Archive for February, 2011

Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien had people buzzing Feb. 26 in his homily during the ordination of transitional Deacon Warren Tanghe.
In speaking to Warren, he casually announced that the former Anglican priest would be ordained a Catholic priest June 25. No one new it was coming, including Deacon Tanghe.
More to come on…

Eighth-grade students from De La Salle Blackfeet School in Browning, Montana, traveled to Baltimore two years ago to visit friends at Calvert Hall College High School, Towson. Calvert Hall students have gone to Montana to work with De La Salle’s children and visit a reservation there. (Photo courtesy Calvert Hall)

In this week’s edition of The Catholic Review, there is a mention in our Church Chatter section of Calvert Hall students heading to Montana. The purpose of the trip is to live on a reservation there. The school has had a strong relationship with that community in the past.

Marc Parisi, from the school’s campus ministry, sent this letter to the Calvert Hall community. I thought you’d enjoy it. You can follow the Calvert Hall journey on

Greetings from the Rez in Browning, Montana–

Last night the guys and I took a 10 minute walk from the bunkhouse where we have been living in all week, across a field, to the old mission church on the Blackfeet reservation. The view of the stars was unbelievable. It was about fourteen degrees below zero though, so we didn’t stand around long to stargaze. At prayer in the old church, I asked the guys to pray for our community back in Baltimore, as I know many of you have been praying for us this week.

If you havn’t gotten a chance to check out the blog, you are missing some great insights from our students. The teachers and staff of De La Salle Blackfeet are always impressed with our students, they are representing you very well. Today I brought Tyler and Taylor over to the public high school to meet some students who have graduated from the Christian Brothers middle school and moved back into the public schools here. Listening to our students share their high school experiences with their Blackfeet peers was really incredible. They even got a chance to do some drumming with them in music class. Our students have such a love for CHC and the things we, as teachers, work hard to instill in them. While our kids had their conversations, I sat with their dean of activities and discipline and talked about their school. It was interesting talking with their deans about all the issues they face with their students. Their teachers face many of the same battles we face as teachers on the east coast with their students, and obviously have some unique challenges with culture, drugs/alcohol, cell phones, and complex family situations. The experiences today were fascinating, but also reminded me why CHC is such a great place to be. The guys’ blog illustrates that thought over and over again. Please join us in prayer and reflection on the blog at Thanks again for your prayers for these students, Brother James, and myself.

Much Peace,

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You’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger star emerge from Baltimore than Babe Ruth.
Born George Herman Ruth on Feb. 6, 1895, “The Babe” is the measuring stick for athletic stars. The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum is hosting a party for him on his 111th birthday.
Ruth died decades ago, but his legacy in baseball and beyond grows bigger each year. Fans can touch a bat used by the product of St. Mary’s Industrial School during the party.
According to the Babe Ruth Museum site, tickets are $45 each for members of the Babe Ruth Museum, $55 apiece for the general public when purchased in advance and $60 each at the door on the night of the event. Ten or more tickets purchased together are discounted at $40 each.
Proceeds will benefit Mercy Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which serves more than 400 babies each year, and the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation.

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I found this National Catholic Reporter column, posted on Jesuit Father James Martin’s Facebook wall, to be interesting.

It examines if the church is rushing the potential sainthood of Pope John Paul II and the logic behind the sainthood push just a few years after his death. His May beatifcation certainly has created a stir. Many are celebrating what they think was a foregone conclusion when he died- he was a saint.
While he defined what a pope meant to me, I’d prefer a patient analysis of my saints. If he spent a lifetime in service of God, then his entire lifetime should be examined thoroughly.

Both Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa have the benefit of being Catholic leaders in the television age. Both were tremendous leaders and examples to millions of how to live a Catholic life. Someone like Mother Mary Lange, still waits for sainthood because there is not as much available as there is for the more well-known Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa.

Where do you stand on this? Are you a person who says, “Why wait?”