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Doors open to Life Center at St John Neumann Parish in Bryn Mawr

Archbishop Charles Chaput blessed the new Life Center at St John Neumann Parish in Bryn Mawr, Delaware County on Monday, June 3. The new 14,000 square foot building combines an activity center with a multipurpose room, athletic facility and a school addition that will serve all parishioners.

Two parishes join for Corpus Christi procession in Bucks County

In celebration of the feast of Corpus Christi, St. Ignatius Loyola and St. John the Evangelist parishioners joined together Sunday, June 2 for the second annual Walk with Jesus between the two parishes. The three-mile Eucharistic procession began with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Ignatius Church in Yardley, and continued to St. John the Evangelist Church in Lower Makefield, where benediction took place.

Permanent deacons ordained at Cathedral

Archbishop Charles Chaput ordained 15 men of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to the permanent diaconate on Saturday, June 1 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.

Old St. Mary’s celebrates 250th parish anniversary

Old St. Mary's Parish in Philadelphia concluded its 250th anniversary by welcoming Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, who along with Msgr. Paul A. DiGirolamo, pastor, celebrated Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 26 at the church located at 252 South 4th Street in Philadelphia.

Three new priests ordained for Archdiocese

Archbishop Charles Chaput ordained Sean Loomis, John Stokely and Thomas Viviano to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Saturday, May 18 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.

Six men ordained transitional deacons

Archbishop Charles Chaput ordained six new transitional deacons on Saturday, May 11 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. The deacons will serve in a parish during the next year prior to their expected ordination as priests in May 2014.

New rosary garden at Our Lady of the Assumption blessed by Archbishop

Archbishop Charles Chaput visited Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Strafford, Chester County, on Sunday May 5.  After celebrating the 11:30 a.m. Mass in the church, the archbishop led the congregation outside to the new rosary garden and blessed it. Afterward Msgr. Joseph Marino, pastor, led the people in praying the rosary. Parishioners stood on stones representing each bead as they prayed along. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

Bishop Joseph McFadden: A life of service to the Church

Bishop Joseph McFadden, who died May 2 in Philadelphia, served the Archdiocese of Philadelphia first as a priest after his ordination in 1981, and then as a bishop after ordination to the episcopate in 2004. Photos by Sarah Webb and others show his loving service, prayerfulness and friendliness throughout his 65 years.

Rite of Institution to the Ministry of Lector

Six seminarians from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, along with eight men from the dioceses of Allentown, Harrisburg, Raleigh and Trenton, were instituted in the ministry of lector on Saturday, April 27 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

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.