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Pastor of St. John the Evangelist: Parish has history of outreach to the poor

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – When Capuchin Franciscan Father Frank Yacobi arrived at St. John the Evangelist Parish on south 13th street five years ago, he found himself pastor of one of Philadelphia’s most dynamic faith communities. As he quotes one of his confreres, Brother James, “You can find many things here. […]

Supporting vocations through work with Serra Club

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Religious vocations are crucial, and Dawn Renee Chism, a lawyer and assistant general counsel with the Philadelphia School District, knows it well. “Promoting vocations for priests and nuns is important because they are at the foundation of the Church,” she said. That’s why she is a member […]

Holy Trinity to close, St. Justin Martyr to merge

By Christie L. ChicoineCS&T Staff Writer Holy Trinity Parish, a German personal parish in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia, is closing, but the church will remain open as a worship site of Old St. Mary’s Parish, which is two blocks away. In Montgomery County, St. Justin Martyr Parish in Narberth is merging with St. […]

A father’s father

Updated Web Version By Christie L. ChicoineCS&T staff writer FAIRLESS HILLS – The private Mass Father Brian Kean celebrated for his parents on Father’s Day last year was one of the best presents the then-newly ordained priest has ever bestowed upon his father Bruce. “To see our son in that role as a priest – […]

‘Bulletin’ publisher says faith aided venture

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T It’s been a tough year for the newspaper business with bankruptcies left and right. On June 1, Tom Rice regretfully announced the Philadelphia Bulletin, the family-oriented daily he founded 4 and a half years ago, would cease publication immediately. The numbers, in terms of subscriptions and ad sales were […]

New priest formed by a new life in Phila.

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Duc Nguyen, a 1988 graduate of Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, was ordained priest after a May 30 ceremony at Kansas City, Missouri’s Immaculate Conception Cathedral. It’s been a long journey. It started in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam, continued in Malaysia, then in suburban Philadelphia […]

70 years ordained and still going strong

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T You might say Cardinal Dennis Dougherty was looking at a full deck in his cathedral on June 3, 1939. Fifty-two young men were presenting themselves for ordination. Time has taken its toll; now there is only one left, but he’s an ace. At age 95 and 70 years ordained, […]

Teacher tallies 3,200 students over 28 years

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T WEST CHESTER – When Margaret Kennedy retires from teaching at SS. Simon and Jude School in West Chester next month, she will be closing out a 48-year association with the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Born Margaret Muth and growing up in a family of seven […]

St. Isidore parishioner helps spread Hispanic devotion to Church

By JIM GAUGERSpecial to The CS&T Quakertown – Joselito Gonzalez is a project scientist at Merck and Co. in West Point. “I am basically a chemist,” he explained. “Our group supports chemical laboratories around the world, especially project investigation in Latin America.” Gonzalez, who was born in Puerto Rico, obtained his degree in chemistry at […]

Promoting self-awareness, leadership in girls

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA GRANT – Honor Blackburn loves working with kids, and that’s a good thing. Running a Catholic Social Service (CSS)-sponsored Beacon Program after school at St. Martin de Porres Interparochial School in Germantown requires empathy with young people. “I feel like it is family there, and I want to […]