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What Mom’s love can do

One woman’s compassion to help her lonely and underfed elderly neighbors became the driving force behind Aid For Friends 40 years ago. Today the Schiavone family keeps her mission going strong by providing 460,000 free meals, and company, each year to old and sick people.

Adopting an attitude for life

In the first of CatholicPhilly.com’s series “Faithful Families,” examining Catholic families in the preparatory time before the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, meet two Montgomery County couples who between them have adopted seven children. The two moms also teach young people the value of adoption as a choice for life.

He’s living with epilepsy, and on a mission

Dan Dougherty of St. Luke Parish in Glenside lives a full, active life as he works through the difficulties of epilepsy and other challenges that help him see God’s plan for his life.

Serving up the Gospel at home and abroad

Tim Masterson loves his job bartending in Media, but his true vocation is using his spare time to help people in the poorest parts of the world. At his own expense he goes from B.V.M. Parish in Darby to Southeast Asia and Latin America, bringing his Catholic faith and his generosity.

Some seeds take time to cultivate

Deacon Michael Pascarella, who has been named to lead the permanent diaconate ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, hesitated when he heard God’s call to ordained ministry as a child, as a young man, and as a family man. Then he answered, and by grace, his life and ministry are full.

Menna helping children to fall in love with Jesus

As the new head of the Philadelphia Archdiocese’s Office of Catechetical Formation, Ann Menna works enthusiastically with parishes to find new and exciting ways to make the Catholic faith attractive to young people.

Speaking of sex, he takes the ‘beautiful approach’

Damon Owens’ life experience with Natural Family Planning and Theology of the Body make the businessman, husband and father of eight well positioned to speak about sexuality and Catholic teaching.

Artist views painting as sacramental, studio as a cloister

Kennett Square artist Neilson Carlin, a husband, father and Catholic convert, reflects on his art, his faith and his latest commission: a painting for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

A Philly guy through and through, this judge keeps Catholic principles at his core

Federal Judge Jerry McHugh never moved from his childhood neighborhood in St. Francis de Sales Parish, West Philadelphia. He also has never wavered from his conviction to help ex-cons and the poor.

New leader of global Christian Brothers is native Philadelphian

Brother Robert Schieler, F.S.C., grew up in West Philadelphia and taught in schools in the archdiocese before his election last month as the superior general of the order of religious men founded by St. John Baptist de La Salle.