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January 6, 2012 | BY REGINA MEDINA, medinar@phillynews.com 215-854-5985
MONTHS of speculation and rumor among area Catholics end this afternoon when Archbishop Charles Chaput and a 16-member Blue Ribbon Commission are expected to announce which Catholic schools the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will shut down. Chaput, along with John Quindlen, a former DuPont exec who chairs the commission, and other panel members will present recommendations and discuss them at a 4 p.m. news conference at archdiocesan headquarters, 17th Street near Race. In an unprecedented letter to area Catholics last month, Chaput warned that the commission "will likely counsel that some, and perhaps many, schools must close or combine.
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March 20, 2012 | BY JOHN BATEMEN
IT HAS BEEN more than 60 years since the Jesuit John Courtney Murray began to write the series of essays that transformed the landscape for Catholics in American society. Those essays landed him on the cover of Time magazine and contributed to the election of America's first Catholic president. Catholics are now full members of American society rather than illegitimate immigrant children. The presence of Catholics in Congress, the Supreme Court, corporate America, and in former bastions of the Protestant establishment such as the Union League, has soared.
NEWS
March 14, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer
THE ARCHDIOCESE of Philadelphia trusted Anita Guzzardi with its money so much that church officials made her their chief financial officer last July 1. Before that month was over, however, Guzzardi was found allegedly to have looted more than $900,000 from church coffers while in lower-level financial positions, and she was fired. Yesterday, the Camden County woman turned herself in to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, which charged her with theft, forgery, unlawful use of a computer and related crimes.
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January 21, 1993 | By Martha Woodall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The cost of sending a Catholic student to a high school operated by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will increase from $2,225 to $2,425 in September. The $200 increase - 9 percent - is the smallest in five years. For non-Catholic students, tuition is increasing from $2,800 to $3,000. Non-Catholic students pay more because the schools receive no parish contribution. Letters detailing the new rates were distributed Tuesday to parents of the 24,370 students enrolled at the 25 archdiocesan high schools throughout the five-county area.
NEWS
March 8, 2012
MORE THAN $1 million in new grant money and initiative programs to boost high school enrollment were announced Thursday by the Philadelphia Archdiocese and the Faith in the Future Foundation, according to a statement released by the Archdiocese. In January, the Archdiocese announced plans to close four high schools. A month later, after an appeals process, Archbishop Charles Chaput reversed the decision based on increased donations and donors pledging money to save the schools.
NEWS
October 28, 1997 | By David O'Reilly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Responding to racial tensions in Grays Ferry and elsewhere and to years of pressure from the city's African American community, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua yesterday announced that archdiocesan schools and offices would henceforth be closed on Martin Luther King's Birthday. For years, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has allowed officials at its 22 high schools and 221 parish elementary schools to decide whether to close in honor of Dr. King. Some members of the African American community had said that by making the closing optional, the archdiocese was failing to honor Dr. King properly.
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October 2, 1993 | By William R. Macklin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Organizers of the annual National Catholic Youth Conference have picked Philadelphia as the site for this year's event, the largest regularly scheduled gathering of young Catholics in the country. The four-day conference, hosted by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is expected to draw 7,000 people to the Convention Center beginning Nov. 11 for prayers, candlelight processions, service projects, and what church officials describe as a continuation of the World Youth Day celebration held in Denver in August.
NEWS
November 26, 1989 | By Michael D. Schaffer, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Brennan set out to be a teacher and ended up as a salesman. Brennan sells Catholic education - specifically, Catholic education at Cardinal Dougherty High School in Olney. After more than a decade and a half of teaching English, his current educational mission is to promote Dougherty and raise money for the school from graduates and other potential donors. "I'm really a teacher at heart, but I do feel like I'm out selling the very positive image of Dougherty," said Brennan, who described his new marketing role as "a further way of fulfilling my commitment.
NEWS
April 3, 1993 | by Leigh Jackson, Daily News Staff Writer
The man some parishioners call the "Bottom-Line Bishop" has struck again. Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, faced with a declining Catholic population that attends church less frequently than in the past, announced yesterday that he would accept the recommendation of a priests' council to close nine parishes and five parochial schools in North Philadelphia. Five of Chester's six parishes also will close. "While I feel deeply the sadness and pain of those whose parish or school will be closed or restructured, I agree with the council's recommendation that we need to focus more on people and less on buildings," Bevilacqua said.
NEWS
December 17, 2003
THE RECENT Sixers victory over Detroit was an indication of just how well Larry Brown put this team together during his six seasons here. The guys he brought in, like Eric Snow, Kenny Thomas, Aaron McKie, even Derrick Coleman, all figured big in the win. Also players he brought here but seldom used: Samuel Dalembert and John Salmons. I'm not taking anything away from coach Ayers, I like how he uses the younger players more and has opened up the offense with the 3-point shot, but Larry Brown built this team, and it wouldn't be fair not to point that out. Phil Jackson, Philadelphia Flyers need depth This home series against the Devils showed again the weakness in the goaltending situation.
