Community Newsbriefs

Pilgrimage information sessions to be held for next year’s World Youth Day in Spain

World Youth Day 2011, Aug. 16-21 in Madrid, Spain, is less than a year away.The Philadelphia Archdiocese’s Office for Youth and Young Adults (OYYA) is sponsoring a pilgrimage from Philadelphia to Spain for the event.OYYA is currently conducting information meetings for prospective pilgrims.The archdiocesan trip, scheduled for Aug. 10-22, includes a pre-trip excursion to Lourdes, […]

Holy Child Academy receives grant from Connelly Foundation

Drexel Hill – Holy Child Academy received a $15,000 grant from the Connelly Foundation Sept. 24 to advance the school’s mission of providing a competitive academic program and to help the school continue implementing Web 2.0 technology. The awarded grant is restricted to purchase Dell netbooks for the middle school.“With this grant we will be […]

Ryan volleyball team to raise money for Autism

PHILADELPHIA – The girls’ volleyball team at Archbishop Ryan High School will be hosting Bishop McDevitt for a league match Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. with a special emphasis. The team will be raising money for Autism.“I was really impressed that they chose this cause,” said head coach Nora Kramer. “I strongly believe in the […]

St. Hilary students Zumba

RYDAL – Students in kindergarten through eighth grades at St. Hilary School in Rydal kicked off their yearly wellness program with Zumba lessons in the school yard Sept. 22. “Zumba is basically aerobic moves set to Latin music,” said Ellen Romano, a Zumba instructor who led children and faculty in the exhilarating workout. In addition, […]

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 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 […]