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June 28, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
James P. Holliday Jr.'s last job before retiring from the Navy in 1969 was as a special services officer at the former Philadelphia Naval Hospital. One day, Mr. Holliday took his sons on a tour of the wards sheltering the most severely wounded from combat in Vietnam. "It was quite an experience for us kids to go walking around the Naval Hospital and see all these 18-year-olds and 19-year-olds with no arms and no legs," son Scott said. "It's something we'll never forget. " Mr. Holliday, 87, a former administrator at Temple University Hospital, died of heart failure Sunday, June 22, in the rehabilitation unit of ManorCare Health Services in Washington Township, where he lived.
NEWS
June 24, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Canon Anna Stewart Powell, 69, of Lumberton, rector of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church there from 2001 to 2012, died of cancer Thursday, June 19, her birthday, at home. She was a canon for the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey in Trenton, said her husband, the Rev. John Charles Powell. Mother Powell "did a marvelous job" at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, parishioner Marsha Cavender, said. "When she went there, it was a mission with seven to 12 people who attended regularly.
NEWS
June 23, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Methodist church panel weighing whether to reinstate Frank Schaefer, the Pennsylvania pastor who lost his credentials after officiating his gay son's wedding, did not announce a decision Saturday, according to Schaefer's counsel. The panel, composed of nine lay members and clergy from the church's northeast jurisdiction, heard Schaefer's appeal Friday in Baltimore and had been expected to announce its decision Saturday. No reason was given for the delay. It is not known when the decision will come, but the panel has 28 days to issue a ruling.
NEWS
June 23, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  At Tabernacle Baptist Church in Burlington City, Lawrence I. Brown Jr. was more than a former chairman of the board of deacons. Robert Preston, a deacon who recently took over as treasurer from Mr. Brown, said that Mr. Brown "was a very good Bible studies teacher" who, among other duties, led a Wednesday night Bible study class. "He was a giant among the people at the church," Preston said. "Very well-loved, very well-respected. " On Sunday, June 15, Mr. Brown, 79, of West Deptford, a former member of the Willingboro Township Zoning Board, died of bone cancer at home.
NEWS
June 11, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
GEORGE WALKER knew what hard work was. He grew up on his family's sharecropper farm in Sumter, S.C., toiling in the hot fields of cotton and tobacco. Even though he had numerous siblings to pitch in, farm work in the '30s was a tough job. When he got to Philadelphia in the mid-'40s, he became a plumber, eventually running his own business. He worked residential and commercial properties until his retirement in 1988. George Walker, one of 15 children of William Walker and the former Ida Williams, a devoted churchman and family patriarch, died May 29. He was 88 and lived in West Philadelphia.
REAL_ESTATE
June 9, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
More and more churches are getting out of the real estate business - good news for Main Line reBUILD, which is converting former houses of worship into one-of-a-kind living quarters. Its latest effort is a condo-townhouse project called Narberth Place, in which Narberth's historic United Methodist Church will be converted to condominiums. Scott Brehman, a partner with Tom Harvey and Mac Brand at Berwyn-based Main Line reBUILD, said the Narberth church, built in 1929, was going to be torn down by other prospective buyers.
NEWS
June 4, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
HENRIETTA Warrick thought she'd like to be a mortician. She also thought she'd like to visit Switzerland. Although she did neither, Henrietta managed to live a full and adventurous life, from trekking through the jungles of Hawaii to visiting Mexico and the Bahamas. But maybe her most fun was line dancing at various venues in Philadelphia, and grooving to Led Zeppelin's "Hey, Hey What Can I Do?" In fact, that song was her ringtone. In other words, Henrietta was something of a free spirit, while also being a devoted family matriarch as mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
NEWS
June 4, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sitting in a pew at Notre Dame de Lourdes Church in Swarthmore on Saturday afternoon, Tom Donahue was shocked to hear that his parish would close in one month. "First it's like anger and sadness, and then once that all settles in you start thinking, what can we do to save the church and prevent this from happening?" he said Monday. After sharing hugs and tears, Donahue and others at the Delaware County parish turned their grief into action. On Sunday morning they began collecting signatures for a petition asking that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia keep Notre Dame de Lourdes open instead of merging it with Our Lady of Peace Church in Milmont Park.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2014 | By Terri Akman, For The Inquirer
Have it your way. No, not your fast-food burger. Your prayer. In an age when convenience is king and religion is often ridiculed, some churches looking to widen their outreach efforts are embracing what community banks and pharmacies have utilized for decades: the drive-through. The latest to offer a bit of spiritual uplift in the comfort of your car is Hope United Methodist Church in Voorhees. "People go to Dunkin' Donuts for coffee, not because it's the best coffee, but because it's the most convenient," reasoned Hope's lead pastor, Jeff Bills.
NEWS
May 24, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Days after her office completed a $1.6 million settlement to a contractor who had been falsely charged with theft, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman has fired the lead detective in the case, county officials said Thursday. Detective Mary Anders' ouster came nine months after a federal judge found that a jury might reasonably conclude she had "acted with reckless disregard for the truth" in building her case against Walter Logan, a Radnor Township man charged with stealing from a Jenkintown church.
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