Youth ‘Focus’ on Vocations
Dec 01 2011
A study conducted in the 1980s indicated that most priests and religious first seriously thought about ministry around the age of 11 and then again in their junior year of high school. Two years after that study, “Focus 11” was born. First instituted in the Archdiocese of Detroit, the program had two components: one aimed at 11-year-olds and one at 11th graders. It consisted of lesson plans, exercises, and prayer services designed to help our children explore this radical expression of their faith.

Archdiocesan youths take part in country’s biggest sendoff of Mass translation
Nov 21 2011
INDIANAPOLIS – All her life, Sara Connelly has known just one translation of the Roman Missal. On Nov. 19, she took part in perhaps the biggest goodbye to the way U.S. Catholics have celebrated the Mass since the 1960s.

Senior shares love of dance at Frederick retirement community
Nov 17 2011
It wasn’t until she reached her 60s when Shirley Bisselle quite literally waltzed into the world of dance.

Plenty to see and do in independent living
Nov 17 2011
When it comes to activities for seniors in independent living, choice is a constant. Today’s independent living communities schedule an enormous number of activities and events. And while no one could do it all, the breadth and number of choices means there’s something for everyone.

Zumba inspires girls to get moving
Nov 17 2011
Throwing their hands in the air and moving their hips in time to syncopated Latin beats and African rhythms, fourth- and fifth-graders at Holy Angels Catholic School in Baltimore caught the Zumba craze during a special after-school class Oct. 20.

Archbishop O’Brien welcomes former Episcopal order of nuns into church
Nov 08 2011
Ten members of a formerly Episcopal order of nuns made history Nov. 1 when Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien received their religious community into the Catholic Church as a diocesan priory.

More than 250 teens from Baltimore to head to Indianapolis
Nov 03 2011
Two years ago, Emily Moesner didn’t know what to expect as she headed to Kansas City, Mo. For the National Catholic Youth Conference. By the end of the first night there, she was transformed.

Fifth-graders talk faith at Notre Dame
Oct 31 2011
An estimated 400 fifth-grade students from Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic schools file into LeClerc Hall on the campus of Notre Dame of Maryland University Oct. 27, and Sister Patricia Dowling just smiled.

Papal honorees span the archdiocese
Oct 28 2011
Cross Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice Carol A. Augustine Augustine served more than 40 years as a religious educator. She was a religion teacher and director of religious education at St. Matthew in Baltimore before beginning a 26-year ministry at the Catholic Center. She held positions of increasing responsibility including: coordinator of Catechist Formation and Leadership Development, coordinator of Religious Education for Catholic Elementary Schools and director of Evangelization and Catechesis. She is a parishioner of St. Matthew Parish. Charles L. Bauermann

Bill Murray’s sister to perform in Baltimore
Oct 28 2011
Dominican Sister Nancy Murray had to bring her “A game” if she wanted to tell a story at the dinner table as a child. As the third of nine children, she had to compete for the attention of her lumber salesman father, Edward, who encouraged music and humor to flourish in the Chicago home. He loved a good story.