August 4, 1986 |
Guess what? Catholic bishops can tell jokes and sing the daylights out of Broadway show tunes. The proving ground for these unexpected talents was the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, where the nation's 10 black Catholic bishops were honored yesterday in special ceremonies attended by Mayor Goode and John Cardinal Krol. Earlier in the day, the bishops took part in a special Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, marking the opening of the 71st annual convention of the Knights of St. Peter Claver, the nation's largest organization of black Catholics, and its Ladies Auxiliary.
February 9, 1994 |
Msgr. Edward P. Cullen (right) appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, glances at Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua yesterday at a press conference announcing Cullen's promotion. In his new capacity, Cullen, 60, will assist Bevilacqua in ministering to the pastoral needs of the priests, religious and laity of the archdiocese. Cullen has for 20 years been associated with Catholic Social Services in the archdiocese. Cullen, who grew up in Saint Louis Parish in Yeadon, attended West Catholic High School and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook.
December 14, 2012
U.S. leads snub of telecom rules DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A disappointed American delegation led a Western snub of a U.N. telecommunications treaty Thursday after rivals, including Iran and China, won support for provisions interpreted as endorsing greater government control of the Internet. The unraveling of the conference displayed the deep ideological divide at the 193-nation gathering in Dubai, where envoys grappled with the first revisions of global telecom codes since 1988 - years before the dawn of the Internet age. A Western bloc led by a powerhouse U.S. delegation sought to stop any U.N. rules on cyberspace, fearing they could squeeze web commerce and open the door for more restrictions and monitoring by authoritarian regimes that already impose wide-ranging clampdowns.
June 10, 2012 |
Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. Nelson J. Perez, pastor of St. Agnes parish in West Chester, as an auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Rockville Centre on Long Island. Perez, 50, was founding director of the Catholic Institute for Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and has been a longtime leader in its outreach to the Hispanic community. With 1.5 million members, the Diocese of Rockville Centre is about the same size as the Philadelphia archdiocese. Born in Miami to parents of Cuban ancestry, Perez grew up in West New York, N.J., in the Diocese of Newark, and was ordained a priest in 1989.
June 22, 2010 |
Bishop Joseph P. McFadden, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has been named bishop of the 244,000-member Diocese of Harrisburg. McFadden, 63, will become the 10th Bishop of Harrisburg at his installation August 18. He succeeds Bishop Kevin Rhoades, who left last year to head the Ft. Wayne-South Bend, Ind. diocese. "I come with only one agenda, and that is to share with you my faith in Jesus Christ," McFadden, 63, said at a Tuesday news conference in Harrisburg.
December 8, 1987 |
Cardinal John Krol has scheduled a rare news conference for this morning amid informed speculation that he would announce his successor as archbishop of Philadelphia. Well-placed sources in the Philadelphia archdiocese and in Washington said they had been sworn to secrecy about the topic of the news conference, lending credence to the expectation that a personnel decision of great magnitude would be announced. Speculation on who Cardinal Krol's successor will be has centered on Bishop Anthony Bevilacqua of Pittsburgh, Bishop William Keeler of Harrisburg and Bishop Adam Maida of Green Bay, Wis. Others who have been mentioned as possible successors are Bishop John R. Keating of Arlington, Va., and Bishop Francis B. Schulte, former auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia and currently head of the Diocese of Wheeling- Charleston, W. Va. There also are two vacancies among the five auxiliary bishops in the archdiocese.
July 12, 1989 |
Bishop Michael Kuchmiak, auxiliary bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has been named the leader of Ukrainian Catholics in Great Britain, church officials announced yesterday. Bishop Kuchmiak, 66, probably will take office in early autumn, according to a statement issued by the archdiocese. In his new post, he will oversee the work of 17 priests serving Ukrainian parishes in England and Scotland. Archbishop Pio Laghi, the Vatican ambassador to the United States, announced the appointment yesterday.
June 9, 2006 |
Cardinal Justin Rigali, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Philadelphia, yesterday announced that Msgr. Daniel E. Thomas has been named an auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese. Thomas, pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption parish in Strafford, Chester County, will be consecrated July 26 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. Thomas, who turns 47 on Sunday, is now the second-youngest Catholic bishop in the country. He succeeds Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, whose appointment as the new bishop of Raleigh, N.C., was announced there yesterday.
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.
December 17, 1997 |
Bishop Edward P. Cullen, for 10 years vicar for administration in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has been named the next bishop of the Diocese of Allentown. Bishop Cullen, an auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic archdiocese since 1994, succeeds Allentown's current bishop, the Most Rev. Thomas J. Welsh, who is retiring. Investiture will take place sometime in February. Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, archbishop of Philadelphia, greeted yesterday's announcement "with a mixture of joy and sorrow" and praised Bishop Cullen, whom he described as "not just my right arm but my right and left arm. . . . He was very easy to work with.