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Spouses love as Christ loves, Archbishop says at wedding anniversary Mass

The Mass celebrated on the evening of May 4 by Archbishop Charles Chaput for couples celebrating their 25th or 50th anniversaries of married life or even more, was in keeping with a Philadelphia custom dating back for more than 30 years. “We Catholics say that marriage is a sacrament," he said. "What that means is your marriage in the Catholic Church is a sign to the rest of us, to the world, what God’s love for us is like."

Philadelphia Mass for Bishop McFadden set for his birthday

Catholics in the Philadelphia Archdiocese will have an opportunity to pray together for Bishop Joseph P. McFadden, who died May 2. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on what would have been his 66th birthday, May 22, at 7 p.m. in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia. All are welcome to participate. […]

Four days of funeral rites for Bishop McFadden set in Harrisburg

The Diocese of Harrisburg announces the following funeral arrangements for Bishop Joseph P. McFadden. All liturgies are open to the public. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Holy Name of Jesus Church, 6150 Allentown Blvd., Harrisburg, Pa., on Wednesday, May 8.

Friends remember Bishop McFadden as ‘kind of priest every priest should be’

Bishop Joseph P. McFadden will be mourned in Harrisburg, the diocese he led for almost three years. He will also certainly be mourned in Philadelphia, the archdiocese where he spent the first 63 years of his life. Joe McFadden didn’t enter the seminary straight from St. Thomas More High; instead he earned his degree at […]

In his final moments, Bishop McFadden graced by sacrament, recalled people of diocese

Death came swiftly and silently for Bishop Joseph P. McFadden on the early morning of May 2, but it did not catch him spiritually unawares. "Would you please give me absolution?” the bishop asked a priest friend in his car as they drove to the hospital. “He’s a Godly man and he wants the sacraments of the Church,” Msgr. Joseph Garvin thought. He said the prayer of absolution and made the sign of the cross. Bishop McFadden blessed himself. Very shortly after, the bishop slumped over.

Bishop Joseph McFadden of Harrisburg, Philadelphia native, dies suddenly at 65

UPDATED -- Bishop Joseph P. McFadden, a Philadelphia native and the bishop of Harrisburg, Pa., died suddenly in his hometown Thursday morning, May 2. Friends and associates of Bishop McFadden reflected on the man they knew and loved.

Looking back on the full life of Bishop McFadden

(The following biography of Bishop Joseph McFadden was originally published Aug. 19, 2010 in The Catholic Standard and Times, the former newspaper of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.) Coincidences? Call it the plan of God; almost everything happens for a purpose. This should be perfectly clear to Bishop Joseph P. McFadden as he leaves Philadelphia to […]

Archbishop Chaput shocked, deeply saddened by Bishop McFadden’s death

Statement of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., on the death of Harrisburg Bishop Joseph P. McFadden:  I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Bishop Joseph McFadden of the Diocese of Harrisburg. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to be with him over the last few days at the Annual Spring Meeting of the Pennsylvania Bishops and spend time in conversation with him.

Helen Alvare to speak on women, religious freedom in Year of Faith talk

Is the freedom of women and freedom of religion a matter of clash or collaboration? Helen Alvare will argue they are not mutually exclusive concepts and are more relevant than ever, during a talk Tuesday, May 14 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary’s Vianney Hall, Wynnewood.

Catholic students raise a lot more than nickels for special ed brothers and sisters

It’s never too early to teach children the importance of giving to others. Students across the Archdiocese learned this valuable lesson recently through the Catholic Students for Catholic Charities fundraising program. Catholic elementary schools and high schools in the Archdiocese raised $24,201 in support of the archdiocesan Schools of Special Education.