March 30, 2015 |
It was the eve of Holy Week for the spring-cleaning crew at St. Helena's in Olney, a group of parishioners on a mission to deliver a near-spotless church for the most important week on the Christian calendar. So while the Vietnamese women's group prayed downstairs, a funeral of a onetime Anglo member concluded in the lower church, and the Spanish-language choir prepared for rehearsal, Joseph Mensah stopped polishing the floors long enough to talk about how the church helped him after he emigrated from Ghana.
March 16, 2014 |
FOR 75 YEARS, the Crescentville Baptist Church has overlooked Rising Sun Avenue, watching it change with the decades. The church changed, too, said Pastor Charles Dear: It's now a diverse congregation with a global outlook, lending its support to the faithful all over the world. Who we are: Dear describes the church as "an independent Baptist ministry serving the community and the world. " His congregation of about 100 members consists primarily of neighborhood residents, with some members who hail from Roslyn and other nearby suburbs.
December 27, 2012 |
IF YOU WALK into the barbershop that the Rev. John Teagle owns in Strawberry Mansion, he will proudly show off the postcard that President Obama and the first lady sent him for his 80th birthday. Teagle, now 83, is amazed that the president could find the time to send him a note - after one of his daughters wrote to Washington - when he can't get the city of Philadelphia to find time for a deteriorated sidewalk in front of three vacant lots across from his shop. Teagle, assistant pastor at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, only opens his barbershop four days a week but considers keeping the block clean a full-time job. His shop is on York Street at 30th.
November 28, 2012 |
The Rev. Joseph A. Duffey, 87, of Villanova, a retired pastor and former Augustinian provincial, died Friday, Nov. 16, of heart failure at Kindred Hospital Philadelphia-Havertown. From 1981 to 1990, Father Duffey headed the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova. The province sponsors Augustinian ministries on the East Coast, including those at Villanova University, Merrimack College, two high schools, and more than 15 parishes. Augustinians who are members of the province work with laymen and lay women to staff inner-city ministries in the United States, and missions in Japan and Peru.
November 23, 2012 |
Rose J. Segars, 89, a beautician and Christian church leader, died of natural causes at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Born in Phoenixville, the youngest of six children, Mrs. Segars was educated in Phoenixville and Darby Borough. She graduated from Phoenixville High School in 1941 and lived most of her life in Darby. She graduated from Apex Beauty School on South Broad Street in Philadelphia as a licensed beautician. She was an entrepreneur, operating Rose's Beauty Box on Summit Street in Darby for a number of years.
April 25, 2012 |
THE ARCHDIOCESE of Philadelphia allowed a priest to remain in parish ministry in 1989 after psychiatrists diagnosed him as a pedophile, described him as "a very sick man" and strongly recommended that he never be allowed to work around young people, according to internal church records. One of the doctors who evaluated the priest, the Rev. Peter J. Dunne, "stated quite bluntly that we are sitting on a powder keg," a church official later noted in a memo. Dunne's records emerged Tuesday in the trial of Monsignor William J. Lynn, the former secretary of clergy accused of enabling child-sex abuse by failing to remove priests suspected of sexual misconduct.
March 4, 2012 |
Retired Bishop John C. Reiss, 89, eighth bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, died Sunday, March 4, at Morris Hall in Lawrenceville, N.J. He was the only priest born in the Trenton Diocese, which includes Burlington County, to serve as both auxiliary bishop and bishop. "Bishop Reiss was well known for his compassion and personal acts of kindness to so many people in the diocese," said Bishop David M. O'Connell, current leader of the diocese. "He had a great sense of humor and loved good jokes.
November 21, 2011
PENNSYLVANIA Local Rhodes ties Zachary Crippen, 20, a student at the Air Force Academy from Bala Cynwyd, is among three Pennsylvania-related students selected as Rhodes Scholars for a year's study at the University of Oxford. Crippen plans to study public policy, global governance and diplomacy. Nina Cohen, of Newton, Mass., a 22-year-old Bryn Mawr College senior, plans to study political theory and hopes to become a legal scholar and a federal judge. The University of Pittsburgh's Cory Rodgers, 22, of Somerset, plans to go to medical school.
July 31, 2011 |
John F. Hoehn III, 73, of Elkins Park, a Philadelphia pastor and drug counselor, died of complications from lung cancer Sunday, July 24, at the Sacred Heart Home in North Philadelphia. Mr. Hoehn became assistant pastor at the Gospel Temple on 17th Street near the Parkway in 1959, and became its pastor in 1970. He was still pastor in 1975, when the church changed its name to the Living Word Community, and remained in that role until this year, his son Philip said in a phone interview.
June 26, 2011 |
Msgr. James J. Foley, 74, pastor emeritus of SS. Peter and Paul Church in East Goshen Township, died Tuesday, June 21, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby. Msgr. Foley was an assistant pastor at SS. Peter and Paul for six years before being appointed pastor in 1993. He became pastor emeritus in 2009. In the late 1990s, he initiated a study to explore the feasibility of a school for preschool through eighth grade at SS. Peter and Paul. Responses from parishioners, who were sending children to increasingly crowded neighboring Catholic schools, were "supportive and encouraging," he told The Inquirer.