People and Events

Villa Joseph Marie opens new performing arts center

The Bucks County high school for girls, founded by the Sisters of St. Casimir, recently celebrated the completion of a state-of-the-art, 600-seat venue that will host its inaugural show -- a retrospective of past school productions -- on Nov. 22-24.

Polish American festival draws tens of thousands to celebrate heritage, faith

Traditional music, dance, costume, crafts and (of course) food filled the five-day-long Polish American Family Festival and Country Fair. Now in its 54th year, the gathering at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa brings both past and present alive.

Hallahan names new athletic director

Christine Jenkinson, a class of '90 alumna and a former two-sport athlete at the school, will oversee 12 programs, ensuring compliance with all PIAA and Philadelphia Catholic League (PCL) by-laws and working to enhance sportsmanship and integrity.

Touching history: Students enjoy hands-on visit to Catholic archive

The Catholic Historical Research Center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia welcomed more than 500 Catholic middle-school students last spring for educational tours through local church history.

Former St. James H.S. principal marks 75 years as religious brother

Marist Brother James Leahy, 93, taught for 66 years including at the former archdiocesan high school in Chester. He entered the Society of Mary in 1944.

Philadelphia Archdiocese names Marc Fisher new CFO

Fisher, 46, will become the chief financial officer July 1. Currently the director of the archdiocesan office that assists parishes and schools with accounting, he led implementation of new financial control policies.

Havertown resident protesting children’s Drag Queen Storytime

Lorraine Williams is trying to cancel an event set for June 15 at the Haverford Township Free Library in which men dressed as women will read stories to children.

St. Basil Academy students raise money for pediatric cancer care

Students of the Catholic academy in Jenkintown raised $28,018 for the pediatric cancer research during the May 17 Mini-THON, a 12-hour dance marathon.

Youngest scholars graduate from St. Teresa Preschool

Thirty-three students of St. Teresa of Calcutta Preschool graduated on their way to kindergarten during a special ceremony in the Limerick parish's church May 31.

Schwenksville parish school honors veterans in teaching moment for youth

The St. Mary Home and School Association welcomed numerous veteran organizations at a May 23 Mass and reception, enabling students to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States.