Cardinal Keeler to Celebrate Mass in Prison
Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown Sunday, November 7th at 12:15

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Towson, MD (November 3, 2010)---William Cardinal Keeler, the retired Archbishop of Baltimore and a beloved leader in the Roman Catholic Church, will celebrate mass in prison at Roxbury Correctional Institution (RCI) in Hagerstown on Sunday, November 7th at 12:15 p.m.

The cardinalís visit was arranged by Chaplain Bob Lashinsky, a Eucharistic Minister and 13-year veteran of the Division of Correction who ministers to Roman Catholic inmates in the three state prisons on Roxbury Road. Chaplain Lashinsky serves approximately 400 Catholic inmates weekly at the three prisons: RCI has approximately 108 Roman Catholic inmates; the Maryland Correctional Training Center has 160; and Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown approximately 135.

Raised in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, the 79-year old Keeler has been an ordained priest for 55 years. He was Bishop of Harrisburg for six years before being elevated to Archbishop of Baltimore in 1989. A popular leader known for his tireless effort to strengthen relationships between Catholics and people of other faiths, Cardinal Keeler presided over the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops, and oversaw the renovation of the historic Basilica of the Assumption, among his many accomplishments. As required by Roman Catholic policy, he retired at age 75.

Members of the media are invited to attend Cardinal Keelerís mass, but must R.S.V.P. to the public information officers listed on the attached before noon Friday, November 5. No one will be allowed inside the prison without a valid media ID. No cell phones, personal recording devices, weapons, tobacco products, or other contraband will be allowed.