Archdiocesan Priest Named Monsignor

July 13, 2005

Pope Benedict XVI has named a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington Chaplain to His Holiness, an honor that comes with the title “Monsignor.” Monsignor K. Bartholomew Smith serves as priest-secretary to Cardinal William W. Baum, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington and an official at the Vatican from 1980-2001.

A Pittsburgh, PA native who grew up primarily in Alabama, Msgr. Smith graduated from Washington & Lee University in Virginia and worked as a surveillance analyst for the National Photographic Interpretation Center before entering the seminary. He completed his studies for the priesthood at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore and then the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy. After his 1998 ordination, he served as an associate pastor at St. Bernadette, Silver Spring and as priest-secretary to Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, before taking on his current position and graduate studies in Rome.

Shortly before he died in April, Pope John Paul II named 10 other Archdiocesan priests as Chaplains to His Holiness. They are Monsignor Mark E. Brennan, St. Martin of Tours, Gaithersburg; Monsignor Karl Chimiak, Sacred Heart, La Plata; Monsignor Edward Filardi, St. Stephen the Martyr, Washington, DC (NW); Monsignor Michael Fisher, Vicar General for the Apostolates; Monsignor V. James Lockman, Church of the Annunciation, Washington, DC (NW); Monsignor Peter Nguyen Thanh Long, Our Lady of Vietnam, Silver Spring; Monsignor John F. Macfarlane, St. Elizabeth, Rockville; Monsignor John Myslinski, St. Mary, Rockville; Monsignor Eddie Tolentino, St. Michael, Silver Spring; and Monsignor Michael Wilson, St. Mary of the Mills, Laurel.

Susan Gibbs
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