October 6, 1989 |
Jessica Hahn was jubilant yesterday over defrocked minister Jim Bakker's conviction for fleecing his followers. "This proves that Jim Bakker can't walk on water," the 28-year-old former church secretary said from her father's home. "I won't sing . . . the way Tammy Faye (Bakker) did after the verdict. I'll just say we've seen God's grace at work. He got what he deserved. " Bakker resigned as president of his $129 million-a-year PTL empire in March 1987 after confessing to a sexual encounter with Hahn in a Florida hotel room in 1980, when she was 19. She said she was raped and was later paid more than $250,000 in hush money.
August 9, 1986 |
Know any red-brick churches in your neighborhood? Call the Philadelphia Film Office. Jack Michon, producer of NBC's new sitcom, Amen, will be in town tomorrow in search of a red-brick church to use in its opening sequence. Amen stars Philadelphian Sherman Hemsley (The Jeffersons) as wisecracking Deacon Ernest Frye of the ficticious First Community Church of Philadelphia. His foil is the church's moralistic pastor, the Rev. Reuben Gregory (Clifton Davis). Fellow Philadelphian Ed. Weinberger, a Central High grad, is creator and executive producer.
February 14, 1991 |
The strong scent of incense greeted worshipers as they entered St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Upper Darby. Passing yellow ribbons hung on church lanterns, some paused to light candles in the vestibule before entering the sanctuary. Once inside, they stood quietly, their thoughts with the soldiers and the civilians caught up in the Persian Gulf war. "Again we pray that Thou will swiftly hear us and deliver us from the grievous crisis in the Middle East, granting peace, justice and deliverance for all the inhabitants of these lands," said the Rev. Antoun Aaraj, pastor.
February 26, 1995 |
On a fateful January night in North Carolina, Michael Brock said he saw the fierce tornado that changed his life. "Through the window, I saw it coming," he said. "I shoved my wife and her brother through the door, and as I was taking a step down the stairs of the porch, the tornado swept me up. "The next thing I remember is me lying on the ground next to the mobile home, and seeing my wife, Belinda, crawling out from beneath it," Brock said. The Brocks survived the gusty winds that ripped through their home in Garland, N.C., on Jan. 7. For more than two hours in driving rain and dropping temperatures, they waited for emergency crews.
January 8, 2001 |
For most of his life, he was the baddest of the bad - an illiterate outlaw biker with a mile-long record and a dizzying array of addictions. But Gloucester City has always meant something to Ronald "Doc" Dahlquist. "I hung here and drank here and fought here and got shot here, and then I got cleaned up and now I preach here," Dahlquist said, all tattooed arms, Jesus rings and gravelly voice. Fifteen years ago, he also had his last drink here at a bar, Empty Pockets, just three blocks from what was a long-abandoned Lutheran church at 245 Fourth St. and is now the home of his nondenominational Amazing Grace Christian Fellowship Church.
February 5, 2001 |
Tracy Cass barely knew David Powell. But she knew the half-bushels of peaches and apples stacked next to his old red barn on Tomlinson Road. As a child, Cass recalled, she visited Powell's orchard with her family, and the fruit tasted natural and special. After Powell died in September 1999 at age 92, his stucco-covered stone farmhouse - which local restoration buffs date to the pre-Revolutionary War era - was destined for mothballs. The white paint was peeling, the pine floors were rotting, and the basement resembled a scene from a horror flick, Cass, now 40, recalled.
March 15, 1987 |
They sat in the ballroom dressed to wound if not to kill, wearing glittering sequins, scrumptious evening wear and enough furs to carpet Veterans Stadium. For two hours the crowd socialized, dined and waited for the evening's fashion show to begin. At 9:15 p.m., the house lights in the Claymont, Del., hotel ballroom dimmed. A short gentleman with a graying, full beard and a distinguished air stepped up to the microphone. The crowd hushed in anticipation. The man waited for the silence to spread and then said, in a voice that rolled around the room, "This is an evening of elegance - so sit back and relax as we journey into a world of sheer imagination.
October 20, 2005
On Saturday evening, Philadelphia will be among 44 cities around the world taking part in International GuluWalk Day. Participants will simulate a "night commute. " They will walk and stay overnight at a local church to raise awareness of children caught in war in northern Uganda. Gulu is a town in northern Uganda. In the last 19 years, 30,000 children have been kidnapped and forced to become soldiers and sex slaves. Thousands more, called "night commuters," make a nightly trek from their rural homes to sleep in the relative safety of cities.
June 4, 2012 |
Philadelphia Catholics awoke Sunday to some heartening news from the Vatican: Pope Benedict XVI will visit the city in 2015, having chosen it as the site for the World Meeting of Families. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is in Milan, Italy, where Benedict made the announcement and presented Chaput with the icon of the Holy Family, the symbol of the gathering. An exact date for the event in Philadelphia has not been released. It will be the first papal visit to the city since 1979, when Pope John Paul II drew an audience of 1 million to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
December 28, 1986
In his Dec. 14 column, Clark DeLeon ended an item captioned "The church: A priest responds" with a request that someone prove him wrong. I don't intend to set out to prove Mr. DeLeon wrong but, in a sense of fairness and balance, to give another point of view. As one who has been a priest in the Roman Catholic Church of Philadelphia for nearly 26 years, I must confess my experience with the "bureaucracy" has been just the opposite of that of the author of the anonymous letter. Like many other priests in times of transfer, sickness and even death in their families, I have experienced warmth and understanding from this "bureaucracy.