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The Rev. Alphonse G. Rose, former rector of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, dies

The Rev. Alphonse G. Rose, former rector of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, dies

The Rev. Alphonse G. Rose, a former rector of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, who earlier had been pastor at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church in Bel Air, died Friday from a pulmonary embolism at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 85.

"Al was a giant, and absolutely brilliant," said the Rev. Michael J. Roach, pastor of St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church in Manchester and a close friend of many years.

"He was a real cultured gentleman and priest, which is a rare combination. He was one of the most outstanding priests that I've known in my lifetime," Father Roach said.

"Father Rose was a kind, gracious,...

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