Keeler touring AIDS facilitiesArchbishop William Keeler of...

Keeler touring AIDS facilities

Archbishop William Keeler of Baltimore's Roman Catholic Archdiocese was touring AIDS-treatment facilities today at Johns Hopkins Hospital.


The visit, Keeler's first to the hospital since he became archbishop almost three years ago, could be seen as an early move in an archdiocesan strategy to improve and publicize its outreach to people with AIDS and HIV infection.

Last Friday, the archdiocese released an ad hoc advisory committee's report recommending ways the local church can enhance its AIDS ministry. Convened last January and chaired by Auxiliary Bishop P. Francis Murphy, the 11-member committee of priests, nuns and medical professionals interviewed representatives of Maryland health organizations that provide AIDS-related services and persons with AIDS and their families.


In its report, titled "Strangers and Aliens No Longer" (from Ephesians 2:19), the committee praised the AIDS ministry of individual clergy, religious and lay volunteers, as well as the work of four local organizations with which the archdiocese is associated -- the Stella Maris Hospice, the AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, the Franciscan Center AIDS Outreach and Chara House.

However, the committee concluded, those individuals and organizations would benefit from greater coordination of their resources. The report also urged the church to publicize its AIDS outreach programs among the general public and individual parishes.

Archdiocesan lay and clergy councils will meet in the coming weeks to discuss the report. The pastoral council, consisting and lay and clergy leaders, gets its chance Saturday.

BHU lecture

Sandra Winters, associate ritual director of Beth El Congregation, will speak on "The Other Half: Women in Jewish Tradition" at 4 p.m. Sunday at Baltimore Hebrew University, 5800 Park Heights Ave.

Christmas concert

The Choir of Women will perform a concert of Christmas music Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. at the Basilica of the Assumption, Cathedral and Mulberry streets.

The performance is free, but a collection will be taken to benefit the Lawrence Cardinal Shehan Scholarship Fund, which provides more than 1,000 grants to students of inner-city Catholic schools.


Award winners

The Rev. Sang Kun Park, pastor of Young Nak Korean Presbyterian Church in Loch Raven Village, has been honored at the 12th annual Governor's Crime Prevention Award ceremony for his work against black-Asian violence in the Baltimore-Washington area.

* Two communications workers for the Baltimore Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church have won the top editing and writing awards in the church's annual national competition for communications. The Rev. Jim Skillington, the editor of the conference's Connection newspaper, accepted the Robert F. Storey Award of Excellence in Newspapers. Connection staff writer Melissa Lauber received the Donn Doten Award of Excellence in Writing. The awards were announced last month.

* Jan Willem van der Hoeven, the founder of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, received the 1991 Zionist Organization of America Baltimore District Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award Sunday at the Towson Center during the group's annual banquet.

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