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Hidden heroes commended with papal honors

Working in fields as diverse as temporal services, child protection, archive management and deaf ministry, 40 women and men were recognized for their faithful service to the church at a Sept. 5 prayer service.

Back to school at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary

The seminary community welcomed new seminarians Aug. 20 and returning students joined the faculty and administration for a special Mass to begin the new academic year Aug. 28.

Italian-American faithful honor Mary in venerable tradition

A feast in honor of Mary was celebrated with a Mass, street procession and festival Aug. 18 in Norristown for the 115th year, recalling the devotion of their 16th century Sicilian forbears and 20th century immigrant families.

Across the Aisles: Sinulog at St. Augustine

Hundreds of Catholics gathered for a devotion dear to Filipino-Americans on Aug. 18 at St. Augustine Church in Philadelphia to celebrate the Señor Santo Niño de Cebú, the Holy Child Jesus.

Across the Aisles: Poor Clare Sisters honor patron saint

The Poor Clares of the Franciscan Monastery of St. Clare in Langhorne dedicated a period of three days of prayer in honor of St. Clare, the 12th century saint from Assisi, Aug. 8 to 10.

Pilgrimage in pictures: Our Lady of Czestochowa

Prior to the feast of the Assumption, hundreds walked from Philadelphia to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, joining more than 3,000 fellow pilgrims from New Jersey. Now in its 18th year, the three-day trek is a beloved, prayerful tradition.

Biking for Vocations: Scenes from the road, in the churches

A group of seminarians completed their 150-mile tour this week through several suburban counties with stops at nine parishes in the archdiocese, all to promote vocations awareness.

Archbishop Chaput visits St. Mary’s, prays at Latin Mass

Archbishop Charles Chaput traveled to Conshohocken and St. Mary Quasi-Parish to confirm several young people Aug. 11. He presided during the celebration of Mass in the Extraordinary Form in Latin.

Across the Aisles: St. Katharine Drexel’s first anniversary at the Cathedral

The sacred remains of the beloved Philadelphia saint were transferred to the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul last summer. On Aug. 2, worshipers gathered to mark the occasion with a memorial Mass, recalling the former heiress's "prophetic witness" to the Gospel.

Biking for Vocations begins opening stage of parish tour

The vocations awareness event began Aug. 8 at St. Charles Seminary as eight seminarians and a support crew began their 150-mile cycling tour of nine parishes including the first, St. Maximilian Kolbe in West Chester.