September 15, 2013 |
THE REV. Arthur Price Jr., pastor of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., was born in Philadelphia just two years after the church was forever linked with one of the darkest days in the nation's civil-rights history. That morning, Sept. 15, 1963, a bomb blast at 10:22 a.m. killed four young girls who were in Sunday School. The girls - Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley, all 14, and Denise McNair, 11 - were in a restroom combing their hair and getting ready for Youth Day services at 11 a.m. But 20 pounds of dynamite, set off by men affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan, shattered the church basement, sending bricks and glass flying everywhere.
August 29, 2013 |
Two days after a spectacular four-alarm fire gutted a Ukrainian Orthodox church in East Oak Lane, the smell of burned wood still lingered over a scene filled with workers and heavy equipment, federal and city officials were still trying to determine the cause of the blaze, and church leaders were pondering their next move. The scope of the fire at St. Mary Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church made determining its cause difficult, Steven Bartholomew, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said Tuesday.
August 27, 2013 |
A historic Ukrainian Orthodox church in East Oak Lane was gutted by fire Sunday afternoon while the bishop, the pastor, and a large part of the congregation were at a picnic celebrating Ukrainian Independence Day. The Associated Press reported one firefighter suffered minor injuries. No other injuries were reported in the blaze at St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church, first reported about 1 p.m., but all of the intricate stained-glass windows, woodwork, and artifacts inside were believed to have been destroyed.
August 27, 2013 |
A UKRAINIAN Orthodox church in East Oak Lane was severely damaged during a four-alarm fire yesterday. The fire was reported about 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Protectress Ukrainian Church, on 12th Street near 66th Avenue. Firefighters arrived at the scene to find smoke billowing from the roof, Executive Fire Chief Richard Davison said. The flames continued to spread along the roof, prompting officials to ring the fourth alarm. More than 100 firefighters responded, and the blaze was eventually put under control at 3:19 p.m. - but not before the damage was done, with flames tearing through the entire building and spreading to a school connected to the church.
August 6, 2013 |
A controversial parking lot proposed for Haddonfield's historic district will go before the borough Planning Board on Tuesday. The First Church of Christ, Scientist, on Kings Highway East has long wanted to turn property it bought several years ago adjacent to the church into a parking lot for its congregation. The Haddonfield Historic Preservation Commission recently cleared the proposal to advance to the Planning Board. The church has made some compromises in its original proposal.
July 29, 2013 |
In the mountains of Italy during World War II, U.S. troops fought, as they would 70 years later in Afghanistan, with the help of pack mules. For that, Howard E. Prichard had been trained in the mountains of Colorado with a pack mule section of an Army field artillery battalion. He didn't need that training when his unit helped recapture the deserted Aleutian island of Kiska in 1943, but he did as his mules carried howitzer parts in the campaign from Rome to the River Arno in 1944.
July 28, 2013 |
RIO DE JANEIRO - Pope Francis issued blunt, soul-searching criticism Saturday of the Brazilian church's failure to stem the "exodus" of Catholics to evangelical congregations, challenging the region's bishops to be closer to the people to understand their problems and persuade them that Catholicism is not "barren, fruitless soil. " In the longest and most important speech of his four-month pontificate, Francis drove home a message he has emphasized throughout his first international trip to World Youth Day: the need for Catholics, lay and religious, to shake up the status quo, get out of their stuffy sacristies, and reach the faithful on the margins of society or risk losing them to rival churches.
July 20, 2013 |
Ada Smith, at 100 the oldest member of Beulah Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, died Tuesday, July 9, at St. Monica's Manor, a nursing facility in South Philadelphia. Born in Gladys, Va., in 1912, the year the Titanic sank, Mrs. Smith was the oldest of three children. Her family moved to the Elmwood section of the city, where she graduated from West Philadelphia High School. Christian faith played a pivotal role in Mrs. Smith's life. At an early age, she became a member of Beulah Baptist.
July 19, 2013 |
Rodger W. Maro, 73, of Lindenwold, longtime organist for an Episcopal church and a Roman Catholic church, both in Camden County, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Sunday, June 23, at Keystone Hospice in Wyndmoor. From 1998 "until he ended his time with us on Palm Sunday" 2013, Mr. Maro worked part-time as both choir director and organist at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist in Chews Landing, the Rev. Margaret Sterchi, its rector, said Wednesday. She would pick the hymns for her services, she said, but "what he had more fun with" was arranging the music for the choir, five people strong.
July 18, 2013 |
The sanctuary is gutted. The stained-glass windows, including two Tiffanys and two by Violet Oakley, are gone, safe in the arms of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The altar and reredos, carved from Caen stone in 1896 by a Germantown craftsman named William J. Grueler at a cost of $2,500 ($70,000 in 2013 dollars), sit almost unnoticed in the darkened sanctuary. Things might have been worse for the 140-year-old St. Peter's Episcopal Church, at Wayne Avenue and Harvey Street in Germantown, shuttered since April 2005, when its dwindling congregation found it impossible to keep up the four buildings and two-acre site.