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Living out the ‘American dream’

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Immigration is a hot button issue these days, but it has always been so. We are a land of immigrants, and in every generation the path to America has often been hazardous. Barbara Fischer, 78, who is of German ethnicity and a member of Our Lady Help […]

Assumption sister marks 102nd year with joy and devotion

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T LANSDALE – Constancia Alingasa, in religion Assumption Sister Marie Clemencia, who now lives in retirement at St. Stanislaus Convent in Lansdale, was baptized and confirmed when she was three days old, something very unusual for a Roman Catholic. It was a different time and a different place; the Philippines […]

Hallahan student earns praise as a ‘Good Samaritan’

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Things happen in Philadelphia’s Kensington area. Sometimes it is good things, sometimes it is bad things. Passersby tend to just look straight ahead and keep walking. Good Samaritans aren’t easy to find. That’s not the case with Tyeriah Smith, a junior at John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ […]

What better boss than Jesus?

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Sister Rachel Torrieri, a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the past 70 years, directs parish outreach to Hispanics at St. William Parish in Northeast Philadelphia. Not bad for a woman who just turned 90. “I know I can’t do this […]

Renowned Catholic doctor retires

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Forty-eight years is a long career in almost any profession. Dr. John Lane, who has been practicing family medicine in Lower Bucks County for most of that time, officially retired Sept. 30. “Medicine is a noble profession. You are dealing with human life, which is so sacred,” Lane said. […]

Witness to the pro-life cause

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Howard Walton is a foot soldier.He’s been one most of his life and that’s all he wants to be. The funny thing is, at 75, he’s one of the few men of his generation never to get that “Greetings from the President” letter telling him he was in the […]

In every season, ‘to love and cherish’

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T “…In sickness and in health, to love and to cherish until death do us part.” For those who take their marriage vows seriously, this isn’t a quaint phrase in a ritual, it is a commitment for life, no matter what. John and Nancy Pizzi of St. Bede Parish, Holland, […]

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 […]