October 24, 2013 |
The Rev. Terrence Toland, 90, a Jesuit priest who during his eight years as the 23d president of St. Joseph's College introduced major changes, died Friday, Oct. 18, of heart failure at Manresa Hall, Loyola Center, Merion. Although Father Toland was a theology teacher and educational administrator in Philadelphia and elsewhere, his major contribution came between 1968 and 1976, when he headed the college, now a university. He formalized rules for faculty tenure; created effective faculty governance; improved academic standards; built the Science Center and the six-story LaFarge Residence Hall; founded the Office of Campus Ministry and also the Institute for Jewish and Christian Relations; and in 1970 welcomed the first female students to the campus.
September 10, 2012 |
A year after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia passed into his hands, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is arguably within his rights when he avows, "It's hard to say I love it here. " Since his installation on Sept. 8, 2011, the drama has been unremitting. He has: closed nine parishes and 27 schools; laid off 18 percent of the archdiocesan administrative staff and shut down the 117-year-old newspaper to shrink a $17.5 million operating deficit; turned over management of the high schools to a private foundation; sold the cardinal's mansion and put the retired priests' Shore villa up for sale; led a fervid religious-freedom crusade against President Obama's health-care law; seen his chief financial officer convicted of embezzling nearly $1 million; weathered the child-endangerment trial and conviction of the former head of the clergy office; removed seven sexually abusive priests from ministry - and in his words, "It's still not finished.
January 17, 2012 |
Before becoming president of Immaculata University, Sister R. Patricia Fadden spent 22 years of her career in Archdiocese of Philadelphia high schools. From 1968 to 1977, she taught at West Catholic High School for Girls. She still fondly remembers students pouring onto Chestnut Street for a celebratory march when the basketball team won the local championship. From 1977 to 1985, she was director of studies at Cardinal Dougherty High School. And from 1985 to 1990, she was principal of Archbishop Prendergast High School.
December 18, 2011 |
When Cabrini College said last month it was cutting undergraduate tuition and fees 12.5 percent for the 2012-13 academic year, officials said it was important to bring Cabrini's $33,176 price tag back under $30,000. The Radnor college was alone among the seven small Catholic schools in the Philadelphia area in charging more than $30,000. What's more, only three small Catholic institutions from Maine to Virginia cost more than Cabrini this year. The six other local colleges in Cabrini's cohort are Chestnut Hill College, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Immaculata University, Holy Family University, Neumann University, and Rosemont College.
September 21, 2011 |
St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa., has canceled a lecture on civility by the syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman after an advocacy group called attention to her strong public support for abortion rights. "After careful consideration, the university feels that the body of your work has reflected statements that are not in close enough alignment with some Catholic teachings and with the values and mission of the university as required for an event of this stature," provost Wayne Powel wrote to the Pulitzer Prize winner.
February 27, 2011 |
In a move that infuriated some students, Chestnut Hill College abruptly terminated the teaching contract of an adjunct professor, saying his 15-year relationship with another man defied Roman Catholic Church teachings. The Rev. James St. George, 45, of Lansdale, was due to teach two courses - world religions, and theology and justice - starting Tuesday at the Catholic college in Northwest Philadelphia. That all changed Feb. 18 when the priest, who is pastor at St. Miriam Catholic Apostolic Church in Blue Bell, received a terse note from the school saying his services were no longer needed.
October 8, 2009 |
What do liberal proposals in Congress and state legislatures on marriage, health care, welfare, and employment rights have in common? All will profoundly damage two of our country's most important rights: freedom of conscience and belief. These freedoms safeguard the foundations of the moral code by which we have successfully governed our country and ourselves. Our society and government's stake in these threshold freedoms was one reason I started a bipartisan Senate working group on religious freedom and, with Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.
August 4, 2008 |
William D. Valente, 83, formerly of Bryn Mawr, a professor at Villanova Law School for almost 30 years and an advocate for Catholic schools, died of complications from cancer Wednesday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Mr. Valente was the youngest of 12 children born to immigrant Italian parents. He graduated from Southeast Catholic High School, now St. John Neumann, and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He completed Penn law school in two years and was editor of the law review and a member of the Order of the Coif, an honorary scholastic society.
May 18, 2008 |
Finals are over. The school year is done. And another graduating class passed through yesterday at Rosemont College, but a debate rages on: Should the small Catholic all-women's school - the last remaining in the Philadelphia region - begin to enroll men? Facing a "perilous" financial situation, Rosemont needs to open its doors to men, concluded a broad-based committee at work for 15 months at the Main Line school. The college president and chairman of the trustees are backing the finding.
April 10, 2008 |
Is Pope Benedict XVI coming to America to drop the hammer on the president for the Iraq war? You might think so if your gospel comes courtesy of the mainstream media. It's more likely that the pope will speak about the war at the United Nations as he has in the past - as a church leader addressing the challenges of finding a pathway for dialogue between two faiths in conflict. The pope's only official church meeting is with all 213 presidents of Catholic undergraduate colleges and universities.