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Archdiocesan priests receive new ministerial assignments

Pastoral assignments for the seven newly ordained priests are among the 46 changes in assignment announced May 18 for priests in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Seven new priests to be ordained Saturday for archdiocese

Archbishop Chaput will ordain the largest class of men in 12 years on Saturday morning, May 18. Everyone is invited to attend the Mass at the cathedral. See how you can watch it live on the internet.

Students learn about missions from missionaries themselves

About 65 students from eight Catholic schools learned about the missionary work of the church in the world May 6 during a day in the archdiocese's Extraordinary Year of the Missions.

Prom dress exchange makes memories for less

The April 27 event, sponsored by Catholic Social Services, helped dozens of teens to find the perfect outfit at the perfect price. St. Hubert's students and area groups collected some 350 gowns.

Pact allows Hallahan students to earn college degree in high school

A new innovative partnership between the all-girls archdiocesan school and Community College of Philadelphia can lead to an associate's degree in health or business by graduation.

Runners take to streets of Wayne, helping Catholic school

It takes a lot to run a 5K community race, but the parishioners of St. Katharine's hosted their ninth annual event through the Radnor neighborhood May 11, raising money for the parish school.

Bucks Co. parish grows through hard times, keeping the faith

When Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish was founded 100 years ago, it covered a wide area that made it hard for people to travel to church in the 1930s and '40s. The parish eventually outgrew two churches.

Holy Spirit stirs St. Bartholomew’s to make lemonade from lemons

The 100-year-old Northeast Philadelphia parish had a big debt and dwindling parishioners, so they converted the 1,800-seat church to host 600 worshipers, and the new social hall has reinvigorated the neighborhood.

Pro-life mom berated by Sims looks to prayer as ‘blanket of safety’

Ashley Garecht, who with her two daughters and their friend was harassed by a Pennsylvania lawmaker outside an abortion clinic, relies on the Holy Spirit "moving powerfully" in the incident and its aftermath.

Criticized by right and left, Flowers sticks to Catholic values

Local columnist Christine Flowers is unabashedly pro-life and pro-immigrant, which makes her anathema to liberals and conservatives. As she told North Catholic's alumni, the interconnectedness of Catholics means "we are family."