Photo features

The wartime parish — scenes from a Philadelphia priest chaplain in Afghanistan

Starting last April, Father Stephen McDermott, a Philadelphia priest and U.S. Army chaplain, spent a year ministering to the service personnel and civilians in Afghanistan. The priest was recently awarded the Army's Bronze Star Medal for his ministry. Our photo gallery shows scenes from what he considers his far-flung parish. See our full story.

Blessed Virgin Mary Parish celebrates 100th Anniversary

Blessed Virgin Mary, Darby, where Archbishop Charles Chaput celebrated a 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, April 14, is diverse — it always was and probably always will be.

Charismatic Renewal at St. Mary Magdalen Parish

The annual Catholic Charismatic Conference, “The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength,” was celebrated April 6 at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Media, where approximately 400 joyful Catholic Charismatics converged. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season

The summit of the Church's liturgical year is the Easter Triduum — from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. The following photos by staff photographer Sarah Webb capture the liturgies of the Triduum this year in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Stations of the Cross: A meditation in glass

The Stations of the Cross began as the practice of pious pilgrims to Jerusalem who would retrace the final journey of Jesus Christ to Calvary. Later, for the many who wanted to pass along the same route, but could not make the trip to Jerusalem, a practice developed that eventually took the form of the 14 stations currently found in almost every Catholic church in the world. The images of this popular devotion shown here with quotations from Scripture, are from St. Anne Church in Philadelphia. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

Mass for Persons with Disabilities

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput celebrated Mass for persons with disabilities Saturday, March 23 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia. Persons with various types of mental or physical disabilities were represented in various roles through the Mass. After the Mass special awards were given to groups active in ministries to persons with disabilities.

Pope Francis’ first week in his new ministry

Pope Francis was elected the 266th Supreme Pontiff March 13. Our photo gallery with Catholic News Service shows his first week was a whirlwind of activity greeting ordinary people and dignitaries, and praying with thousands. Click on each photo to see a larger version.

Cultures in Archdiocese celebrated with Mass at Cathedral

This year’s Cultural Heritage Mass, held March 16 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul with Archbishop Charles J. Chaput as the principal celebrant, featured groups representing approximately 20 different nationalities. Many of the participants, dressed in native attire, marched proudly behind their country’s banner in the opening procession.

St Patrick Observance

The theme of this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade was the Philadelphia Irish Memorial: A Decade of Remembrance. The day began at St. Patrick Church in Philadelphia for the 9:30 a.m. Mass celebrated by Archbishop Charles Chaput. A crowd then gathered at 16th Street for the parade route down Benjamin Franklin Parkway where the streets were lined with celebrating onlookers.

Generation Phaith youth conference

Approximately 200 teens and their adult chaperons enjoyed a day of exploring the Catholic faith, and having fun too, March 3 at Archbishop Carroll High School, Radnor. Formerly the archdiocesan Teen Convocation, the event was renamed Generation Phaith this year. The day included workshops, prayer, music and games. The day ended with Mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas and the homily preached by Father Daniel Kredensor, a teacher at Carroll High School.