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Seminarians gear up for bike tour to 10 local parishes

In the new initiative "Biking for Vocations," a small group of men from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary will ride their bikes through three counties in the Philadelphia Archdiocese to speak and pray with parishioners.

Former archdiocesan employee celebrates her 107th birthday

Marion Zimmerman, who worked for 19 years as a Catholic Social Services accountant, enjoyed a Roaring Twenties party at Holy Family Home on July 10. Family, friends and former colleagues joined in the fun, with Archbishop Charles Chaput and Auxiliary Bishop John McIntyre sending their blessings.

Fierce, fun-filled ball season ends with ‘heartfelt hugs’

Players of the Challenger League set aside their bats and hats for an emotional awards banquet on June 26. The adaptive baseball group pairs Cardinal O'Hara students with intellectually disabled adults served by archdiocesan Catholic Social Services.

Local clergy, pastoral workers react to threatened ICE raids

Large-scale deportation operations of undocumented immigrants, scheduled for the July 13-14 weekend, failed to develop as announced. Yet the fear inspired by such efforts was no less real, according to those who serve migrants in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Educator Career Fair invites teachers to consider Catholic schools

A job fair hosted by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be held July 17 at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor, where Catholic school officials will interview candidates for school positions.

Dance sets special adults sailing on ‘sea of dreams’

Men and women with intellectual disabilities, through the Communities of Don Guanella and Divine Providence, enjoyed a beach-themed formal that has become a Delaware County tradition.

Defying labels, Hispanic youths gather joyfully on retreat

The day-long program of the archdiocesan Office for Hispanic Catholics at Holy Innocents Parish drew more than 130 young people who got to know one another through their faith, language and culture.

Celebrate America’s blessings, Ukrainian archbishop says

Philadelphia's Ukrainian Catholic Archbishop Borys Gudziak, in an Independence Day message, prayed Americans would "continue upholding the welcome, the generosity, the willingness to help, that this country stands for."

EITC, non-public school programs get big boost in new Pa. budget

The state program that allows businesses to direct tax credits to scholarship organizations like BLOCS, which gave $42 million in aid to students of Catholic and other schools last year, received a $25 million funding increase.

Retreats show how God shines through ‘perfectly imperfect’ people

The annual gatherings, organized by archdiocesan Catholic Social Services in May, brought hope, healing and an awareness of God's life-changing love to more than 120 homeless and at-risk men and women.