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Maryland March for Life 2009

  We gather again, here in our State capital and in the midst of Maryland’s legislative session, to promote the cause of life. As happens annually, our Mass is a Lenten Mass and we are providentially offered the Lenten readings of the day to shed light on our efforts. To begin with, let’s take the...
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Ash Wednesday

  Blow the trumpet in Zion, proclaim a fast, call an assembly. In ancient times, the sounding of a trumpet or rams horn was a clarion call to war, to prepare for a serious battle. The assembly that gathered stood before God for help, their fasting an admission that they brought disaster upon themselves by...
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Archbishop O’Brien’s 2009 Commitment Weekend

  In today’s second reading from the First Letter to the Corinthians, Saint Paul urges the early Christians to “Do everything for the glory of God.” During this Year of St. Paul, we’ve adopted his words as our theme for this year’s Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. It reminds me of a practice from my youth: When...
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World Day of Marriage

  What a joy-filled day this is! Family and friends here to salute parents and grandparents – Jubilarians faithful, loyal and persevering in living the vows they made a quarter and half century ago and even more. Most likely this is one of several celebrations many of you will be having to rejoice in life...
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World Day for Consecrated Life

  I welcome this opportunity to join with the religious of the Archdiocese of Baltimore in celebrating the World Day for Consecrated Life. I might even suggest that there is no Church in the United States more appropriate in celebrating the gifts of consecrated women and men than this Church of Baltimore.             To gather...
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Greeting at Installation of W. Francis Malooly

  For you, the People of God of the Church of Wilmington: Congratulations on the special gift the Lord gives you this day. He transitions from the first diocese in the United States to the first state in the United States. He has spent priestly gifts generously and effectively upon the people of God of...
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Death Penalty – Testimony of Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien

  Mr. Chairman and members of the Commission, I am Edwin O’Brien, since last October, the Archbishop of Baltimore.  The Archdiocese of Baltimore runs east from the Appalachians across 9 counties and the City of Baltimore to the Chesapeake Bay. It numbers more than a half million Roman Catholics in more than 150 parishes. Its...
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Bishop Malooly’s Appointment to the See of Wilmington

  The Archdiocese of Baltimore has been enormously blessed by the priestly and episcopal ministry of Bishop Fran Malooly. His long service and friendly demeanor have endeared him to so many in our Archdiocese, especially the faithful of the Western Vicariate. News of his appointment to the See of Wilmington leaves us all with mixed...
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The Indispensable Role of Nonpublic Schools in Public Education

  Thanks very much to Jay Schwartz for the invitation to join you today    for your “50 on Friday” luncheon.  It’s a pleasure to be with you. I’d like to begin my remarks by briefly discussing the concept of “public education” and the partnership that both public and nonpublic schools share in that enterprise.  For...
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Commencement

  It would be a privilege on any Spring day to be invited to deliver the commencement address at this historic and prestigious university. How especially significant the honor to do so for Mt. St. Mary’s Bicentennial Class, and on Pentecost Sunday and Mother’s Day. I am grateful to President Thomas Powell and to the...
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Diaconate

  Friends and brothers in Christ, Gonzalo, Marc, Hector and Edward, you have come to this Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary to receive the Church’s call to serve. Each of you will be empowered by God’s grace to pattern your life after the example of Christ, the servant – diaconos. While...
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Missionary Spirit

  It was barely six months ago that I took possession of this Premier See of our Nation. You might recall that I began the liturgical events of the occasion in this historic basilica with a prayerful visit to the crypt below to kneel before the remains of our founding bishop, John Carroll, whose pectoral...
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