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July 23, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
They've accused county council members of failing to protect open space, and of ignoring their pleas to save a sprawling swath of archdiocesan-owned land in Marple Township. They've drafted Facebook posts and sent emails, and stormed council meetings. This week, Delaware County Council members answered the accusations by saying: You're wrong. In a 10-page memo, the council gave its most comprehensive defense of its measured response to the open-space dustup that has rattled the community in recent weeks.
NEWS
July 16, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
A developer who this month lost the right to build on a 213-acre tract in Marple Township owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia began legal action this week in an attempt to recoup the more than $7 million he spent on planning to develop the land. Jenkintown developer Bruce Goodman, acting as Cardinal Crossing Realty Associates L.P., filed a writ of summons Wednesday against Marple Township, whose seven commissioners throughout the last year have repeatedly rejected his plans.
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July 7, 2016 | By Grace Toohey, Staff Writer
Now that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has pulled out of a deal to sell a 213-acre tract in the heart of a heavily developed area of Delaware County, a group of local residents wants the county to buy the land for preservation. Organizers of a group called Save Marple Greenspace plan to attend the Delaware County Council meeting Wednesday morning to present their proposal to have a bond issue on the November ballot. "We're asking for a $100 million bond," said Ken Hemphill, an organizer with the group.
NEWS
August 19, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The principal of Bishop Shanahan High School, Sister Maureen Lawrence McDermott, has been named superintendent of secondary schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In Monday's announcement, the archdiocese's Office of Catholic Education and the Faith in the Future Foundation, which manages the 17 archdiocesan high schools, said her appointment will take effect Oct. 1. Sister Maureen, who led the Downingtown school for 14 ears, will be the permanent successor of Carol Cary, who left in June to become superintendent of the Marple Newtown School District in Delaware County.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jenkintown-based Goodman Properties has won the bid to develop a 200-acre-plus parcel on Sproul Road in Marple Township, property owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that backs up to Cardinal O'Hara High School. The development could consist of as many as 300 houses and 800,000 to 1,000,000 square feet of commercial space, including a Wegman's supermarket, said real estate brokers familiar with the deal. "All I can say is we're very excited to be selected as developer," Bruce Goodman, owner of Goodman Properties, said Friday.
BUSINESS
May 31, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
StoneMor Partners L.P. has made its initial payment of $53 million to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as part of a 60-year lease of 13 archdiocesan cemeteries, the Levittown company announced. The remaining annual lease payments are front-loaded, with $1 million in years six through 20, $1.2 million in years 21 to 25, and $1.5 million in years 26 to 35. No payments would be required in the final 25 years. The archdiocese previously has said it will use $30 million of the initial payment to offset an $80 million shortfall in its trust and loan fund, which holds deposits from parishes and makes loans to them.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia provided a sobering update on the Heritage of Faith - Vision of Hope fund-raising campaign, which ended its pledging period in early 2011. The amount of write-offs and pledges considered unlikely to be collected was $52.2 million as of June 30, the archdiocese said Friday. The archdiocese also clarified that the $221.5 million in pledges previously reported by archdiocesan officials included $36.5 million for parish-level campaigns that ran simultaneously but that were not included in the original $200 million goal of the campaign.
NEWS
October 31, 2012
Officials for the Philadelphia School District and the Archdiocesan Schools announced that all schools will open on Wednesday. Archdiocesan high schools and parish elementary schools will re-open on a normal schedule. The re-opening of Archdiocesan high schools and parish elementary schools will be made by local officials in the suburban counties. Families are asked to check with individual schools. Philadelphia schools and administration offices will also be open on Wednesday on their normal schedule.
NEWS
October 26, 2012
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Catholic Charities Appeals, which pays for social-service programs, has received more than $9 million toward its $10 million goal, the archdiocese said Thursday. The campaign, launched in February, was extended through the end of the year to allow "broader outreach about the good works supported by the appeal" with the goal of raising more money, the archdiocese said. Last year's appeal, which brought in $8 million, formally ended May 31. The archdiocese said that the number of donors rose this year to 55,000 - including 18,000 who had never donated before - from 37,000 last year.
NEWS
October 18, 2012
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has named former Philadelphia prosecutor Robert Spinelli as the new chairman of the Archdiocesan Review Board, which advises him on matters of child sexual abuse and misconduct with the five-county archdiocese. Chaput also named Arnold Gordon, a former Philadelphia first assistant district attorney, as the board's vice chairman. Both men have served on the 12-member panel since June 2011. Christine Campbell, trauma program manager at St. Christopher's Hospital, and the Rev. Stephen Leva, pastor of St. Timothy's parish in Mayfair, were also appointed to the board.
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