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Retiring staffer ‘enjoyed every minute’ of five-decade career serving church

Kathy Boyce walked out of Archbishop Ryan High School and into the offices of the Philadelphia Archdiocese -- where "God always had an angel" watching over her, she said.

Retired priest’s owl collection leads to children’s book series

“Izzy the Christmas Owl” is one of Father Alexander Masluk's books, plus a daily series of video posts on Facebook, that the retired-yet-busy archdiocesan priest is using to evangelize creatively through stories, as Jesus did.

Persons with disabilities are ‘gifts’ to be treasured, says new director of care facility

"They have a lot to teach us about trust, love and friendship – and we have a lot to learn,” said Angela Babcock, the incoming administrator of the archdiocesan Divine Providence Village.

In run for Pa. governor, Guy Ciarrocchi sees link of religion and politics

Once an advocate for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia with government leaders, the 56-year-old Republican not only believes there’s an intersection of moral or faith-based perspectives in most public policy debates, he’s made a career of driving right through it.

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."