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All Saints, St. John Cantius parishes to merge in Philadelphia

Two parishes in the Bridesburg section of Northeast Philadelphia will merge beginning July 1, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday, May 26. All Saints Parish and St. John Cantius Parish will merge to become a new parish at the site of St. John Cantius, with All Saints Church remaining “a worship site for the time being,” according to a statement by the archdiocese.

Priest suspended on 40-year-old allegation of sexual abuse

Father James J. Collins, 74, has been suspended from ministry following an allegation that he sexually abused a minor over 40 years ago. No other such allegation has been received against him. Archbishop Charles Chaput placed the priest on administrative leave Sunday, May 26, the Archdiocese announced in a statement. The decision is not connected to the cases of priests placed on administrative leave following the February 2011 Philadelphia grand jury report on sexual abuse of minors by clergy.

Rosary gave courage to soldier who recalls one of WWII’s last European battles

As a nation we’ve fought many wars, some necessary, others questionable. Very few people would deny that World War II, which was the deadliest war in human history, was truly necessary. Decency and civilization itself were in the balance. Most of the men and women who served and survived are now dead and gone, but their stories need to be remembered on Memorial Day -- stories like those of Norbert McGettigan, still going strong at 88.

Old St. Mary Parish at 250 years: Older than the diocese, and U.S.

Parish anniversaries are always worth celebrating. A 250th anniversary is awesome -- think about it, that’s older than the United States itself. Old St. Mary’s in Philadelphia, where Archbishop Chaput will celebrate a quarter millennium anniversary Mass on May 26, traces back to 1763. St. Mary Chapel, established by Jesuit Father Robert Harding, was really an offshoot of Old St. Joseph’s which was established in 1733.

At memorial Mass on his birthday, Bishop McFadden remembered in Cathedral he loved

That a recently deceased bishop of another diocese, but originally from Philadelphia, should have a Memorial Mass celebrated in his home town is not unusual. What was unusual at the memorial Mass celebrated by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul for Harrisburg Bishop Joseph P. McFadden was the size of the congregation: the Cathedral was full to its 1,500 seating capacity.

Archdiocese names Syracuse man new secretary for Catholic education

The superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Syracuse has been named the new secretary for Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and chief operating officer for Faith in the Future Foundation, the archdiocese announced May 23. Christopher Mominey, a former Catholic high school principal and author of two books on education, will assume his new position July 1. He succeeds Richard V. McCarron, the long-time education secretary who retired early this year.

Temple-West’s legacy of feeding the hungry honored in new scholarship

Patrick Temple-West, the late founding director of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Nutritional Development Services, was recognized May 15 by the establishment of a permanent scholarship in his name by St. Joseph’s University’s Academy of Food Marketing.

Pastor known for parish, family ministry marks 50 years of ‘very rewarding’ priesthood

Msgr. Charles McGroarty is celebrating 50 years as a priest. His prior experience working with lay people in previous assignments has served him well as a pastor in a parish, St. Matthew's in Philadelphia, that still has one of the largest elementary schools in the Archdiocese. He believes there is too much emphasis placed on negative aspects rather than the positive accomplishments of the Church that are all around us. “The challenge of a pastor is to meet the needs of present-day Catholics,” he said. “We should publicize the good things that are being done, not putting our light under a basket.”

Newly ordained priests receive parish assignments

Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia, announces the following appointments effective June 17, 2013: NEWLY ORDAINED Reverend Sean A. Loomis, to Parochial Vicar, St. Bede the Venerable Parish, Holland Reverend John P. Stokely, to Parochial Vicar, St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Warrington Reverend Thomas A. Viviano, to Parochial Vicar, Holy Innocents Parish, […]

Major grant aims to help Catholic high schools boost enrollment

This week the Faith in the Future Foundation received a big boost in its mission to run the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s 17 Catholic high schools and four schools of special education with a $600,000 grant from the Philadelphia Schools Partnership.