Books offer habits for happy moms

“The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming our Passion, Purpose and Sanity” by Meg Meeker. Ballantine Books (New York, 2011). 220 pp., $25. Reviewed by Regina Lordan Catholic News Service A book for Catholic mothers makes a nice alternative this year to the typical Mother’s Day gifts of flowers and kitchen appliances. Dr. Meg Meeker […]

From Spanish civil war, story of holiness emerges

By John MulderigCatholic News Service What many people think they know about the Catholic spiritual movement Opus Dei likely comes – unfortunately – from the slanderous misrepresentations of it fobbed off on the public by author Dan Brown in his 2003 novel “The Da Vinci Code.” Brown’s fallacies, moreover, were only perpetuated by the 2006 […]

Confession: Five Sentences That Will Heal Your Life

Book Review By Chris Gentile “Confession: Five Sentences That Will Heal Your Life” by Tom Curran with Tracey Rockwell is 233 pages, and it is published by MCF Press. Curran’s book stresses the five sentences that will help us make a good confession as well as lead a confessional life. They are: “I did it. […]

Books lends itself to Holy Week study

Redemptorist Father Dennis Billy has authored a resource useful for inspaniduals, groups By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T The Seven Last Words of Christ, in English the seven sentences the Gospels tell us were uttered by Jesus as he hung dying on the cross, are much more than a suitable Good Friday homily topic. Redemptorist […]


Msgr. Bernard Herron, pastor emeritus of St. Barnabas Parish, dies at 80 Msgr. Bernard J. Herron, 80, pastor emeritus of St. Barnabas Parish in Southwest Philadelphia and a former principal of Archbishop Kennedy High School in Conshohocken, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at Villa St. Joseph in Darby, Delaware County, a residence for retired priests. […]


Compiled by Angela Arrington Sister Immaculate Mary Marconi, I.H.M.Sister Immaculate Mary Marconi, I.H.M., formerly Carmela Marconi, died July 13, 2009, at Camilla Hall. She was born in Philadelphia and entered the congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1944 and professed her first vows in 1947. She taught elementary and […]

Nutritional Development Services founder dies at 67

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T How very fitting. The communion hymn at Patrick Temple-West’s Aug. 12 funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church was “Gift of Finest Wheat.” This hymn is a lasting echo of the spirit of the 41st Eucharistic Congress held in Philadelphia in 1976 and its theme “The Eucharist and […]


Sister Mary Urban Haughton, S.H.C.J.Sister Mary Urban Haughton, S.H.C.J., formerly Mother Mary Urban, died July 6, 2009, of heart failure at the Holy Child center. She was 96. She was born in Philadelphia and graduated from J.W. Hallahan High School. She entered the Society of the Holy Child of Jesus in 1931. She earned a […]

Father John O’Connor dies at 90

By Christie L. ChicoineCS&T Staff Writer A cherished Christmas present Joseph F. O’Connor Jr. received in childhood from his uncle, the late Father John P. O’Connor, was a crèche the priest carved from wood but did not assemble. Instead, his uncle drew him assembly instructions, which he gift-wrapped along with the unfinished crèche, and a […]


Sister Clare Dolores McFadden, I.H.M. Sister Clare Dolores McFadden, I.H.M., formerly Mary Clare McFadden, died June 19, 2009, at Chester County Hospital. She was born in Philadelphia and attended St. Gregory School and West Catholic Girls High School. She entered the congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1948 and […]