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Archbishop Chaput celebrates Mass before annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

In keeping with established tradition, Philadelphia’s St. Patrick’s Day Association preceded its festive parade, held this year on March 11 with a 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick’s Church near Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. In his homily, Archbishop Charles Chaput, whose ethnicity is mostly French and Native American, delighted the congregation by telling them, “First […]

Student receives Neumann Scholarship

Thomas Funk, an eighth-grade student at St. Joseph/St. Robert Catholic School in Warrington, was awarded a Neumann Scholarship by the Connelly Foundation. As a 2012 Neumann Scholar, Thomas will receive a four-year scholarship to an archdiocesan high school of his choice. Thomas was one of 889 eighth graders from across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who […]

Conference offers men opportunity to re-energize their spiritual lives

The fourth annual Men’s Spirituality Conference, held March 3 at Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia, broke its own tradition by featuring a woman for the day’s keynote address. It was an extraordinary step, but Immaculee Ilibagiza was an extraordinary speaker. In 1994, during 100 terrible days, Hutu rebels massacred 800,000 Tutsis in Rwanda, […]

Rally for religious freedom at Independence Hall

Philadelphia Catholics and pro-life supporters will gather at a Rally for Religious Freedom to voice their concerns regarding the HHS Mandate which Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., has called, “flawed and dangerous.” Friday, March 23, 2012 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Independence Hall, 500 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia On January 20, the U.S. Department of […]

Former archdiocesan CFO arrested for embezzlement, most losses recovered or insured

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s former chief financial officer, Anita Guzzardi, was arrested after turning herself in to Philadelphia detectives March 13. Guzzardi, 42, was charged with five counts mostly of theft stemming from her alleged embezzlement of more than $900,000 in archdiocesan funds from 2005 to summer of 2011, according to a press release from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

Reverend Louis C. Bier placed on administrative leave

Father Louis C. Bier, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Springfield, Delaware County, has been placed on administrative leave by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, according to a statement by the archdiocesan Office for Communications March 12. The action came in response to concerns regarding Father Bier’s current suitability for ministry. The concerns are […]

More than 1,000 men gather to grow in their faith, spirituality

The fourth annual Men’s Spirituality Conference, held March 3 at Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia, broke its own tradition by featuring a woman for the day’s keynote address. It was an extraordinary step, but Immaculee Ilibagiza was an extraordinary speaker. In 1994, during 100 terrible days, Hutu rebels massacred 800,000 Tutsis in Rwanda, […]

Montco coroner releases report on Cardinal Bevilacqua’s death

Suspicion surrounding the death of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, former Archbishop of Philadelphia, has been laid to rest. He died of natural causes Jan. 31 at St. Charles Seminary in Wynnewood, according to Montgomery County Coroner Walter I. Hofman. “Elderly people with pre-existent natural disease often die quite suddenly,” Hofman said March 8 at press conference […]

Mary Mother of Captives support group helps families of prisoners

Her name is Maryann and she doesn’t want her last name published. She is a 12-year survivor of breast cancer. She also has a son who is 25. He is in prison serving a term of two to five years. Maryann, 60, attends regular support group meetings for her breast cancer. She also has started […]

Meet Paul Gleason Sr., the longest serving Knight in the world

To live to be a centenarian is certainly a distinction. To discover that you are the longest serving member of the 1.8 million Knights of Columbus in the entire world is quite another. That would be Paul J. Gleason Sr., who is a member of Phoenixville Council #1374 whose singular longevity in the Catholic men’s […]