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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2014 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
'I'm in a Southern California punk band! Who would have thunk that?" So says Dimitri Coats, who led the Philly psychedelic hard-rock band Burning Brides in the early 2000s. Now, Coats is the guitarist in the punk rock supergroup Off! alongside singer Keith Morris, who was in an early incarnation of Black Flag in the late 1970s before forming the Circle Jerks; bassist Steven McDonald of Redd Kross; and drummer Mario Rubalcaba of Rocket From the Crypt. Coats ended up with Morris by accident.
NEWS
May 14, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Msgr. Eugene J. Fitzsimmons, 81, a church lawyer who was pastor of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden in 1984-85, died of Parkinson's disease Friday, May 9, at St. Mary's Catholic Home in Cherry Hill. Martin McKernan Jr., whose law firm represents the Camden Diocese, said, Msgr. Fitzsimmons "was a brilliant and thorough church lawyer. "He was deeply trusted by several bishops involved in difficult and sensitive matters" across the nation, McKernan said. "He had the implicit trust of anybody who dealt with him. " Msgr.
NEWS
May 4, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
David B. Phillips, 75, of Pennsauken, wasn't just a member of the Martin Luther Chapel in Pennsauken. His late parents, Ralph and Elsa, in the 1940s helped found the chapel, part of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. "Church was one of the important passions of his life," daughter Karen Wright said. "He was president of the congregation at one point," she said, and at other times its treasurer and Sunday school superintendent. On Tuesday, April 29, Mr. Phillips, who retired in 2001 as manager of the shareholder services department at Cigna, the health insurance services firm, died of heart disease at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden.
NEWS
April 29, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN The "great son of Poland" received a powerful affirmation of sainthood from parishioners at St. Joseph's Church in Camden on Sunday. The church - the unofficial seat of the Catholic Polish community in South Jersey - said a celebratory Mass for about 800 people in honor of the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Regular Masses draw about an eighth as many to the church, founded in 1892 in the Whitman Park section. "We come to celebrate something of great joy and great importance: that we have two new saints," said Bishop Dennis Sullivan, who presided at the Mass.
NEWS
April 26, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Could a drop of Pope John Paul II's blood cure what ails St. Joseph's Parish in Camden? The Rev. Pavel Kryszkiewicz hopes so. Kryszkiewicz (pronounced kris-KAY-vich) is a practical man. He knows those leaks in the roof won't fix themselves. But the Polish-born pastor believes in miracles, too. So perhaps - just perhaps - that dot of blood encased in a glass-and-brass cylinder on the St. Joseph's altar could be the draw that fills his mostly empty pews. On Sunday, in Rome, Pope Francis will formally declare John Paul a saint of the Catholic Church.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
There is something very new and very old happening inside the Circle of Hope. Born of the mid-1990's Philadelphia Christian punk scene, the church with four locations in the area is rooted in one of the state's oldest denominations, the Colonial-era Brethren in Christ. Some observers glibly dismiss the current iteration as a "hipster church. " And, sure, there are plenty of beards and blue jeans and a certain laid-back stagecraft. But the theology here is meaty. There may be talk of using Google maps to view Biblical sites, but there are also citations of the Law of Moses to help contextualize the scripture.
NEWS
April 6, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
COURTNEY WILSON was once a prominent member of the Remnant Church of God 7th Day, on Ogontz Avenue, near 77th Street in Cedarbrook. It was due to the position he held at the church that he came in contact with the teenage girls, whom he first befriended and later sexually assaulted. By the time Philadelphia police arrested Wilson in December 2011, he had violated at least five girls, including a relative. On Friday, Wilson, 58, was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in state prison for two counts of rape, three counts of corrupting the morals of a minor and related charges.
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