People and Events

Young adults begin year of service across U.S., Peru

A new group of Augustinian Volunteers, who were commissioned Aug. 25, are celebrating their recent college graduation by rolling up their sleeves to help, and learn from, others.

Hallahan students learn how to save lives, thanks to heartfelt donation

Communications CEO Brian Tierney provided a CPR training kit to the girls' high school, honoring his mother's studies there and supporting a state-wide effort to make CPR part of the curriculum.

Catholic school teacher selected for World War I history program

Kevin MacLennan of SS. Peter and Paul School in West Chester is one of only 114 educators selected for a National History Day effort that promotes a deeper understanding of a conflict that redefined modern warfare.

Villa Joseph Marie opens new performing arts center

The Bucks County high school for girls, founded by the Sisters of St. Casimir, recently celebrated the completion of a state-of-the-art, 600-seat venue that will host its inaugural show -- a retrospective of past school productions -- on Nov. 22-24.

Polish American festival draws tens of thousands to celebrate heritage, faith

Traditional music, dance, costume, crafts and (of course) food filled the five-day-long Polish American Family Festival and Country Fair. Now in its 54th year, the gathering at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa brings both past and present alive.

Hallahan names new athletic director

Christine Jenkinson, a class of '90 alumna and a former two-sport athlete at the school, will oversee 12 programs, ensuring compliance with all PIAA and Philadelphia Catholic League (PCL) by-laws and working to enhance sportsmanship and integrity.

Touching history: Students enjoy hands-on visit to Catholic archive

The Catholic Historical Research Center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia welcomed more than 500 Catholic middle-school students last spring for educational tours through local church history.

Former St. James H.S. principal marks 75 years as religious brother

Marist Brother James Leahy, 93, taught for 66 years including at the former archdiocesan high school in Chester. He entered the Society of Mary in 1944.

Philadelphia Archdiocese names Marc Fisher new CFO

Fisher, 46, will become the chief financial officer July 1. Currently the director of the archdiocesan office that assists parishes and schools with accounting, he led implementation of new financial control policies.

Havertown resident protesting children’s Drag Queen Storytime

Lorraine Williams is trying to cancel an event set for June 15 at the Haverford Township Free Library in which men dressed as women will read stories to children.