In a new podcast series from Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, we hear the stories of those who pass on the flame of faith and mission to the next generation.
Sister Bernardine Schmalhofer, MSBT and Deacon Anthony Willoughby are old friends whose paths have crossed many times in the decades they have spent assisting marginalized children and adults.
As Sister Bernardine approached her 100th birthday, she knew she needed to find someone to take her place as a spiritual director to the at-risk youth of the St. Francis-St. Joseph Homes for Children. Located in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, the homes — an outreach of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Catholic Social Services — provide a range of educational and social support to children often overlooked by other agencies.
Sister Bernadine’s prayers were answered when Deacon Anthony stepped forward to take hold of her torch and keep the flame burning.
Join the CatholicPhilly.com family
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 and hundreds of other people become part of 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 and sustain CatholicPhilly.com as your trusted news source. Thank you in advance!
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103