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Father Michael Blackwell, longtime priest and Navy veteran, dies at age 81.
Father Michael Blackwell, a decorated U.S. Navy veteran and retired priest who served the the Archdiocese of Washington for more than 40 years, died June 14. He was 81 years old and a resident of Carroll Manor.
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Most Holy Rosary parishioner Gertrude Duckett dies at 102
Gertrude Charity Duckett, a longtime member of Most Holy Rosary Parish in Rosaryville, died recently. She was 102 years old.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Grandpa Joe's prayers come full circle

A certain magic surrounds the name "Grandpa Joe" for anyone who has read Roald Dahl's classic children's book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" or who has seen one of the Willy Wonka movies inspired by it. In that story, a young boy named Charlie unwraps a candy bar to find one of the prized golden tickets, enabling the winner to tour the magical and mysterious chocolate factory. His Grandpa Joe, a sprightly old fellow, springs out of bed, dances a happy jig and accompanies Charlie on a wondrous adventure.

Friday, April 18, 2014
At 90, priest compared to Pope Francis for his service to the poor
Two days before his 90th birthday on April 7, Msgr. Ralph Kuehner celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Derwood, and during the Mass, the priest noted for his service to the area's poor was compared to the current pope named for the parish's patron saint.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Retired University of Maryland food services manager runs parish's food pantry in Prince Frederick
On any given Wednesday afternoon, the small frame building beside St. John Vianney Church in Prince Frederick becomes one of the largest church-run food pantries in Calvert County, serving 100-115 clients of all ages and backgrounds. The leader of the band of volunteers there is Larry Donnelly, 74, who retired after a 35-year-career of managing food service for students at the University of Maryland.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Father Torsiello, founding pastor of St. John Neumann Parish, dies at age 83
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Father Ralph C. Torsiello, the founding pastor of St. John Neumann Parish in Gaithersburg, on Jan. 3. He died on Dec. 29 at the age of 83.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Father William F.X. Berry dies at age 76, was pastor at Newtowne and College Park
Father William F.X. Berry, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington for almost 47 years, died Oct. 21. He was 76, and a resident of Grace House in Silver Spring. "He loved being a priest," said Msgr. Joseph Ranieri, the Archdiocese of Washington's coordinator of pastoral care for priests and a friend of Father Berry.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Victory Court senior housing dedicated in Rockville
Cardinal Donald Wuerl joined county leaders and city officials Oct. 24 in dedicating Victory Court, a Rockville housing community for senior citizens. The 86-unit affordable apartment community was a joint venture between Victory Housing, the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs, the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County and Capital One Bank.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Priest's act of kindness inspired Dick Ridgway's lifetime of service to others
After graduating from Gonzaga College High School in 1954, where he was a member of its championship basketball team, Dick Ridgway could not afford to attend college. His dad had died when he was young. But a priest stepped forward, offering to pay for his first year of college and help get him started. Ridgway never forgot the generosity of Msgr. James Caulfield, the founding pastor of St. Jane de Chantal Parish in Bethesda who died in 1973.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Memorial Mass for Father Posey planned for Aug. 31
A Memorial Mass for Capuchin Franciscan Father Thaddeus Posey will be held on Saturday Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. at St. Gabriel Church in Washington. Father Posey, 69, died on Aug. 7 after a long struggle with cancer.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Renowned bioethicist Dr. Edmund Pellegrino dies
Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, regarded as a founding father in the field of bioethics, died on June 13 at the age of 92. In a career that spanned more than six decades, he was a renowned physician, ethicist, research scholar and administrator. A devout Catholic, he attended daily Mass and once said that his faith was the single most "important unifying element in my whole life."
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
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