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Sister Julia Walsh, D.C. dies at 99
May 05 2016
A funeral Mass for Daughter of Charity Sister Julia Walsh will be offered May 7 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg. She spent much of her 77 years of ministry in nursing.

Activist priest, one of the ‘Catonsville Nine,’ dies at 94
May 02 2016
Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan, who died April 30 at 94, will be remembered most for his prominent role in opposing the Vietnam War.

Dominican priest taught at St. Mary’s Seminary and University
Apr 21 2016
Dominican Father Paul Philibert died April 14 at the age of 79.

Franciscan sister ministered in Baltimore, Bradshaw
Apr 12 2016
A funeral Mass for Sister Evelyn Marie Hartnett of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia was to be held April 12 at 11 a.m. at Assisi House in Aston, Pa.

Sister Bernice McCourt served Linthicum parish
Apr 05 2016
A funeral Mass for Sister Bernice McCourt, of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, was offered April 1 at Villa Julie, the sisters’ residence in Stevenson.

Homily: 'God was full of surprises when it came to Mother Angelica'
Apr 02 2016
Mother Angelica did much: founding EWTN, branching out into radio, shortwave and print, and establishing a monastery in Alabama.

Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN, dies after long illness
Mar 28 2016
"Faith is having one foot on the ground and the other up in the air, waiting for the Lord to put the ground under it," she once said.

Sister Trinita Balbach, O.S.F., dies at 91
Mar 21 2016
A funeral Mass for Sister Trinita Balbach of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia was offered March 18 at Assisi House in Aston, Pa. Sister Trinita died March 13. She was 91.

Father Elizondo, nationally known Notre Dame theology professor, dies of apparent suicide
Mar 15 2016
Father Virgilio Elizondo, a nationally known professor of pastoral and Hispanic theology at the University of Notre Dame, was found dead in his home the afternoon of March 14.

Anti-drug effort was a signature cause of former first lady Nancy Reagan
Mar 07 2016
Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” initiative became a national catch phrase that extended far beyond the use of drugs.

Father Onida served Carroll County parish
Mar 04 2016
A funeral Mass for Marianist Father George F. Onida was offered Feb. 26 at St. Bridget Church on Long Island, N.Y. Father Onida died Feb. 14. He was 76.

Sister Mary Lina Litvik, S.S.N.D., managed Villa Assumpta
Feb 19 2016
Sister Mary Lina Litvik of the School Sisters of Notre Dame died Jan. 23 at the age of 98.

Scalia, longest-serving justice on current Supreme Court, was champion of originalism
Feb 15 2016
Scalia said it wasn't his job to make policy or law, but to "say only what the law provides."

Sister Francis Marie Lanasa, D.C., educator, dies at 93
Feb 01 2016
A funeral Mass for Sister Francis Marie Lanasa of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul was offered Jan. 22 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg.

Labor of Love: Mary Portera gave nine decades of service to St. Jude Shrine
Jan 22 2016
Mary Portera, a fixture at the St. Jude Shrine in Baltimore who one priest described as the “example of what a Catholic layperson should be,” died Jan. 17. She was 101.