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Sharing a Heritage of Ministry in South Baltimore


It is important for the Catholic Community of South Baltimore not only to have an endowment to preserve the heritage that the three parishes received from their ancestors, but also to leave something for our descendants for years and years to come." These are the words of Rev. Patrick Carrion, the guiding force behind The Catholic Community of South Baltimore Ministry Endowment Fund.

Father Carrion describes the area's history of ministry as a rich one. Though the parishes of Holy Cross, Our Lady of Good Counsel and St. Mary's Star of the Sea were not established until some 40 years after the writing of "The Star Spangled Banner," the Catholic ministry in the area was already thriving at the time of the War of 1812. This heritage ... this ministry is what the endowment is designed to preserve.

The parishes chose to establish their endowment with the Catholic Community Foundation. Father Carrion states, "We invited all the parishioners to get involved. The endowment was set up in a way that everyone can participate – whether their contribution is $100, $1000 or $10,000 – each person has the opportunity to help sustain the heritage of ministry in South Baltimore."

He concludes, "What we did here, any parish can do."

-Reverend Patrick Carrion

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