September 9, 2003 |
Past the ranchers, Colonials and split-levels of an ordinary Cherry Hill neighborhood, the gate sits: a long, black iron stretch, tall under a brick arch. Two sergeants-at-arms stand in front, gold badges gleaming. They peer inside an approaching car, scan, and nod politely. A rare visitor can pass. So the visitor enters a different world - the insular, complicated, joyful realm of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith. Though the small church rarely crops up on scholars' radar screens, its long, sometimes strange history in the region lends mystery to what goes on inside.
October 15, 2012 |
To many Polish American Catholics in South Jersey, St. Joseph's is the mother church. Their love for her endures like the New Hampshire granite of which the majestic edifice at 10th and Liberty Streets in Camden was constructed nearly a century ago. The Whitman Park neighborhood has frayed almost beyond recognition, and church membership has fallen to less than a quarter of its mid-20th-century peak of nearly 4,000 families. But St. Joe's will likely be filled next Sunday as the parish celebrates its 120th anniversary.
September 22, 2000 |
Bishop Benjamin F. Peterson Sr., a man of God who built a sidewalk ministry into the Greater Bible Way Temple in West Philadelphia, died Tuesday. He was 75 and lived in Overbrook Park. "Bishop Peterson began his ministry in 1957 by preaching on the street corners of South and West Philadelphia, spreading the word of God to all who would listen," recalled his daughter-in-law, Beverly Peterson. He eventually moved on to a small mission in South Philadelphia, then later converted a vacant movie theater on Spruce Street into a church.
February 18, 1988 |
For the celebration of his first Mass as archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Anthony J. Bevilacqua chose Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia. About 1,600 high school students from throughout the archdiocese came to see Bevilacqua, who succeeded Cardinal John Krol a week ago. In his homily, Archbishop Bevilacqua talked about sex, drugs, suicide and the pursuit of power. He also praised the students in attendance, saying they were among the church's most valuable, treasured resources.
January 8, 1990 |
You might get an argument about Randall Cunningham being the Eagles' MVP. But in the minds of the 800 or so members of St. John Baptist Church in Camden, there's little doubt that Cunningham is the church's MVP - Most Valuable Parishioner. To them, the star quarterback is definitely No. 1. This was evident during St. John's 11 a.m. service yesterday when the church "went into an uproar" after it was disclosed that Cunningham was giving the church a nice little nest egg. Call it an Eagles' nest.
December 12, 2012 |
Even as a demolition contractor hovered around the historic Church of the Assumption wondering about bidding for the job, a city agency issued a temporary reprieve for the Spring Garden Street landmark. It was not quite the salvation for the church linked to two of Philadelphia's Catholic saints - it will take more than a temporary stay to avert its demise - but the city's Licenses and Inspection Review Board on Tuesday froze the demolition permit pending a Jan. 8 hearing. The ruling left neighbors hopeful of finding a new buyer to preserve the 1849, Patrick Keeley-designed brownstone church with distinctive twin copper-dipped spires, and left the current owner frustrated by further delays.
December 23, 2012
A church in Millville, Cumberland County, was destroyed in a three-alarm fire Saturday afternoon, officials said. Fire crews were called about noon to In His Presence Worship Center, where firefighters found the steeple and the roof on fire, Millville Fire Department Chief Kurt Hess said. There were parishioners inside the church when the fire broke out, Hess said, but all escaped without injuries. Crews were on the scene until after 8 p.m., Hess said. "It was a pretty big church, and we wanted to make sure it was out," he said.
May 18, 2011 |
BERNICE Smith-McDowell felt there was something missing in her life. As she reached her senior years, this woman who had done so much for others through a long life felt a vacancy in her own life. There was a spiritual need that she had not been able to fill at the various churches she had tried. The fulfillment just wasn't there. Then her daughter Patrecea Smith suggested she try her church, True Word Ministry, at 1719 Federal St., South Philadelphia, a little nondenominational church that always seemed to need painting and patching, described by its own pastor as a "hole in the wall.
July 13, 2011 |
Police are investigating a report from a woman who said she was sexually assaulted in a Center City church yard early today. The 31-year-old woman told police a man ripped off her shirt, pulled up her skirt and masturbated in front of her about 3 a.m. in the yard of St. Mark's Episcopal Church on the 1600 block of Locust Street. The woman was not physically harmed. Police have not yet provided a detailed description of the suspect. Contact the Online Breaking News Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-854-2443.
March 12, 2013 |
AMAJORITY OF American Roman Catholics consider the church out of touch with their views, and they want the new pope to usher in policies that reflect more modern attitudes, according to a new Washington Post -ABC News poll. The poll suggests most Catholics in the United States hope the next pope will move the church in a new direction that someday could include married priests and female priests. Yet even as six in 10 Catholics characterize the church as not in line with their attitudes and lifestyles, 86 percent said it remains relevant, according to the poll, conducted last week.