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Uniting Iraqi families in America

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T UPPER UWCHLAN – Jesus never elaborated much about the Good Samaritan, other than that he saw a need and acted when others didn’t. Chances are, he wasn’t coming down that road to purposely do a good deed, and he probably looked around to make certain the robbers who assaulted […]

Fulfillment found in service to noted addiction rehab

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T KING OF PRUSSIA — Karl Sprow, a community relations representative for Father Martin’s Ashley in Havre de Grace, Md., bases his own spirituality on the Serenity Prayer of American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr: “God grant me the serenity to change accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the […]

Meet ‘the Rambo of the Ambo’

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Deacon William E. Champagne was honored for his 16 years of service as a permanent deacon by Our Lady of Hope Parish on North Broad Street last Saturday. At this point his service is limited to faithful witness because at 81 he is living with dementia. It’s […]

Twins spread joy, help Santa

By Christie L. ChicoineCS&T Staff Writer One is more efficient when sorting presents, the other is a better gift wrapper, but twins Andrew and Nicholas Shafer are both equally enthused when it comes to making sure all kids receive a Christmas gift. The 18-year-old seniors from La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor, Montgomery County, […]

Hospice nurse helps patients find peace before death

By Colleen Boyle SharpSpecial to the CS&T PHILADELPHIA – For Sue Kriger nursing is not just a career, it’s a calling. A registered nurse for 34 years, Kriger began her vocation in health care working in the oncology unit for what was then Frankford Hospital, Torresdale Campus, in Northeast Philadelphia. Now a nurse for Holy […]

Retired? No way

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart Sister Mary Finnick at 77 is supposed to be retired, but don’t you believe it. Certainly, the folks in Port Au Prince, Haiti, know better. That’s where she was on Jan. 12, when the disastrous earthquake killed 300,000 Haitians. She was running Matthew […]

Living out the ‘American dream’

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Immigration is a hot button issue these days, but it has always been so. We are a land of immigrants, and in every generation the path to America has often been hazardous. Barbara Fischer, 78, who is of German ethnicity and a member of Our Lady Help […]

Assumption sister marks 102nd year with joy and devotion

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T LANSDALE – Constancia Alingasa, in religion Assumption Sister Marie Clemencia, who now lives in retirement at St. Stanislaus Convent in Lansdale, was baptized and confirmed when she was three days old, something very unusual for a Roman Catholic. It was a different time and a different place; the Philippines […]

Hallahan student earns praise as a ‘Good Samaritan’

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Things happen in Philadelphia’s Kensington area. Sometimes it is good things, sometimes it is bad things. Passersby tend to just look straight ahead and keep walking. Good Samaritans aren’t easy to find. That’s not the case with Tyeriah Smith, a junior at John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ […]

What better boss than Jesus?

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Sister Rachel Torrieri, a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the past 70 years, directs parish outreach to Hispanics at St. William Parish in Northeast Philadelphia. Not bad for a woman who just turned 90. “I know I can’t do this […]