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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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  • Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Wednesday

    Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Wednesday
    WEATHER Today's forecast calls for snow, mainly after noon, with a high near 39 degrees. It is expected to be snowy early tonight, followed by clouds, with a low temperature around 32 degrees. TRAFFIC Check our updates for this morning's issues as...
  • O'Brien says Archdiocese of Baltimore won't offer birth control coverage

    O'Brien says Archdiocese of Baltimore won't offer birth control coverage
    Cardinal-designate Edwin F. O'Brien said in a strongly worded letter that the Archdiocese of Baltimore will not comply with federal law requiring churches to offer birth control coverage even it means dropping health insurance for its 3,500 employees....
  • Religious groups that oppose birth control don't have a monopoly on morality

    Edwin F. O'Brien, leader of the Baltimore archdiocese, has revealed himself to be a cynical, misguided critic of the Obama administration ("Fight over birth control," Jan. 26). He says it's a pity that the sincere convictions of religious groups are...
  • 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...
  • O'Brien insensitive on school closings

    Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien was quoted as saying in relation to the school closings this past year, "It was difficult for me, and in hindsight some are unforgiving" ("Pope Benedict to elevate Archbishop O'Brien to cardinal," Jan. 7). This demonstrates...
  • Pope Benedict to elevate Archbishop O'Brien to cardinal

    Pope Benedict to elevate Archbishop O'Brien to cardinal
    Baltimore's archdiocese, the oldest in the nation, can once again claim one of the highest-ranking members of the Roman Catholic Church as its leader. Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, leader of the archdiocese since 2007, was named a cardinal Friday by...
  • St. Joe's was a pioneer in psychiatric care

    As a member of the community that St. Joseph Medical Center serves, as one whose family has received care at St Joseph, and as a former employee, I appreciate the recent commentary by Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien ("St. Joseph Medical Center: A Catholic...
  • St. Joseph Medical Center: A Catholic tradition of reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence

    St. Joseph Medical Center: A Catholic tradition of reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence
    Several times each year, patients suffering from rheumatic fever come to a Baltimore-area hospital for open heart surgery to repair their damaged hearts. They receive world-class medical care at no cost to them, and they and their traveling companions are...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...