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June 28, 1987
The Rev. Paul Washington today celebrates his last Eucharist and delivers his last sermon as rector of the Episcopal Church of the Advocate, 18th and Diamond Streets in North Philadelphia. Father Washington, 66, is retiring after leading the church for a quarter of a century. During that time his ministry has been on the cutting edge of such social movements as civil rights, the Vietnam War protest and opposition to apartheid. Under his leadership, the Church of the Advocate became known as the "Movement Church.
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August 17, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a city accustomed to being abandoned, Chester Eastside Ministries opened its doors in 1985. The division of the Presbytery of Philadelphia began offering food, clothing, counseling, and a variety of programs in a vacant and decrepit church building, itself a symbol of Chester's plight. Now, nearly three decades later, Chester Eastside has been forced into an uneasy retreat, curtailing its hours and long-standing outreach programs, and battling a phenomenon affecting nonprofits nationwide.
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May 22, 2012 | By Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Sunday announced that it had found two more priests unsuitable for ministry over claims that each had sexually abused a minor. The archdiocese said it had substantiated a claim against Msgr. George J. Mazzotta, who most recently served at Stella Maris Parish in Philadelphia and St. Madeline Parish in Ridley Park. Msgr. Hugh P. Campbell, who is retired but most recently served at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in West Chester, told the archdiocese himself in December that he had sexually abused a minor, according to a brief news release from the archdiocese.
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January 29, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 7, 2012 | By David O'Reilly and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced it is restoring to ministry four priests who were accused of sexual abuse or inappropriate conduct with a minor, and removing two. The two priests who will not be returned to ministry are the Rev. John Bowe, 64 and the Rev. David Givey, 68. Restored to ministry will be the Rev. Paul Castellani, 53, Msgr. John Close, 68, Rev. Steven Harris, 57, and Rev. Leonard Peterson, 70. In an announcement issued Friday, the archdiocese said the allegations against the four had not been substantiated despite lengthy investigations.
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April 7, 2012 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three years before a Wyoming billionaire decided that the city of Chester could use a dental clinic, the first-floor room in the Frederick Douglass Christian School was merely a concrete shell. It had been used as a pantry, office, and storage space. But on May 4, the renovated room will open as the Grace Dental Clinic, with state-of-the-art equipment and a volunteer staff that will charge just $10 per visit. "We need this in this city," said Kim Strand, a stay-at-home mother from Chester.
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May 6, 2012 | By David O'Reilly, Dan Hardy, Alfred Lubrano, and Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writers
In parishes around the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, joy and uncertainty greeted the news Friday that three priests among the more than two dozen accused of wrongful behavior with children would soon be returning to ministry, while five would not. "Yay!" 17-year-old Emily Ferry shouted when she learned that Archbishop Charles J. Chaput had reinstated the Rev. Michael Chapman, former pastor of Ascension of Our Lord parish in Kensington. "I'm excited," she said. "He was a fine, nice guy. " "I'm happy he's back," said her brother, Hugh, 21. Both had been altar servers at Ascension.
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October 21, 2011 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
ONE THING the family always said about Preston Killebrew Jr. was that "he never lost his cool. " In fact, one of his nicknames was "Cool Pres. " He needed that characteristic to do what he felt he had to do to support his family - meaning that he would work from dawn to dusk every day, and still keep his composure. He was a born entrepreneur who had numerous businesses over the years, even while working full-time for American Electronic Laboratories for 35 years. While with AEL, he ran a janitorial service, cleaning office buildings.
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July 17, 2012 | By Julie Shaw and Daily News Staff Writer
THE ARCHDIOCESE of Philadelphia announced Sunday that another priest is unsuitable for ministry. But it is not clear exactly what the Rev. Geraldo Piñero, who was known as "Father Jerry," did. Piñero, 47, was involved in various online-marketing ventures, including selling candles, but the Archdiocese in a statement pointed to a website dealing with standards of behavior involving children and youths as the reason for his being unfit...
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August 10, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 10, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 15, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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January 29, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 27, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 4, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
ALBERT A. YOUNG was a wolf disguised as a sheep, lying in wait for an opportunity to use his role as a religious leader to perpetrate the sickest of crimes, authorities believe. The 49-year-old self-styled "apostle" of Total Deliverance Ministries, at 22nd and Norris streets in North Philadelphia, was jailed late last week, accused of using his ministry not only to preach the Gospel but to perpetrate a sexual crime against his 15-year-old mentally challenged niece, police sources said.
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October 23, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
YOU CITY KIDS don't know what it's like to have to go out in the back yard and kill your own food. Florence Kelley might have used words to that effect when describing her upbringing on a farm in Abbeville, S.C. Florence was up at the crack of dawn to feed the chickens and milk the cows and lead them out to pasture. The farm animals also provided food for the table, and somebody had to go out there and get it. "She told us we were lucky not to have to kill our own food," her family said.
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June 10, 2014 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on Sunday reinstated a priest on leave since 2011, ending what had been an unprecedented investigation into more than two dozen clergy members over child sex abuse allegations. Chaput said an archdiocesan investigation found no evidence to substantiate claims that Msgr. Joseph L. Logrip sexually abused minors more than two decades ago. Chaput's decision frees Logrip to again present himself as a priest and resume his role in the ministry. Logrip was one of 26 Catholic clerics put on administrative leave by Cardinal Francis Rigali after a February 2011 grand jury report.
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May 23, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael F. Newell Jr., 93, of Westmont, a career salesman in Philadelphia, worked in Catholic ministries in his spare time for decades. "Four of his sisters were nuns and one of his brothers was a Jesuit priest," Mr. Newell's son, Stephen, said. "His whole family was very involved in serving in the Catholic Church. " On Monday, May 19, Mr. Newell died at Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford. On Tuesday evening, his passing was marked in an unusual setting, said a friend, Jack Callahan, a member since 1996 of the New Jersey Governor's Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service.
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January 7, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
  PHILADELPHIA When David Norse first stepped into the Broad Street Ministry on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts and spotted the art installation of a dozen tilting metal windmills and glimpsed the flocks of origami birds suspended from the ceiling, he felt a connection. "This is the place," he recalled thinking a few years ago when he first visited the church across the street from the Kimmel Center. "I'm home. " On Sunday, Norse, 27, was ordained at Broad Street Ministry as Philadelphia's first openly gay male minister in a Presbyterian church.
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