Therapeutic reflecting garden for Baltimore homeless
May 15 2007
When the homeless dine at the new Our Daily Bread facility when it opens in June, they will have a grand view of a superbly landscaped garden intended for reflection. However, a vision is all they will have of the oasis, unless they are accepted into a program designed to advance their employability. The reflecting garden – adjacent to the dining room of Catholic Charities’ new $15 million employment center and soup kitchen - was included in the plans of the 52,000-square-foot building specifically for the men of Christopher Place to relax, play basketball and enjoy nature’s splendor. It was also strategically placed to act as a dangling carrot for the estimated 700 homeless and needy Baltimoreans who will eat daily at the Fallsway building.

Tips to becoming successful in the workplace
Apr 17 2007
In his book “Dumbing Down Our Kids,” author Charles Sykes wrote, “If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.” When entering a new workplace, whether just out of college or not, it is important to know proper office etiquette, dining etiquette and dress attire. Natalie Kauffman, director for the Center of Career and Service Learning at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, said an individual should spend some time observing how the office is run and try to adapt accordingly.

Grandmother walks parade rain or shine
Mar 01 2007
While sitting in her cozy dining room with pictures and articles scattered across the table, Regina Curran, 81, reminisced about her many years of involvement in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Baltimore City. Ms. Curran has been walking in the St. Patrick’s Day parade for more than 30 years, and this year will be no different. Although her doctor said she may have to sit this parade out because she recently underwent surgery to have a tumor removed from her leg, the St. Joseph, Fullerton, parishioner is determined to continue the tradition. “I’ll get there some way,” said Ms. Curran, who grew up in Baltimore and was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist, Baltimore, before it closed in 1966. “I’ll ride in a float if I have to!”

Oblate Sisters to celebrate the life of Mother Mary Lange
Jan 30 2007
Surrounded by paintings, letters and memorabilia of Oblate Sisters of Providence founder Mother Mary Lange, Sister Virginie Fish, O.S.P. prepares for the day-long celebration marking the 125th anniversary of the candidate for sainthood’s death on Feb. 3. The event is a tradition the 79-year-old director of the Mother Mary Lange Guild has organized annually since 1991, which will begin 8:30 a.m. in the Chapel at the Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent in Catonsville and end with a 7:30 p.m. service of celebration.

Alumni programs keep graduates connected
Jan 17 2007
Some graduates go back just for the sandwiches. The buffalo chicken wrap is popular, as is The Kevin Special: hot roast beef, melted provolone, barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, onions, lettuce and French fries (yes, French fries) wrapped in a flour tortilla. Both are favorites of students and alumni in the dining hall at Loyola Blakefield, Towson.