Hundreds gather to mourn, remember slain journalist
Aug 13 2007
WASHINGTON – As many as 1,000 family members, friends, co-workers and community members attended the funeral Mass for slain journalist Chauncey Bailey in Oakland, Calif., at St. Benedict Catholic Church.
Father Jay Matthews, pastor, was a longtime friend of Bailey and was the main celebrant of the Mass. He said the church can seat 400 comfortably but 700 crowded in Aug. 8, with hundreds more outside, to pay their respects to a man who died trying to make their community a better, safer place to live.
Eighty members of Bailey’s family came from across the country, and the National Association of Black Journalists sent a delegation from its convention in Las Vegas. Father Matthews said Bailey, who was African-American, was a well-loved member of the community, and said it was a “very uplifting ceremony.”
Bailey, 57, was editor of the Oakland Post weekly newspaper. He was shot and killed the morning of Aug. 2 while walking to work.
Father Carrion celebrates 25 years of priesthood
Aug 13 2007
In Father Patrick Carrion’s family, the religious life was always viewed as a genuine vocation. Growing up, he saw examples of religious life from his uncle, a priest, and his great aunt, a sister. Later, his older brother, Michael, would also become a priest.
British woman steers worldwide Caritas aid network
Aug 12 2007
VATICAN CITY – Lesley-Anne Knight has a warm smile and a big vision, but not one that includes doing anything single-handedly.
Knight, 51, is the new secretary-general of Caritas Internationalis, the umbrella organization for 162 national Catholic charities around the world.
Friars deliver message of love on Baltimore streets
Aug 12 2007
Wearing hooded grey robes cinched at the waist with ropes, nearly a dozen Franciscan Friars of the Renewal marched through the streets of downtown Baltimore Aug. 9 carrying a large crucifix, an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and a papal flag.
Cardinal Bertone stresses role of laity in keynote speech to Knights
Aug 11 2007
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Catholic laypeople must put their faith into action by saying “yes” to Christ, said Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state, during an Aug. 8 keynote address to the Knights of Columbus.
“This ‘yes’ is quite simply the ‘yes’ of faith,” he said, stressing that it is a “full, unmitigated acceptance of Jesus as Lord and our commitment to follow him as master and teacher.”
Vatican official says Dominican Sisters show vitality of U.S. church
Aug 10 2007
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the second highest ranking official at the Vatican, pointed to the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville as an example of the vitality of the Catholic Church in the United States.
Cardinal Bertone, who is secretary of state, was in Nashville to attend the 125th annual national convention of the Knights of Columbus. He took time out to celebrate Mass for the Dominican Sisters at their motherhouse Aug. 8, the feast of St. Dominic.
Xaverian Brothers elect new leader
Aug 07 2007
The Baltimore-based Xaverian Brothers have elected Brother Lawrence Harvey, C.F.X., to serve as the new general superior of the worldwide religious community, known formally as the Congregation of the Brothers of St. Francis Xavier.
Cardinal Keeler, Archbishop O’Brien meet seminarians
Aug 06 2007
They included a former teacher, a lawyer and an editor. They ranged in age from 19-43 and they were natives of familiar places like Lansdowne and Libertytown and not-so-familiar hometowns in Africa and Latin America. But what united these diverse men was a desire to become priests for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
All but one of the 28 seminarians preparing for the priesthood in the Baltimore archdiocese gathered for a week of prayer and reflection July 30-Aug. 3 during the annual seminarian convocation retreat, held at the Monsignor O’Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks. (One seminarian was ill and could not attend).
Veteran priest: future clerics should examine their motives
Aug 01 2007
As Father Thomas T. Polk walked down the center isle of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Homeland, immediately following his 1967 ordination, the show of support from the many priests throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore reinforced his sudden status as a priest.
Monsignor Hobbs celebrates 50 years as a priest
Jul 29 2007
Though Monsignor James V. Hobbs resisted a celebration of the half century anniversary of his ordination, parishioners of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary insisted and the spotlight shown on the rector of the nation’s first cathedral May 20.
Born in Thurmont, Monsignor Hobbs was educated by the Daughters of Charity at St. Anthony School in Frederick County and graduated from St. Charles School, Catonsville, before studying theology at St. Mary’s College on Paca Street in Baltimore and entering St. Mary’s Seminary, Roland Park, in the 1950s.
Joy, holiness called keys to attracting African-American vocations
Jul 27 2007
NEW ORLEANS – Manifesting joy and living a life of holiness are fundamental ways to attract young African-American men to consider a vocation to the priesthood, Redemptorist Father Maurice Nutt of Memphis, Tenn., told the joint convention of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus and the National Black Sisters’ Conference July 25.
The conference, attended by more than 200 black priests, deacons, sisters and seminarians, focused on vocations and enriching the spiritual, theological, educational and ministerial lives of the participants.
Bishop Madden reflects on 40 years as a priest
Jul 27 2007
When Bishop Denis J. Madden was ordained a priest in 1967, the April Fools Day date assured the anniversary of the event would be forever etched in his memory.
“It really is a memorable date,” said the 67-year-old urban vicar of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, with his trademark jocular chuckle. “For better or worse, people have interpreted the significance of my ordination date for 40 years.”
Sacraments have universal meaning, says Nigerian archbishop
Jul 18 2007
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Such common themes as the nourishing nature of the Eucharist and the cleansing of baptismal waters convey universal meaning to believers of many cultures, a Nigerian archbishop told participants in the 10th National Black Catholic Congress.