People, Places, Things

Stand-up comedian Matt Baetz, a 1996 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School, Baltimore, will join fellow comedian and military man Jody Fuller on a tour to the Middle East Feb. 9-March 5 to entertain troops.

“The Military Man and The Mama’s Boy” will take them to Kyrgystan, Afghanistan, Qatar, Dubai, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. This is Mr. Baetz’s second trip to the Middle East.

“From there the trip is a little on the classified side,” wrote Mr. Baetz on his Web Site, “but I can’t wait to bring some laughs to the men and women in our military.”

The alumnus has performed on “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson” where he works as a writer’s researcher, and upon his return, will make a third appearance on the show. The comedian is a resident of Los Angeles.

To view Mr. Baetz online, visit

Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden celebrated the annual Junior Missioning Mass Jan. 30 at Loyola Blakefield, Towson, when students were anointed and committed to complete a one-year, 40-hour senior service project.

In his homily, the bishop encouraged the boys to be a source of hope for those they serve next year in agencies, hospitals, shelters and institutions. Bishop Madden also visited classrooms.

“The main element of the Senior Service Project is that it involves direct contact with people in need,” said Erin Warfield, director of Christian Service at Loyola Blakefield. “It often changes the perspectives of the students, and in many cases, they elect to serve beyond their requirements.”

As part of Catholic Schools Week, Mother Seton School in Emmitsburg hosted an appreciation reception for 40 guests representing professional, community, church, and business leaders.

Middle School Puppeteers performed a skit, fifth-graders sang and several guests were presented with the Seton Values Award for continuous contributions to the school’s educational mission.

Dan Reaver and Gregory Reaver, owners of Emmitsburg Glass and longtime school supporters; and Raymond Page and the Page Family Foundation were recognized.

The Reavers are alumni; Dan Reaver and Mr. Page serve on the board of directors. The latter is the president of Bill Page Motors.

“Leaders like you make our school special and unique,” said Robin Wivell, student council president in her address to the guests.

Joseph Reinsel, assistant professor for communication arts at College of Notre Dame of Maryland, has been named a 2009 Artist in Residence by not-for-profit Harvestworks Digital Media Center in New York. Mr. Reinsel will create a five-section DVD titled “Liminal Presence” focusing on Baltimore. The final product will be shown in galleries and film festivals.

Focusing on the bicentennial celebration of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, several alumnae of Seton High School (now Seton Keough High School) commissioned the school’s art department chair, Myra Perel, to create a photographic collage of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. This is now on display at the Pratt Main Library in Baltimore through February 24. Many Seton graduates have been particularly supportive of the art and music departments at Seton Keough, said Jane Ponton, director of communication.

Elizabeth Faber, parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi, Fulton, won the state level competition for grades 7-8 in a “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contest. The parish will acknowledge Elizabeth with a $100 savings bond and plaque from the Maryland State Council of the Knights of Columbus during a pancake supper Feb. 24.

St. Ignatius, Hickory, has formed a new group for mothers of young children – Manna for Mothers hopes to feed each other in body, mind and spirit through fun activities for both moms and kids. The group meets twice a month.

St. Agnes School, Catonsville is planning an All-Class Reunion June 6. If you are interested in attending or planning, e-mail or call Sue Bianco, 410-788-3537.

St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, seeks class of 1959 alumni for its 50th reunion. Contact Sandra (Cherry) Williams at 410-788-8955, or Phyllis Jackson at 301-776-3453.

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