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St. John Vianney Scholars Program awards first scholarships

Parishioners from St. John Vianney Church in Gladywne, Montgomery County, have created a scholarship program that will provide financial and academic support to eligible students who desire to attend an Archdiocesan high school beginning in the 2012-2013 school year. The Saint John Vianney Scholars program awarded eight incoming freshmen with a $3,000 a year scholarship […]

Archdiocesan general counsel placed on administrative leave

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Friday, March 16 that general counsel Tim Coyne, who manages legal affairs, had been placed on administrative leave. There was no explanation or comment from the Archdiocese. Spokesman Kenneth Gavin said, “It’s a personnel issue; therefore we won’t be discussing it publicly.” Ordinary legal matters of archdiocesan entities will be […]

New York Giant player visits St. Isidore School

Lee Rouson, who played for the New York Giants football team from 1986-1991 and won two Super Bowls, visited the fourth to eighth grade students at St. Isidore School in Quakertown on March 14. He had an inspirational message for the students about finding out who you are, staying true to yourself, reaching goals and […]

Archbishop Chaput celebrates Mass before annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

In keeping with established tradition, Philadelphia’s St. Patrick’s Day Association preceded its festive parade, held this year on March 11 with a 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick’s Church near Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. In his homily, Archbishop Charles Chaput, whose ethnicity is mostly French and Native American, delighted the congregation by telling them, “First […]

Student receives Neumann Scholarship

Thomas Funk, an eighth-grade student at St. Joseph/St. Robert Catholic School in Warrington, was awarded a Neumann Scholarship by the Connelly Foundation. As a 2012 Neumann Scholar, Thomas will receive a four-year scholarship to an archdiocesan high school of his choice. Thomas was one of 889 eighth graders from across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who […]

Conference offers men opportunity to re-energize their spiritual lives

The fourth annual Men’s Spirituality Conference, held March 3 at Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia, broke its own tradition by featuring a woman for the day’s keynote address. It was an extraordinary step, but Immaculee Ilibagiza was an extraordinary speaker. In 1994, during 100 terrible days, Hutu rebels massacred 800,000 Tutsis in Rwanda, […]

Rally for religious freedom at Independence Hall

Philadelphia Catholics and pro-life supporters will gather at a Rally for Religious Freedom to voice their concerns regarding the HHS Mandate which Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., has called, “flawed and dangerous.” Friday, March 23, 2012 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Independence Hall, 500 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia On January 20, the U.S. Department of […]

Former archdiocesan CFO arrested for embezzlement, most losses recovered or insured

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s former chief financial officer, Anita Guzzardi, was arrested after turning herself in to Philadelphia detectives March 13. Guzzardi, 42, was charged with five counts mostly of theft stemming from her alleged embezzlement of more than $900,000 in archdiocesan funds from 2005 to summer of 2011, according to a press release from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

Reverend Louis C. Bier placed on administrative leave

Father Louis C. Bier, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Springfield, Delaware County, has been placed on administrative leave by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, according to a statement by the archdiocesan Office for Communications March 12. The action came in response to concerns regarding Father Bier’s current suitability for ministry. The concerns are […]

More than 1,000 men gather to grow in their faith, spirituality

The fourth annual Men’s Spirituality Conference, held March 3 at Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia, broke its own tradition by featuring a woman for the day’s keynote address. It was an extraordinary step, but Immaculee Ilibagiza was an extraordinary speaker. In 1994, during 100 terrible days, Hutu rebels massacred 800,000 Tutsis in Rwanda, […]