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Altar server sees dream realized

By Christie L. ChicoineCS&T Staff Writer PHILADELPHIA – Thirteen-year-old George Paul “G.P.” Harmansky has always had an aspiration – to be an altar server at a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. The parishioner of St. Aloysius in Pottstown fulfilled that aspiration Sunday, Feb. 22, as he assisted at […]

Teacher gives 40 years to school she loves

By Christie L. ChicoineCS&T Staff Writer HATBORO – When Mary Anne Henry reported to the third grade class of St. John Bosco School for her first teaching assignment 40 years ago, she played the part of confident teacher. “I remember walking down the hallway – I had my pink sleeveless dress on, and I thought […]

Passion for justice drives local lawyer

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Names can be deceiving. Robert S. Nix has no northern European ancestry that he is aware of. His family is solidly of Mexican heritage and he is Mexican-American, born in Austin, Texas, with roots in the border town of Laredo. His family came east when his dad enrolled at […]

Producer celebrates 1,000th televised Mass

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T One thousand Masses and counting. On Dec. 28, the Feast of the Holy Child, early risers who tuned in WPVI Channel 6 would have seen Cardinal Justin Rigali celebrating Sunday morning Mass. The Mass, produced by the archdiocesan Office for Communications, has been a public service tradition at Channel […]

Sister touches lives through religious ed

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Rose Caritas, Director of Religious Education at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Strafford, isn’t the sort of person who would go out of her way to seek honors. She, along with Linda Stewart of St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish, Yardley, received the Elizabeth […]

Scout’s service project helps many

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Seventy-six units is a lot of blood. That’s how much was collected for the American Red Cross on Dec. 30 at Presentation B.V.M. in Cheltenham. The blood drive was organized by Northeast Catholic High School freshman Howard Stickley. The funny thing is, at 14, he is two years under […]

Knocking on every door to evangelize

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T DOWNINGTOWN – Talk about a busman’s holiday. Nancy Sanchez, who is director of Religious Education at St. Hugh of Cluny Parish in Philadelphia, is part of a neighborhood visitation committee in her home parish, St. Joseph, Downingtown. It started five or six years ago when Bishop Joseph McFadden was […]

Helping others to hear God’s call

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T The best promoters of vocations to the priesthood aren’t mothers or fathers or teachers, but priests themselves. They can be the positive role models for the men who are considering the most important decision in their entire life. Almost as critical, because they’ve been through the discernment process, priests […]

Working to feed the hungry

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Hunger is a constant issue in society. No matter how good times are, there are always those poor souls who fall through the cracks and their needs must be met. In times like these when money is tight, ministry to the poor must be redoubled. In the […]

The joy of serving the poor, the parish

By Nadia Maria SmithCS&T Staff Writer Anthony Willoughby, a recent Catholic convert and the Food Services manager at St. John’s Hospice in Philadelphia, says he loves his job because it gives him the opportunity to live out his Catholic faith every day. Willoughby came to St. John’s Hospice in 2002 from a background in corporate […]