Obituaries

Life

Sister Joyce Ann Helfrich dies at 68
Apr 24 2017
Sister Joyce Ann Helfrich's ministry to children with special needs included teaching at Villa Maria School and what is now St. Vincent’s Villa, both in Timonium.

Sister Hilda Gleason, D.C., dies at 102
Apr 10 2017
Sister Hilda Gleason died March 28. She was 102 and with the Daughters of Charity for 84 years.

Sister Mary Cordelia Eckert, hospital administrator, dies at 94
Apr 03 2017
A funeral Mass for Sister Mary Cordelia Eckert, a former hospital administrator, was offered March 25 at Mercy Villa in Baltimore. Sister Cordelia died March 20.

Sister Barbara Ann Brzeczko, F.S.S.J., former St. Casimir teacher and principal, dies
Apr 03 2017
Born in Baltimore in 1937, Franciscan Sister of St. Joseph Barbara Ann Brzeczko professed her first vows in 1959.

Sister Mary Christopher Bourke, former principal who served students well beyond graduation, dies
Apr 02 2017
Serving mainly in education, Sister Mary Christopher was appointed principal of the former Mount St. Agnes High School in Baltimore at age 30, a position she held for most of her ministry.

Cardinal Keeler entombed in basilica undercroft
Mar 28 2017
“There’s no more appropriate place for the cardinal to be buried than this place he truly, truly loved with all his heart,” said Father Gilbert Seitz.

As in his life, all welcomed at Cardinal Keeler’s funeral Mass
Mar 28 2017
Mourners from near and far, and all walks of life and various creeds, filled the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland March 28 for the funeral Mass of Cardinal Keeler.

Cardinal Keeler lightened load for pallbearers, other priests
Mar 28 2017
Several pallbearers talked about the genuine care and concern Cardinal Keeler showed for the priests of the archdiocese.

Cardinal Keeler remembered: 'There goes a prince'
Mar 28 2017
Father Michael White remembered Cardinal Keeler as a "tornado" of nonstop work who considered it the "highest form of asceticism" to never waste a moment.

Cardinal Keeler’s body received at Baltimore Basilica
Mar 27 2017
Ten pallbearers carried the casket up the steps of the U.S.’s first cathedral, which Cardinal Keeler had restored to the vision of its architect, Benjamin Henry Latrobe

Former Baltimore mayor remembers Cardinal Keeler as ‘special human being’
Mar 27 2017
Schmoke said the key to Cardinal Keeler’s effectiveness as a leader was his ability to listen.

Archbishop Lori praises ‘solid foundations’ left by Cardinal Keeler
Mar 23 2017
“In many ways, it makes my job easier, because he left such solid foundations,” Archbishop Lori said.

‘Light of hope’: Cardinal Keeler, basilica restorer, interfaith leader, dies at 86
Mar 23 2017
Cardinal William H. Keeler, 14th archbishop of Baltimore and international leader in Catholic-Jewish relations, died March 23.

Sister Frances McSherry, D.C., served orphaned children
Mar 22 2017
Sister Frances also ministered in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., as well as in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia.

Czech Cardinal Vlk, former window-washer, clandestine priest, dies
Mar 21 2017
Czech Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, who washed windows and ministered underground during communism, died of cancer March 18.