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Permanent deacon assignments among latest clergy changes

Archbishop Charles Chaput announced parish assignments for 16 newly ordained deacons, plus assignments for 14 other archdiocesan priests and deacons.

Catholic school students and intellectually disabled adults go to bat for each other

Volunteers from Cardinal O'Hara and Bonner-Prendergast High Schools scored a win-win in a May 30 wiffle ball game that paired students with men and women served by the archdiocese's Don Guanella and Divine Providence Communities.

Young, solid families in Wayne keep St. Katharine’s growing, at 125 years

Celebrating a milestone anniversary, the Main Line parish benefits from a median age in the town of 33, mostly young families occupying large homes. It has a long history of stability and growth, which is continuing.

Two archdiocesan priests honored for service by law enforcement

Father Douglas McKay received an award from the Citizens Crime Commission for his ministry to addicted persons in Philadelphia, while Father Jerome Wild was honored by Montgomery County for dissuading a man from suicide.

Southampton parishioners learn how to take action for pro-life mission

A symposium June 3 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish presented three women leaders in the pro-life movement who showed how much help is offered for pregnant women considering an abortion.

Since Mass in a movie theater, St. Robert Parish keeps on growing

Pioneer parishioners remember sweeping up popcorn before liturgies 50 years ago when the Warrington, Bucks County parish was founded. Today it is adding 70 families every year.

Meet the new deacons to be ordained June 9 for Philadelphia

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput will ordain 16 men to the permanent diaconate for the Philadelphia Archdiocese. See bios on all the men who prepare to take on greater roles of service as ordained clergy in the church.

As school winds down, kids learn to eat their veggies, and like them

Some 30,000 children each day in the region are eating more salads and learning healthy eating habits, thanks to free meals provided by archdiocesan Nutritional Development Services, with federal and state support.

At Bridgeport parish, former Protestants discuss Catholic beliefs about Mary

Parishioners at St. John the Baptist, established through a Catholic rite for former Anglicans, learned how Marian devotion can enhance faith. The May 23 talk was sponsored by a ministry of the Legion of Mary.

Catholic Athletes for Christ comes to Phila., bestows awards

Twenty-two students from 12 Catholic high schools (see the full list) received Courage Awards from the national organization that is taking the field for the first time in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.