Archbishop of Baltimore Visits Hagerstown


HAGERSTOWN, Md. - It's not every day that an archbishop visits St. Mary's Catholic Church.

"This is the first time that an archbishop has visited in a few years so we're really excited about it," said Father Collin Poston, a pastor at St. Mary’s.

It was Archbishop William Lori’s first time at St. Mary's. He was there to bless the newly renovated church, complete with a fresh coat of paint on the walls and new tiles on the floor.

"We have been thinking about doing it for a while,” said Father Collin. “We had just finished a capital campaign where we invited the parish to support it and they did."

The Archbishop of Baltimore was also there to offer prayers for Syria.

"When there is order, there will be peace,” said Abp. William Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore. “When there is chaos, there is discord."

Churchgoers showed excitement for the Archbishop's visit. One member, who was married to her husband by Archbishop Lori in 1982, was especially anxious to see him.

"I think it's awesome knowing that he's here right now,” said St. Mary’s Church member Lisa Casto. “I have goose bumps. I am so excited that he is here."

Father Collins of St. Mary's Church says the renovations took about two months to complete, and he hopes the Archbishop will visit again in the future.

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