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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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  • Trayvon Martin case strikes deep chord with Baltimoreans

    Trayvon Martin case strikes deep chord with Baltimoreans
    When 17-year-old John Edwards was shot in the head on Edmondson Avenue this month, no one marched on City Hall. There were no comparisons to Emmett Till, no columns in national newspapers about the anxieties of growing up black and male in a country...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Archbishop O'Brien leaving Baltimore for post in Rome

    Archbishop O'Brien leaving Baltimore for post in Rome
    Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien flies to Rome next month for a new job leading a global order of Catholic knights, a post that likely will lead to his elevation to cardinal, but which also begins his departure from the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Pope Benedict...
  • Archdiocese of Baltimore welcomes new order of nuns

    Archdiocese of Baltimore welcomes new order of nuns
    The Archdiocese of Baltimore added a new religious order of nuns Tuesday, its first in decades and one that began as an Anglican community. The All Saints' Sisters of the Poor left the Episcopal Church for the Roman Catholic Church two years ago. By a...
  • Md. bishops call on Catholics to oppose same-sex marriage

    With legislation to legalize same-sex marriage expected in the General Assembly, Maryland's Roman Catholic bishops are calling on parishioners to act against the proposal and other measures that they say threaten "religious liberty." In a 16-page...
  • Gay marriage and the Catholic Church's selective concern for Constitutional rights

    Gay marriage and the Catholic Church's selective concern for Constitutional rights
    Edwin F. O'Brien, the former archbishop of Baltimore, and his colleagues from Washington and Delaware sent a 16-page statement to parishes arguing that allowing same-sex marriage would violate religious freedom. The call for Catholics to oppose gay...