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Changes to Clergy Office, new committee, offer priests more support

A new vicar and assistant vicar for clergy, plus the newly formed Committee for Priestly Life and Ministry, will allow the Philadelphia Archdiocese to care for active and retired priests, Archbishop Perez announced May 7.

Decades of marriage honored at wedding anniversary Mass

Some 120 couples gathered for a May 1 liturgy celebrated by Archbishop Nelson Pérez, who said "a connection with Christ was essential” to living out the sacrament of matrimony amid "ups and downs."

Transitional deacons to be ordained for Philadelphia this Saturday

Archbishop Nelson Perez will ordain six deacons for the archdiocese and three for other dioceses at the cathedral May 8. All are invited to participate prayerfully via livestream.

Homelessness ministry ‘the very visible face of God,’ says archbishop

During a recent visit, Archbishop Nelson Pérez thanked staff and volunteers at St. John's Hospice in Philadelphia for bringing "incredible" help and hope to those struggling to find permanent housing.

New saint a ‘great blessing’ for persons with disabilities, say local advocates

The recent canonization of Margaret of Castello, who suffered visual and physical impairments, shows "God can do great things for us and through us when we keep our hearts fully open to him," say pastoral and educational leaders.

Mother’s Day retreat gives women with infertility sense of ‘belonging’

Catholic ministry Springs in the Desert will host a free series of live and pre-recorded sessions May 7-9, offering a renewed sense of inclusion in marriage, community and Christ.

Persons with disabilities lead us to do ‘our very best,’ says archbishop

Those with physical, intellectual and behavioral challenges inspire everyone to deepen their love for God and others, said Archbishop Nelson Pérez at a liturgy celebrating disability inclusion.

Worlds of difference, but one faith, one family at annual gathering

The annual Cultural Heritage Mass, celebrated April 24 by Archbishop Nelson Pérez, drew participants representing nations across the globe, with all finding a home in the Catholic Church.

Local priest condemns arrest of Christian nurses in Pakistan

A survivor of persecution himself, Father Tariq Isaac is rallying support for two women accused of blasphemy against Islam, and for thousands like them who receive "no mercy" under the South Asian nation's repressive system.

Thousands of free meals later, agency still fights pandemic-related hunger

Archdiocesan Nutritional Development Services and a dedicated group of volunteers just wrapped their tenth food giveaway since October, and they're ready for more as the need continues.