May 16, 2013 |
Sister Marie Kramer, 98, a teacher and administrator in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for more than 50 years, died Saturday, May 11, in Assisi House in Aston. She was a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 79 years. She was baptized as Marie, but took the name Clare Albertine upon entering the convent. When nuns were given the option of returning to their baptismal name after the Second Vatican Council, she did so. Born in Easton, Pa., she was a graduate of St. Joseph's Commercial Institute.
May 4, 2013 |
Bishop Joseph P. McFadden, 65, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg and a former auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia, died Thursday, May 2, of an apparent heart attack. In Philadelphia for the annual Pennsylvania Bishops Conference, of which he was president, he had spent the night at St. Christopher's parish in the Northeast, where he reported feeling ill Thursday morning. He was taken to Holy Redeemer Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 7:40. "He was 100 percent a priest," said the Rev. Kevin Gallagher, the archdiocese's director of vocations and a longtime friend.
April 23, 2013 |
This story has been updated. AS A CHILD, VIVIAN Ortiz spent many a Sunday with her parents at a small chapel on Spring Garden Street, a place where Ortiz learned about faith and community. Now, decades later, that same chapel - and plans to close it - are challenging her faith and that of hundreds in the city's Latino community. On Sunday morning, Ortiz joined more than 100 protestors outside Capilla Católica Hispana de la Medalla Milagrosa, or La Milagrosa, on Spring Garden near 19th, for a vigil to protest the looming closing of the historic church.
April 21, 2013 |
A tiny church that has served Spanish-speaking Philadelphians for a century will be closed in June, leaving behind a history that stretches from Spain to Spring Garden Street and is marked by the benevolence of a future saint with a keen sense of inflation. Katharine Drexel, the daughter of a Philadelphia investment banker who was canonized as a Catholic saint in 2000, contributed $1,080 toward the $12,250 purchase in 1912 of a Spring Garden property that became a cherished chapel, called La Milagrosa, where generations of Hispanics have worshiped.
April 9, 2013 |
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has permanently removed three more parish priests from public ministry over allegations of sexual abuse or misconduct around minors, including one whose accuser killed himself in 2009, allegedly after church officials first declared his claim unsubstantiated. That priest, the Rev. Joseph J. Gallagher, has been deemed "unsuitable for ministry due to violations" of church standards, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Sunday. A second priest, the Rev. Mark Gaspar, was removed for the same reason, officials said.
April 8, 2013 |
THERE WILL be no more masses, no nervous couples to wed or babies to baptize, and no more white collars against a simple black suit for three Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests implicated in sexual-abuse scandals. In a statement released Sunday, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said the Rev. Joseph J. Gallagher, 78, and the Rev. Mark S. Gaspar, 43, will have no further public ministry in the Archdiocese "due to substantiated violations of The Standards of Ministerial Behaviors and Boundaries.
March 19, 2013 |
Parishioners attending the Spanish-language Mass on Sunday at St. Veronica Church in North Philadelphia were ecstatic about the election of Pope Francis, even using affectionate nicknames to refer to the first Latin American pontiff. "Papa Pancho" and "Paco" are among the Spanish references to Pope Francis that Martiza Delgado said she was hearing in her heavily Latino neighborhood. "It's marvelous," Delgado, 48, who immigrated from Ecuador two decades ago, said of the new pope's Latin American roots.
March 16, 2013 |
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has decided to allow girls to play football in Philadelphia's Catholic Youth Organization league next season, rejecting the recommendation of a panel he directed to review the league's policy banning them. That rule was subject to scrutiny this winter after Caroline Pla, 11, of Doylestown, was told by the archdiocese that she would not be allowed to play next fall. She played the 2011 and 2012 seasons due to an oversight. Caroline, who started an online petition in December urging the archdiocese to reconsider the rule, said she was surrounded by an elated cluster of classmates, friends, and neighbors when she learned the news from her mother after school.
March 11, 2013 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Archdiocese announced plans Thursday to sell off or lease most of its Lower Merion seminary property as the church deals with prolonged financial woes, but area realty agents say that a white-hot market may be the answer to their prayers. "What we're doing is ensuring future viability and sustainability," said Gerald Davis, a Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary trustee. "We're right-sizing, if you will. " The school plans to keep only 30 acres out of 75 as part of a consolidation meant to take place over the next few years, said Archdiocese spokesman Kenneth Gavin.
March 9, 2013 |
Theology is shrinking its footprint at the intersection of City and Lancaster Avenues in Lower Merion. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Thursday that it would explore selling or leasing 45 acres of the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary campus in Lower Merion, consolidating in older buildings on 30 acres in the back of the property. The move follows Eastern University's relocation last year of its Palmer Theological Seminary from the southwest corner of that intersection to a rented space one-fifth the size in King of Prussia.