Sisters of St. Joseph open Welcome Center for new arrivals in Olney
The pastor of St. Helena Parish in Philadelphia blessed a new center that will aid seniors and immigrants through English language classes. He also blessed the parish food pantry and led renewal of the sisters' vows.
Church ready to help seniors get the food aid they need
Catholic Health Care Services received a $35,000 grant to help seniors with the paperwork to receive federal food assistance. Most seniors are eligible for the help but don't know how to access the benefits.
Cardinal William Keeler, retired archbishop of Baltimore, dies at 86
A product of St. Charles Seminary and formerly the bishop of Harrisburg before going to Baltimore in 1989, he was made a cardinal in 1994. He became known for his vital role in ecumenical and interreligious relations.
Senators ask Gorsuch about abortion, religious liberty
When asked again about his stance on Roe v. Wade, the 1973 court decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand, Gorsuch said March 22 he accepts the decision "as the law of the land."
Texas history trots through town; trail riders visit Catholic school
They were bound for the world's largest livestock show and rodeo, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, held March 7-26 this year.
London cardinal call for prayers for victims of Westminster attack
After crashing the vehicle into railings, the British-born Muslim ran into New Palace Yard, near Parliament, where he fatally stabbed a police officer before he was killed by police.
‘Lots of tears’ at chapel services, says priest serving Parliament
"For some it was the first time they could sit down and reflect on what had happened. They didn't feel, until they got home last night, what had really happened," Father Pat Browne said. "They are very shaken people."
With new website, Franciscans opt for their own ‘hip-hop’ style
The March launch of the website is just phase one of a comprehensive project that will include opportunities for the public to interact with the friars and for the friars to reflect formally on how, when and why they communicate.
People and Events
Holy Cross School’s robotics team wins at U Penn event
The Collegeville regional school's team designed a robot using Legos that will help to avoid vehicle collisions with deer by alerting both drivers and animals. Their design won first place at the regional robotics competition.
Devon Prep students win big at regional science tourney
Nine students among Devon's 30 participants won medals at the recent Science Olympiad at Neumann University. More than 1,000 middle school and high school students from 60 schools in the region took part.
West Chester woman makes solemn promise of virginity to the Lord
While at Communion, Jennifer Settle heard the words "consecrated virgin" but had no idea what they meant. After discernment, she became one of 3,000 virgins in the church worldwide during a Mass at the cathedral.
Class Acts: A sit down with the principal of SS. Peter and Paul School
CatholicPhilly.com presents a Q&A with the West Chester parish school’s principal, Margaret Egan, the latest in a special ongoing series of interviews with leaders of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
St. Helena Parish opens new Outreach Center
Serving the Olney neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia, the parish's pastor blessed a converted space in the convent where Sisters of St. Joseph and volunteers will serve the community's needs.
Cathedral hosts Mass for consecrated virgin
Archbishop Charles Chaput celebrated the solemn Mass of Consecration to the Life of Virginity of Jennifer Lynn Settle at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.
Calendar of Events
Belief in a time of suffering
Father Thomas Dailey presents insights into the wisdom of the prophet Job in this free Lenten event March 29 at St. Jude Church, Chalfont.
Bishop McDevitt Spirit Of 76 High School Reunion
The 1976 graduating class of Bishop McDevitt High School is hosting their 40th Class Reunion.
CSFN 2017 Annual Social
Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth will be holding their annual social in May.
Deacon Paul Hagerty dies at 87, was banker, professor and golfer
The permanent deacon ordained in 1997 served for many years at Immaculate Conception Parish in Jenkintown, where he and his wife raised their family. His son-in-law, also a deacon, will preach at the funeral Mass.
Sister Grace Marie Stankiewicz dies at age 77
The Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary served in elementary schools in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, the Dioceses of Arlington and Metuchen and parishes in the Allentown Diocese for nearly 20 years.