Profile

A winding road leading to the altar

Deacon Daniel Arechabala was drawn even at age 5 to the priesthood. As he prepares for ordination, he reflects on his relationships and how he always knew God was calling him to be a priest. See the first in our series of profiles of the seven men to be ordained priests for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on May 16.

Three generations share food and faith under one roof

God and good Italian food sustain the Bernaudo-DeLuca family of Philadelphia's Holy Innocents Parish, especially when family life gets a little too close for comfort.

In taking up their cross, a family shows gifts from God

The Neill family, who serve in many ways at St. Peter Parish in West Brandywine, includes two disabled sons. Parishioners are surprised by the boys’ musical abilities, among other blessings.

St. Katharine award recipient’s rich life has enriched others

After careers as a bullfighter and flight attendant, Carmen Bermudez now runs a successful investment firm. And she gives back: “When you get to the top you have to send the elevator down for others,” she said.

Doctor relies on God to witness for sanctity of life

Dr. Monique Ruberu wanted to do more to protect human life after attending a prayer vigil at a center city Philadelphia abortion clinic in February 2014, so she started the 40 Days for Life campaign there.

The good life starts with commitment

Mike and Christa Speranza used to attend Mass by force of habit. But after they married and started a family, they resolved to pray together, make sacrifices and model a happy marriage for their six children.

Growing the faith and selling all the tea in China

Temple University professor and devout Catholic John Smagula sees "the hand of God" in his travels to China, where he helps poor Catholic farmers market their tea to make money and to evangelize.

Special parents see the blessings of raising special twins

The Schueller family of Warrington faces the hard work presented by the special needs of their children. Parents Tom and Lorraine don’t focus on the challenges, because with any family, there are always challenges.

Insider writes the book on healthy marriage and family

Christopher Roberts is one of the lead authors of the catechesis for the World Meeting of Families used by parishes and families. He and his wife are Ph.D. theologians, but they're really offering church teaching on family life from their lived experience.

Pregnant at 16, Anne chose adoption for her baby

After marrying and raising three sons, Anne Hinnegan now tells the story of her own teenage crisis, the loving support her parents gave and the choice she made for the life of a daughter she has never met.