October 14, 2014 |
Weeks after completing its last round of parish mergers and closures, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday that 14 more parishes in Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Delaware Counties could be combined with nearby churches or shuttered. This time, the archdiocese is targeting three clusters of churches for cutbacks: In Delaware County's Springfield Township, the parishes of St. Francis of Assisi, Holy Cross, and St. Kevin. In Montgomery County, the parishes of St. Alphonsus in Maple Glen, St. Anthony of Padua and St. Joseph in Ambler, St. Catherine of Siena in Horsham, St. Genevieve in Flourtown, and Holy Martyrs in Oreland.
October 11, 2014 |
The St. Peter Claver Center for Evangelization in Center City, which has served black Catholics for nearly 30 years, will close at the end of this month, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced. The center, housed in the former St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church at 12th and Lombard Streets, a historically black parish, was originally slated to close two years ago amid major archdiocesan cutbacks, including the layoff of a quarter of the staff at headquarters. But the archdiocese's Office for Black Catholics, part of the Secretariat for Evangelization, appealed the decision, and the center was given a reprieve because grants from outside the archdiocese were supporting its programs.
October 4, 2014 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Thursday announced the sale of three suburban properties for $56.2 million and said it will use the proceeds to help plug gaps in its balance sheet. In addition to the previously reported sale of a 200-plus-acre property in Delaware County to Jenkintown-based Goodman Properties for $47 million, the archdiocese said that it had an agreement to sell a 454-acre property in Northampton County for $5.5 million, and that it had sold 55 acres in Chester County for $3.7 million.
October 1, 2014 |
A shuttered house of worship in Philadelphia's Fishtown section moved a step closer to possible demolition as Archbishop Charles J. Chaput issued an order Sunday decertifying the building as a Roman Catholic church. The archbishop issued a decree of relegation "to profane but not sordid use" for St. Laurentius Church at Memphis and Berks Streets. Ken Gavin, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said the decree means that if the church is demolished or put to another use, the property could not be used for any purpose contrary to Catholic teachings.
August 16, 2014 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia was forced to respond again Thursday to a reported off-the-cuff remark indicating that Pope Francis will come to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families in September 2015. This time, the speaker was the pope himself, answering a question about whether he would attend the international gathering. "In Italian, I asked him if he would come to Philadelphia," NBC reporter Anne Thompson said of the question she asked the pontiff on the papal plane to South Korea.
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.
August 5, 2014 |
IT OPENED its doors at 63rd and Callowhill streets in 1887, becoming Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in 2005, and those doors now have closed. The once-church, then turned worship site, officially closed Friday, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced yesterday. The West Philly church had seen its fair share of changes. In January 2013, it merged with St. Cyprian Parish, at Cobbs Creek Parkway and Cedar Avenue, remaining open as a worship center. It was used only occasionally for Masses, funerals, weddings and more.
August 5, 2014 |
Citing high upkeep costs, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday that it had closed Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in West Philadelphia on Friday. In January 2013, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish merged with St. Cyprian Parish. Most services were held in St. Cyprian Church, 525 Cobbs Creek Parkway. Blessed Sacrament, at 63d and Callowhill Streets, was an "alternate worship site" that hosted occasional Masses, funerals, weddings, and baptisms, archdiocese spokesman Kenneth Gavin said.
July 27, 2014 |
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a North Dakota audience Thursday that Pope Francis had assured him he will visit Philadelphia for three days next year, and the Vatican seemed to confirm it, but the Archdiocese of Philadelphia insisted Friday that Chaput's remarks were off the cuff and unofficial. "There has been no official confirmation by the Vatican or the Holy See of Pope Francis' attendance at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia," communications director Kenneth Gavin said in a statement Friday morning.
July 11, 2014 |
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has denied the appeals of five Catholic parishes fighting to stay open. That response leaves Catholics angered by parish mergers with one more option: Sending an appeal to Rome. At least two parishes are planning to pursue that option, and have hired consultants and attorneys familiar with church law. "We're prepared to do whatever it takes," said Ralph DiGuiseppe, a parishioner of the former St. Ann parish in Bristol Borough, Bucks County. St. Ann, built by Italian immigrants, was merged July 1 with St. Mark Parish in Bristol.