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New director ready to lead growth

One of Damon Owens’ greatest satisfactions as he takes the helm as the Theology of the Body Institute’s first executive director is that he’s overseeing an organization that’s already a success. His role is to lead the seven-year-old Exton-based group through a time of growth. “I’ve been in awe of what’s been accomplished so far, […]

St. Leo Parish holds first Spanish Mass

Face it. Sermons at times can be more tedious than uplifting, and if you don’t speak the language they can be murder. At least that’s how the families of the mostly Irish industrial workers of Tacony felt in the early 1880s when the only Catholic chapel in the area was at St. Vincent German Orphanage. […]

Principal garners top honors

Last October, when the annual Catholic school administrators’ conference was held in Avalon, N.J., Immaculate Heart Sister Virginia Paschall was startled when she received a Distinguished Principal Award. Her school, Blessed Virgin Mary in Darby, certainly isn’t large. It has at this point 214 students K-8, and it’s a struggle; Darby is by no means […]

Calling on men to step up in faith

The fourth annual Men’s Spirituality Conference, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is breaking new ground. “We have an incredible group of speakers with compelling stories, and, for the first time, we are having a woman speaker,” said Dominic Lombardi, director of the archdiocesan Family Life Office. That person is Immaculee IIibagiza, a survivor of […]

Conference explores faith and health care

The 20th World Day of the Sick is Saturday, Feb. 11. It is also the day that Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, will be in Philadelphia to lead the “Conference for Health Care Workers and Medical Professionals.” The conference will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in […]

A Lenten sacrifice so that others may eat

As the liturgical year brings us closer to the season of Lent, Catholic Christians worldwide will soon reflect on beautiful traditions in preparation for the observance of Christ’s Passion and the celebration of His Resurrection. These traditions may include simple Lenten meals, Scripture studies, abstaining from favorite foods and adding spiritual activities to their daily […]

Tens of thousands witness for life

So how many people attended this year’s Rally and March for Life in Washington that marks the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion throughout the country? That’s impossible to say, but try to imagine a huge throng marching 10-15 abreast taking more than two hours to cross a […]

Archbishop Chaput speaks at Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life

A Thread for Weaving Joy Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life Jan. 22, 2012 Washington, D.C. The great French Jesuit Henri de Lubac once wrote, “Suffering is the thread from which the stuff of joy is woven.  Never will the optimist know joy.”(1) Those seem like strange words, especially for […]

On video: Archbishop Charles Chaput answers questions about Catholic education

Archbishop Chaput discusses the importance of school vouchers Was he surprised by the Blue Ribbon Commission’s recommendations? By reaction to the report? What would he like to say to the students affected by proposed school mergers and closures?    

Questions and Answers with Archbishop Chaput

Archbishop Charles Chaput spoke with The Catholic Standard and Times’ director and general manager Matthew Gambino Jan. 19 about Catholic education in the Philadelphia Archdiocese. The interview came two weeks after the Blue Ribbon Commission’s recommendation to merge or close 49 Catholic schools.