August 26, 1986 |
A three-alarm fire caused heavy damage to St. Irenaeus Catholic Church on 73rd Street near Meadowlark Place, Southwest Philadelphia, early today. It was the third fire to strike the church in recent years. No one was in the church at the time, and no one was injured. The fire, which may have started in the sacristy, just off the altar, or in the dormer above, according to fire officials, was brought under control at 4:29 a.m. Although the cause of the blaze was not immediately known, the Rev. Nicholas Cudema, assistant pastor, said: "If this fire is the result of neighborhood vandalism, it's almost like these people don't deserve a church.
February 2, 2012
HERE are the services for Cardinal Bevilacqua:Monday: Following a private viewing at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, in Wynnewood, Archbishop Charles Chaput will receive Bevilacqua's body at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul about 5:30 p.m. A public viewing follows at the Cathedral Basilica from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday: Another public viewing, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A Mass will begin at 2 p.m. followed by the Rite of Committal in...
April 21, 2001 |
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is renowned for going to the hoop. Wednesday afternoon he made another dramatic move - to the altar. Bryant, a graduate of Lower Merion High, married fiancee Vanessa Laine, of Huntington Beach, Calif., in a private ceremony at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Dana Point, Calif. The groom arrived early; the bride was a bit late. After the ceremony in front of about a dozen people, there were big smiles all around. Under a heart-shaped arch at the altar and with red rose petals strewn on the floor, the service began a little after 3 p.m. Laine wore a white-on-white, full-length dress with a long train and a veil.
January 4, 2012 |
One of the Philadelphia area priests charged with sexually abusing altar boys in the 1990s on Wednesday lost a bid to have his case heard separately. After a brief hearing on the matter, Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said the Rev. Charles Engelhardt will be tried with three other priests accused of child-sex assault or conspiring to enable the alleged abuse, the judge's office said. Through his lawyer, Michael J. McGovern, Engelhardt had argued that it was unfair to try him with the others because he belongs to an independent religious order, the Oblates of St. Francis DeSales, while his co-defendants are priests supervised by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
March 30, 2011 |
It was the middle of autumn in 2007 when a 36-year-old man named "Ben" decided to share his nightmares with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He told terrible - and terribly detailed - stories about abuse that he claimed he had suffered as an altar boy decades ago at the hands of the Rev. Joseph Gallagher at St. Mark's Parish, in Bristol. It was sick, gut-wrenching stuff, some corroborated by other former altar boys, according to a recent grand-jury report. The Archdiocese listened to the sordid stories, and then told Ben a year later that it couldn't substantiate his claims.
April 3, 1988 |
The Rev. Walter Mueller is a practical man. As his congregation celebrates its first Easter service in Supplee Memorial Presbyterian Church's new sanctuary, the senior pastor is not making a correlation between Christ's resurrection and his own church's new beginning. He views the move in a, well, practical way. "It means we can cut back from three Easter Sunday services to two services," he said about the Maple Glen church, which moved into a new building last November. Before groundbreaking began in November 1986 for the new structure, Supplee had about 550 members.
February 7, 1991 |
Carrying the American flag and heart-shaped placards with yellow ribbons, the procession of sixth-grade students at Villa Maria Academy walked slowly into the school chapel. On each of the 12 hearts were the names of men and women serving in the Persian Gulf. The students carefully placed the hearts in the wrapped boxes in front of the altar, which was decorated with American flags, yellow ribbons and a large sign draped across the altar that read, "From a Distance God is watching us . . . Bring home our troops.
March 10, 2000 |
The tribute took shape behind a barrier of yellow caution tape against a wall outside Moore College of Art and Design late Monday afternoon. By Tuesday morning, it had assumed the familiar shape of the spontaneous street memorial: candles, stuffed animals, photos, books, flowers and handmade cardboard signs ("Raymond Carver, I love you" and "Your books help me to live, thanks"). A woman walking by on her way to work stopped. "Oh, dear. What is this?" she said, distressed. She was told that it was an art installation by the Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn called "Altar to Raymond Carver," the acclaimed short-story writer who died of cancer in 1988.
February 26, 1987 |
Burglars have broken into seven churches in Montgomery and Delaware Counties in the last two months, taking gold and silver plates and other valuable Communion material, suburban police departments reported. The two most recent thefts occurred last weekend, when two Episcopal churches - one in Gladwyne and the other in Haverford - were hit. Police are investigating the possibility that the burglaries are connected, but they say they have few leads. Area police have theorized that there might be a ring of burglars working throughout the area, stealing the precious metal and melting it down for resale.
January 6, 1987 |
A former Cherry Hill resident whom authorities describe as a street person in Philadelphia has been charged with using altar candles to ignite a Christmas Eve fire at St. Peter Celestine Church in Cherry Hill, Camden County Prosecutor Samuel Asbell said yesterday. Eric Schwartz, 29, who identified himself to police as a "born-again Christian," was arrested yesterday in Cherry Hill and charged with arson in the fire, which caused about $100,000 worth of smoke damage to the Catholic church on North Kings Highway.