August 23, 2018

Dear Beloved in Christ,

I share in your shock and anger when we hear of the harm caused as a result of clergy abuse.   Our sorrow is intensified when we find those whom we have trusted as priests, bishops, and those in authority are the perpetrators of such evil.  Others have been responsible for covering-up such sins instead of reporting it immediately.  Surely, Jesus must share in our frustration, our rage, and our tears.

Your parish priests and staff, along with some parishioners have met to discuss and plan how we are to begin to address and acknowledge this moral catastrophe. Already, the scandal was acknowledged last Wednesday at my Holy Day Masses.  My brother priests and myself also agreed to address this in last weekend’s homilies rather than remain complicitly silent. We will schedule a “parish-town hall meeting” for further assistance in listening, praying, and looking for ways to change the institution. This will be an opportunity to share feelings and frustration in hopes of moving towards healing.  Of course, we will be inviting laity to be leaders in that discussion.  To help in healing, we are looking to make available counseling times, by lay and clergy, for those affected by this horror. Our parish priests are always ready to walk with you, not only in the moments of sacramental light but also in the darkness of times such as


This is certainly not enough, but it is a start.  My hope is this will be an historic time for reformation in the Church.  I believe that this is not only possible but attainable because it will be demanded from so many of our Spirit-led faithful just like you.

On our web-site, you will find a page dedicated to homilies, pastoral statements, and additional resources. Starting on this Sunday, August 26, we will be offering an hour of Eucharistic Adoration following the 12:15 masses and each of the weekday Noon masses for a novena period of nine days. This will be also be offered at Wilde Lake during weekday evenings from 7 – 8 pm.  A Holy Hour will conclude the nine days after the 10am Labor Day Mass.   Further, I humbly invite you to join me in this novena of reparation as well as in a Prayer for Healing Victims of Abuse. (You will also find it below.)


Rev. Gerry Bowen

Prayer for Healing Victims of Abuse

Archdiocese of Baltimore Response – January 15, 2019

  • From The Catholic archdiocese in Baltimore has delivered over 50,000 internal files to Maryland’s top law enforcement official amid an investigation into child sex abuse and are in the process of handing over more.
  •  From the Catholic Review: Bishops in the Archdiocese of Baltimore will be subject to a policy approved in December by the archdiocese’s Independent Review Board.
  • From the Catholic Review: The Independent Review Board that assists the Archdiocese of Baltimore with child protection efforts issued the first of what will be annual reports regarding the archdiocese’s response to child sexual abuse within the church.

Pope Francis Letter to US Bishops January 2019

The US Bishops participate in a weeklong retreat is taking place at the invitation of Pope Francis who has asked all bishops in the United States to pause in prayer as the Church seeks to respond to the signs of the times.  As they gathered, Pope Francis sent a letter to them.

Baltimore Sun Op-Ed from Archbishop Lori November 9, 2018

Baltimore Archbishop Outlines Path to Reform and Renewal in the Catholic Church

Letter from Archbishop Lori October 31, 2018

Missionary Discipleship in Crisis

Letter from the Parish October 17, 2018

Invitation to Listening sessions to be held November 8, 15 and 29

Archdiocese of Baltimore: Frequently Asked Questions

Responses to Archdiocesan Listening Sessions

Letter from the Parish September 27, 2018

Pastor’s Cover Letter

Parish Council Letter 

Archbishop’s Virtual Town Hall

Follow up to 08-30 Meeting

Homily from Mass before Rededication of Wilde Lake Space

Archbishop Lori September 9

From the Pastor’s Desk

Pastor’s Desk September 9  

Homily from the Weekend of August 18 – 19

Fr. Gerry Video
Fr. Gerry Audio

Fr. Ferdinand Video
Fr. Ferdinand Audio

Fr. Gene Video
Fr. Gene Audio

Homily from August 22: Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Fr. Gerry Video
Fr. Gerry Audio

Church Responses

If one member suffers, all suffer together with it Letter from Pope Francis
Accountability for All A Must Archbishop Lori Statement
We are shamed by and sorry for the sins and omissions United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Other responses from local Catholic Clergy  Catholic Review
How Archbishop Lori has been hearing the faithful’s concerns about the scandals in the Church.    Catholic Review   recently added

Talking with Your Children About Abuse

Other Resources:

 A Biblical Response to Church Scandal: What Can We Do? Edward Sri (Focus)
The Virtues of Catholic Anger. Father James Martin, SJ (New York Times)
The Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal: What Parents Can Do & How to Talk to Your Kids
The Darkness of Scandal and the Light of Christ  Leah Murphy (LifeTeen)
Why Am I Still Catholic? Karen Tumulty (Washington Post)





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