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Holy Trinity to close, St. Justin Martyr to merge

By Christie L. ChicoineCS&T Staff Writer Holy Trinity Parish, a German personal parish in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia, is closing, but the church will remain open as a worship site of Old St. Mary’s Parish, which is two blocks away. In Montgomery County, St. Justin Martyr Parish in Narberth is merging with St. […]

A father’s father

Updated Web Version By Christie L. ChicoineCS&T staff writer FAIRLESS HILLS – The private Mass Father Brian Kean celebrated for his parents on Father’s Day last year was one of the best presents the then-newly ordained priest has ever bestowed upon his father Bruce. “To see our son in that role as a priest – […]

‘Bulletin’ publisher says faith aided venture

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T It’s been a tough year for the newspaper business with bankruptcies left and right. On June 1, Tom Rice regretfully announced the Philadelphia Bulletin, the family-oriented daily he founded 4 and a half years ago, would cease publication immediately. The numbers, in terms of subscriptions and ad sales were […]

New priest formed by a new life in Phila.

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Duc Nguyen, a 1988 graduate of Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, was ordained priest after a May 30 ceremony at Kansas City, Missouri’s Immaculate Conception Cathedral. It’s been a long journey. It started in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam, continued in Malaysia, then in suburban Philadelphia […]

70 years ordained and still going strong

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T You might say Cardinal Dennis Dougherty was looking at a full deck in his cathedral on June 3, 1939. Fifty-two young men were presenting themselves for ordination. Time has taken its toll; now there is only one left, but he’s an ace. At age 95 and 70 years ordained, […]

Teacher tallies 3,200 students over 28 years

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T WEST CHESTER – When Margaret Kennedy retires from teaching at SS. Simon and Jude School in West Chester next month, she will be closing out a 48-year association with the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Born Margaret Muth and growing up in a family of seven […]

St. Isidore parishioner helps spread Hispanic devotion to Church

By JIM GAUGERSpecial to The CS&T Quakertown – Joselito Gonzalez is a project scientist at Merck and Co. in West Point. “I am basically a chemist,” he explained. “Our group supports chemical laboratories around the world, especially project investigation in Latin America.” Gonzalez, who was born in Puerto Rico, obtained his degree in chemistry at […]

Promoting self-awareness, leadership in girls

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA GRANT – Honor Blackburn loves working with kids, and that’s a good thing. Running a Catholic Social Service (CSS)-sponsored Beacon Program after school at St. Martin de Porres Interparochial School in Germantown requires empathy with young people. “I feel like it is family there, and I want to […]

‘Dear Judge, thank you for saving my life’

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Judge Kevin M. Dougherty, the Administrative Judge for the Juvenile spanision of Philadelphia Family Court, was practically born into the juvenile court system. For 32 years his dad was a court crier for Family Court in the same Logan Square courthouse where he now presides, and as […]

When the Holy Spirit takes over

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T YARDLEY – For Gloria Coyne, the way to the Father and the Son is through the Spirit. “When I pray in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit takes over,” said Coyne, who is the archdiocesan liaison to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, which held its annual conference at the Valley Forge […]