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,...