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Mount St. Mary’s University announces $3 million donation

Mount St. Mary’s University President Timothy E. Trainor announced Feb. 14 that the Bolte Family Foundation will donate $3 million to help expand and renovate the Knott Academic Center, home to the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business.
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Guests ‘shine’ at Ellicott City special needs prom

Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, the prom experience was hosted by churches around the world the night of Feb. 8. A first-time host, OLPH was the only Archdiocese of Baltimore parish to participate.
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Good news abounds at 22nd annual Mother Lange awards

Sponsored by the Office of Black Catholic Ministries, the event honors not just contributors to parish life in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, but Mother Lange, who helped found the Oblate Sisters in 1829.
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Eucharistic prayer retreat inspires faith and provides challenge

More than 1,000 young people attended Mount 2000, an annual eucharistic prayer retreat held at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg.
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Sykesville family carries on tradition

When three-month-old Leah Therese Ballor was baptized at St. Joseph Catholic Community in Sykesville Jan. 20, she continued a family tradition by wearing a gown that has roots with an aunt who was a Daughter of Charity who had served in China in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  
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Sister Barbara D’Auria, I.H.M., dies at 86

Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Barbara D’Auria (formerly known as Sister M. Darius) was a former teacher at St. Rita School in Dundalk.
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Blogs & Commentary

Charity in Truth

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May februum, the month of February, be the beginning of that deep purification that will renew and beautify the temple of the church.
Catholic Schools Week always serves as a time to reflect upon the many gifts that those institutions give us: a solid education, a deeper faith and lasting friendships.

Open Window

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When we first started celebrating the Chinese New Year, we put a plastic toy tiger on a cake, sliced the cake with a few cousins, and called it a party.

Faces of Faith

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In addition to helping his marriage, Lagonigro credits the ministry with deepening his faith. He described Retrouvaille as a “shot of adrenaline” for his faith.

Question Corner

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Father Doyle fields questions about celebrating funeral Masses on Sunday and praying the rosary at Mass.

Word on Fire

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Abandoning the convictions of one’s conscience in the exercise of one’s public duties is precisely equivalent to “I’m personally opposed but unwilling to take concrete action to instantiate my opposition.”

The Domestic Church

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We can encounter God in the awesome majesty of a mountaintop sunrise or a scrunched bouquet of dandelion’s in a child’s fist.

Boots Laced

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We can’t just say, “we love the young church.” We have to name them. Jazmine, Michael, Shantay, Jose and all those other young people in your church require adults who can call them by name.

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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No matter how many times we may fall or mess up, Jesus is always right there to patiently lift us up, encourage us and give us new strength with his grace and his mercy!

Baltimore Boomer

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Amid the many influential coaches managing editor Paul McMullen encountered or worked with, Renee Buettner was a favorite.

The Catholic Difference

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We must all intensify prayer and penance. We should all be inviting to church those who have left out of boredom, anger, confusion, or disgust.

Behind the Headlines

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A lot of the typical resolutions have more to do with our exterior than our interior. I’d like to suggest a few resolutions that might improve your spirit and your mind.

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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People often wonder what the secret is to a successful marriage. Based on the Rowe’s relationship, the answer is love, understanding, faith, compassion, and selflessness. They don’t sound like such a secret at all.

Wit & Wisdom

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There is divinity flowing though us all the time. We just have to believe that. And then winter will turn to spring. 


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Every year, during our back-to-school liturgies, I scan the pews and say a prayer of gratitude and a petition for a successful school year for each of my colleagues. This year my task was more difficult because as I scanned the congregation, I was forced to recognize that one of us wasn’t there and never...

A More Human Society

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In what Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls a "historic victory for New Yorkers," New York has passed what may be the nation's most extreme and irresponsible abortion law.

Snippets of FAith

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Chatting with God is easier than you think.

Our Back Pages

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Good Samaritan Hospital came into existence thanks to the generosity of Thomas J. O’Neill, a merchant who famously asked Carmelite nuns to pray that his store be spared during the Great Baltimore fire of February 1904.

The Work of Her Hands

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The recent canonization of St. Oscar Romero was a moment of pride for many in our community.

World News

Need to change hearts, not just books, to improve liturgy, pope says

The sacred liturgy is meant to help the people of God conform their heart, mind and actions more closely to Christ, Pope Francis said.
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Pope reflects on changed attitudes toward liberation theology

Time, experience and reflection have "purified" liberation theology and its attempts to make clear what the Gospel says about social injustice, Pope Francis said.
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Lenten staple prompts a grammar debate: Are they fish ‘fries’ or ‘frys’?

Inquiring minds – especially Catholic newspaper editors during Lent -- need to know: Should the headline of their calendar-of-events listings be fish "fries" or fish "frys"?
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Catholic Baltimore Radio

Our guest this week is Dr. Thomas Plante, a professor of psychology at Santa Clara University and adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. He discusses misconceptions about clergy sexual abuse. Some material may not be suitable for younger listeners. Listen above.

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When it comes to prayer, there is no room for individualism, pope says

Prayer is not just a private and intimate dialogue between a person and God, but rather an opportunity for Christians to bring the needs of others before the Lord, Pope Francis said.
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Pope, on flight, talks about dialogue, war, abuse of women religious

Pope Francis told reporters he is more afraid of the consequences of not engaging in interreligious dialogue than he is of being manipulated by some Muslim leaders.
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True belief leads to respect, peace, pope says at interreligious meeting

In an officially Muslim nation where Christians are welcomed as guest workers and free to worship, Pope Francis urged leaders of the world's main religions to embrace a broader vision of freedom, justice, tolerance and peace.
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