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Injection of new pastor’s energy revives St. Ambrose Parish

The lower Northeast Philadelphia parish along Roosevelt Boulevard was rumored to close. But Father Charles Ravert arrived in July 2020 with a strong dose of enthusiasm, and the parish has begun growing again. Even though he had to sleep on a classroom floor.

Archdiocesan agencies send relief to Louisiana victims of Ida

Broad Street lends a helping hand to the bayou, as Catholic Social Services and Nutritional Development Services ship desperately needed food and clothing to the first state ravaged by the category 4 hurricane last month.

Alum donates $50K to Delco parish school that helped him succeed in business, faith

Financial planner William Mullin and his wife Colleen presented a check to St. Laurence Parish School in Upper Darby Sept. 16, as part of a "100% investment" in Catholic education.

Yom Kippur prompts all to examine conscience, love neighbor, says local Catholic scholar

The Jewish Day of Atonement, celebrated Sept. 16 this year, can remind people of all faiths that “humanity has a collective responsibility for each other,” said Professor Philip Cunningham of Saint Joseph’s University.

Homeless ministry looks to ‘Boot Up Philly,’ inspired by local saint

St. John's Hospice in Philadelphia has launched a new campaign to provide urgently needed footwear for the hundreds of men it serves every day -- an effort that would make St. John Neumann proud.

Immaculata offers Conwell-Egan students dual enrollment courses

The agreement between the Catholic university and the archdiocesan high school signed Sept. 8 also calls for an Academic and Career Academy allowing the students to explore four options for future careers in each of their high school years.

Donation drive for Haiti sign of ‘love, solidarity,’ says local priest

Oblate Father Eugène Almonor, a native of Haiti, said it was "wonderful to see" area faithful open their hearts and hands to support those devastated by an Aug. 14 earthquake that rocked the Caribbean nation.

AbbeyFest ready to put on a show for thousands

Now in its seventh year, the popular Catholic music festival with fun activities for kids, young adults and families is set for this Saturday, Sept. 18 at Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, headlined by Matt Maher with Archbishop Nelson Pérez celebrating Mass.

Blue Mass honors heroes of 9/11, calls all to bring Christ to the world

On the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, St. Anastasia Parish in Newtown Square celebrated a liturgy for first responders, who lift up hope and courage over fear.

Schools, parishes mark 9/11 anniversary with prayer and reflection

Rosaries, flag foldings and Masses are among the many ways faithful are honoring those who perished in the terrorist attacks 20 years ago, while remembering that "fear is the opposite of hope."