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New head of Papal Foundation raises help, hope for developing world

David Savage, a Philadelphia-area Catholic parishioner, was named last month to lead the foundation that funds humanitarian and Catholic projects identified by the pope across the world. His mission: attract new donors to aid the church's global service.

Two Neumann U grads commit to year of service

Carli Trice will work with the Colorado Vincentian Volunteers and Kaitlyn Tracey will serve with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC). Both social-work majors want to help people and keep faith central in their lives.

New priest to bring spirit of adventure, model of suffering to ministry

All his life, Mark Tobin had a strong desire for a challenge. He sought adventure, found hardships as a Navy special forces fighter in Iraq and eventually had an encounter with God and a calling to be a Catholic priest.

Family’s faith was bedrock on winding path to priesthood

As Ken Cavara of West Chester approaches ordination this May, he looks back on his journey of traveling, learning and discerning, and forward to the exciting priestly life of being with Catholic parishioners in the sacred space of family life.

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."