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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

Top Edwin F. O'Brien Articles

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  • Archbishop O'Brien has a right to try to influence public policy

    In his letter to The Sun printed Aug. 18 ("O'Malley correct on church-state separation"), Arnold Paskoff suggests there should be "no representation without taxation." This implies that he thinks Archbishop Edwin O'Brien pays no taxes. I believe this is...
  • Awalts make community mark across the generations

    Achievements abound in the Awalt family of Cockeysville, and we're happy to share with the community these wonderful accomplishments. Don Awalt, the father of the family, was recently ordained as a deacon by Archbishop Edwin O'Brien to serve the...
  • For merchant mariners, a place of solace in Baltimore

    For merchant mariners, a place of solace in Baltimore
    Toothpaste and spiritual comfort share space in the double-wide storefront in Dundalk. Magazines and snacks fill crannies and shelves, racks hold donated sweatshirts and winter jackets and somehow, wedged toward the back, is a quiet corner to make a...
  • O'Brien on priest sexual abuse: Making sure it doesn't happen again

    O'Brien on priest sexual abuse: Making sure it doesn't happen again
    Often, when the Catholic Church's sexual abuse crisis is discussed, some defender of the church will accurately point out that no other institution has done more to study itself and to create safeguards that protect children in the area of sexual abuse....
  • Abuse not a product of culture but church policy

    Anyone familiar with criminal justice studies realizes how flawed many of them are, and the recently released "The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States 1950-2002" appears to be a prime example....
  • O'Brien blaming society for clergy sexual abuse

    The reported highlights of the John Jay University study of the causes and context of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy, which were also emphasized in Archbishop Edwin O'Brien's op-ed ( "We can't let it happen again," May 22), are that the general...
  • Catholic church will never allow married priests

    Edward McCarey McDonnell must not be aware that the Catholic church hierarchy has banned all discussion of a married priesthood or the ordination of women ("Abuse not a product of culture but church policy," May 24). Bishop William Morris of Australia...
  • Outspoken bishop to take helm of Archdiocese of Baltimore

    Outspoken bishop to take helm of Archdiocese of Baltimore
    At a time when Roman Catholic bishops are waging political wars against contraception and same-sex marriage, one of the church's most hard-line generals was named Tuesday to head its historically important Baltimore archdiocese. The Vatican appointed...
  • Good afternoon, Baltimore: Tuesday lunchtime lowdown

    ON THE SITE... City Hall considers selling 15 historic landmarks: Baltimore's Board of Estimates is slated to approve a contract with a consultant reviewing the sale or lease of the Shot Tower, Upton Mansion, Clifton Park Valve House and Old Town...
  • Supreme Court decisions renew interest in petition fighting convicted child rapist's release

    Supreme Court decisions renew interest in petition fighting convicted child rapist's release
    Nearly 100 people have added their names to an online peititon seeking to keep a convicted child rapist behind bars since Wednesday, when two U.S. Supreme Court decisions appeared to bolster the man's appeal arguments and the likelihood he could be...
  • On his way out, O'Brien closes one more school

    In the March 15 Baltimore Sun, Steve Kilar wrote a brief article entitled, "St. Ambrose School in Park Heights is closing." He quoted a statement from the Archdiocese of Baltimore, which said that "due to the low enrollment, St. Ambrose has been unable to...
  • 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...