Names & Numbers: Hickory parishioner lights up Bel Air

By Paul McMullen and Erik Zygmont

Catholic Review Staff

Names and Numbers, typically a print exclusive in the Catholic Review, makes its online debut with a look at recent accomplishments, milestones, newsmakers and offerings around the Archdiocese of Baltimore.


The lights in “Brad’s Christmas Light Show,” a display created by Brad Paulsen at 1722 Edwin Drive in Bel Air. A 20-year-old studying mass communication at Harford Community College, Paulsen is a parishioner of St. Ignatius, Hickory.

Planning and set-up is a year-round process, and Paulsen said that includes his family and friends. The show raises funds for Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic.


Children who participated in the Maryland State Soccer Shootout, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn Nov. 1. Children ranging in age from 4 to 18 attempted penalty kicks, throw-ins for distance and accuracy, and kicking for distance and accuracy. Anthony Salvemini, the Maryland State Council secretary and a parishioner of St. Mary in Annapolis, is pictured with Sebasteyan McNally, representing Cardinal Shehan Council #205, who won honors in the boys’ 9-10 age group.


The amount of money given to a Notre Dame of Maryland University student through the Clare and Robert Moore Scholarship Fund. English majors and first-year students planning on majoring in English may apply. The application and requirements are available at


The number of Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Brandon Williams, who gave kindergartners at the Sacred Heart School of Glyndon an early Christmas present Dec. 8.

Williams read the youngsters Glen Beck’s “The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book,” the story of a young boy who wants a bicycle for Christmas but gets a homemade sweater instead. Of course, the gift helps him realize the true meaning of Christmas. 


The years Anna J. Karsner taught at St. Anthony of Padua School in Gardenville. Karsner was 78 when she died Nov. 26. A parishioner of Our Lady, Queen of Peace in Middle River, she was raised in St. Dominic Parish in Hamilton and attended what are now Notre Dame Preparatory School and Notre Dame of Maryland University.

At St. Anthony of Padua, where her family had worshipped, she taught second grade and had the pleasure of working with two associate pastors who would go on to serve the archdiocese as auxiliary bishops, Wilmington (Del.) Bishop W. Francis Malooly and Springfield (Mass.) Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski.


The years James H. Lilley spent in the Howard County Police Department, where he retired as a sergeant. A former U.S. Marine who has won numerous literary prizes, Lilley’s latest book is “Finding Christmas” (available on Amazon), which tells of a wounded policeman, his family’s efforts to restore a church and the women who enter his life. Lilley is a parishioner of St. Michael, Poplar Springs.


The number of Catholic organizations receiving tax credits – which they can pass on to potential donors – through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Investment Tax Credit Program in fiscal year 2016. Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Bon Secours Baltimore Health System Foundation and the St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center received $50,000; $37,000 and $20,000 in tax credits, respectively.  

Also see:

Campaign underway to give St. Michael medals to every police officer in Maryland 

During Holy Year of Mercy, Baltimore archdiocese offers eight pilgrimage sites 

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