People and Events

Augustinians name layman new director of St. Rita Shrine

Jonathan Jerome, a longtime university campus minister, becomes just the second lay leader of the shrine in South Philadelphia that is run under the auspices of the Augustinian friars.

Vincentians mark 170 years in Philadelphia with gala

The Oct. 10 “Hearts on Fire” gathering celebrated almost two centuries of local ministry by the congregation, which includes outreach to the poor and marginalized, as well as the operation of the Miraculous Medal Shrine in the city's Germantown section.

Caring for Friends touts awardees who aid the hungry

The Northeast Philadelphia organization formerly known as Aid for Friends will honor five community leaders working to end hunger and loneliness among the city's seniors and families.

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.

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.

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.