyola University Maryland and a parishioner of Corpus Christi in Bolton Hill, is well-known on campus for accompanying students on their faith journeys. A Seattle native, he draws on his experiences on immersion trips to inspire students.

“It’s less about talking at someone than listening for the questions in their lives,” Bray said.

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More Faces of Faith

East Baltimore man dedicated to parish, food bank

Dwayne Coleman uses his free time to volunteer at St. Wenceslaus in Baltimore and the parish’s Lucielle Fitzgerald Outreach Center, which will be re-dedicated April 21 at 10 a.m.
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Faith and science go hand-in-hand for Mount St. Mary’s student

The more deeply Veronica Balick probes cellular and molecular biology, the more firmly she believes in the existence of God.
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Frederick County youth leads through service, faith

Knowing Christ personally and striving to do the things that bring him closer to Christ while also drawing others into a deeper relationship with Jesus.
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A Response to the Netflix Series, "The Keepers"

Promise to Protect and Promote Healing

Watch video interviews with key figures and access fact sheets, statements, news articles and other resources here.

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Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time


“Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.”


We are called to be a light brightly visible, not to proclaim ourselves but to proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord (2 Corinthians 4:5).”
– Archbishop William E. Lori 

Archbishop William E. Lori greets Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh following the Blue Mass at St. Casimir Church in Canton March 4. (Kevin J. Parks/CR Staff)

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Featured Resources

Embracing God’s Plan for Marriage: A Scripture Study for Couples

Popular author and speaker Mark Hart and his wife, Melanie, help illuminate the truths about married love with key Scripture passages and insightful questions for reflection and prayer.


ChristLife equips Catholics for the essential work of evangelization so others might personally encounter Jesus Christ and be transformed into His missionary disciples in the Catholic Church.

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is a wonderful way to be part of the new evangelization by works of conversion for those who do not know Christ, consolation of the sick and suffering, and conservation of the faith of the members of the body of Christ.

Mercy Now

Mercy Now is a free quarterly resource for parish leaders. Includes articles, bulletin inserts, notes for catechists, a section for youth and/or youth ministers, and a column for parents.

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