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Howard County retreat center celebrates 50 years

The Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours opened in 1968, and it has been contributing to the order’s mission of healing the mind, body and spirit ever since.
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Next men up: Deacons to be ordained May 26

Five men will be ordained transitional deacons one will be ordained a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Baltimore May 26 at the Baltimore Basilica. During the liturgy, Daniel Michaud will be ordained a permanent deacon. 
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Bishop Madden to lead Baltimore prayer walk for peace May 24

Bishop Denis J. Madden, urban vicar and auxiliary bishop emeritus of Baltimore, will lead a prayer walk for peace May 24 at St. Ann Parish, 2201 Greenmount Avenue, in East Baltimore.
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Heavy rains impact Archdiocese of Baltimore

The effects from the last week of heavy and consistent rains are widespread through the Archdiocese of Baltimore, ranging from a fallen tree that was more than 100 years old, to a sinkhole.
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Big fifth inning leads Curley to first A Conference baseball title since 2001

A breakout fifth-inning and a strong six-inning pitching performance by senior Paul Nixon led Archbishop Curley to an 8 -3 victory over Gilman at Harford Community College May 21
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Archdiocese details plans for K-8 school on West Side

The Archdiocese of Baltimore plans a 21st-century school for West Baltimore that will fill a gap in the community and provide a cafeteria, gymnasium, science labs, maker spaces and recreation space.
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Blogs & Commentary

Charity in Truth

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It’s not that most Catholics reject outright the call to spread the Gospel; it’s more that they decline to participate in it, often because they themselves have never been evangelized and adequately catechized.
I heard that someone commenting on the new memorial said, “Isn’t there enough about Mary, already?” How can there be too much about Mary when she brought us Jesus?

Open Window

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The morning of St. Rita’s feast day I said a prayer to my patron saint, who also happens to be the patron saint of hopeless cases. It’s not the first time she’s heard from me, and it won’t be the last.

Faces of Faith

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Seán Bray, director of campus ministry at Loyola University Maryland, is well-known on campus for accompanying students on their faith journeys. A Seattle native, he draws on his experiences on immersion trips to inspire students.

Question Corner

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If one is seriously ill, is that person still required to attend Mass? Is a marriage still recognized by the Catholic Church if a priest isn't the officiant? Father Doyle has the answers in Question Corner.

Word on Fire

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One of the extraordinary but often overlooked qualities of a system of objective morality is that it is a check on the powerful and a protection of the most vulnerable.

The Domestic Church

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How wonderful that, even when life isn’t easy and we struggle to be all we can be, our Father is watching us with a divine love that is beyond understanding.

Boots Laced

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Disciples don’t get to lounge around in complacency. It’s not an option.

The Narthex

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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.

Dust and Dewfall

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In Ireland, Christians past and present often refer to the Holy Spirit as “the Wild Goose.” The “goose is loose” they’ll say when they speak of the surprising, creative and often spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit.

Baltimore Boomer

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Whatever happens, darkness at the break of 2:48 p.m. Aug. 21 is going to be another grand moment with creation.

The Catholic Difference

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The defense of the indefensible leads to rage, and rage becomes a form of madness.

Behind the Headlines

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“Thoughts and prayers” are an appropriate, initial, compassionate response to any tragedy, including the death of innocents at a concert, church or school. But a solution requires action. And the time for action is now. 

Fertile Soil

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Modernity is not a constant movement towards progress. Instead the modern worldview has a gaping hole right in the middle of it.

Guest Commentary

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Yanny vs. laurel is about how our senses can be tricked by subtle changes in acoustic frequencies, but it is also about how we have a strong desire to know what is true.

Wit & Wisdom

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Our job is not just to do good things for God, but to allow God to do good things through us. That’s what Mary models.

Unconditional

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Even now as I write this, I am overwhelmed by the radiance of this sacred gift. It has inspired me to consider offering the invitation to vocations to each of my children as they proceed the course of their sacraments of invitation.

A More Human Society

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The U.S. assisted-suicide movement has ridiculed slippery-slope arguments, saying we will never follow the Netherlands in approving assisted suicide for people who only have dementia. It seems we are almost there now.

World News

Ryan, Brownback, archbishop address National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

"No government has the right to infringe upon a God-given right. No government has the right to do that," Brownback said to applause.
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Nigerian bishops lead thousands in peaceful protests against killings

Catholic bishops in Nigeria led thousands of people across the country in peaceful protests against repeated killings by herdsmen in a conflict over fertile land.
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Japanese cardinal-designate writes haiku, works with disabled

Cardinal-designate Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda of Osaka was more surprised than anyone at the news he is to become a cardinal, reported ucanews.com.
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Baltimore Archdiocese hosts first middle school youth day

Middle-schoolers from around the Archdiocese of Baltimore gather at St. Louis School in Clarksville May 12 for the archdiocese’s first-ever youth day geared to young adolescents.
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Church of the Nativity helps to ‘rebuild’ parishes

Church of the Nativity in Timonium pastor Father Michael White created the Rebuilt brand to share the story of how he and his staff revitalized his parish.
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Southwest Baltimore girls excel in school with help of sponsors

Mary Catherine Bunting was honored for her donation of $1 million for the school’s first endowed scholarship.
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