Commentaries

Catholics Put ‘Laudato Si’ into Action by Lobbying for Environmental Justice

Barbara Sheehan, a member Our Mother of Consolation Parish's Laudato Si’ Circle, reflects on a recent day of lobbying in Harrisburg working for environmental justice.

Martha’s Community Farm: Finding God in the Dirt

Soil offers us perhaps, the most perfect analogy for our pursuit of communion with God and neighbor, says Patrick Walsh, Director of Programs at Martha’s Choice Marketplace and Community Farm and a participating institution with EcoPhilly.

New Encounters Ministry Helps Parishes Respond to Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter on Racism

Since launching in 2020, New Encounters: Catholics Confronting Racism has been regularly active throughout the archdiocese.

Jubilee Celebration: Fr. Rayford Emmons – 50 Years as a Philly Priest!

Fr. Rayford Emmons, Parochial Vicar of Holy Cross Parish in Mt. Airy, is celebrating 50 years as the first Black Catholic ordained priest ordained for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

What is Beautiful? A Tribute to Rev. Martin T. Cioppi (September 28, 1956 – June 26, 2023)

Rev. Fidelis A. Olokunboro, resident priest at Mother of Divine Providence in King of Prussia, offers a reflection on the late Fr. Martin Cioppi who passed away June 26, 2023.

A Pillar of Fatherly Love in Our Midst

Sarah Hanley of the Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia reflects on the life of former CFGP Chief Financial Officer, Vincent dePaul Zeller, who "stands out as a true model of faith-filled servant leadership."

Lift High the Cross

Former CBS3 anchorwoman Pat Ciarrocchi reflects on the moving of Philadelphia’s 1979 Papal Mass Cross from St. Charles Seminary.

Supporting Women in the Journey of Motherhood

"With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I’ve been reflecting on the incredible joys, privileges, and sacrifices that come with being a mother," writes Sarah O. Hanley of the Catholic Foundation.

Securing Our Catholic Faith Through Planned Giving

Planned gifts are often simple to complete yet have a tremendous impact on the future of our Catholic community says Garrett Owen of the Catholic Foundation.

Integrating Care for Creation and Care for the Poor

Bill Stigliani, Chair of the Care for Creation Committee at Old St. Joseph’s Parish in Philadelphia, talks about how we can respond to the cry of both the Earth and those in need.