Archdiocesan employee honored for living out Franciscan spirituality

Neumann University recently bestowed its "Spirit of St. Francis and Clare of Assisi" award on Catholic Social Services staffer Kevin Barr, who says "God flows through life's cracks."

Religious sister helps troubled teens see ‘they are God’s children’

For some 30 years, Sister of St. Joseph Jean Santarone has counseled youth at a Catholic Social Services residence, opening their minds and hearts to "dreams that can come true."

Heeney finds ‘essence’ of special education in Christ’s teachings

Dr. Danielle Heeney, the new director of archdiocesan special education, focuses on "honoring, valuing and treating every life with dignity and respect" -- something she learned in Catholic school.

As CEO, Strate rises to lead faith formation mission of Ascension

The need for belonging is "at the heart of all that we believe as Catholics," and it's the core of his West Chester-based company's offerings of Catholic faith formation material and digital content.

Be cool, be you and glorify God, says local Catholic musician

After finding his identity in Christ, singer-songwriter Jack Terzian is inspiring others to change the world by seeing themselves as God's creation.

Social worker finds riches in serving others ‘from womb to tomb’

In her 45 years with archdiocesan Catholic Social Services, Kathy Nelson has worked with clients of all ages, and the rewards have "come back a hundredfold."

Local author’s book helps kids hold on to belief in Santa Claus

Inspired by her daughter's wish not to spoil the Christmas tradition for her little brother, Patricia Gallagher wove a new story and now is publishing the "touch and feel" book for all families.

Math teacher’s award adds up to lesson plan for real success

Honored by the University of Chicago as an outstanding educator, I.H.M. Sister Alice Hess of Archbishop Ryan High School says her true expertise is teaching people, not numbers.

New director of Black Catholics Office sees church welcome as essential

James Andrews, Philadelphia native and parishioner, describes his hopes for bringing together people of all cultures by utilizing the gifts of welcome and vibrancy of the Black Catholic community.

Villa St. Joseph leader brings life of service to retired priests

Claudia Populaire, a native of Haiti, has worked in social service for years supporting young people and seniors, and volunteering in the church. She begins her new role as administrator of the priests' retirement home in Darby.