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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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  • Catholic church will never allow married priests

    Edward McCarey McDonnell must not be aware that the Catholic church hierarchy has banned all discussion of a married priesthood or the ordination of women ("Abuse not a product of culture but church policy," May 24). Bishop William Morris of Australia...
  • Baltimore Catholic school closings: Who benefitted?

    With the end of the 2010-2011 school year approaching for most area Catholic schools, I would be interested to hear from anyone regarding all the benefits that were to be gained from the closing of the 12 Catholic elementary and high schools. As the...
  • Brother James Kelly, president of Mount Saint Joseph High School

    Brother James Kelly, president of Mount Saint Joseph High School
    Brother James Kelly, president of Mount Saint Joseph High School for the last decade, died of prostate cancer early Saturday at his order's residence in Irvington. He was 64. In a letter he wrote to students and parents in October, he quoted the...
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  • Papal delegate is critically ill at Hopkins

    Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Vatican's delegate to the United States, has undergone major lung surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and remains critically ill, a high-ranking church source said. Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien has asked religious...
  • Vatican's envoy to U.S. dies at Hopkins after lung surgery

    Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Vatican's ambassador to the United States, died Wednesday of complications from surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, church officials said. The 73-year-old Italian prelate had undergone lung surgery nearly three weeks ago and...
  • The governor and the archbishop

    Regarding your article "Archbishop's letter on gay marriage" (Aug. 9), the precedent to the latest church vs. state battle in Annapolis was already set by John F. Kennedy in 1960. At that time he stated: "I am not the Catholic candidate for president....
  • Gay couples in Md. up more than 50%

    Gay couples in Md. up more than 50%
    Catherine Kelly and Sue Heether began their relationship in 1994, when both were teaching at a Baltimore-area Catholic school, and felt they had to keep the arrangement closely guarded for years. But as same-sex couples became more visible over the...
  • The rise (and rights) of same-sex couples

    The rise (and rights) of same-sex couples
    If Maryland lawmakers needed greater evidence that the time has come to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, they need look no further than the 51 percent increase in same-sex couples reported this week by the U.S. Census. This isn't a population...
  • On same-sex marriage, O'Malley should heed O'Brien

    On same-sex marriage, O'Malley should heed O'Brien
    As a Catholic, a 20-year member of the Virginia General Assembly, the author of Virginia's 2006 voter-approved one-man, one-woman Constitutional Marriage Amendment, and a graduate ofMaryland public schools, I take issue with Gov. Martin O'Malley's...
  • Archbishop O'Brien has a right to try to influence public policy

    In his letter to The Sun printed Aug. 18 ("O'Malley correct on church-state separation"), Arnold Paskoff suggests there should be "no representation without taxation." This implies that he thinks Archbishop Edwin O'Brien pays no taxes. I believe this is...