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Beautiful duet: Couple sings of half-century teaching music

Carol Brennan has been sharing the joy of music with students of St. Martin of Tours School -- whom she believes are better academically and socially for their exposure to music -- for 50 years, along with her husband John for 48.

Author, teacher tells how to hang out with women of Bible

In her intimate portraits of the faithful women of the Old Testament, Sarah Christmyer's new book is like "having a cup of coffee" with them. Her life from faithful Protestant to proud Catholic is no less remarkable.

Building a better BLOCS is new CEO Dave Rowan’s mission

The devout Catholic brings extensive business experience, including with the Philadelphia Eagles, to his leadership role of an organization that supports student scholarships to Catholic schools.

New head of local St. Joseph’s Sisters has served most vulnerable youths

Sister Maureen Erdlen, S.S.J., in her 50 years of ministry has served the poor, including abused young women and people struggling in addictions. Like the foundress of her order, she also led an orphanage.

God’s ‘pure and simple’ call led sister to head of global order

Growing up in Northeast Philadelphia, Sister Angela Marie Mazzeo dreamed of a career and a family, not life as a Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Now she's been elected superior general of the congregation in Rome.

Sr. Gertrude brings God’s love from Philippines to Philadelphia

In her new position as director of the archdiocesan Office for Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees, Sister Gertrude Borres helps welcome and care for newcomers in the region from some 30 different cultures.

Corona follows Holy Spirit’s lead to develop addictions ministry

What began as a school project in spiritual direction, after a career change, became a popular series on dealing with addictions that Nina Marie Corona is presenting this month in Philadelphia.

Without a word of English, he found friends at Christ the King

It was hard for Sebastian Buritica, 15, when he arrived in Northeast Philadelphia at age 7 from Colombia. But because so many kids accepted him as a friend, he mastered the language, the food and even snow.

From NBA ref to permanent deacon, Steve Javie’s keeping his whistle

After Javie, a retired referee who will be ordained a deacon this Saturday for Philadelphia, moves into parish ministry at St. Andrew's in Newtown, he just might need to stop the action in a contentious meeting.

Are 3 brothers ready to serve their country in the military? Yes, sir!

When the triplets Robert, Jim and Charlie Crossfield graduate from Archbishop Ryan this June, they will head to the U.S. Military Academy, the Naval Academy and Navy ROTC "to give back to hold up the Constitution."