Honoring the History of St. John the Evangelist Parish Columbia Maryland


NOTE:  All footnotes found in these articles citing “Creative Tension” refer to CREATIVE TENSION: MEMORIES OF EARLY INTERFAITH EXPERIENCES IN COLUMBIA, MARYLAND. Edited by Carolyn Arena and Elizabeth Martin. Etchings Publishing, Baltimore, Md., 2017.  The book is available for $15, and all proceeds go to the Coalition for Compassion. Copies can be purchased from the Wilde Lake and Oakland Mills offices (a check made out to OMI is preferred) or contact Carolyn Arena at larcar4@comcast.net.   The book can also be bought at, or borrowed from, the Wilde Lake Interfaith Library which is open on Sunday mornings.

Part One

Activities During the First 50 Years

St. John’s Foundation

A Brief History of Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Columbia Maryland

History of St. John

Fr. John Walsh was our first Pastor, here is a brief background on him and his efforts getting St. John organized.

Fr. John Walsh

Liturgical Innovations

You may wonder where we met to worship before the Interfaith centers were built.  Click here to find where we met back then.

Where did We Go for Mass


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Oakland Mills Interfaith Center

5885 Robert
Oliver Place
Columbia, MD

Wilde Lake Interfaith Center

10431 Twin Rivers
Columbia, MD