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Hallahan student earns praise as a ‘Good Samaritan’

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Things happen in Philadelphia’s Kensington area. Sometimes it is good things, sometimes it is bad things. Passersby tend to just look straight ahead and keep walking. Good Samaritans aren’t easy to find. That’s not the case with Tyeriah Smith, a junior at John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ […]

What better boss than Jesus?

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Sister Rachel Torrieri, a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the past 70 years, directs parish outreach to Hispanics at St. William Parish in Northeast Philadelphia. Not bad for a woman who just turned 90. “I know I can’t do this […]

Renowned Catholic doctor retires

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Forty-eight years is a long career in almost any profession. Dr. John Lane, who has been practicing family medicine in Lower Bucks County for most of that time, officially retired Sept. 30. “Medicine is a noble profession. You are dealing with human life, which is so sacred,” Lane said. […]

Witness to the pro-life cause

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Howard Walton is a foot soldier.He’s been one most of his life and that’s all he wants to be. The funny thing is, at 75, he’s one of the few men of his generation never to get that “Greetings from the President” letter telling him he was in the […]

In every season, ‘to love and cherish’

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T “…In sickness and in health, to love and to cherish until death do us part.” For those who take their marriage vows seriously, this isn’t a quaint phrase in a ritual, it is a commitment for life, no matter what. John and Nancy Pizzi of St. Bede Parish, Holland, […]

Newman Club led to call to service

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Sister Karen Owens, a Sister of St. Joseph who was recently named director of the Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center in Kensington’s Visitation B.V.M. Parish, brings youthful enthusiasm to her challenging new ministry. Come to think of it, religious life in itself is a challenging new ministry for […]

New tune: Director of liturgical music

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – John Romeri has just come to Philadelphia from Missouri to take up the newly created post of archdiocesan director of liturgical music. He brings with him an impressive record of accomplishments. During his 18-year tenure as director of sacred music for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and […]

Bread of life led to bread for life

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T It’s amazing how many blessings trace back to the 41st International Eucharistic Congress held in Philadelphia in the summer of 1976. That’s when Marion Quinnan Slack met Mother Teresa of Calcutta during service for the poor at the former St. Elizabeth Church in North Philadelphia and became inspired to […]

Sister’s still happy, sprightly at 100

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T There was pizza and beer courtesy of Sister of St. Francis Cecil Gabriel DePrisco for everyone in her unit at her congregation’s retirement facility, Assisi House in Aston. And why not? It was her 100th birthday celebration. For Sister Cecil, life began July 15, 1910, as Maria DePrisco, the […]

Work with Knights ranks high on list

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T George R. Koch (he pronounces it Cook) was elected Pennsylvania State Deputy for the Knights of Columbus at the state convention held in Green Tree near Pittsburgh in May. That makes him top dog for the K. of C. in the state, which is home to over 500 councils. […]