May 22, 2016
On April 23, the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute celebrated its 166th anniversary with the Philo Mercy Works Ball. Founded in 1850, the institute was known for educating immigrant children and starting Catholic schools in the region. The black-tie event was held on all three floors of the historic Stotesbury Mansion in Philadelphia. More than 165 guests enjoyed an evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, cigars, and billiards, all for a good cause. The evening raised $100,000 to benefit Mercy Vocational High School, the only Catholic Vocational High School in the country, and the Philopatrian Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships and grants to hundreds of students attending Catholic colleges and universities in the city.
February 26, 2016 |
Men and women should be able to share a townhouse on their college campus - even if that college is Catholic, says Nicholas Lario, a sophomore at La Salle University. Turns out, nearly four-fifths of those in La Salle's student body who voted in a recent student-government referendum agreed with him. The university's administration has not taken a position on the issue. Were La Salle to adopt Lario's proposal, it could be the only Catholic college in the area - perhaps the country - to allow such an arrangement, though many schools have allowed men and women to share dorm rooms and apartments for years.
September 18, 2015 |
Rosemont College on Wednesday announced it will cut tuition a whopping 43 percent next year and knock $1,900 off room and board in a bid to attract families scared away by a sticker price that this year topped $46,000. The new price tag? $30,000. But no students will see a $16,000 price cut, because the college - like many peers - doled out so much aid that few paid close to the sticker price. Still, Rosemont officials say each student can expect to pay less. Their savings, the college said, will average $815 per student.
September 16, 2015 |
With the presidential candidates beginning to weigh in on the high price of a college education, maybe families will finally get some relief from the crushing debt resulting from seemingly endless tuition hikes. The problem has gotten worse since the early 1980s, when tuition growth began outpacing median family income, making college less attainable both for the middle class and for families trying to reach that level. As a result, students attempting to achieve the dream of a college education have amassed a record $1.2 trillion in debt.
September 11, 2015 |
Learning that the university she was about to lead faced a deficit equal to nearly 10 percent of its operating budget, Colleen M. Hanycz knew it was time for "crisis triage. " Hanycz, who became president of La Salle University in July, oversaw 23 layoffs, about the same number of buyouts of longtime employees, a major reduction in employee retirement contributions, and other belt-tightening - enough to save about $10 million. Not quite enough to close the hole. Now, Hanycz is interested in leading La Salle in a less frantic and more comprehensive look at every program - academic and nonacademic - to determine which should be maintained, upgraded, added, or jettisoned.
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.