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.
August 17, 2013 |
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.
May 22, 2012 |
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.
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.
July 7, 2012 |
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.
April 7, 2012 |
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.
May 6, 2012 |
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.
October 21, 2011 |
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.
July 17, 2012 |
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...
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.