July 23, 2016 |
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.
July 16, 2016 |
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.
July 7, 2016 |
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.
August 19, 2015 |
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.
August 10, 2014 |
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.
May 31, 2014 |
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.
April 13, 2014 |
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.
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.
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.
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.