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Edwin F. O'Brien

Edwin F. O'Brien
Edwin F. O'Brien, the 15th archbishop of Baltimore, boasts a religious career that spans four decades on several continents, including work as a combat chaplain in the U.S. military. On October 1, 2007, O'Brien was installed as leader of the Baltimore region's half-million Catholics. He succeeded Cardinal William H. Keeler, who held the post for 18 years. O'Brien was born April 8, 1939, in the Bronx, N.Y. After receiving a bachelor's degree and two master's degrees from St. Joseph's Seminary, O'Brien was ordained as a priest on May 29, 1965. The church assigned him as a civilian chaplain at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Five years later, at the height of the Vietnam War in 1970, h... Show more »
Edwin F. O'Brien, the 15th archbishop of Baltimore, boasts a religious career that spans four decades on several continents, including work as a combat chaplain in the U.S. military. On October 1, 2007, O'Brien was installed as leader of the Baltimore region's half-million Catholics. He succeeded Cardinal William H. Keeler, who held the post for 18 years. O'Brien was born April 8, 1939, in the Bronx, N.Y. After receiving a bachelor's degree and two master's degrees from St. Joseph's Seminary, O'Brien was ordained as a priest on May 29, 1965. The church assigned him as a civilian chaplain at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Five years later, at the height of the Vietnam War in 1970, he joined the Army and attained the rank of captain, taking flight training that required him to parachute out of airplanes. From 1971 to 1972 he served a tour of duty in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and the 1st Calvary Brigade. He pursued a doctoral degree in Rome and returned to New York, where he would spend the bulk of his career from 1976 to 1997. During his time there he coordinated the New York visit of Pope John Paul II and, as secretary to Cardinal Terence Cooke, had to endure the painful job of attending to the ailing head of the New York archdiocese. « Show less

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    Thirty-five years have come and gone since Dan Schuster, just out of high school in Reisterstown, discovered something about the concrete business — he could do it better himself.
  • Outspoken bishop to take helm of Archdiocese of Baltimore

    Outspoken bishop to take helm of Archdiocese of Baltimore
    At a time when Roman Catholic bishops are waging political wars against contraception and same-sex marriage, one of the church's most hard-line generals was named Tuesday to head its historically important Baltimore archdiocese. The Vatican appointed...

    Md. still feeling quake's effects as hurricane approaches

    Md. still feeling quake's effects as hurricane approaches
    A day after the largest East Coast earthquake in more than 60 years, Marylanders continued to deal with the fallout, as officials assessed the effects on buildings and infrastructure, transit riders saw delays and some federal workers and public school...

    St. Joseph enters into agreement with University of Maryland Medical System

    St. Joseph enters into agreement with University of Maryland Medical System
    Financially troubled St. Joseph Medical Center ended its search for a new owner Friday, announcing that it has entered an agreement to become part of the rapidly expanding University of Maryland Medical System. The announcement was greeted with cheers at...

    Federal birth control ruling upsets religious groups

    Federal birth control ruling upsets religious groups
    Church officials and other religious-based groups are gearing up to fight an order by the Obama administration that they include birth control in employee health plans — a requirement some say could threaten the protection of other moral beliefs and...