The first principle of the Ordinariate is then about Christian unity. St. Basil the Great, the Church’s greatest ecumenist, literally expended his life on the work of building bridges between orthodox brethren who shared a common faith, but who had become separated from one another in a Church badly fragmented by heresy and controversy. He taught that the work of Christian unity requires deliberate and ceaseless effort...St. Basil often talked with yearning about the archaia agape, the ancient love of the apostolic community, so rarely seen in the Church of his day. This love, he taught, is a visible sign that the Holy Spirit is indeed present and active, and it is absolutely essential for the health of the Church.

- Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, Homily on the Occasion of his Formal Institution as Ordinary

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New administrator announced for Mount Calvary, Baltimore

Fr. Scharbach at his First Solemn Mass at Mount Calvary,
November 16, 2013.
Mount Calvary is very pleased to announce the appointment of Father Albert Scharbach as its new permanent priest administrator. Fr. Carleton Jones, O.P. made the announcement publicly at the 10:00 am Mass on Sunday, March 9th. Fr. Scharbach will officially assume this assignment on Friday, March 14. A copy of the official letter of the announcement can be read at the parish web site.
Fr. Scharbach was ordained as a priest of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter on Friday, November 15, 2013, and celebrated his First Mass as a priest at Mount Calvary on the following morning. Fr. Scharbach currently serves as the Pastoral Associate to Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and previously served as the Curate of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Rosemont, Pennsylvania while he was an Anglican priest...

For more on Fr. Scharbach and his appointment, please see the links on the parish web site.


  1. And what has happened to Rev. Jason Catania?

  2. Ut Unum,

    That's not been announced by the Ordinariate yet. He is, however, still resident in Baltimore at this time.

  3. Their music director has also left shortly afterward. Dr. Page remarkably skilled at directing renaissance polyphony (and oustanding organist). As ancient sacred music is an important part of Mt. Calvary's history, someone with similar background will take over soon. Even though in small community they will be missed, it should be an exciting time ahead for them. Gradually, Mt Calvary is growing, it is bound to grow further and become beautiful beacon of faith for Baltimore Catholics.

  4. We're beginning the process this week of the search for a new choirmaster-organist.

    In the meantime, the choir is working in self-directed mode, selecting the music at least through Eastertide. Tom Robak, a Master's student at Peabody, has been hired on as interim organist for most dates through mid-May, which should buy us a good deal of time to identify a replacement who can continue our sacred music program at its high level.

  5. I have it on good authority that Fr. Jason Catania is becoming the Full time Priest for the Sodality of St. Edmund, King and Martyr.