By Christie L. Chicoine
CS&T staff writer
For the past 14 years, Bishop-Elect Senior has served as chaplain and as a priest in residence for developmentally disabled women at spanine Providence Village in Springfield, Delaware County, a residential facility of Catholic Social Services.
“All of us are delighted here that he has made bishop,” said Rosemary Bellenghi, administrator of spanine Providence Village. “It’s a great day for the Archdiocese. He’s well-deserving.”
Bishop-elect Senior regularly celebrates Mass for the residents at 10 a.m. on Sunday. There, some of the residents assist him as altar servers.
His homilies include a back-and-forth dialogue with the congregation. “He doesn’t speak down to them, but he is able to communicate with them in a way that they can understand,” said St. Joseph Sister Mary Veasy, the pastoral associate at spanine Providence Village.
That is just one of many ways Bishop-elect Senior bestows respect upon the residents, said Sister Veasy.
Bishop-elect Senior also takes the time to visit the residents when they fall ill and are hospitalized. “He has also been there when we needed him to anoint someone,” Sister Veasy said.
“He is always present to them,” she said, adding, the residents “just love him.”
Sister Veasy said it is evident Bishop-elect Senior loves his priesthood. “He is a very humble, spiritual man.”
CS&T Staff Writer Christie L. Chicoine may be reached at (215) 587-2468 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a time to build, CatholicPhilly.com connects people and communities
As society emerges from the loss and separation of the pandemic, CatholicPhilly.com works to strengthen the connections between people, families and communities every day by delivering the news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live.
By your donation in any amount, you join in our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103