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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the SFA website:
~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.
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.
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?!”)