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89 years of serving God at the altar

By Christie L. ChicoineCS&T Staff Writer JAMISON – John Lally is not the average altar server. At age 89, he serves the 9 a.m. Mass at his parish, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Monday through Saturday. And on some Sundays – the only day Lally isn’t a server – he’s a lector at the 10:30 a.m. […]

Serving St. Louis Parish for 35 years

By Christie L. ChicoineCS&T Staff Writer YEADON – Whether she’s answering the telephone, greeting the needy at the rectory door or rescuing a youth accidently locked in the church, Helen Abram, an administrative assistant at St. Louis Parish in Yeadon, Delaware County, handles the routine and the unusual with a happy and humble heart. “I […]

Sister devoted 22 years to religious dialogue

By Christie L. ChicoineCS&T Staff Writer After serving for 22 years as the assistant director of the archdiocesan Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Sister Josephine Kase, I.H.M., is now serving the Church in upstate Pennsylvania at the I.H.M. House of Prayer in Nesquehoning, Diocese of Allentown. “I am grateful to the Archdiocese for the […]

Happily seeing red

By Christie L. ChicoineCS&T Staff Writer PHILADELPHIA – Father Sean P. Bransfield is arguably one of the most ardent Phillies fans among the Philadelphia Archdiocese’s priests. The day after his beloved baseball team captured the World Series crown, he was beaming. “It was one of the happiest nights of my life,” he said of the […]

A lifelong connection to St. Helena School

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T BLUE BELL – Sister Cathe Shoulberg, a Religious Sister of Mercy, is in her 21st year as principal of St. Helena School, Blue Bell, but her association with the school goes way back. “I went to St. Helena School from kindergarten,” she said. “I started when I was 3 […]

Family stays busy at church, work, home

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – You’ve heard the saying, “If you want something done, give it to a busy man.” At St. Cecilia Parish in the Fox Chase section of the city, that busy man is usually John Doherty. Other than celebrating liturgies, there aren’t many activities he or members of his […]

Little Flower senior sees her future in education

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Nicole McGarry, a senior at Little Flower High School, knows exactly what she wants to do after college. She wants to be a high school teacher. The eldest of the four children of Debra and Michael McGarry, she is a 2004 graduate of St. Martin of Tours School in […]

Police Officer Mariano Santiago honored for valor

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Police Officer Mariano Santiago will never forget Oct. 30, 2007. That’s the night he took a bullet from a would-be killer, but lived to tell the story. “I still get pain from it, especially at night,” said Santiago, who firmly believes his survival is due to the […]

Retiree recommits to his Catholic faith

  By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T FLOURTOWN – If you arelooking for James Longon and his wife Ann during the winter months, they won’t be in St. Genevieve Parish. They’ll be snowbirding in Ave Maria, Fla., in the community former pizza baron Thomas Monaghan has developed around his Ave Maria University. “We love it […]

Commited to college ministry

By NADIA MARIA SMITHCS&T Staff Writer Had someone predicted that her faith would be front-and-center in her life 10 years ago, Rebecca Sincavage would have never believed it. In fact, by the time she got to high school going to Mass was something she had to do, not something she chose to do. “My dad […]