St. Charles Seminary campus sold to Main Line Health
The 75-acre property in Lower Merion has been sold at an undisclosed price, while negotiations continue toward an agreement to relocate the seminary in a partnership with Neumann University in Aston.
50 years after founding, St. Thomas More Parish stays strong
Though founded in 1968 with its first church opening in 1969, the South Coventry, Chester County parish has a sense of teamwork and in the view of one parishioner "is just a wonderful parish."
Philadelphia cops aided by faith in line of duty
At their annual Blue Mass, city police officers spoke about the Catholic ministry at the FOP Lodge 5, which supports spiritually the 14,000 active and retired cops who find faith "absolutely the foundation of our work."
Chess, ballroom dancing make ‘old school’ hip at Visitation
Learning confidence through the tango and analytical strategy through chess, fifth and sixth graders at the Kensington Catholic school are learning how to take on new challenges, and having fun doing it.
Are 3 brothers ready to serve their country in the military? Yes, sir!
When the triplets Robert, Jim and Charlie Crossfield graduate from Archbishop Ryan this June, they will head to the U.S. Military Academy, the Naval Academy and Navy ROTC "to give back to hold up the Constitution."
People and Events
Schwenksville parish school honors veterans in teaching moment for youth
The St. Mary Home and School Association welcomed numerous veteran organizations at a May 23 Mass and reception, enabling students to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States.
Catholic Charities weighing response to violent Midwest storms, flooding
An outbreak of strong storms the evening of May 22 spawned tornadoes that razed homes, flattened trees and tossed cars across a dealership lot, injuring about two dozen people in Missouri's capital city and killing at least three others elsewhere in the state.
Colleges graduates urged, implored to change the world
College graduations often include an encouraging push by commencement speakers for graduates to go out and make a difference in the world. This year's ceremonies at Catholic colleges and universities around the country were no different, but there may have been a little more urgency in the advice.
Bishop ‘profoundly saddened’ by deaths, damage from Midwest storms
The chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee May 24 called for "prayers for the victims and their grieving families and communities" affected by devastating storms from Texas to Illinois.
Vatican official: Easter attacks were an act against all of Sri Lanka
One of the Vatican's top officials visited Sri Lanka to show solidarity with Catholics still reeling from the Easter suicide bombings that claimed more than 250 lives and injured more than 400.
German religious orders set up inquiry into sexual abuse
Catholic religious orders in Germany have set up an inquiry into sexual abuse in their monasteries and convents, following claims that abuse occurred in more than half of all monastic communities.
Italian bishops see ‘moral obligation’ to report abuse to police
Members of the Italian bishops' conference, meeting at the Vatican May 20-23, approved updated guidelines for protecting children and vulnerable adults and for handling abuse allegations.
Infield single in 13th inning helps La Salle walk off with playoff win
In the Catholic League baseball semifinals, the Explorers relied on clutch hitting late to top Father Judge, 3-2, while Cardinal O'Hara blew away Roman Catholic, 10-0. The championship will be played Saturday, May 25.
High drama: Down but never out, St. Hubert’s finds way to win
In winning the Catholic League softball title, the Bambies came back from a 3-0 deficit, tied it then pushed the game into extra innings for a 6-5 victory. They became the first team in league history to lose three games during the regular season and then defeat the same trio in the postseason.
Carroll cruises in 20-6 rout, captures yet another league title
Archbishop Carroll captured the Catholic League girls' lacrosse championship, courtesy of a convincing finals win over Cardinal O'Hara, for the 19th consecutive league crown and 240th straight league victory.
What kind of world will we leave our children?
Ecological devastation, mass shootings and population control make a pregnant Elise Italiano Ureneck wonder about the challenges faced by the next generation. Youth possess an eye for beauty and a heart of hope that can inspire their elders to create a better future for all.
Every life — including mother and baby — is precious
The simple message from recent abortion-restricting laws is that every life is precious. If we really believe that, writes Greg Erlandson, we must radically support pregnant women, prisoners, the homeless -- everyone.
Parish disability ministry: What does it take?
Maureen Pratt tells of how one concerned woman gained the support of her parish pastor and DRE, gathered sobering comments from parishioners then built a ministry to involve disabled people and their gifts.
Calendar of Events
Mother of Divine Grace Italian Festival
Mother of Divine Grace, located in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section, will hold its annual festival May 30, May 31, June 1 and June 6, 7, and 8 starting at 6 pm.
Catholic Women’s Conference
Join over 1,300 Catholic women from the greater Philadelphia area for a day of fun, friendship, faith formation and prayer Saturday, Oct. 26 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown.
The Regina Academy at St. John the Baptist Open House
Our early childhood education program is excellent and focuses on the spiritual, emotional, moral and intellectual foundation of each child. Come and see how our Academy can help your child become the best version of themselves.
The Holy Spirit enables us to love all, despite rejection
The third Person of the Trinity animates the life of the church, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior. Sustained by his power, the faithful can live in vibrant, visible communion that embraces even the hardest hearts.
Can a developmentally disabled person be confirmed?
Citing both Pope Francis and the U.S. bishops, Father Kenneth Doyle affirms that a reader's cognitively challenged son should receive the sacrament of confirmation. In response to another reader's question, Father Doyle explains the significance of the 153 fish the apostles caught after Jesus' resurrection.
‘Aladdin’ unleashes a genie of family fun
Director Guy Ritchie's live action take on the popular tale provides a magical mix of messages about humility, honesty, self-sacrificing friendship and the equal dignity of women.
‘A Dog’s Journey’ continues, life after life
A dog's care for his family gets reborn in generations of canines in this sequel to "A Dog's Purpose." Besides the problem of reincarnation, the film celebrates family, reconciliation and loving loyalty.