January 25, 2016 |
The Rev. Ernst Gerhart Schmidt, 84, of Huntingdon Valley, founding minister of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and a writer, TV preacher, and creator of senior communities in the Philadelphia area, died Friday, Jan. 15, at Luther Woods Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hatboro. He died of complications from a stroke, his family said. Born in Chicago, at the start of the Great Depression, he moved with his family to Olney when his father, the Rev. Ernst Schmidt, a well-known German Lutheran pastor, was assigned to Philadelphia's Tabor Lutheran Church.
December 28, 2015 |
Inside the multipurpose room of a long-shuttered Chester school, the Rev. Dickie Robbins commands the attention of 100 on a cold Sunday morning. All ages and backgrounds, in sweatpants, Sunday best, and mustard-yellow suits, the worshipers of Life in Christ Cathedral of Faith clap and sway, arms wide open, to upbeat tunes. In their hands, they carry Bibles - tattered, highlighted - and any offerings they can bring. When Robbins lifts the microphone to his lips, they dig out cellphones, pens, and paper and take notes.
December 25, 2015
Vonette Bright, 89, who with her husband cofounded Campus Crusade for Christ, has died of complications from leukemia in Orlando. A spokeswoman for the organization, Alison Geist, confirmed the death Tuesday. Mrs. Bright and her husband, Bill Bright, helped build the ministry into a worldwide evangelical force with a presence in 173 countries and 25,000 staffers. The Brights launched Campus Crusade for Christ in 1951 at UCLA, and the ministry soon spread to other university campuses.
September 25, 2015 |
THE TWO MARIAS come first, mother and daughter, devout Catholics who used to go to nearby Ascension of our Lord Parish before it closed a few years back. And then comes Harold Pantoja, who is counting on prayer until he can see a doctor about his kidney stones. He used to go to Ascension, too, before it was shuttered in 2012, but now the closest churches, Holy Innocents and Visitation BVM, are too far for him to walk. So he was thrilled when he saw the sign for Mother of Mercy House - in the former McGee's bar, of all places.
September 22, 2015 |
O TO THE margins!" So says Pope Francis. As his visit to the USA draws near, I've thought of many like him who have inspired me to do this. I was taught in Washington during my seminary days by the priests there to "do social justice. " It's what Catholics do. So, one time the seminarians held a "luncheon" for the homeless by the White House (before being escorted out). We also ministered to those in the subways with Mitch Snyder, homeless hero in the 1980s, before he died. Then there was Father Henry, my first pastor as a seminarian, who held daily an open house in our rectory near Pimlico (Preakness)
September 11, 2015 |
Sister Melinda Keane, 84, of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, died of heart failure at Holy Child Center in Rosemont on Sunday, Aug. 30. The Catholic nun, who helped start the society's first ministry in the African country of Chad and worked in AIDS ministry for two decades, was an English professor at Rosemont College from 1962 to 1976. She started her teaching career at Rosemont School of the Holy Child, where she worked from 1955 to 1957. Then she taught at St. Leonard Academy in Philadelphia until 1959 and Rosemont Senior School of the Holy Child until 1962.
August 10, 2015 |
The Rev. John Franklin McCleary Jr., 87, of Havertown, a minister for 30 years at Llanerch Presbyterian Church, died Saturday, Aug. 1, of Alzheimer's disease at Dunwoody Village, Newtown Square. In 1955, Mr. McCleary was ordained at the New London Presbyterian Church by the Presbytery of Chester. He served at the Old Manokin Presbyterian Church in Princess Anne, Md., followed by the Elsmere Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. His longest ministry was at Llanerch Presbyterian Church in Havertown, where he was a respected leader and spiritual adviser starting in 1964.
June 15, 2015 |
When Susan Piliro helped start the Francis House AIDS ministry in Camden two decades ago, it wasn't unusual to lose a dozen clients in a year. "Once we had three funerals in two days. Kenny and Edna were on the same day, and the next day we went to Dennis'," Piliro, 66, recalls. "I had to go to grief counseling myself. " So far in 2015, not a single name has been added to the 100 inscribed on the Francis House memorial at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Cramer Hill. But tears are abundant nevertheless, because the lay ministry - which offers a hearty lunch and even heartier fellowship three days a week - is set to end Tuesday.
January 29, 2015 |
The American Bible Society will give up its tony Broadway address for one in Philadelphia's historic district. The society, which has had its headquarters in New York City for 199 years and has operations all over the world, will relocate to 401 Market St., steps from Independence Mall. Mayor Nutter will announce the nonprofit's move, which will bring more than 200 jobs to the city, at a news conference Wednesday. The society's primary mission is to engage more people with the Bible.
December 27, 2014 |
Angel Saldana sat in front of a steaming Christmas dinner, feasting on roast beef, candied yams, and green beans. Behind him, a tall Christmas tree sparkled with colored lights and silver tinsel. A duo harmonized on carols. All around, many dug in to hot meals as volunteers bustled through the room, serving food to regulars and new faces, all of whom came for the holiday meal at St. Francis Inn in Kensington. Christmas drew more than 330 people to the Franciscan ministry, which has served a free meal daily since Dec. 16, 1979.