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Teen’s service earns national honor

By Nadia Maria SmithCS&T Staff Writer WEST GROVE – Eighth-grader Ryan Wiesenberg of Assumption B.V.M. School in West Grove knows a thing or two about service. Ryan was recently awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award – a national award that recognizes and honors Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage […]

Parade director proud of faith, Irish heritage

By Sister Kathleen Leary, S.S.J.Special to The CS&T BROOMALL – Michael Bradley, director and past president of the St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association, is proud of the theme of this year’s parade: “St. Patrick, lead us to Peace and Prosperity.” “The marchers and floats will be honoring our fallen police and all those struggling in […]

Faith renewed at Temple

By Nadia Maria SmithCS&T Staff Writer There are a number of outstanding Catholic student leaders at Temple University, and one of those is 21-year-old Alexander Gibbs, according to Temple’s Newman Center chaplain Father Shaun Mahoney. A senior, Gibbs has served as the spiritual coordinator at the Newman Center for the past two years. He is […]

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 […]