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After service work, future deacons return to class transformed

A partnership with Catholic Social Services' agencies helps men studying to become permanent deacons deepen their experience in the ministry of charity -- while giving them "street cred" in the pulpit.

Parishioners turn to rosary after vandals destroy crosses

Forty of the ubiquitous white crosses symbolizing lives lost to abortion were vandalized Oct. 12 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Doylestown. In response, a rosary rally will be held at the site Oct. 19.

Our Lady of Hope celebrates proud past, looks to future

The grand old church on North Broad Street will draw the far-flung alumni of its former Holy Child School to a reunion and 110th anniversary Mass, which will support the diverse North Philadelphia parish.

Sharp thinking adds up to a win at math competition

More than 10 students from St. Charles Borromeo Parish School in Bensalem excelled at an Oct. 12 numbers face-off sponsored by Holy Ghost Prep and Nazareth Academy.

Catholic Charities Appeal needs help to meet fundraising goal

The annual fundraiser helps thousands of people of all backgrounds in the Philadelphia region with the necessities of life. But this year the appeal itself needs urgent help to close a $4 million gap toward its goal.

Year of focus on missions wraps with events this Sunday

The Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia will host special activities Oct. 20 marking World Mission Sunday and the cap on a special month and year recognizing the church's global missionary work.

Blue Ribbon schools stand out with strong academics, innovations

Five Catholic grade schools in the Philadelphia Archdiocese received top national honors -- among just 50 private schools in the U.S. and the only ones in Pa. -- relying on high scores, creative programs and social outreach.

Neumann U receives $1.4 million bequest from husband of late professor

When Janet Farahmand taught nursing students, she often met with them in the Neumann library. Now her husband Ahmad has donated their entire estate to the library, and to two nursing scholarships.

Multi-parish effort welcomes evangelist’s multi-generational message

Chris Stefanick spoke to 700 people of every age Oct. 10 at Archbishop Carroll H.S. about applying the Gospel to everyday life. St. Margaret Parish, Narberth, and nine other parishes teamed up to present it.

School lunch program is nutritious, delicious — and blessed

St. Martha School in Philadelphia joined more than 100 area sites in kicking off National School Lunch Week Oct. 14. Nutritional Development Services serves some 17,000 noontime meals each day in the archdiocese.