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Archbishop Chaput receives report from Blue Ribbon Commission

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Students honor patron St. Lucy

Just as Father Tom Higgins started his homily for the Dec. 13 St. Lucy Feast Day Mass at Holy Innocents Church in the Juniata section of Philadelphia, the lights went out, except for the liturgical candles. It was intentional. Holy Innocents is the present-day location of St. Lucy School for Children with Visual Impairments as […]

Archbishop’s residence to be sold

The home of Philadelphia’s Catholic archbishops since the 1930s will soon be sold, archdiocesan officials confirmed Dec. 31, 2011. The 10,000-square-foot mansion located on more than eight acres at 5700 City Avenue next to St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia was purchased by Cardinal Dennis Dougherty in 1935. It has been used as the home of […]

Different lives, same call to priesthood

Two men, very similar yet uniquely different. Jim Cardosi and Kevin Mulligan attended classes together and shot hoops together for four years at Bishop Kenrick High School in Norristown, graduated in 1973 and then went their separate ways. Cardosi went to the U.S. Naval Academy, became a pilot and married father of five. After attending […]

God still has a mission for her

  When you are 92 years old, it’s quite understandable if you just want to sit back, relax and let others do the work. Don’t tell that to Eleanor Stretz; she’s just about as involved as you can get at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bensalem, and that’s just the way she wants it. For […]

Parishes to take next step in plan

All of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s 266 parishes are beginning to examine each parish’s mission, identity and goals, “while working to determine if (each) has the resources required for sustained operation,” according to a Dec. 14 statement by the Archdiocese. Archbishop Charles Chaput directed the ongoing archdiocesan Parish Pastoral Planning Initiative in a letter to […]

Glad to be Home for Christmas

The atmosphere was already crackling with excitement in Maternity B.V.M.’s parish hall Dec. 13 as first grade students filed in to “Santa’s Secret Shop” to buy presents for their parents. But the tables were turned on one of the little ones when she realized the surprise in store for her. Daijah Fordham, 6, was sitting […]

Blue Ribbon Commission on Catholic Education: Final report to be released

In December 2010, when Cardinal Justin Rigali announced the formation and membership of a Blue Ribbon Commission to chart the future course of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, it was charged with examining current programs with the objective of defining a strategic plan that would assure a sustainable Catholic education system into the […]

Youth perform “Live Nativity” at St. Robert Parish

On Thursday, Dec. 15, the St. Robert Bellarmine Youth Ministry Program in Warminster presented “Live Nativity – The Christmas Story Comes to Life.” The main cast and crew included students from St. Joseph/St. Robert School, PREP, and parish youth through 12th grade. Supporting cast consisted of live sheep, donkeys and llamas.           […]

More than 1,000 attend Cardinal John Foley’s funeral Mass

One thing was crystal clear at the Dec. 16 funeral for Cardinal John P. Foley, 76, at Philadelphia’s Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. The man was loved. Technically the thousand or so at the Mass were mourners, but the word just doesn’t seem to fit, because it was basically a happy gathering remembering […]