April 24, 2014 |
Consider some of the so-called defining characteristics of the millennial generation - narcissistic, entitled, suspicious of institutions, especially religious ones - and then consider the future that 22-year-old Becca Gutherman sees for herself. She wants to be a nun. For the last five years, Gutherman, a senior at Immaculata University, has been in discernment, a spiritual-training process that can last up to 15 years before final vows are taken, involving prayer, outreach projects, and convent visits.
June 25, 2014 |
Police are searching for a man who attacked a 65-year-old nun Sunday morning in Port Richmond, then dragged her from a car and drove away with it. The nun, whose name was not released, was wearing her habit and was waiting in the passenger seat of a friend's car outside a Shop Rite store on Aramingo Avenue about 11:15 a.m., police said. The friend was inside and had left the engine on. The man opened the driver's-side door and said, "Tell me wherever you want to go," authorities said.
March 21, 1991 |
A 78-year-old nun was struck and killed by a car yesterday as she walked across Roosevelt Boulevard at Pennypack Circle on the way to do some afternoon shopping. Sister Rose Kolesnik, a resident of the nearby Mount Nazareth retirement home, was pronounced dead on arrival at Nazareth Hospital shortly after the 1:45 p.m. accident, police said. Kolesnik was hit by a car driven by Richard J. Zapczynski, 20, of Richboro, Bucks County. Police said Zapczynski was traveling north on the Boulevard near Pennypack Circle when his car struck the nun. Police said Kolesnik was crossing the boulevard on a short trip to the Pennypack Shopping Center when she was hit. Police said no charges were filed against the driver.
February 7, 1987 |
A 41-year-old former Roman Catholic nun, who was raped inside a cemetery owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, yesterday won a $750,000 jury award against the archdiocese after charging it was negligent in not providing protection against such attacks. The woman, who had resigned from her order before the Aug. 2, 1981, attack, said she was visiting the grave of her father in the Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield, Delaware County, when she was stabbed and raped. Her attorney, John Kent, argued that the archdiocese should have provided a guard or at least a warning sign at the cemetery because of two attempted attacks on women there in 1979.
March 21, 1991 |
A 78-year-old retired nun died yesterday after being struck by an automobile in the 8100 block of Roosevelt Boulevard, police said. According to police, the accident occurred about 1:45 p.m. at Holme Avenue and Rooosevelt Boulevard. Sister Rose Kolesnik was crossing the boulevard from east to west to go shopping when she was struck by a 1978 Chevrolet Nova traveling northbound. The automobile was driven by Richard John Zapczynski, 20, of Richboro, Bucks County, police said.
March 24, 1992 |
Little Frances Veronica Donze was on her hands and knees when she got the word: "Sister said you can go to school tomorrow. " Frances smiled and went back to scrubbing the kitchen floor. The next day, she walked through the big black metal doors of St. Edward's Parochial School at 7th and York streets in North Philadelphia. Young Frances often wondered what it looked like inside that big stone building on the corner. Many of her four brothers and six sisters had gone before her. They'd talk about the school in the evening while doing their homework around the dining room table.
May 3, 1988 |
Sister Mary Rose came to see me the other day. She understands my position in regard to nuns but she won't be discouraged and I admire her for that. I first met Sister Mary Rose Christy in Arizona when I was making a film there in 1968. At that time she was trying to save the Indians. Sister Mary Rose is always trying to save someone, whether they need it or not. On the occasions she's written to me, she never fails to end the letter by asking God's blessing for me. She wants to save me. The results of these blessings are not all in but naturally, I have high expectations.
April 14, 1988 |
A priest said yesterday that it's unjust that the Hispanic community will be blamed for the vicious attack Tuesday night on a nun at the door of a convent at 5th and Cayuga streets. The Rev. Michael Donofrio said attacks on priests and nuns "are always done by people who absolutely do not represent the people of the community. " Sister Catherine Cellini, a pastoral minister at St. Michael's Church, 2nd and Jefferson streets, was beaten by a man described as Hispanic when she responded to a knock on the door of the convent behind St. Henry's Church.
January 17, 1987 |
When a play is done as badly as Handy Dandy is being done at the Society Hill Playhouse, it is dangerous even to guess at what the drama is trying to say. The cast consists of Jay Kogan, artistic director of the playhouse, and his wife, Deen, who is managing director. The danger for them is giving the professional theater a bad name in this town. Written by William Gibson (The Miracle Worker, Two for the Seesaw), this two-character exercise confronts a crusty judge with an anti-nuke nun who comes before him on a trespassing charge resulting from her arrest in a protest at an armaments laboratory in the Boston area.
October 17, 2003 |
One of the great love affairs of art history is that between Henri Matisse and Sister Jacques-Marie, a Dominican nun, consummated in the creation of the Rosary Chapel in Vence, the medieval village perched on a hilltop near Nice. A Model for Matisse, Barbara Freed's interview film with the 83-year-old sister, is as light-filled as the tiny chapel, a jewel box of the spirit both spectral and prismatic. The title alludes both to Sister Jacques-Marie's initial service for Matisse as his night nurse and artist's model and also her later role, when she joined her order, as his spiritual guide and goad.