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Forming couples and families to be missionary disciples of Jesus Christ.

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“A Picture is Worth a Thousand Workers” Exhibition

October 22 - November 30

"A Picture is Worth a Thousand Workers: the Cowboy, the Wrestler, the Dictator" by Bruce McKaig; Oct. 22-Nov. 30 at the Gormley Gallery, Notre Dame of Maryland University; opening reception Oct. 27, 4-6 p.m.; free participatory public event "A Parlor Game in the Library" Nov. 10, 4-6 p.m.

LOCASH Concert

November 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

Archbishop Spalding High School will host a concert featuring American country duo LOCASH with special guest Super City, a Baltimore pop band; Archbishop Spalding is excited to welcome back alum Chris Lucas ’93 (of LOCASH), Greg Wellham ’08 and Dan Ryan ’08 (both from Super City); concert will be held in the Archbishop Spalding Performing Arts Center with doors opening at 6:00 pm and a 7:00 pm start time; the event will honor Chris’ father, Jack Lucas, who played an…

Christmas Bazaar

November 17 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm EST

Come Start your Christmas Shopping and help support our church; brand new and pre-loved Christmas items; vendors welcome; 443-257-7626

Josephites 125th Anniversary

November 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 409 Cathedral St., Baltimore; 5:30 p.m.; Archbishop Lori celebrates Mass marking 125th anniversary of founding of Baltimore-based Josephites; banquet at 7:30 p.m. at Baltimore Convention Center, tickets $125;

Benefit Concert

November 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST

St. Lawrence Martyr, 7850 Parkside Blvd., Hanover; 6:30 p.m.; freewill offering; Bowers and Stramella play classic rock, gospel and country music; supports Coptic Christian boy whose father died in May 2017 ISIS attack in Egypt Marco; dinner items, baked goods for sale; follows 5 p.m. Mass; or 410-799-1970

Omer String Quartet

November 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST

St. Louis Church, 12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville; 7:30 p.m.; $10 reserved tickets, limited seating; candlelight concert in historic 1889 chapel; award-winning graduate string quartet in residence at University of Maryland, College Park; or 410-531-6040

Craft and Bake Sale

November 18 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm EST

Annual Catholic Daughters event in the Resurrection Church Hall; pick up handmade items for everyone on your Christmas list; find delicious baked goods for your Thanksgiving table. Crafters: now is the time to rent tables for just $25.00 each. For more details and to get an application for a table rental, please contact Helen Nycum at 410-461-6710 or

Turkey Bowl

November 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

Johnny Unitas Stadium, Towson University, 10 a.m.; 99th varsity football game between Calvert Hall College High School and Loyola Blakefield, believed to be nation’s oldest continuous Catholic high school football rivalry; tickets available at both schools and at gate

Canterbury Ringers

November 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

St. Mark, 2407 Laurel Brook Road, Fallston; 3 p.m.; $10, free under 12; proceeds benefit homeless of Harford County under Faith Communities and Civic Agencies United (FCCAU); sponsored by Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians; 443-910-1037

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John W. Romanowsky, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Evangelization

Dr. Romanowsky oversees the Department of Evangelization. He joined the team in July 2014, after serving as Associate Director of Faith Formation in the Diocese of Rockville Centre since 2006.

Edward Herrera

Director of the Office of Marriage and Family Life

Edward brings with him not only theological expertise and pastoral experience, but also a passion, vision, and creative approach to family-focused evangelization in the 21st-century.

Chris Mahaley

Administrative Assistant, Prison Ministry, Office of Marriage and Family Life

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