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.
April 22, 2016 |
Five students were arrested Wednesday after a handgun and drugs were found at Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School in Upper Darby, police said. The school was placed on lockdown for about two and a half hours while police searched for the gun, said Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. Around 11 a.m., a student saw a boy apparently selling marijuana to two girls at a trolley stop at Garrett Road and Lansdowne Avenue. At some point, the boy pulled a gun and threatened the girls, Chitwood said.
April 17, 2016 |
Can a song save your life? When John Carney's movie Begin Again - with Keira Knightley as a heartbroken balladeer and Mark Ruffalo as a career-in-crisis record exec - debuted at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, that was the original title. Can a Song Safe Your Life is a title that would have worked on Carney's breakthrough effort, too, the little Irish movie that could, 2007's busker romance Once . Carney just as easily could have applied the title to his latest: the buoyant, autobiographically tinged 1980s coming-of-age tale Sing Street . All three are affirmations of the power of music.
April 12, 2016
Bucks County Catholic school to close Declining enrollment and rising educational costs will result in the closing of St. Agnes-Sacred Heart School in Hilltown at the end of the school year in June, officials announced Sunday. Students are being given the option of "transitioning" to nearby Catholic schools for 2016-2017, the pastors of St. Agnes and Sacred Heart churches told parishioners. Families who do so will be paid a $1,000 subsidy per student each year if they attend any one of the surrounding schools.
March 14, 2016 |
As president of Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, Janet Dollard is in charge of everything except academics on the small Bucks County campus. But in these challenging times for Catholic school enrollments, her job has been taking her far beyond Fairless Hills, on a mission to sign up foreign students willing to spend big money to pursue an American high school diploma. This month, for the fourth time in as many years, Dollard flew to China to spend three weeks sales-talking parents.
March 7, 2016 |
When Francis House opened at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Camden in 1996, only one of its expected guests showed up. But during its peak years, 2005 to 2012, 60 people who were infected with HIV and AIDS, or their friends and family, would show up for meals and fellowship three days a week in the Francis House portion of the former parish convent. Susan Piliro was its director for 19 years, and, she said in a phone interview, "for 18 of those years Donna stood right beside me. " Donna Lindsay Civa was the volunteer partner in the two-woman team, Piliro said, because "she wanted to be around these people and make them happy.
February 12, 2016
ISSUE | EDUCATION A vote of confidence The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has extended its management agreement with Faith and the Future Foundation, the nonprofit organization established to oversee and manage 17 high schools and four special-education schools. Four years ago, there were questions about whether lay leaders would step forward to stabilize, sustain, and strengthen these legacy institutions. We now know that the answer is a resounding yes. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has encouraged us to reengage the community and discuss the value of Catholic education in a way that hadn't been possible.
February 6, 2016 |
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Thursday that the Faith in the Future Foundation's management of archdiocesan high schools has been so successful that both sides have agreed to an early contract extension. The announcement, which the archdiocese called a highlight of Catholic Schools Week, was made at Archbishop Ryan High School in the Far Northeast - one of the 17 archdiocesan secondary schools in the five-county archdiocese that enroll 13,300 students. "We weren't sure if it was going to work, so we entered into a contract for a limited time in order to test it," the archbishop said.