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Time for guard to turn a corner

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T When school opens on Sept. 7 at St. Cecilia School in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia, there is going to be one huge difference. Kathy Polec won’t be guarding the corner of Stanwood and Ridgeway Streets, behind the school, as she has done for 21 years. Polec’s warm […]

Compassion flows from faith, family

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&TMary Lettieri Strenchock, a nurse practitioner at the J.E. Wood Clinic at Pennsylvania Hospital, recently received recognition from her peers in the mental health field through the 2011 Community Service Award given by the Community Council of the Hall-Mercer Behavioral Health Center.Strenchock, 44, has compassion in her DNA. Her mother, […]

Immaculate Conception and St. Casimir close

  Churches will become worship sites By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Two Philadelphia parishes officially closed July 1, but became worship sites of the parishes with which they were already twinned. Immaculate Conception at Front and Allen Streets has merged into nearby St. Michael at 2nd and Jefferson Streets. St. Casimir, a Lithuanian personal […]

Teen focuses on true meaning of manhood

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Collin Sceski, 19, a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Oxford, recently won a $1,500 scholarship that will come in handy as he begins his studies at Villanova University. It was the grand prize in an essay contest for teens sponsored by Ascension Press, and the topic was Blessed Pope […]

Drawing families together in service

By Sister Kathleen LearySpecial to The CS&T For many parents and students, the closing of an elementary school can be traumatic, especially when it means the students will no longer be as involved in parish events. However, in June 2005, when it was announced that St. George Elementary School in Glenolden was closing, Msgr. Michael […]

No plans to retire after 40 years

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Margie McGlynn-Haugh is going to have a tough time responding to all the congratulations she received for her 40th anniversary as a teacher. A kindergarten teacher at St. Cecilia School in the city’s Fox Chase section since 1977, she received well over 700 cards and e-mails. Some of the […]

Shedding light on the vulnerable

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to the CS&T You don’t have to be a Missionary Sister of the Sacred Heart to be a true daughter of St. Frances Cabrini. Take Danielle Alio, a senior at Cabrini College in Radnor, which was founded by the Sacred Heart Sisters, a congregation established by Mother Cabrini, the United States’ first […]

Deacon promotes religious vocations

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to the CS&T Religious vocations, especially to ordained ministry, are important to Deacon Jack Betzal. For one thing he is a permanent deacon assigned to St. Joseph Parish in Aston, and for another, he is president of the DelChester Serra Club, part of the international organization that promotes religious vocations through prayer […]

Film work inspires Villanova student

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T It is no secret that many if not most of life’s important lessons are learned outside the classroom. What is perhaps less understood is that what one takes from these lessons can be equally affected by the experiences one brings to them. Miguel Gonzalez, a Villanova University student going […]

Roman student loves serving Jesus

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Approximately 165 teens and adults were honored at a Catholics in Youth Ministry Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul on May 11. The young people represented the future of the Church in Philadelphia, and the adults were those who […]