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Newman Club led to call to service

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Sister Karen Owens, a Sister of St. Joseph who was recently named director of the Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center in Kensington’s Visitation B.V.M. Parish, brings youthful enthusiasm to her challenging new ministry. Come to think of it, religious life in itself is a challenging new ministry for […]

New tune: Director of liturgical music

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – John Romeri has just come to Philadelphia from Missouri to take up the newly created post of archdiocesan director of liturgical music. He brings with him an impressive record of accomplishments. During his 18-year tenure as director of sacred music for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and […]

Bread of life led to bread for life

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T It’s amazing how many blessings trace back to the 41st International Eucharistic Congress held in Philadelphia in the summer of 1976. That’s when Marion Quinnan Slack met Mother Teresa of Calcutta during service for the poor at the former St. Elizabeth Church in North Philadelphia and became inspired to […]

Sister’s still happy, sprightly at 100

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T There was pizza and beer courtesy of Sister of St. Francis Cecil Gabriel DePrisco for everyone in her unit at her congregation’s retirement facility, Assisi House in Aston. And why not? It was her 100th birthday celebration. For Sister Cecil, life began July 15, 1910, as Maria DePrisco, the […]

Work with Knights ranks high on list

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T George R. Koch (he pronounces it Cook) was elected Pennsylvania State Deputy for the Knights of Columbus at the state convention held in Green Tree near Pittsburgh in May. That makes him top dog for the K. of C. in the state, which is home to over 500 councils. […]

Newly retired but still an evangelizer

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T There’s a lot going on at the Secretariat for Evangelization – the Family Life Office, Office for Black Catholics, Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Office for Formation of the Laity, Office for Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees, Office for Worship, Respect Life Office and tons of other […]

Dog days, every day

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T RICHBORO – Diana Sherman, who is a parishioner and business manager at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Richboro, sometimes takes a dog or two to work or to church. Her kids, Danielle, 15; Sydney, 13; and Jacquelyn, 12, might even take a dog to Archbishop Wood High School […]

Mailman delivers for the homeless

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T One of the problems with being homeless is you don’t have a mailbox. That may seem trivial but it really isn’t. Homeless people very often rely on the mail for such things as public assistance checks, small pensions, documents to do with health care issues, keeping in touch with […]

Fitting right into Catholicism

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T SPRINGFIELD – Converts bring enthusiasm to the Church. Take Tammy Bell, who entered Catholicism 10 years ago and has become a real contributor to the faith life of St. Kevin Parish, Springfield. She’s originally from Erie, which is just about as far away from Philadelphia as a place can […]

For the love of children

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T ELKINS PARK – Kids tend not to forget the lessons they learned in Nancy Menno’s second grade class at St. James School in Elkins Park. Take, for example, the young lady in a sophomore Scripture class at Mount St. Joseph Academy in Flourtown. “Does anyone know who Zacchaeus was?” […]