The Narthex

Remembering a Baltimore priest’s ordeal at Dachau

The Polish priest told the Review that the wood strips in the windows separating the glass panes at Dachau seemed like crosses. Every time he looked out a window, he was reminded of the sign of redemption.
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My moo-ving experience with some cows

Has your car ever been rocked back and forth by vigorous bovine tongues? Mine has. Here's the story.
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Goodbye to one of the good guys

After decades of producing stories that go into a depth not found in some other outlets, and after many years managing newsrooms, editing pages and mentoring others, Joe Ryan is hanging up his red pen.
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‘The World Needs Heroes’

If we start sharing stories of heroic virtue and courage, we are bound to inspire religious vocations.
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Charles Osgood fondly recalls Catholic Baltimore

“Only Sister Serena could have judged your morals and grammar at the same time,” Mr. Osgood recalled.
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Former dentist finds new joy as Carmelite nun

It was on her 30th birthday when Celia Ashton first stepped inside the monastery of the Carmelite Sisters of Baltimore.A successful dentist who had long harbored thoughts of becoming a religious sister, Celia had been invited to attend Mass at the monastery by some of her patients who happened to be Religious
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Ready to turn 100, Oblate sister is “living,” not “existing”

Oblate Sister of Providence Mary Anthony Garnier will turn 100 April 11. (Kevin J. Parks/CR Staff)It’s been two decades since a member of the Baltimore-based Oblate Sisters of Providence has turned 100.That’s all about to change when Oblate Sister of Providence Mary Anthony Garnier celebrates the centennial of her birth
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Anti-Catholic bigotry fails to dampen call to love in Philadelphia

Thousands gather around a video screen at 15th Street and JFK Boulevard to watch the papal Mass in Philadelphia Sept. 27. (George P. Matysek Jr./CR Staff)“Enter that line and you enter the path of destruction!”That’s what a man holding a sign filled with Bible verses screamed
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Praise Jesus for Monsignor Valenzano

When a doctor told Treasa and me two years ago that our unborn baby likely wouldn’t live for more than a day or two after his birth, one of the first people I called was Monsignor Arthur Valenzano.
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Mary gets her crown in Emmitsburg

The gleaming gold-leafed statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary that soars over Emmitsburg finally has her May crown.For the first time since the statue was erected a half century ago, the much-loved figure was adorned with a gigantic wreath of silk flowers hoisted 120 feet by a crane during a
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Living like Father Hipsley

When Father Milton A. Hipsley Jr. was pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas in Hampden in the 1980s, a visiting priest took note of stacks of unopened correspondence from the Catholic Center that seemed to be accumulating in the rectory. He asked Father Hipsley if he was worried about the unread letters.“I
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Remembering a friend

Christopher Gaul died Oct. 18, 2012. (CR file photo)Kneeling in the small parking garage at Catholic Review headquarters about a decade ago, Christopher Gaul and I went to work changing a flat tire on his small sports utility vehicle. Gaul, my former managing editor, confidently wielded an iron wrench to unloosen lug
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