Celebrating Faith in Baltimore

On Wednesday, Jan. 15, Catholic leaders hosted the first-ever "Faith in Baltimore," a celebration highlighting the impact of the Catholic Church and Catholic services in the City of Baltimore.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore — led by Archbishop William E. Lori, who is president of the Maryland Catholic Conference — hosted the event along with Catholic Charities of Baltimore. The Conference's Executive Director Jenny Kraska was honored to attend along with numerous elected officials and more than 300 people who took part in the celebration. 

"The Church does so much to serve the citizens of Baltimore City and Maryland — from providing housing and free meals, to violence prevention and job training, to services like assistance for seniors and immigrants," Kraska said. "The amount of work being done by the Church to share God's love and be Christ's witness is incredible. This event helped bring a small amount of recognition to the people who do this work in the City, not for the spotlight, but simply because they are Catholic." 

The event included awarding the inaugural Faith in Baltimore Award to Ray Kelly, a native of West Baltimore who turned around his life and committed himself to building a better Baltimore. 

To read the Catholic Review's coverage of the event CLICK HERE.