People and Events

Friends fete Msgr. Francis Schmidt on 90th birthday

Volunteers with Father Chuck’s Challenge gathered recently to surprise the archdiocesan priest and longtime leader of the overseas aid organization at which they also reviewed its ongoing aid to communities in Nicaragua and Haiti.

65 Catholic grade schools honored for excellence

The archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education recognized Catholic parish and regional schools as this year’s Archdiocesan Schools of Distinguished Instruction in two categories: growth and exceeding potential.

Catholic school student places third in city-wide art contest

Elodie Breslin, a student of Our Mother of Consolation School in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill section, placed third in a contest to redesign the “I Voted” stickers that voters in the city receive at the polls on Election Day.

Catholic Foundation welcomes new executive member

Longtime nonprofit leader Peggy Sweeney has been appointed as the organization's chief advancement officer.

With new name and refit building, Delco Catholic school ready for future

SS. Cyril and Philomena School has relocated this year to the former St. Philomena School building with a name reflecting its heritage, and with renovations to keep it serving as an Independence Mission School for years to come.

Catholic grant funding’s impact in Phila. area explored in conference

The Ambassador’s Fund for Catholic Education will host a knowledge-sharing day-long conference Oct. 19 on the effectiveness of grants among Catholic schools, parishes and organizations in the archdiocese. Registration closes Oct. 8.

Drive-by collection brings urgent supplies to Haiti

A Sept. 11 donation event will gather medical supplies, nonperishable foods, clothing and other items for survivors of a devastating Aug. 14 earthquake in the Caribbean nation.

Catholic schools fill backpacks, throw party for fellow students

St. Joseph's Preparatory School and the Gesu School recently teamed up to make sure area kids have the supplies they need for the new academic year -- including hot dogs and a moon bounce.

Neumann U deepens commitment to care for creation

Through a new association, the university will receive support to advance its sustainability initiatives throughout the campus and in the Delaware County community.

Help support Philadelphia-area prisoners and their families

The Mary Mother of Captives ministry operates three programs in the Philadelphia region: family support group meetings, transition group meetings and a Pen Pal Program.