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 […]

Ecumenical studies program available via Internet

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T UKRAINE – The prayer of Jesus at the Last Supper for His followers “that all may be one,” has been among the most elusive of goals for Christians through the centuries. There has been disunity because of doctrinal and, cultural differences and a growing apart because of geographic distance. […]

Philadelphia churches join to celebrate Christian unity

By Nadia Maria SmithCS&T Staff Writer The Old Philadelphia Christian Congregations, led by Old St. Joseph Parish, will have its fifth annual ecumenical prayer service to commemorate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Wednesday, Jan. 21. Jesuit Father Daniel Ruff, pastor of Old St. Joseph, will lead the gathering in prayer. The service […]

Funeral for surgeon killed in Iraq fills Cathedral

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA — The Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul was filled Jan. 5 for the funeral Mass of Dr. John P. Pryor, 42, a U.S. Army Reserve Major and the Trauma Program director for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Pryor was in his second tour […]

Vocations — A special section of the CS&T

* Priests: A history of making a difference* Four priests touched lives in profound ways* Offering answers to a young man’s questions* A glimpse of life at the seminary* A priest, or two, in the family

St. Vincent de Paul council in desperate need of donations

By Lou BaldwinSpecial to The CS&T PHILADELPHIA – Consider this an SOS. This past November, Philadelphia’s Archdiocesan Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul experienced a 40 percent drop in donations from the previous November, according to Carey Gibbons Roberts, executive director of the city’s oldest lay organization dedicated exclusively to serving people […]

Gwynedd- Mercy College grants wish for boy who is close to soccer team

Gwynedd Valley – Gwynedd-Mercy College’s men’s soccer team helped grant a birthday wish to local boy Luke Ronco, who the team “adopted” in August 2008 through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. Luke, 9, has been battling a brain tumor for six years. He attends Gwynedd-Mercy’s soccer games and practices and flips the coin for the […]

Court vision: A look at Catholic boys’ hoops

Sports ColumnistJohn Knebels Wasn’t it just yesterday that last year’s basketball season ended? Time does indeed fly, but despite the fact that defending champion North Catholic hoisted the 2008 plaque high above its head more than nine months ago, it is almost as though last year hasn’t left because the top teams – at least […]

Witnessing for peace

Cardinal Rigali to lead Dr. King prayer serviceBy Nadia Maria SmithCS&T Staff Writer After a year of increases in murders and attacks on Philadelphia police officers, the 26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Prayer Service seems all the more crucial. The prayer service will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, at Our […]

Operation Santa Claus delivers 10,000 toys by Christmas

By Arlene EdmondsSpecial to The CS&T Shannon Griesser was Santa Claus on New Year’s Eve. In the North Pole tradition, she was distributing toys to needy children. Rather than coming down the chimney and sneaking cookies and milk, the 17-year-old hand delivered wrapped toys to dozens of youngsters. The smiling faces were of North Philadelphia […]