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At priests’ gathering, they hear about power of humility

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow, Scotland addressed archdiocesan priests at their biennial convocation in Hershey last week, confirming their priestly identity and role in today's world.

Roman Catholic HS to expand campus with new arts center

The center city Philadelphia high school broke ground May 30 on a new arts facility, the first phase of a $25 million expansion geared to enhance the offerings for the school whose enrollment remains strong.

Graduations set for 17 archdiocesan Catholic high schools

The archdiocesan schools are in the midst of celebrating baccalaureate Masses and commencement exercises for the class of 2017 -- see our full list. Congratulations all graduates!

Bishop DeSimone recalls his role in major WWII battle for Italy

73 years ago, the young Sergeant Louis DeSimone was with the U.S. Army group that liberated Rome on June 5 after a campaign of heavy fighting. Now 95, the retired auxiliary bishop tells about his service and its link to his vocation.

The dearly bereaved find help, and new friends, in caring parishioners

For a dozen years Fran Williams has been helping people cope with the death of a loved one in the Bereavement Support Group at Christ the King Parish. People often just listen for weeks before opening up and begin the healing.

Our Lady of Ransom set to merge with Resurrection Parish

The two Northeast Philadelphia parishes will merge at the Resurrection of Our Lord location in Rhawnhurst starting June 19. Their neighborhoods have seen a dramatic decline due to recent demographic changes.

Charismatics come to St. Thomas Parish for prayer, healing

About 100 Catholics gathered for Charismatic Mass and Healing Service May 19 at the Glen Mills church, which also included recitation of the rosary and time for adoration, all set to word and song.

Catholic identity at Archbishop Ryan HS still strong, 50 years on

The largest archdiocesan high school, which welcomed Archbishop Chaput May 19, offers cutting-edge electives unimaginable at its founding in 1967. Many of today's 1,255 students are children of graduates.

Archbishop ordains two new priests for Philadelphia Archdiocese

In a solemn yet joyous ritual last Saturday in the Cathedral, Fathers Matthew Brody and Brian Connolly were ordained. The growing student body of St. Charles Seminary participated, along with family and parish friends.

Study guide for ‘Strangers in a Strange Land’ now available

A new study guide to help deepen one's reflection on Archbishop Charles Chaput’s latest book includes discussion questions based on each of the book’s 12 chapters.