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New priest formed by a new life in Phila.

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Duc Nguyen, a 1988 graduate of Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, was ordained priest after a May 30 ceremony at Kansas City, Missouri’s Immaculate Conception Cathedral. It’s been a long journey. It started in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam, continued in Malaysia, then in suburban Philadelphia […]

70 years ordained and still going strong

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T You might say Cardinal Dennis Dougherty was looking at a full deck in his cathedral on June 3, 1939. Fifty-two young men were presenting themselves for ordination. Time has taken its toll; now there is only one left, but he’s an ace. At age 95 and 70 years ordained, […]

Teacher tallies 3,200 students over 28 years

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T WEST CHESTER – When Margaret Kennedy retires from teaching at SS. Simon and Jude School in West Chester next month, she will be closing out a 48-year association with the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Born Margaret Muth and growing up in a family of seven […]

St. Isidore parishioner helps spread Hispanic devotion to Church

By JIM GAUGERSpecial to The CS&T Quakertown – Joselito Gonzalez is a project scientist at Merck and Co. in West Point. “I am basically a chemist,” he explained. “Our group supports chemical laboratories around the world, especially project investigation in Latin America.” Gonzalez, who was born in Puerto Rico, obtained his degree in chemistry at […]

Promoting self-awareness, leadership in girls

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA GRANT – Honor Blackburn loves working with kids, and that’s a good thing. Running a Catholic Social Service (CSS)-sponsored Beacon Program after school at St. Martin de Porres Interparochial School in Germantown requires empathy with young people. “I feel like it is family there, and I want to […]

‘Dear Judge, thank you for saving my life’

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Judge Kevin M. Dougherty, the Administrative Judge for the Juvenile spanision of Philadelphia Family Court, was practically born into the juvenile court system. For 32 years his dad was a court crier for Family Court in the same Logan Square courthouse where he now presides, and as […]

When the Holy Spirit takes over

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T YARDLEY – For Gloria Coyne, the way to the Father and the Son is through the Spirit. “When I pray in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit takes over,” said Coyne, who is the archdiocesan liaison to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, which held its annual conference at the Valley Forge […]

Retired judge stays active in his parish

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T CHESTNUT HILL – Outdoor Stations of the Cross on Good Friday are a beloved tradition for Chestnut Hill’s Our Mother of Consolation Parish, and for the past 30 years Judge Armand Della Porta has been the organizer. Next year he will be ceding this leadership to others, but at […]

Shaping clay into accolades

By George GregorySpecial to the CS&T MALVERN – When Malvern Preparatory School senior Kevin Bogan started high school, he never imagined having three of his own creations in a nationally renowned ceramics exhibit. But God moves in mysterious ways as Bogan has learned during his secondary education. Three of his pieces will be displayed at […]

Cancer survivor received ‘mini-miracle’

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PENNDEL – “God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform,” William Cowper wrote more than two centuries ago. If one has what is diagnosed as a terminal illness and after prayer it disappears, it’s more than reasonable to assume the miraculous. Now, if one has been diagnosed […]