In addition to maintaining his duties as pastor of Sacred Heart in Glyndon, Monsignor Lloyd E. Aiken is taking on new responsibilities as pastor of St. Charles Borromeo in Pikesville. Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien appointed the 64-year-old pastor to his new post effective Jan. 1.
“In some ways, it’s putting back the historic bond that had been there for many years,” said Monsignor Aiken, noting that Sacred Heart and St. Charles were served by a single pastor from 1873 to 1941.
His top priority at St. Charles is to get to know the community, Monsignor Aiken said.
“I want to listen respectfully to the history of the community and the aspirations of the community,” said Monsignor Aiken, pointing out that the two parishes will retain their unique identities.
“I want to listen to some of the challenges and hopes they might have at St. Charles,” he said, “and work with the pastoral staff who have been ministering there.”
There are approximately 670 registered families at St. Charles and 3,400 registered families at Sacred Heart.
Monsignor Aiken grew up in Sacred Heart parish and prepared for the priesthood at St. Charles College Seminary in Catonsville, St. Mary’s Seminary on Paca Street in Baltimore and St. Mary’s Seminary, Roland Park.
After his priestly ordination in 1970, Monsignor Aiken served as associate pastor of the Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Holy Trinity in Glen Burnie and St. Margaret in Bel Air. Before being named pastor of Sacred Heart in 1987, he was the pastor of the Church of the Annunciation in Rosedale.