Archbishop Chaput announces decisions on eight suspended priests

Archbishop Charles Chaput announced May 4 his decisions on eight priests who had been suspended due to past allegations of clerical misconduct or child sexual abuse. Of the priests, five were “unsuitable for ministry.” They include Msgr. Francis Feret, 75, and Fathers George Cadwallader, 58; Robert Povish, 47; John Reardon, 65; and Thomas Rooney, 61. The three priests deemed suitable for ministry are Msgr. Michael Flood, 72, and Fathers Philip Barr, 92; and Michael Chapman, 56.

Dioceses defend against in vitro suits filed by former teachers

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Both the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., are defending themselves against lawsuits filed by Catholic school teachers who were fired for pursuing in vitro fertilization treatments. In the Indiana case, Emily Herx is suing the diocese after being fired from her teaching job of eight years […]

Archbishop informs priests of leave status

Archbishop Charles Chaput met May 2 with most of the priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield to discuss his decisions regarding archdiocesan priests placed on administrative leave. Their status has remained in limbo for more than a year as investigations into clerical misconduct followed the January 2011 Philadelphia […]

Nearly 800 people join the Church

Carl Kelley, 67, regularly attended Mass at St. Raymond of Penafort Parish in Philadelphia with his Catholic wife and raised his children Catholic. Baptized into the Baptist church, Kelley said that for years “my whole being had been drawing toward the Church.” It took an invitation and some prodding from two parishioners for Kelley formally […]

May/June events

Spiritual Novenas The Miraculous Medal Shrine in Philadelphia will hold its regular Monday novena with Father Stephen Cantwell, C.M., as principal homilist on May 7. He will preach on “Our Lady of Fatima” at the 9 a.m. and 12:05 p.m. novena prayers and Mass. On May 14, Father Carl Pieber, C.M., will preach on “Mary, […]

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 […]

Cathedral to receive award for preservation

The Preservation Alliance of the Greater Philadelphia Area has selected the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, the mother church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, to receive one of its 2012 Preservation Achievement Grand Jury awards. The award will be presented at the 19th annual Preservation Achievement Awards Luncheon May 8 in Philadelphia. A two-year overhaul of the exterior of the iconic center city Philadelphia cathedral was completed early this year. The project included a thorough cleaning of the aqua-toned oxidized copper dome, cleaning and testing all exterior stone, repairing all exterior damage caused by 100 years of weathering and adding a new gold leaf finish to the 11-foot cross at the top of the dome.

Penn Relays: a Philadelphia track tradition

It is a fascinating spectacle that attracts thousands of athletes from hundreds of different schools from all across the nation. It entices celebrities to descend upon Philadelphia for almost an entire week. It is the Penn Relays, and from April 26 through April 28, the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field played host to what was […]

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 […]