Charity & Volunteering


Deacon Walter Shipley dies at 91
Jun 22 2007
A funeral Mass for Deacon Walter Shipley was offered June 25 at St. Clement Mary Hofbauer, Rosedale, where he served for 20 years. Deacon Shipley died June 20. He was 91.

Anatomy of a volunteer
Jun 14 2007
Amid 10,000 people serving as volunteers for one Catholic organization, there are bound to be common traits. Yet they won’t be found in appearance, age, marital status or gender.

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.

Parishioners serve “last supper” at old Our Daily Bread building
Jun 05 2007
Immaculate Conception, Towson, parishioners have been serving the poor and homeless at Our Daily Bread on the first Sunday of each month since Baltimore’s largest soup kitchen opened more than a quarter century ago. Fittingly, church volunteers were also present June 3 as they served 678 meatloaf dinners during the last supper at the Cathedral Street facility. The parish has served Our Daily Bread longer than any other group in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and Catholic Charities officials were thrilled when the final day at the former location occurred on Immaculate Conception’s Sunday.

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.

Catholic Charities dedicates $15 million resource center
May 25 2007
As a bagpiper played “Amazing Grace” in the halls of the new Our Daily Bread Employment Center May 24, hundreds of citizens followed the musician like the Pied Piper to tour Baltimore’s first full-service resource center for the poor. The symbolic jaunt through the $15 million, 52,000-square-foot facility followed a lavish dedication ceremony of the Catholic Charities project which was nine years in the making. In attendance were state and city politicians, leaders of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, volunteers and recipients of the philanthropic programs that will now be housed in the new building. While dedicating the facility that is expected to feed 700 of the city’s homeless and poor daily, Catholic Charities Executive Director Harold A. Smith said the new building would allow the most vulnerable citizens to “find dignity, peace and opportunity.”

Monsignor Hobbs celebrates 50th anniversary of his ordination
May 17 2007
When parishioners of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary began planning a special 50th anniversary celebration for their rector’s ordination, Monsignor James V. Hobbs initially resisted the commemoration. “He’s a very gentle man and he doesn’t ever see the need to be in the spotlight,” said Michael J. Ruck Sr., a longtime parishioner of the downtown Baltimore church. “But, we told him that wasn’t acceptable. We wanted this celebration.”

Bush praises volunteerism, service at Catholic college
May 14 2007
LATROBE, Pa. – President George W. Bush praised volunteerism and service and encouraged the approximately 300 graduates of St. Vincent College to “take what you’ve learned here into the world and always live up to the high ideals that this college stands for.” “The volunteer spirit of America makes us unique; it represents the true strength of our nation and must constantly be reinvigorated and renewed,” said the president, who cited the traditions of St. Benedict and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in his May 11 commencement address. He pointed out two students from the class of 2007 for giving to others: Anthony Fiumara of Walkersville, Md., who spent two breaks teaching at St. Benedict School in one of the poorest areas of New Jersey, and Kara Shirley of Saltsburg, who during a service project in Brazil visited an AIDS clinic and brought comfort to a dying man.

Writer travels around globe to tombs of apostles
May 08 2007
ROME – As a Peace Corps volunteer, Tom Bissell was hiking through a village in Kyrgyzstan one day, and an old Russian woman offered to take him to see the tomb of St. Matthew. “I remember thinking: ‘The tomb of Matthew? I thought he was buried in Jerusalem or Italy or somewhere like that,’“ Bissell recalled in an interview with Catholic News Service. But Kyrgyzstan, he soon learned, also had a claim on the apostle’s final resting place. The woman led Bissell to the ruins of a monastery next to Lake Issyk Kul, where according to local legend the saint’s relics were transported by Armenian monks in the fifth century. It was a small marker in the remote reaches of Central Asia.

New Our Daily Bread building to be dedicated May 24
May 04 2007
The new $15 million Our Daily Bread Employment Center and soup kitchen will not open to serve meals to Baltimore’s poor and homeless until June 4, but the halls of the three-story, 52,000-square-foot building are already filled with people. Contractors worked to ready the new site at 725 Fallsway for its May 24 dedication and June opening. In addition to Our Daily Bread, the new center will also be home to Catholic Charities’ Christopher Place Employment Academy and Maryland Re-entry Partnership – a program that enables formerly incarcerated men to successfully reintegrate into the community.