May 24, 1994 |
Worshipers who still attend Mass at St. Peter Claver are considering hiring a lawyer to fight a plan by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to turn the historic black Catholic church into a center for the evangelization of African-Americans. The worshipers say the plan, announced Sunday during Mass at the 105-year- old church at 12th and Lombard streets, would complete the dismantling of St. Peter Claver that began in 1985. At that time, Cardinal John Krol "suppressed" the church, eliminating it as a parish and turning it into the Shrine of Our Lady of Victory.
September 26, 1998 |
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua announced yesterday that fiber-optic cable is being installed to link Roman Catholic schools and offices throughout the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia. "Today, we take another step on the road to success by merging our schools onto the world's information superhighway," Cardinal Bevilacqua said. The telecommunication network, which will take three years to complete, will go first to the 22 diocesan high schools, with a combined enrollment of 23,100 students.
February 5, 1986 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will close a vocational training school for delinquent boys in June unless the City of Philadelphia increases its funding for the program, according to archdiocesan officials. Auxiliary Bishop Martin N. Lohmuller, vice president of the board of Catholic Charities, has told Mayor Goode that De La Salle Vocational Day Treatment Center in Bucks County will close unless the city agrees to a 9 percent increase in the amount paid for each boy from Philadelphia in the program, according to the Catholic Standard and Times.
November 23, 1999 |
La Arquidiocesis de Filadelfia is taking to the airwaves. The archdiocese, in an effort to raise its profile in Hispanic Philadelphia, begins a Gospel-based 30-minute Spanish language program on Sunday. "It's going to be lively, not preachy," said Anna Vega, director of the Office for Hispanic Catholics, after a press conference yesterday at which Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua announced the launch. Preaching, or at least discussion of the week's Gospel with a priest and lay leaders, will be part of every show.
February 4, 1988 |
The first scripture reading at St. Adalbert's Catholic Church in Kensington this morning told of King David's instructions to his son Solomon, who was to succeed David on the throne of Israel. David tells Solomon to "Keep the mandate of the Lord your God, following his ways and observing his statutes. " That could well be Cardinal John Krol's parting instructions to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and its new cardinal, Bishop Anthony Bevilacqua, according to Rev. Joseph J. Zingaro of St. Adalbert's.
April 30, 1989 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia made special provisions to sell Pepperidge Farm a parcel of land in order to keep workers in Downingtown, but the company never responded to the offer, an archdiocesan spokesman said Thursday. On Tuesday, bakery executives announced that the plant would move to Adamstown in Lancaster County. Several of the Downingtown Pepperidge Farm workers, concerned about losing their jobs, wrote to the Archdiocese requesting that it consider selling the property, which is part of the St. John's Hospital grounds near the Downingtown plant.
March 21, 1987 |
A proposed high school exhibition baseball game that would have been taped by NBC-TV at Veterans Stadium on Monday has been called off by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia because it would generate union opposition from the National Association of Broadcasting Engineers and Technicians. "It's not going to come off," said the Rev. John Siebel, spokesman for the archdiocese. "We had no idea there was a union issue involved here. " The special noontime game between North Catholic and Monsignor Bonner High Schools was to have served as a session to train NBC-TV nonunion employees how to telecast major-league baseball in anticipation of a possible strike by the union March 31, an NBC-TV official said Thursday.
September 24, 2005 |
Confronted with the grand jury report finding an "immoral" cover-up of sexual abuse, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has counterpunched with a classic damage-control strategy familiar in politics: two messages, one conciliatory, one tough. While Cardinal Justin Rigali spoke of reconciliation and reform, the archdiocese's lawyer attacked the findings as a "vile diatribe" motivated by anti-Catholic bigotry. In the 48 hours after that initial response Wednesday, the strategy has continued in news interviews with Rigali, full-page newspaper ads, and a pastoral letter from the cardinal in the archdiocesan newspaper.
April 17, 1991 |
Archbishop Anthony J. Bevilacqua has kicked off a major fund-raising campaign, hoping to pull in $100 million over the next three to five years in an effort to strengthen the spiritual and financial pillars of the archdiocese - the Catholic family and the parish. Plans for the campaign, called "Catholic Life 2000," were announced yesterday at a press conference. "Actually, our needs are much higher than $100 million," Bevilacqua said as a group of uniformed children representing different parishes sat quietly on a stage behind him. "It's very hard to estimate the needs, but many of the parishes are suffering a great deal.
December 10, 1992 |
The area's financially troubled Catholic high schools saw a glimmer of hope yesterday in a $2 million challenge grant from the Annenberg Foundation. The schools will get the money over the next four years - providing that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia can raise an additional $8 million from other donors. Ten high schools are threatened with closure or merger, and the archdiocese hopes the Annenberg grant will spur corporations, foundations and parishioners to contribute enough to keep most, if not all, of them open.