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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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  • William E. Lori takes reins of Baltimore diocese

    William E. Lori takes reins of Baltimore diocese
    William E. Lori became the 16th archbishop of Baltimore in a solemn ceremony Wednesday that included a nod to the nation's oldest Roman Catholic diocese and a look forward to the challenges of the 21st century. Lori, 60, set the tone for his tenure...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Preakness notes: Record-breaker Rapid Redux will retire

    Preakness notes: Record-breaker Rapid Redux will retire
    After six months off to recover from the wear and tear of a North American record 22 straight victories, Rapid Redux will be retired next week to Kentucky Horse Park, his owner Robert Cole and trainer David Wells said. "He's perfect right now and we want...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...