George P. Matysek Jr. has been a member of the Catholic Review staff since 1997, serving as a staff writer, senior staff writer, assistant managing editor and now web editor.

A graduate of Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School in Essex, George holds a bachelor's degree in history and writing from what is now Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore and a master's degree in history from UMBC.

A winner of more than 50 regional, national and international journalism awards from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C Press Association, the Catholic Press Association, Associated Church Press and National Right to Life, George has reported from Guyana, Guatemala, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Happily married and living in Rodgers Forge, George is the proud father of two daughters. 

Reach George at and follow him on Twitter @ReviewMatysek




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I have know Sister Anthony and her family all of my life. Like Sr. Anthony, the whole family is truly God loving people. Happy 100 Sr. Anthony and may God continue to bless you. Love you. Pearl


Happy birthday Sister Anthony from your great niece Lauren. The undated photo is Sr. Anthony with her mother and 9 of her siblings.

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VIDEO REPORT: Our Lady of Czechtochowa inspires devotion

For many of the 26 people who joined Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski on a recent pilgrimage to the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, the spiritual highlight was praying in the presence of the famous icon known as Our Lady of Czechtochowa. The pilgrims had the honor of sitting only a few feet away from the "Black Madonna" as Bishop Rozanski led them in Marian prayers. Moved by the experience, several participants wiped away tears of joy. Check out this video report:


June 05, 2011 01:02
By George Matysek

Greetings from Prague

Can't go to Prague without tasting a Czech beer.

PRAGUE - Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski's pilgrimage to Europe has landed in Prague.  I haven't had a free moment to post, but stay tuned for a video report on the Infant of Prague, located at the Church of Our Lady Victorious.  Should be up later today.  (The pilgrimage group has been going strong for two days straight without any sleep!)

In the meantime, enjoy a few photos from the church posted below.  Prague definitely lives up to its billing as one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

The Infant of Prague, located inside the Church of Our Lady Victorious. (CR/George P. Matysek Jr.)

Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski celebrates Mass at the Church of Our Lady Victorious in Prague. (CR/George P. Matysek Jr.)

Baltimore pilgrims pray inside the Church of Our Lady Victorious in Prague. (CR/George P. Matysek Jr.)

That's all for now. Much more to come!

May 25, 2011 12:58
By George Matysek

VIDEO REPORT: Changes coming to Cumberland

Last week, I covered a town meeting in Cumberland regarding the future of parishes in the area. A proposal will be presented to Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien that would unite the parishes into a new faith community with a new name and a single pastoral staff.  Cumberland's St. Mary, St. Patrick and Ss. Peter and Paul and Cresaptown's St. Ambrose would continue offering weekend Masses under the plan, while St. Patrick in Mount Savage would become a "station" for funerals, weddings and special liturgies - but no regular Masses.

Much more will be coming in a story in The Catholic Review.  In the meantime, check out this video I put together on the meeting.

5/3 Update:  Click here for the full report on the Cumberland town meeting.


May 02, 2011 10:08
By George Matysek