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Teachers, archdiocese reach deal on new one-year contract

The union for the 600 lay teachers in the 17 high schools of the Philadelphia Archdiocese ratified an agreement with the Office for Catholic Education on Sept. 5, one day before the start of school.

Changes in clergy assignments announced

Archbishop Charles Chaput approved assignment changes for three priests and a permanent deacon Sept. 6.

Grandparents work to pass on the faith to today’s children

Participants from several states and countries met at the Catholic Grandparents Association conference last Saturday to help their grandchildren at a time when so many young parents are not practicing the faith themselves.

Ending DACA will only worsen immigration issues, archbishop says

Archbishop Charles Chaput asks the people of the Philadelphia Archdiocese to "press their federal lawmakers to find a positive legislative replacement for DACA," and prevent the deportation of immigrant young people.

Villanova’s Center for Church Management welcomes new director

Matt Manion, formerly at the Catholic Leadership Institute in Wayne, succeeds founding director Dr. Charles Zech at the Villanova University program that teaches business skills to Catholic professionals, both clergy and laity.

Archdiocesan parishes to take up hurricane relief collection soon

Hurricane Harvey finally is moving on from its battering of Texas and Louisiana, but the collection to address the needs wrought by the storm’s devastation has already begun. Parishioners can contribute to a collection Sept. 16-17.

43 new men push St. Charles Seminary enrollment to highest in 14 years

Young men from high school, college and working professions began their journey toward priesthood on Aug. 22, Move-In Day at the Philadelphia archdiocesan seminary, where enrollment continues to strengthen.

Bank pledges to rectify mishandled church donations

Some donations to the Catholic Charities Appeal and St. Charles Seminary Appeal did not make it into the archdiocese's accounts due to the actions of a TD Bank employee who was fired and faces charges. Parishioners received a letter detailing the matter in recent days.

Parishioners are speaking of faith — in 20 languages

The latest head count figures in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia show a diverse tapestry of people worshiping God in the liturgy at their parishes each weekend in English, Spanish and 18 other languages.

Parish Mass attendance drops again, but cultural diversity surging

Last year’s October Count showed 222,371 Catholics attended weekend Masses during the month in the 217 parishes of the archdiocese. The figure is down from 234,453 in October 2015 after Pope Francis' visit to the city.