June 17, 2016 |
Lay teachers have ratified a new labor agreement with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, ensuring that 17 Catholic high schools will open on time in September. Members of Local 1776 of the Association of Catholic Teachers voted Tuesday to accept the one-year deal, which offers salary increases of $1,100 for the contract year starting Sept. 1. The deal addresses rising medical costs by introducing a pharmacy benefit manager to get better rates on prescription medications, said Rita C. Schwartz, president of Local 1776.
June 13, 2016 |
Already heartbroken that the city's first black Catholic church, St. Peter Claver, may soon be for sale, former parishioners were dismayed when a lawyer for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia mispronounced the name of the historic icon during a court hearing last week. "Oh, it's a dagger in the heart to hear that ," said advocate Faye Anderson after Nina Stryker, an attorney for the archdiocese, pronounced "Claver" as rhyming with cadaver instead of with flavor . The gaffe was interpreted as a sign of insensitivity by the archdiocese toward black Catholics fighting to avert what they see as the irretrievable loss of their mother church at 12th and Lombard Streets and a vital cultural symbol.
April 12, 2016 |
Three South Philadelphia Roman Catholic parishes and two in Delaware County will either merge or "enter into a partnership," the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday. The South Philadelphia parishes affected are the National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia at 1166 S. Broad St.; Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 1511 S. 10th St.; and St. Nicholas of Tolentine at 910 Watkins St. The two Delaware County parishes are Sacred Heart in Clifton Heights and St. Charles Borromeo in Drexel Hill.
March 19, 2016 |
Adults have a duty to love and protect children. Yet not a day goes by when we don't hear a story about children abused by someone they know and trust. Perpetrators cover a very wide spectrum, from parents to coaches to teachers to clergy. But especially bitter for the statewide Catholic community is a March 1 grand jury report detailing historical abuses that took place in Western Pennsylvania's Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. This news brings back ugly feelings for so many within our archdiocese, which learned its own lessons about child sexual abuse the hard way. The most important lesson is that the persons who suffer most in these tragedies are the survivors and their families.
March 14, 2016 |
As president of Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, Janet Dollard is in charge of everything except academics on the small Bucks County campus. But in these challenging times for Catholic school enrollments, her job has been taking her far beyond Fairless Hills, on a mission to sign up foreign students willing to spend big money to pursue an American high school diploma. This month, for the fourth time in as many years, Dollard flew to China to spend three weeks sales-talking parents.
March 5, 2016
ISSUE | GENDER EQUALITY Same rules for all The sports headline, "Rule change allows boy-girl match" (Feb. 25) should have more accurately read, "Archdiocese of Philadelphia allows one boy to wrestle a girl to advance his wrestling hopes. " Changing a rule for one person - Father Judge's Tim McCall, who otherwise would have been prohibited from wrestling Mariana Bracetti Academy's Tatyana Ortiz in the District 12 Class AAA individual championships - is not a reason to celebrate. It highlights the obvious.
February 26, 2016 |
Tim McCall would have preferred to continue drills with his Father Judge teammates and not address questions about his scheduled matchup against a female wrestler. But the thin-framed senior, with some light prompting from Judge coach Jim Savage, took a brief break from practice to give a short statement. "I'm just glad to have the chance to compete," he said. "It's important to me. " McCall, who is more for action than words, confirmed that he plans to take on Mariana Bracetti's Tatyana Ortiz at 106 pounds in the District 12 Class AAA individual championships Saturday at Archbishop Carroll.
February 23, 2016 |
SS. Cosmas and Damian Church, in Conshohocken, is closing its doors, effective March 16, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday. In July 2014, the church merged with three other nearby parishes - St. Gertrude, St. Mary and St. Matthew - to form a consolidated St. Matthew Parish under the archdiocese's ongoing Parish Area Pastoral Planning Initiative. St. Matthew, on Fayette Street in Conshohocken, became the main parish location, while the other churches became worshipping sites for occasional Masses and weddings.
February 23, 2016 |
On the first Wednesday of every month, 20 to 40 priests and a few laypeople descend on St. Charles Borromeo Seminary for a flea market like no other. In a large, nondescript room at the rear of the Wynnewood seminary's massive College Division building, thousands of icons, religious artifacts, and other hardware from shuttered churches throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are on sale for members of the clergy from across the nation. Laypeople are normally prohibited, but they may purchase items for their parish if they have a letter from their pastor.
February 6, 2016 |
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Thursday that the Faith in the Future Foundation's management of archdiocesan high schools has been so successful that both sides have agreed to an early contract extension. The announcement, which the archdiocese called a highlight of Catholic Schools Week, was made at Archbishop Ryan High School in the Far Northeast - one of the 17 archdiocesan secondary schools in the five-county archdiocese that enroll 13,300 students. "We weren't sure if it was going to work, so we entered into a contract for a limited time in order to test it," the archbishop said.