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Contact: Christian Kendzierski
Office of Communications
Archdiocese of Baltimore
Christian.kendzierski@archbalt.org
917-882-1358

Catholic Priest in Baltimore Removed from Ministry Pending Investigation
(Baltimore, MD) – The Archdiocese of Baltimore is investigating of an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor involving Fr. Martin H. Demek, pastor of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Baltimore.


Pursuant to Archdiocesan policy, the Archdiocese has removed Fr. Demek’s faculties to function as a priest and suspended him from ministry, pending the results of a full investigation. Fr. Demek has denied the allegation and is cooperating with the Archdiocese investigation.


The Archdiocese received the allegation earlier this year and immediately reported the allegation to law enforcement. Archdiocesan policy requires the Archdiocese to cooperate with any investigation by law enforcement and also to conduct its own investigation. After receiving permission to proceed from the Carroll County Sheriff’s office earlier this week, the Archdiocese has now commenced its own investigation. In accordance with Archdiocesan policy, counseling assistance is available to those affected by child sexual abuse.


The alleged abuse began in about 1989 when the victim was approximately 11 years old and allegedly occurred multiple times. The incidents allegedly occurred at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Manchester, MD. This matter is in an early stage of investigation and thus no determination of credibility has been made by the Archdiocese at this time. However, the Archdiocese is making this communication in order to solicit any relevant information as part of its investigation and also in order to fulfill its commitment to open communication with affected communities.


Fr. Demek was ordained a priest in 1975. He served as Associate Pastor at Our Lady Queen of Peace (1975-1980), St .Thomas Aquinas (1980-1984), and Shrine of the Little Flower (1984-1987). He served as Pastor at St. Bartholomew (1987-1996), St. William of York (1996-2010), and Corpus Christi (2010 – present). He also served as Administrator at Our Lady of Sorrows and Our Lady of Perpetual Help (1996).


The Archdiocese of Baltimore is committed to protecting children and helping to heal victims of abuse. We urge anyone who has any knowledge of any child sexual abuse to come forward, and to report it immediately to law enforcement. If clergy or other church personnel is suspected of committing the abuse, we ask that you also call the Archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection Victims’ Assistance Hotline at 1-866-417-7469. If you have any other information relevant to this matter, please
contact the Archdiocese Office of Child and Youth Protection at 410-547-5348.


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RESPONDING TO COVID-19

Mass

We have reopened for public in-person Mass. We will continue to live-stream Sunday morning Mass for those who wish to stay home for now.

To join our Sunday’s Mass on Zoom, please either comment, or email Corpus Christi Parish staff.

Virtual doors open at 10:15 am.
 

Please check back often for updates. Please be safe, wear a mask and wash your hands.

For further information, please visit the Archdiocese of Baltimore at: https://www.archbalt.org/

Welcome to Corpus Christi Church and thank you for visiting our website.

We are a vibrant community committed to celebrating our faith in Jesus Christ in the Roman Catholic tradition. We practice our faith by worshipping with joy and calling, addressing issues of social justice, supporting families with children, promoting women’s leadership, reaching out to gay and lesbian Catholics, and extending hospitality to all who seek a welcoming home in the Roman Catholic Church.

Located in the heart of the Bolton Hill historic district, Corpus Christi draws parishioners from throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan Region. Our members are attracted to our relatively small size (approximately 162 households), our hospitality, and our compassionate approach to ministry.

We look forward to welcoming you to Corpus Christi Church.

The Community of Corpus Christi

Mass Schedule

Sunday

10:30am has re-opened for in-person,

Door’s open at 10:15am. We will also continue to live-stream via ZOOM.

Masks and social distancing required at all times to attend. 

Saturdays

4:00pm (Canceled until further notice)

Weekdays

12:10pm Monday, Wednesday, & Friday. Week Day Mass for in-person only.

Masks and social distancing required at all times to attend. 

Holy Days

Holy Day Mass times may vary. Check Calendar for details.

Confessions

Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. or by appointment (Canceled until further notice)