South Conkling & Claremont Streets, Baltimore, Maryland

A Highlandtown parish since 1923

Our Lady of Pompei Catholic Church

From left to right: Fr. Lou Martin, Fr. Lou Esposito, Sr. Diane Yodris,

Fr. Sal Furnari, Fr. Lou Trotta (seated)

Press articles on Fr. Lou's 50th

Fr. Lou Celebrates 50 Years, Southeast CDC (2014)

​50 Years and Going Strong, The Baltimore Guide (2014)

Golden Jubilee for a Baltimore Treasure, God is in the Clouds, CR Blog (2014)

​Father Esposito celebrates 50 years as a priest, The Catholic Review (2014)

​A Prayer for the City of BaltimoreGod is in the Clouds, CR Blog (2014)

Knights of Columbus Honor Guard


My golden jubilee celebration is now part of the past, but its impressions and the emotions it has generated will remain with me for a long, long, long time. It was a complete success far surpassing my highest expectations. It brought together much of my past; it took me down to a trip into memory lane, filled with so many pleasant moments.  It was great to see so many friends, so many of you who made my 50 years of ministry a great experience. So now I need to say thank you.  Thank you to the many parishioners, former students and members of my many clubs. Your presence by itself was a most welcome gift. Thank you for your donations, they will help our parish immensely. Thank you Steve, Joe and Lou, the members of the jubilee committee, who created and directed the whole celebration. Thank you Bishop Madden, your presence added so much to our Sunday liturgy and truly recharged me spiritually and emotionally. Thank you Fr. Lou Martin for your beautiful homilies and for making me look like a saint???Thank you Fr. Trotta for sharing this beautiful experience with our parochial family. Thank you members of the choir and Brian and Kimberly for adding so much musical beauty to our liturgies. Thank you to all those who provided the most delicious and abundant food for the whole weekend: Di Pasquale, Coppola, Tutti Gusti, Vinny’s Café, Liberatore in white Marsh, Lori Wojciechowski for the beautiful cake and those who prepared the salad.  Thank you Martin for providing our powerful PA system. Thank you Mark and David for enriching our celebration with your delightful music. Thank you soup kitchen crew, Mushayuma family and all those who worked very hard to clean and prepare the school hall so magnificently. And I hope that I mentioned everybody.  But above all, Thank You Lord, for blessing me and my ministry with the love of so many great people.

Fr. Lou's first mass in Naples

Fr. Lou celebrates 50 years!

On July 19, 1964, Fr. Lou Esposito was ordained.  A few week later, he was assigned Our Lady of Pompei in Highlandtown, Baltimore, Maryland, and he never left!  The faith community of Our Lady of Pompei has been blessed and grateful for his years of ministry, service, and dedication to our community.

On July 19 and July 20, 2014, the Our Lady of Pompei Faith Community celebrated Fr. Lou's 50th anniversary of priesthood and 50 years of continuous ministry at our parish.