Archbishop William E. Lori joined his brother bishops from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and neighboring dioceses in a nearly three-hour meeting with Pope Francis in Rome Dec. 3. 
Archbishop Lori shared with the Holy Father the diversity of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, describing its strengths and needs. He also received the pope’s blessing on the new Mother Mary Lange Catholic School that is being built in Baltimore City. 
“We have a shepherd in Pope Francis who wants to know us and who certainly loves us and certainly cares about us,” Archbishop Lori said.
Watch the accompanying video message for a report from Archbishop Lori about his discussions with the pope and the presentation of special gifts from the people of the Archdiocese of Baltimore to the Holy Father.
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Archbishop William E. Lori recently joined local members of the Knights of Columbus in distributing 1,000 new winter coats to Baltimore children in need.

Children from Loyola Early Learning Center, Ss. James and John Catholic School, Archbishop Borders School, and Our Lady of Victory Catholic School were among those visiting St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Baltimore to receive a new winter coat. The remaining coats will be sent to St. Agnes School, Catholic Charities of Baltimore and St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in West Baltimore for distribution to children in need.

The new coats were donated by the Knights of Columbus as part of the Coats for Kids program.


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Father Steven Roth launches a series on vocations by interviewing Ellen LeGare, the mother of two seminarians in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

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

This week, we feature Father Mark Bialek, pastor of St. John in Westminster.

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Walk with us as we explore death and the feelings of loss by those of us left behind


A production of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, “How We Grieve” interviews Christians about their experiences of grief and loss. Hosted by Edward Herrera, HWG asks questions that are helpful to those experiencing loss and friends and family who want to comfort them.

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New Catholic school on track for Baltimore

On Oct. 23, Archbishop William E. Lori broke ground on Mother Mary Lange Catholic School, the first Catholic elementary school to be built in the city in 60 years! 

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Mary Hoban

Name a parish job and Hoban’s done it. She’s been on the finance committee and pastoral council. She’s been a religious education teacher and a lector.

“Mary is a go-getter. I know when I give her something to do, she gets it done and that has been essential to getting more parishioners involved in our ministries,” said Father John Williamson, pastor of the Catholic Community of Ascension and St. Augustine.

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We are called to be a light brightly visible, not to proclaim ourselves but to proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord.”
– Archbishop William E. Lori 

Archbishop William E. Lori offers his homily during the opening Mass of the 136th Supreme Convention of the Knight of Columbus at the Baltimore Convention Center August 7. (Kevin J. Parks/CR Staff)

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