‘Mr. & Mrs. Wal-Mart’
Sep 29 2007
Allen Cohen sat comfortably at the head of his dining room table, chin in hand, elbow on tabletop, listening to his Italian wife of 60 years chatter about the two of them. He obviously had adapted a long time ago – being married 60 years Aug. 30 – to Jean Cohen’s liveliness and ability to overtake him in conversation.

Archbishop O'Brien dedicates miltary archdiocesan building
Sep 28 2007
In one of his last acts as head of the U.S. military archdiocese, Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien dedicated a building he hopes will be a lasting monument to the service and sacrifices of American military personnel and the chaplains who minister to them.

Iraqi refugees see good future in Detroit Archdiocese
Sep 23 2007
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – Astefan Zrow Yousef was scared for his family. He was scared of the persecution they endured because of their Chaldean Catholic faith. He was scared they would be forced to abandon their faith. And he was scared they would be killed for trying to escape from their life in Iraq. For much the same reason, Issa Toma, his wife, Nano, and their families had already fled from Iraq to the safety of Turkey. Both men had a common goal – to live with their families in peace – and now they and their families have been resettled in the Detroit Archdiocese with the help of the archdiocese and other agencies.

Bridesmaid dresses take on a new look, new role
Sep 07 2007
Once, the most dreaded question was, “Will you be my bridesmaid?” After all, only a good friend would buy an unflattering, expensive, formal dress, wear it once in front of everyone and then never wear it again. But a trend that’s emerged in the past few years means that bridesmaids actually might be able to wear the dress again. And once they’re done with the dress, they can donate it to the Priceless Gown Project, which matches the dress with girls in Baltimore City who can’t afford a prom dress.

Lucky sevens: Retired cardinal, now 77, reflects on retirement
Jul 10 2007

WASHINGTON – To the world, the number seven is lucky. In Catholic tradition, the number seven has been special since God created the world and rested on the seventh day, and the Catholic Church has seven sacraments and seven spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

Papal honors presented to 19 in the archdiocese
Jun 07 2007
A lawyer, a member of the second deacon class of the archdiocese, the president of a Catholic hospital and an administrator for Stella Maris in Timonium, are among 19 individuals in the Archdiocese of Baltimore who have been awarded papal honors. Cardinal William H. Keeler will present the awards at a special ceremony June 24, at 6 p.m., at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Homeland.

Inaugural meal at new Our Daily Bread served with little fuss
Jun 05 2007
The location was new, but the crowd was familiar as Catholic Charities served its first meal to the poor and homeless at its new Our Daily Bread Employment Center June 4. Before the dining room opened at 10:30 a.m., 18 people who normally eat at Baltimore’s largest soup kitchen registered for employment training.

Hundreds of clubs keep seniors on the go
May 29 2007
When JoAnn Huebler and her family found a remote control boat named “Poppy” they knew it would make a perfect gift for her father, Joe Danneman, because his five grandchildren call him “Poppy.” “He loves it,” she said of her father, a former Navy man and a Catholic who serves as usher in the nondenominational chapel at Oak Crest, a retirement community in Parkville, where he lives and where Mrs. Huebler is a retirement counselor. After Mr. Danneman’s stroke, his family thought operating the boat would be good for his motor skills. Consequently, he joined The Blue Heron Yacht Club on the campus.

Arkansas parish tackles ‘Catholic Extreme Makeover’
May 28 2007
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Call it a “Catholic Extreme Makeover.” When parishioners at Christ the King Church in Little Rock heard about Father Udochukwu “Udo” Vincent Ogbuji’s paralysis following a car wreck, they prayed for the priest’s recovery. And when their pastor, Monsignor Francis I. Malone, challenged them to renovate a house in less than two weeks for the former Searcy pastor, they immediately jumped to work. “They really stepped up with incredible donations,” said Sandy DeCoursey, the parish life/outreach director who oversaw the renovation of the vacant, parish-owned, two-story home. “The Holy Spirit is guiding this,” she said. “The Holy Spirit is the project manager.” Before Father Ogbuji, 38, was released from Baptist Rehabilitation Institute, Monsignor J. Gaston Hebert, administrator of the Little Rock Diocese, and Monsignor Malone agreed that the priest needed a home close to his therapists and doctors while at the same time being able to put his priestly vocation to work. The parish house, however, needed major renovations to accommodate a person in a motorized wheelchair as well as a fresh coat of paint and furnishings.

Outdoor griller dons chef’s hat all year
May 19 2007
The aroma of sizzling steak on a grill may permeate through Maryland neighborhoods mostly in warmer months, but it’s a scent Parkville residents – who live near Bob Delisle’s home – smell all year. The avid outdoor chef and St. Matthew, Northwood, parishioner doesn’t need to dust off his two grills in the late spring because he cooks on them even when snow blankets his back lawn. Dinner served on the family’s dining room table gets its start from the backyard grill at least three evenings each week, and it’s not only the meat prepared outside. “I can easily make the whole meal on the grill,” said the 50-year-old married father of three. “Typically, I put a bunch of vegetables in a tin foil packet with some butter, salt, pepper and other seasonings, and it all steams up nicely while the meat cooks.”