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Family stays busy at church, work, home

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – You’ve heard the saying, “If you want something done, give it to a busy man.” At St. Cecilia Parish in the Fox Chase section of the city, that busy man is usually John Doherty. Other than celebrating liturgies, there aren’t many activities he or members of his […]

Little Flower senior sees her future in education

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T Nicole McGarry, a senior at Little Flower High School, knows exactly what she wants to do after college. She wants to be a high school teacher. The eldest of the four children of Debra and Michael McGarry, she is a 2004 graduate of St. Martin of Tours School in […]

Police Officer Mariano Santiago honored for valor

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Police Officer Mariano Santiago will never forget Oct. 30, 2007. That’s the night he took a bullet from a would-be killer, but lived to tell the story. “I still get pain from it, especially at night,” said Santiago, who firmly believes his survival is due to the […]

Retiree recommits to his Catholic faith

  By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T FLOURTOWN – If you arelooking for James Longon and his wife Ann during the winter months, they won’t be in St. Genevieve Parish. They’ll be snowbirding in Ave Maria, Fla., in the community former pizza baron Thomas Monaghan has developed around his Ave Maria University. “We love it […]

Commited to college ministry

By NADIA MARIA SMITHCS&T Staff Writer Had someone predicted that her faith would be front-and-center in her life 10 years ago, Rebecca Sincavage would have never believed it. In fact, by the time she got to high school going to Mass was something she had to do, not something she chose to do. “My dad […]

Her journey to teach the faith began in CCD

By Sister Kathleen LearySpecial to The CS&T Many young children and teens ask the question, “Why do I have to go to PREP (Parish Religious Education Program)?” Elizabeth Riordan, recently appointed director of Secondary Religious Education and Staff Development for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, asked that question of her mother many times through the years, […]

St. Anastasia student thanked for tsunami aid

By NADIA MARIA SMITHCS&T Staff Writer NEWTOWN SQUARE – Allie Zito was excited to return to school as a seventh grader last week, in part because she heard some news from the people of Banda Ache, Indonesia, one of the areas hardest hit in the 2006 tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia. While a third grader […]

New Vincentian provincial is Phila. native

By Christie L. ChicoineCS&T Staff Writer PHILADELPHIA – Vincentian Father Michael J. Carroll, a Philadelphia native and former student chaplain at Archbishop Wood Catholic High School for Boys in Warminster, was recently elected provincial superior of the order’s eastern province. “I’m happy to be provincial,” Father Carroll said. The Congregation of the Mission, more commonly […]

Devotion to Mary at heart of family’s life

By Christie L. ChicoineCS&T Staff Writer STRAFFORD – Maria Teresa Giblin of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish is so devoted to the Blessed Mother that she and her three daughters spend their summer weekday mornings praying the rosary after Assumption’s 8 a.m. Mass. And when Stephen Giblin’s work schedule allows, he joins his wife […]