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Philadelphia Catholic high schools, special ed schools, placed under new management

Philadelphia’s 17 archdiocesan high schools as well as its four schools for special education are officially under new management. Under a historic agreement in principal signed by Archbishop Charles Chaput and H. Edward Hanway for the Faith in the Future Foundation on Aug. 21, strategic and operational control of the 21 schools passes to the […]

New deans among more clergy assignments

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., announces the following appointments, effective August 20, 2012:   DEANS Reverend Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Pastor, Saint Peter Parish, West Brandywine, Dean, Deanery 3 Reverend Joseph J. Kelley, Pastor, Saint Monica Parish, Philadelphia, Dean, Deanery 8   PAROCHIAL ADMINISTRATOR Reverend John E. Donia, to Parochial Administrator, Holy Name of Jesus […]

Archdiocese looks to ease cash crunch by selling properties

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Aug. 13 the planned sale of select real estate holdings, on a case-by-case basis, to address its operating deficit in the current fiscal year. A deficit of at least $6 million is expected even before any extraordinary costs may be incurred. Properties included are the previously announced sale of the […]

Newman Center helps college students share Catholic faith

College is a time of change and transformation. It is also a time when many students rediscover and deepen their faith. Pam Putnam came to the University of Pennsylvania from Crescent City, Nevada. She found herself stressed and at times overwhelmed by the pressures of college life. “I had a pretty difficult semester. It felt […]

Archbishop announces clerical changes

Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia, announces the following appointments effective as noted: PASTORS EMERITI Reverend Monsignor John A. Close, Saint Katharine of Siena Parish, Wayne, effective August 10, 2012. Monsignor Close is retiring and will reside at Villa Saint Joseph, Darby Reverend Leonard N. Peterson, Saint Maria Goretti Parish, Hatfield, effective […]

In wake of shooting, Archbishop Chaput joins religious leaders in support of Sikhs

The Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia expressed words of condolence and support for members of the Sikh community Aug. 9 in a letter cosigned by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. The ecumenical and interfaith group, including leaders of the Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Baha’i communities, responded to what it called the “senseless violence” in which a gunman killed six people and wounded four at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin Aug. 5. The leaders said they stand with Sikhs “in solidarity, friendship, hope and prayer.”

Interfaith leaders, city officials pray for peace, fallen officer at Cathedral

Archbishop Charles Chaput presided at an Aug. 3  Interfaith Memorial Service for Healing and Hope at the Chapel of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul for Philadelphia Police Officer Brian Lorenzo, who was struck and killed by an automobile being driven the wrong way on I-95 on July 8. The service was a […]

They came by faith: Black Catholic Congress draws 2,800

On July 18 many Catholic faithful from across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia departed for the National Black Catholic Congress XI, in Indianapolis,Indiana. The Philadelphia contingent, numbering over 110, traveled by bus, car and train to join with approximately 2,800 other Black Catholics and Catholics who work in the Black apostolates from all over the United […]

Suspended priest arrested for sexual assault, related charges

Father Andrew McCormick, a 56-year-old archdiocesan priest, was arrested late Thursday, July 26 and charged with seven counts related to the sexual assault of a then 10-year-old altar boy in Philadelphia in 1997. The priest was arrested and charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, […]

Local Catholics give $132K to retired religious

Catholics of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia donated $132,314 to support retired religious women and men this year, according to a letter of thanks dated July 6 from Most Precious Blood Sister Janice Bader, executive director of the National Religious Retirement Office to Archbishop Charles Chaput. Sister Bader, whose office sponsors the annual national appeal, said […]