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Family man now leads area’s largest pro-life organization

Tom Stevens, head of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia, has pro-life credentials tracing back to his days as an economics student at Villanova University, where he met his wife. A "bridge-builder," his specialty is helping organizations grow.

Exec with long link to Miraculous Medal Shrine takes the reins

Mary Jo Timlin-Hoag, a former health care executive, has been named to lead the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal, the first woman to do so in its 103-year history. Given her own history and devotion to Mary, it's a natural fit.

What’s a nice Presbyterian doing in a Catholic convent?

Ask Sister Kimberly Kessler, who last month took perpetual vows as a Sister of the Redeemer, and she will say the yearning for God in her heart came from her Protestant parents and the witness of Catholic sisters.

From South Philly to corporate suite, Valletta’s business is helping people

Andrew Valletta grew up in a row home with his extended family, where he learned about hard work, love and the Catholic faith. He'll apply them all to growing the Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia, for which he is the new CEO.

Raised Catholic then lapsed, she now has ‘a love affair with God’

When Cynthia Brown of Our Lady of Hope Parish decided to reengage her Catholic faith in memory of her father, she hit the ground running. She leads so many Catholic initiatives, she was awarded a special medal.

Twin sisters heard God’s call and entered religious life together

Sister Regina Christine O’Brien, I.H.M., and Sister Regina Anita O’Brien, I.H.M., are celebrating their more than 60 years ministering in the archdiocese. They even taught first grade at the same school, with more than 80 children in each class.

Lay woman heads the Philos for first time in 167-year history

Theresa Flanagan Murtaugh recently became the 77th president of the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute. The Delaware County attorney, wife, mother of three and active parishioner is working to "make our area a better place."

Sister lives her twin vocations as nun and doctor at Temple Hospital

The long journey of native Philadelphian Sister Jocelyn Edathil is unusual in that she is the first woman religious of the Syro-Malankara Catholic rite born in North America, and she is a doctor serving at a secular hospital.

Father, husband, leader: A Catholic layman for today

Dan Milani of SS. Simon and Jude Parish in West Chester is a director of faith formation, personifying the active layman in the Catholic Church. He considers it "a privilege to be on the front seat of God’s work.”

Phila.’s new D.A. relies on Catholic education to serve, not to judge

Kelley B. Hodge, who takes over the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office from her disgraced predecessor, is an active member of St. Raymond Parish. She has worked as a defense attorney and a prosecutor.