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Kirk Gaddy, black Catholic educator and father figure to many, dies suddenly at 55

A lifelong parishioner of Historic St. Francis Xavier in Baltimore and major influence in the education of black youths from pre-K to college, Gaddy was in his second stint on the staff at St. Frances Academy, where he had been in the class of 1983. 
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Catholic faith shapes Phil Klay and bestselling war author’s writing

“I think a Catholic worldview inflects how I think about sin, about fallibility, about ritual and community and suffering, about being a physical body in the world, but also about being more than mere matter,” Phil Klay said.
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A message from Archbishop Lori

I am truly grateful that we are able to gather together again in person to celebrate Mass and the Sacraments as jurisdictions throughout the State slowly proceed through the reopening process.
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Five retiring school principals in Baltimore Archdiocese depart with cherished memories

Smith retired after 15 years as principal and 40 years in education. Other principals retiring included Deborah Glinowiecki of St. Ursula School in Parkville, Patricia McDermott of St. Mary Catholic School in Hagerstown, Terry Weiss of St. Louis School in Clarksville and Raymond Kiddy of Bishop Walsh School in Cumberland.
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St. Joan of Arc in Aberdeen celebrates 100th anniversary

From a humble start when several Catholics gathered for prayer to a community of 400 families, St. Joan of Arc Church persevered through its share of trials to grow into a vibrant parish that, despite the halting effects of the coronavirus pandemic, is proudly celebrating its milestone 100-year anniversary.
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In challenging time, priests lean on their own loss as they bury the dead

Sensitive pastoral care from priests in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, coupled with the support of funeral homes and cemeteries, has comforted many families during the coronavirus pandemic
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Adapting to coronavirus pandemic as teacher, wife, mom

Andrea Sommers will never forget her 10th year as a teacher at St. John Regional Catholic School in Frederick. She teaches social studies, English language arts and religion to 82 fifthand sixth-graders. Since mid-March, the coronavirus pandemic has forced her to do all that from home, which she shares with her husband, Dwight, a captain...
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Newly named St. Louis archbishop shares mom’s advice to him: ‘Don’t get a big head’

Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski traveled from Springfield to the St. Louis Archdiocese as its newly named archbishop with this advice from his mother, Jean: "Don't get a big head."
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Center for Pregnancy Concerns’ Howard St. location expected to open on schedule

The pro-life Center for Pregnancy Concerns (CPC) will open as planned at 328 N. Howard St. in Baltimore, next door to the city’s Planned Parenthood location, late this summer, according to Gina Ruppert, executive director of CPC.
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Highlandtown pastor urges more COVID-19 testing sites in hard-hit Latino and African American communities

Bishop-designate Bruce Lewandowski, C.Ss.R., appealed to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Jr. June 10 to increase free COVID-19 testing in Baltimore to expand beyond his parish of Sacred Heart of Jesus/Sagrado Corazón de Jesús in Highlandtown.
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Pope names Bishop Rozanski, Baltimore native, as Archbishop of St. Louis

Pope Francis has named Baltimore native Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski of the Diocese of Springfield, Mass., as the 10th archbishop of St. Louis.
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New Baltimore auxiliary bishop wanted to be a ‘frontier priest’

Redemptorist Father Bruce Lewandowski was surprised June 1 by a call from Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio – the pope’s representative in the United States – relating that Pope Francis had selected the pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus/Sagrado Corazón de Jesús Parish in Highlandtown as the archdiocese’s new auxiliary bishop. The appointment was announced...
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