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Father Michael Heim, 55, parochial vicar at St. Dominic Parish, dies

Father Michael J. Heim, 55, a parochial vicar at St. Dominic Parish in Philadelphia, died May 4. Born in Levittown, the son of the late William Heim and the late Sophia Rydzewska Heim, he attended St. Joseph the Worker School and Bishop Egan High School before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He was ordained May […]

Charles Madden, local artist, dies at 78

Charles L. Madden, 78, a noted area artist proficient in various media, died May 7. Born in Philadelphia Madden had an interest in art from an early age, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1956. He immediately began his career as co-founder of Madden, Baron […]

Six men to be ordained priests on May 19

Through the power of the Holy Spirit and the laying on of hands, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will receive six new priests as Archbishop Charles Chaput ordains transitional deacons Daniel J. Dwyer, Anthony R. Hangholt, Robert A. Ianelli, John Paul Masson, Timothy J. McGuire and Thomas P. Whittingham on Saturday, May 19 at the Cathedral […]

Cent’anni for St. Nicholas Parish

St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish in South Philadelphia celebrated “Cent’anni,” 100 years of service to the Italian community in South Philadelphia on April 29. Its actual beginnings were as a mission chapel of nearby Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish (1898-1932). Augustinian Father John Cerutti, formerly the administrator, became the first official pastor. The parish […]

Priest a constant at Conwell-Egan

For 54 years, Father Fidelis Weber has walked the halls of Conwell-Egan (formerly Bishop Egan) High School in Fairless Hills. While the name and location of the school has changed over the decades, Father Fidelis, teacher of English, Spanish and religion, and director of the guidance office, has remained a constant. The Third Order Regular […]

Legatus members meet new CRS president

How many social or professional organizations precede their monthly dinner with confessions, the rosary and Mass? Probably not many, but Legatus does. In 1988 when Thomas Monaghan, the founder of Domino’s Pizza, established Legatus as an organization for Catholic business leaders and their spouses, he modeled it somewhat after Young Presidents, a similar organization that […]

Father Schifalacqua, pastor emeritus of Our Lady of Loreto Parish, dies at 93

Father Ildebrando E. Schifalacqua, 93 and a priest for almost 69 years, died in West Cape May, N.J., April 27. Born in South Philadelphia, the son of the late Ildebrando Schifalacqua and the late Ida De Sanctis Schifalacqua, he was educated in Philadelphia public schools and briefly at Roman Catholic High School before entering a […]

Archdiocese of Philadelphia joins Great Schools Compact

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia schools and the public and charter schools of Philadelphia took what could be a major step forward in cooperation on April 23 when the Archdiocese formally joined the Great Schools Compact which seeks to provide increased access to higher performing schools throughout the city. Archbishop Charles Chaput signed the formal document […]

Priests’ trial continues in Philadelphia

The witness described with dignity and composure the horrific details of the sexual abuse he said he endured as a boy from a former priest, Stanley Gana, during testimony last week at the trial of two priests of the Philadelphia Archdiocese. Father James J. Brennan, 48, faces a charge of attempted rape of a boy […]

Father Connell Maguire, a former U.S. Navy chaplain, dies at age 94

Father Connell J. Maguire, 94, a U.S. Navy chaplain for 26 years, died in Florida April 12. Born in Glenties, Ireland, the son of the late Bernard and Catherine (Gallagher) Maguire, he migrated to America with his family at age 11. The family settled at first in Mount Airy and then Chestnut Hill and he […]