Community Newsbriefs

State Rep. Tim Briggs meets robotics team at Mount St. Joe Academy

FLOURTOWN – State Rep. Tim Briggs visited Mount St. Joseph Academy in Flourtown Sept. 17 and met with the school’s robotics team, the Firebirds.Before presenting him with a team t-shirt Mary Elizabeth Entwistle, president of the Firebirds, and Hannah Farrell, vice president, acquainted the representative with the world of robotics by explaining the program and […]

Villa Maria teacher participates in French language convention

MALVERN – Dianne J. Goddard, French teacher at Villa Maria Academy, Malvern, recently attended the 83rd annual convention of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). A teacher for 12 years, Goddard was an active participant in the gathering of more than 450 French teachers from around the U.S. and from several other countries. […]

Villa Maria welcomes new social studies teacher

MALVERN – Brittany Thompson has joined the faculty of Villa Maria Academy in the social studies department. Thompson graduated from Immaculata University with a bachelor’s degree in history and is certified in secondary education. Thompson observed and then student taught at Villa Maria under the guidance of Villa Social studies teacher Lisa Beiduk.

Vicar of Montgomery County opens school year at St. Stanislaus

LANSDALE – The newly appointed vicar of Montgomery County, Msgr. Michael McCulken, attended the opening day liturgy at St. Stanislaus School in Lansdale, which celebrated the life of the Blessed Mother. Msgr. McCulken blessed rosary bracelets that were distributed to the students. Parents portrayed Mary and Joseph, as well as other people who were part […]

Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great lead pilgrimage

PHILADELPHIA The 79th annual pilgrimage honoring the Mother of God on the grounds of the motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Basil the Great in Fox Chase has as its theme “Let it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). On Oct. 2 the theme will be developed during the Akathist to […]

Vatican correspondent, analyst to speak at Old St. Joseph’s

PHILADELPHIA – John Allen, Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and Vatican analyst for CNN and National Public Radio, will speak at Old St. Joseph’s Church at 7 p.m. Oct. 5. Allen will discuss his latest book “The Future Church: How Ten Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church.” The social justice and adult education […]

SJU president to become president of Creighton University

PHILADELPHIA – St. Joseph’s University president, Jesuit Father Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., will leave the university at the conclusion of the current academic year to become the president of Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.Father Lannon’s departure comes as the university concludes its capital campaign, which to date has raised $139 million of its stated $150 […]

St. Katharine Drexel Parish chapel site for day of service for Immaculata students

CHESTER – More than 100 Immaculata University students spent Aug. 28 sprucing up the chapel at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Chester. The students painted, cleaned the inside and outside of the church, pulled up rugs and repaired and cleaned the food cupboard there. Msgr. Joseph McLoone, pastor of St. Katharine Drexel Parish, along with […]

Devon Prep students hold school supplies drive

DEVON – Throughout the summer Devon Prep’s Christian Action Program collected over 4,300 school supplies for St. Elizabeth’s Community Center in North Philadelphia. The items, such as notebooks, pencils, crayons, pens, folders and backpacks, helped nearly 200 needy families.

New faculty Join Holy Child Academy

Drexel Hill – Holy Child Academy welcomed two new faculty members this fall, first grade teacher Nancy Menno and reading teacher Lauren Gallagher. Menno most recently she taught at St. James School in Elkins Park, which closed in June. Gallagher most recently worked in the Upper Darby School District.“We’ve experienced a lot of change at […]