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Baltimore’s newest Catholic school to be named for pioneering black nun Mother Mary Lange

Portrait of Mother Mary Lange, via Archdiocese of New Orleans

The Archdiocese of Baltimore’s next school will be named for a sainthood-bound nun who founded the country’s first Catholic place of learning for black children, right here in Baltimore.

‘Homeless Jesus’ sculpture installed outside St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore

The ‘Homeless Jesus’ sculpture installed outside St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. Photo by Ed Gunts.

He’s turned up in Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Dublin, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney–more than 60 cities in all.

Now he’s found a spot in Baltimore as well.

Eiswert Family Feels at Home at St. James Academy


At St. James Academy in Monkton, it’s the school’s commitment to developing the whole child — intellectually, athletically and ethically — that makes it stand out. That commitment is exactly why Dave Eiswert and his wife, Stephanie, chose to enroll all four of their children at St. James, with their daughter in seventh grade, son in fifth grade, son in fourth grade and daughter in first grade. 

Thieves Caught Stealing Four Brass Signs from Baltimore Basilica, Police Say

Photo via Baltimore Police Department

Baltimore’s most historic Catholic church nearly lost some of its signage early this morning to two accused thieves, one by the name of Pope.

Police Dug Up Late Baltimore Priest’s Body to Further Investigate Sister Cathy Cesnik’s Murder


Baltimore County police exhumed Father A. Joseph Maskell’s body more than two months ago as part of an investigation of a Baltimore nun’s unsolved 1969 killing, according to media reports.

Netflix to Spotlight Baltimore Nun’s 1969 Murder in New Documentary Series

Image via Netflix

A new seven-part Netflix series will explore the unsolved 1969 killing of a 26-year-old nun at Baltimore’s former Archbishop Keough High School.

Baltimore Archdiocese to Close Three Area Catholic Schools

St. Thomas Aquinas School in Hampden
St. Thomas Aquinas School in Hampden

Two Catholic schools in Baltimore and one in Woodlawn will be shutting down at the end of the school year due to low enrollment and being in states of physical disrepair.

Considering A School for Your Child? Tuesday Talks With The Principal Tomorrow at SFA




From the SFA website:


For more than half a century~
~Drawing on the ideals of St. Francis of Assisi, 
~Rooted in the neighborhoods of Northeast Baltimore, 
~Envisioning a future even stronger than our past, 
St. Francis of Assisi School forms children for a life of scholarship, spirituality, and service.


      Since 1955, the St. Francis of Assisi School has been successfully providing early childhood and elementary school education to students in Northeast Baltimore and outlying communities. Serving children ranging from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8, the school has a history of preparing children to attend the private and public high school of their choice.
The school is a vital part of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church community, and it has a proud history of offering a sound and inclusive environment to children of all races, regardless of religious affiliation and family structure.
St. Francis of Assisi School proudly embraces the values of its patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi. One of the Catholic Church’s best known saints, St. Francis promoted the virtues of a selfless life dedicated to serving the world around him. His respect of living creatures and the environment may be history’s most notable interpretation of St. Francis of Assisi’s life.
The school community believes that St. Francis’s values are relevant to children of all religions, and works hard to instill them in the students. While graduating solid students ready for high school, St. Francis of Assisi School also works diligently to form children of good character who leave the community as young adults aware and respectful of the world around them.

Christ the King in Towson Becomes Largest Anglican Parish to Join the Catholic Church


If you’ve been keeping up with the various divisions among the Catholic church — nuns and sisters in defiance of the Vatican, stark ideological differences between the clergy and the laity — it might surprise you learn that whole Anglican parishes are converting to the ostensibly embattled denomination. Baltimore’s Mount Calvary and Bladensburg’s St. Luke’s Parish had already made the switch by the time Towson’s Christ the King Church — the largest Anglican congregation in the United States yet to do so — became Catholic.

The lesson might be that even as the Catholic church finds itself divided, the Anglican church is worse off.  The ordination of women and homosexuals, as well as gay marriage, has been embraced by some Anglican congregations and denounced by others. For those Anglicans made queasy by the thought of progressive changes to their religion, the Catholic church, renowned for its ability to stick to its guns (except for that whole Vatican II travesty — mass in the local vernacular? Excuse me but some things are sacred…), became an increasingly appealing option.

Christ the King’s move has been facilitated by the Church’s establishment of an ordinariate, a kind of nation-wide diocese set up to accommodate Anglicans — particularly Episcopalians — who want to rejoin the Catholic church. Parishes in the ordinariate retain several traditions of the Anglicanism, but the most striking concession made by the Pope is the allowance for married Anglican priests to become Catholic priests. (I was like, “Whaaaa?!”)