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Retired judge stays active in his parish

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T CHESTNUT HILL – Outdoor Stations of the Cross on Good Friday are a beloved tradition for Chestnut Hill’s Our Mother of Consolation Parish, and for the past 30 years Judge Armand Della Porta has been the organizer. Next year he will be ceding this leadership to others, but at […]

Shaping clay into accolades

By George GregorySpecial to the CS&T MALVERN – When Malvern Preparatory School senior Kevin Bogan started high school, he never imagined having three of his own creations in a nationally renowned ceramics exhibit. But God moves in mysterious ways as Bogan has learned during his secondary education. Three of his pieces will be displayed at […]

Cancer survivor received ‘mini-miracle’

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PENNDEL – “God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform,” William Cowper wrote more than two centuries ago. If one has what is diagnosed as a terminal illness and after prayer it disappears, it’s more than reasonable to assume the miraculous. Now, if one has been diagnosed […]

Business and flying, with God at her side

By George GregorySpecial to The CS&T COATESVILLE – Barbara Travaglini has led an extraordinary life. An author and columnist who has twice been recipient of papal honors, the parishioner of St. Joseph Parish in Downingtown also earned her private pilot’s license more than 30 years ago – when it was uncommon for women to do […]

Teen’s service earns national honor

By Nadia Maria SmithCS&T Staff Writer WEST GROVE – Eighth-grader Ryan Wiesenberg of Assumption B.V.M. School in West Grove knows a thing or two about service. Ryan was recently awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award – a national award that recognizes and honors Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage […]

Parade director proud of faith, Irish heritage

By Sister Kathleen Leary, S.S.J.Special to The CS&T BROOMALL – Michael Bradley, director and past president of the St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association, is proud of the theme of this year’s parade: “St. Patrick, lead us to Peace and Prosperity.” “The marchers and floats will be honoring our fallen police and all those struggling in […]

Faith renewed at Temple

By Nadia Maria SmithCS&T Staff Writer There are a number of outstanding Catholic student leaders at Temple University, and one of those is 21-year-old Alexander Gibbs, according to Temple’s Newman Center chaplain Father Shaun Mahoney. A senior, Gibbs has served as the spiritual coordinator at the Newman Center for the past two years. He is […]

Altar server sees dream realized

By Christie L. ChicoineCS&T Staff Writer PHILADELPHIA – Thirteen-year-old George Paul “G.P.” Harmansky has always had an aspiration – to be an altar server at a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. The parishioner of St. Aloysius in Pottstown fulfilled that aspiration Sunday, Feb. 22, as he assisted at […]

Teacher gives 40 years to school she loves

By Christie L. ChicoineCS&T Staff Writer HATBORO – When Mary Anne Henry reported to the third grade class of St. John Bosco School for her first teaching assignment 40 years ago, she played the part of confident teacher. “I remember walking down the hallway – I had my pink sleeveless dress on, and I thought […]

Passion for justice drives local lawyer

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Names can be deceiving. Robert S. Nix has no northern European ancestry that he is aware of. His family is solidly of Mexican heritage and he is Mexican-American, born in Austin, Texas, with roots in the border town of Laredo. His family came east when his dad enrolled at […]