Beyond the Bell

Sophia Rampolla learned firstand about community service from her older siblings.

Participants in Maryvale Preparatory School’s Social Justice Coalition work together to make sandwiches and bag lunches for the Helping Up Mission Oct. 10. (Tom McCarthy Jr. | CR Staff)

With midwife use on rise, SJMC adds second seasoned practice to OB-GYN care

Despite a growing trend toward midwife use, it is not well understood by the general public.

Kathleen Slone is head of the new midwifery practice at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. (Tom McCarthy Jr. | CR Staff)

Voice from Assisi ‘opens door from heaven’ for city schoolchildren

One would think that a Franciscan Friar committed to a vow of poverty would not need a lesson in simplicity.

Alessandro Brustenghi, the shy Franciscan friar who was catapulted to international fame as the “Voice from Assisi,” performs for more than 800 school children, mostly from inner city Baltimore schools, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore Oct. 17. (Brian O


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