Profile

Devotion to Mary leads to consecration, and now to priesthood

Once Rev. Mr. Addisalem Mekonnen made a personal consecration to Jesus through Mary, he began to hear the call to become a priest. That will happen this Saturday, May 16.

Language of love keeps family close, half a world apart

Given a chance, a deaf boy from Indonesia began to flourish in Philadelphia. The latest in CatholicPhilly.com's Faithful Families series reveals the opportunity and the perils of immigration, and one family's determination.

A leap worth taking: Deacon recalls journey to priesthood

Fourteen years ago at Penn State, Deacon Steve Kiernan couldn't imagine living in Philadelphia -- let alone being ordained a priest for the archdiocese this Saturday.

Former sportswriter follows God’s call to the priesthood

After covering the Philadelphia Eagles then advising clergy on communications, soon-to-be Father Kevin Mulligan heard God's call for him later in life, and responded. See the next in our series on the men to be ordained priests May 16.

Msgr. Joseph Prior celebrates 25 years of preaching, teaching the Gospel

The CatholicPhilly.com columnist, Scripture scholar and parish pastor marks his silver jubilee this year. He's hopeful more men will respond to God's call to priesthood. Pray for all the priest jubilarians celebrating their anniversaries -- see our list here.

‘Father’ comes home to Philadelphia

Forty years after leaving the Philadelphia Archdiocese, husband, father and career Navy pilot Deacon Jim Cardosi returns to be ordained a priest May 16. See the next in our series on the seven men to be ordained priests May 16.

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.