Western Vicariate

Cumberland couple marks 70 years of marriage and religious tolerance

Dorothy and Fred Squires are celebrating 70 years of marriage. They have inculcated a sense of respect for religious diversity among their children.
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Jesuit cancer researcher sees work as reflection of God in the world

He’s been a Jesuit priest for more than a decade, but Father Sumeth Perera spends more time in a lab coat than liturgical vestments.
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Cumberland parish will close Cresaptown church, lease Mount Savage

Our Lady of the Mountains Parish, which was formed by the merger of five parishes eight years ago, has received permission from Archbishop William E. Lori to close two of its churches.
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St. John the Evangelist Church reopens in Frederick

St. John the Evangelist Church in Frederick opened again for Mass Sept. 25 once the parish got the go-ahead that it was safe to return to the church following problems with falling crown molding.
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Frederick church closes temporarily after falling plaster causes damage

Weekend Masses at St. John the Evangelist in Frederick will be offered Sept. 21-22 in the school hall while the church remains closed during clean-up and inspections following incidents of falling plaster. 
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At Quo Vadis retreat, it’s easy to meet ‘new seminarian every day’

EMMITSBURG – Quo Vadis, an annual summer retreat for high-school aged males considering a religious vocation, took a different tack July 25. The retreat is hosted by seminarians of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. On the third of its four days, however, 62 participants heard not from a seminarian studying Theology or in his pastoral year,...
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Garrett County parishioners maintain strong faith, serve others

Jean and Bill Schrider are active parishioners at Western Maryland's St. Peter the Apostle in Oakland who volunteer in hospice ministry.
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Luke mill closure sends prayers, former pastors to Allegany County

Bishop Adam J. Parker and Monsignor James W. Hannon added their presence to prayers for the Tri-Towns community affected by the impending closure of one of Western Maryland’s largest employers.
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Hagerstown’s St. Maria Goretti High will move in fall

St. Maria Goretti High School President Chris Cosentino announced to the school community at a meeting March 21 that the school will move in fall 2019 to a new campus, due to the current academic building sitting in a flood plain.
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Faith guides family of Taneytown boy diagnosed with rare condition

As their 5-year-old son battles a rare condition with polio-like symptoms, a Taneytown family finds strength in faith and support from family and friends.
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