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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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  • 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...
  • Rodgers Forge: Hilgartner family celebrates an elevation to monsignor

    Father Rick Hilgartner, a scholar of sacred liturgy and executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Divine Worship Office, was recently elevated to monsignor. This well-deserved honor was bestowed on this former Rodgers Forge resident...
  • 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...
  • Priest at Immaculate Conception relieved of duties after arrest

    George Towle, a Timonium resident who attends Church of the Immaculate Conception in Towson, said he wasn't surprised this week when the church acted quickly to remove the Rev. Mark Stewart Bullock, known as "Father Stew" to parishioners, after he was...
  • 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...
  • Fate of same-sex marriage bill rests with handful of delegates

    About a dozen members of the House of Delegates are believed to be undecided on Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland. They are the audience that activists on both sides most want to reach as they prepare to make...
  • O'Brien's quixotic fight

    O'Brien's quixotic fight
    Recently, Cardinal-designateEdwin F. O'Brienwrote a stirring letter to all those who worship in the Baltimore Archdiocese, calling on their help to "regain our religious freedom." The impassioned call to arms suggests the federal government has dealt a...
  • O'Brien letter a symptom of larger problem

    A friend and I were discussing ArchbishopEdwin O'Brien's letter which was read in the churches of the Archdiocese a couple of weeks ago when we realized that we had both had the same reaction ("O'Brien's quixotic fight," Feb. 9). We had both considered...
  • Archbishop's stand reflects the courage of the Founding Fathers

    What a surprise: The Sun's editorial board and op-ed writers are slamming the courageous, committed leader of the Roman Catholic Church in our archdiocese ("O'Brien's quixotic fight," Feb. 8). Why? Because, it would seem, birth control is an absolute...
  • Archbishop O'Brien is wrong on the contraceptives requirement

    Is Archbishop Edwin O'Briennot aware of his own flock? If he would only Google the subject, he would see that both DePaul University (the largest Catholic university in the U.S.) and Georgetown University already provide health coverage policies that...