August 15, 2014 |
The Rev. Charles G. Hankins, 81, of Whiting, a United Methodist pastor in South Jersey and a Navy Reserve chaplain there, died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Saturday, Aug. 9, at AristaCare at Whiting. Mr. Hankins retired in 1997 as superintendent of the Southwest District of the United Methodist Church's Greater New Jersey Conference, consisting of 79 churches. In autobiographical notes, he wrote that he was inspired to be a military chaplain by the sinking of the troop ship Dorchester on Feb. 3, 1943, with the loss of four chaplains, when he was 9 years old. A picture that touched him, he wrote, "focused on four chaplains standing on a pitching deck arm in arm after giving their life vests to soldiers to help them survive the cold Atlantic Ocean.
March 11, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA In November 2012, Sister Alice Strogen saw author Mary Lou Quinlan perform her one-woman play, The God Box , about how her mother had scribbled concerns and fears on little scraps of paper and tossed them into a wicker box: "You're in my God box," she'd tell those with problems. Quinlan's play was about letting go and having faith in God by relinquishing what was out of her control. Sister Strogen also believed the play's message - perhaps even a God box itself - could help ease the suffering of the distraught parents in the 50-bed cancer ward at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she was a chaplain.
September 30, 2013 |
Andy Talley reached another milestone at Villanova, but the Wildcats coach is more concerned about the immediate future. Over the last two weeks, his team has recaptured its predicted preseason form - the Wildcats were ranked as high as No. 5 nationally. Talley earned his 200th win for the Wildcats with Saturday's 35-6 victory over Penn in the Schuylkill Showdown at Villanova Stadium. That improved Talley's record to 200-122-1 at Villanova and 228-140-2 overall. "Frankly, at this point for me to still be breathing and still coaching at Villanova is a pretty good thing," the 70-year-old Talley said.
June 26, 2013 |
The Rev. Stanley E. Johnson, 84, of Lafayette Hill, a clergyman and runner, died Wednesday, June 19, of complications from cancer at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. Before retiring in 1995, Mr. Johnson served for 34 years as chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania. In that role, he ministered to people of all denominations. He also was the university's interim dean of admissions for the undergraduate schools from 1974 to 1977, and at various times led the Penn Faculty Club and the 25 Year Club, which is composed of Penn faculty and staff.
June 8, 2013
The Rev. Will Campbell, 88, a minister who drew acclaim for his involvement in the civil rights movement, died Monday in Nashville from complications after a stroke he had about two years ago. Mr. Campbell was the Nashville representative of a pro-integration operation called the National Council of Churches. Because he was white, he was allowed entry into rooms unapproachable by some of those at the forefront of the movement. "We knew there was somebody who cared and was concerned about what happened to us," Bernard Lafayette, a civil rights leader in Nashville and close friend of Mr. Campbell's, told the Tennessean newspaper.
May 1, 2013 |
At first, Herb Magee wasn't sure. It had been more than half a century since Magee stood in this spot, between Cell Blocks 5 and 6 inside Eastern State Penitentiary on Fairmount Avenue. The sights all around him quickly began matching up to his memories. Magee could envision inmates sitting on a low-hanging roof over a cell block, watching a basketball game, a game he was playing in. "This is it," Philadelphia University's Hall of Fame coach decided. Magee had been there a couple of times to play against inmates, once in high school, once in college.
April 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor on Thursday to an Army chaplain from Kansas who risked his life dodging gunfire to provide medical and spiritual aid to wounded soldiers before dying in captivity more than 60 years ago during the Korean War. "I can't imagine a better example for all of us, whether in uniform or not in uniform, a better example to follow," Obama said after presenting the nation's highest military award for valor...
January 21, 2013 |
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A 15-year-old boy remained in custody Sunday night as detectives tried to piece together what led to the shootings of five people, including three young children, who were found dead in a New Mexico home. The teenager was arrested on murder and other charges in connection with the shootings, which happened Saturday night at the home in a rural area southwest of downtown Albuquerque, said Lt. Sid Covington, a Bernalillo County sheriff's spokesman. Detectives did not immediately release the victims' names, but word of the shootings traveled quickly through the law enforcement community, and officials began offering their condolences for Greg Griego, a spiritual leader known for his work with firefighters and the 13 years he spent as a volunteer chaplain at the county jail.
January 21, 2013 |
A LBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A 15-year-old boy remained in custody Sunday night as detectives tried to piece together what led to the shooting of five people, including three young children, who were found dead in a home in a rural area outside of the city. The teenager was arrested on murder and other charges in connection with the shootings, which happened Saturday night at the home, southwest of downtown Albuquerque, said Lt. Sid Covington, a Bernalillo County sheriff's spokesman. Detectives did not immediately release the victims' names, but word of the shootings traveled quickly through the law-enforcement community, and officials began offering their condolences for Greg Griego, a spiritual leader known for his work with firefighters and the 13 years he spent as a volunteer chaplain at the county jail.
January 16, 2013 |
A former Catholic chaplain who worked at Graterford Prison says state officials defamed him, wrongfully fired him, and tried to block his unemployment benefits after the Archdiocese of Philadelphia suspended him in 2011 amid a review of misconduct by priests. The Rev. Robert Povish, 47, of Boyertown, was ultimately removed last year from active ministry by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput for what the prelate called violations of "boundary issues" with children. In a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court, Povish accuses prison officials of ignoring his spotless record there over a decade and savaging his reputation by portraying him as a child-sex abuser, which he says he is not. "To this day, Rev. Povish has never been accused of sexual misconduct.