September 21, 2015 |
The faithful still bring their cares to the fourth bishop of Philadelphia. St. John Neumann, vested in white for Mass and wearing his miter, lies encased in a glass-sided altar at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church at Fifth Street and Girard Avenue in Northern Liberties. When he died in 1860, Neumann had such a reputation for holiness that supplicants began coming to his burial place to pray. They beseeched the late bishop, whom they regarded as a special friend of God, to seek divine favor for them.
March 15, 2015 |
HAMBURG, Pa. - Haneef Vaughn is one of the city's most tenacious defenders on the basketball court. At 6-foot-1, with long arms, quick hands, and fleet feet, the Constitution senior is a constant disrupter on defense. However, it was his offensive limitations that turned him into an excellent defender. "Before, I couldn't shoot," Vaughn said Friday after the Generals overwhelmed St. John Neumann, 83-45, at Hamburg High School. "So, if I couldn't score, my defense had to be my offense.
March 14, 2015 |
The PIAA quarterfinal-round boys' basketball playoffs are on tap this weekend. The area is well-represented, with at least one local team involved in 10 of the 16 contests. The action is highlighted by a Class AAAA doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Norristown. Pennsbury will clash with Roman Catholic at 3 p.m., and Martin Luther King will square off against Plymouth Whitemarsh at 5:30. In the top half of the Class AA bracket on Saturday, a pair of District 12 squads, Conwell-Egan and Mastery North, look to keep their seasons alive against District 2 champ Mid Valley and District 4 titlist Loyalsock Township, respectively.
January 7, 2015 |
AT YESTERDAY'S blessing of the new atrium at the National Shrine of St. John Neumann, children sang angelically. Bishop John J. McIntyre sprinkled Holy Water and Mayor Nutter drew laughs by confessing that he was in need of the dousing he received. The celebration, which coincided with the annual Feast of St. John Neumann and the 155th anniversary of his death, also marked the beginning of the year in which the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the city plan to host Pope Francis and multitudes of the faithful at the World Meeting of Families in September.
November 19, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA turned out more than a million people to welcome and strain to see Pope John Paul II on the last papal visit to the city in October 1979. Catholics, Baptists, Unitarians, atheists - whatever their faith or lack thereof - the devoted and the curious and those in between packed the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from City Hall to the Art Museum in a sea of humanity the city had never seen before. They had come if only to catch a glimpse of the pope, whose white vestments glowed in the autumn sunlight. The pope spent 21 hours and 12 minutes in Philadelphia as part of his first visit to the United States.
August 30, 2014 |
John J. "Jack" Kraft, 93, the dapper former Villanova men's basketball coach who led the Wildcats to the 1971 NCAA championship game, has died, an athletic department spokesman said Thursday night. Details of his death were not immediately known. Mr. Kraft, who was unflappable and always in control on the bench, coached Villanova for 12 years before moving on to Rhode Island. He finished with an overall record of 361-191 in 20 seasons, including a 238-95 mark with the Wildcats. His .715 winning percentage is the highest of any of the school's men's basketball coaches.
March 20, 2014 |
Two Public League boys' basketball teams continued to impress at the state level on Tuesday night. Math, Civics & Sciences defeated St. John Neumann, 76-53, at East Pennsboro in a PIAA Class A semifinal, and Constitution topped Elmer L. Meyers, 55-44, at Parkland to move into the Class AA final. Sophomore Nazeer Bostick and teammate Samir Doughy paced the Mighty Elephants with 17 points each. Bostwick added eight rebounds, and Mike Watkins finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds.
March 19, 2014 |
THEY'LL BE A baseball connection, of sorts, when Math Civics and Sciences plays St. John Neumann of Williamsport in tonight's PIAA Class A basketball semifinals. Sitting in the stands at East Pennsboro High in Enola will be Richard Allen Jr., the son of former Phillies slugger Dick Allen. Playing for Neumann will be Richard Allen III, or "Tre," as he is known, the ballplayer's grandson. When he's not watching his son play hoops, Allen Jr. is campaigning to get his now-72-year-old father, who works on the Phillies' community-relations team, into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
March 16, 2014 |
Danny Jackson stepped into Archbishop Ryan's gym with 0.6 seconds remaining, then glanced at the scoreboard to see his Math, Civics and Sciences boys' basketball squad ahead of Church Farm by one point. Because of the funeral of his beloved uncle James, Jackson turned the coaching reins over to athletic director Lonnie Diggs on Friday night. "Everything I am as a man I owe to my uncle," said Jackson, whose Mighty Elephants rallied late to nip the Griffins, 47-46, in a PIAA Class A state quarterfinal.
September 13, 2013 |
Joseph C. Gorman, 85, of Glen Mills, a gifted high school athlete in the 1940s who later excelled at business, died of congestive heart failure Sunday, Sept. 8, at his home. Mr. Gorman came from a working-class family in the Schuylkill section of Philadelphia. A standout at football and basketball while at Southeast Catholic High School, he was named to the All-City All Star football team in his junior and senior years. But his most memorable moments came while on the Southeast Catholic basketball team of 1944-45.