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May 30, 2001
THREE GENERATIONS of admirers showed up last month for the Bread and Roses Community Fund's tribute to the Rev. David Gracie. Gracie couldn't make it. He was terminally ill. Funeral Mass is today at the Church of Advocate in North Philadelphia. During the turbulent '70s and '80s, Gracie's name was in the headlines frequently - in the forefront of the struggles for peace and civil rights, against poverty and police brutality. The Episcopal priest took his battles to the streets of Philadelphia, often espousing unpopular causes and challenging the establishment.
NEWS
July 20, 1994 | By Kelly T. Yee, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Rev. Francis Fittipaldi, 70, of Saint Thomas Monastery at Villanova University, died Friday at Bryn Mawr Hospital. The seventh of nine children, Father Fittipaldi was born in Philadelphia and was a member of Saint Rita Parish on Broad Street. In 1939, he became a postulant at the Augustinian Academy in Staten Island, N.Y. He professed his simple vows in 1944 and solemn vows in 1947. He graduated from Villanova College, now Villanova University, in 1948 with a degree in philosophy.
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July 7, 2011 | Associated Press
WILMINGTON - A priest has pleaded guilty to felony theft after being charged with embezzling more than $350,000 from two parishes of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. The Rev. Cornelius Breslin, 59, entered the plea Wednesday in New Castle County Superior Court. Breslin pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft over $100,000. He is to be sentenced Sept. 23.
NEWS
October 10, 1994 | by Kurt Heine, Daily News Staff Writer
An 82-year-old Roman Catholic priest who left his North Philadelphia rectory to holler at a teen-ager breaking into cars was in serious condition last night after the youth punched and kicked him to the ground, police said. Cops collared a 15-year-old suspect an hour after the 4:30 p.m. attack. He was jailed. The priest, the Rev. Joseph Burton, was at Hahnemann University Hospital in serious condition with multiple injuries. Police said the priest, who lives at the rectory of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, 5th Street and Girard Avenue, saw the teen breaking into cars parked in the church lot. He went out to confront the youth, police said, but the thieving tough set upon the priest and beat him. After knocking Burton to the ground with his fists and feet, police said the youth went through the priest's pockets and fled.
NEWS
December 7, 1996 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As Philadelphia police yesterday continued to investigate Thursday's hit-and-run death of an 81-year-old, partially blind Roman Catholic priest, the District Attorney's Office was contemplating charges against the woman suspected of driving the car that hit him. The Rev. Edward Joseph Donahue, a retired Redemptorist priest, was crossing Franklin Street near Girard Avenue in North Philadelphia at 3:45 p.m. when a car going south on Franklin struck...
SPORTS
May 29, 1992 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Sometime or another, tinkering must give way to unveiling. For Marc Priest, a senior righthander at Central, the time was yesterday (nothing outlandish there) and the occasion was a Public League baseball quarterfinal (say what?!). Although he never had thrown a knuckle curve in competition, Priest used one early and often in pitching the Lancers to a 6-2 victory over visiting Northeast. "I'd been having trouble with my regular curveball lately," Priest said. "I stayed after practice (Wednesday)
NEWS
February 14, 1987 | By Douglas J. Keating, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Mass Appeal, a priest who desires only to be popular and keep his parishioners content clashes with a seminarian who wants to challenge his fellow Catholics to do good and think deeply about their faith. You can probably guess which character in Bill C. Davis' play is changed by the confrontation. It is obvious from the beginning of this well-written play that the personable, political Father Tim Farley, who avoids controversy at all cost, will be transformed by his encounter with the earnest, honest, spiritual Mark Dolson.
NEWS
December 8, 1987 | By TYREE JOHNSON, Daily News Staff Writer
A Roman Catholic priest said a sheriff's deputy threw him to the ground and hit his head against a marble wall during an "unprovoked attack" yesterday while he was leading a peaceful demonstration inside a City Hall corridor. Father Steve Perzan said the incident occurred while he was leading chants of "Stop the Sheriff's Sale" with a group of about 200 people, who were prevented from attending the monthly tax sales because the City Hall room was crowded. "It was an unprovoked attack," said Perzan, 42, a priest at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, 20th and Christian streets, South Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 13, 1991 | by Kathy Brennan, Daily News Staff Writer
With hands clasped in front of him, John J. Donahue listened to a 20-minute lecture from Municipal Judge Louis J. Presenza on his seeming remorselessness before being sentenced yesterday to five years' probation for killing a priest with his car. Citing testimony from Donahue's mother and a psychotherapist describing the plump, 21-year-old, part-time miniature-golf attendant as cold and uncommunicative, Presenza ordered Donahue to seek therapy as...
NEWS
November 17, 1989 | By Kathy Brennan and Jack McGuire, Daily News Staff Writers The Associated Press contributed to this report
A Roman Catholic priest who had been undergoing drug therapy was arrested earlier this week for allegedly buying three vials of cocaine from a drug dealer, police said. The Rev. Gerard Marable, 33, who had been enrolled in a drug program at Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Glassboro, N.J., since September, was arrested Tuesday, said the pastor, the Rev. William Buchler. Undercover detectives observed Marable buying three vials of a pinkish, chunky substance at 3 p.m. at 15th and Wallace streets in North Philadelphia, police said.
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June 10, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A suspended Chester County priest pleaded guilty Monday to federal child pornography counts and charges of destroying evidence. Mark Haynes, 56, previously of SS. Simon and Jude Parish in Westtown, admitted trading hundreds of pornographic images of children over Instagram and enticing teenage girls he met online to send him explicit photos of themselves. He contacted the teens while posing online as a 16-year-old girl named Katie Caponetti between 2010 and 2014. "He has accepted responsibility for what he has done," said Haynes' lawyer, Alan J. Tauber.
NEWS
May 15, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. William F. McGeown, 71, a priest at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Feasterville, died Saturday, May 9, of complications following surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He had gone into the hospital for a thoracic procedure, and planned to return to his parish as soon as he recovered. Known as "Father Bill" to parishioners and "Uncle Billy" to family members, he graduated from St. Rose of Lima School and St. Thomas More High School. He entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1961 and was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1970.
NEWS
May 13, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. James Lawrence Nolan, 94, an Augustinian friar, teacher, and priest who in his later years was not above driving his fellow friars to medical appointments, died Tuesday, May 5, of heart failure at St. Thomas Monastery, Villanova. "Father Nolan was a friar who cared deeply about his brothers in community, and was a generous and compassionate priest who was ever prepared to minister, especially to the sick and the dying," the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova said in a statement.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
IN WHAT THEIR attorney called a "significant step" in the healing process of two survivors of child sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has settled the first civil suits filed in 2011 after a damning grand-jury report on sex abuse by area priests. The settlements with survivors - identified in court documents as John Doe 10 and John Doe 187 - were made earlier this year, the second coming in February the day before jury selection was to begin for the trials in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, said attorney Dan Monahan, who represented both men. Monahan and attorney Jeff Anderson announced the settlements yesterday.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
For years, the man identified in court documents as John Doe 187 said he harbored thoughts of suicide - crippled by a "dark anger that was suffocating my soul. " The depression eased, he said, after he approached lawyers with allegations that a Philadelphia priest had abused him when he was a child, and he said he was prepared to testify against the priest at trial. That never happened. The man's lawsuit, filed in 2011 against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was settled last month - less than two months after the church settled a suit filed by another man who alleged that he, too, had been sexually abused as a boy by a priest.
NEWS
April 24, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WHEN MONSIGNOR Joseph Trinh got in trouble as a child growing up in Ho Chi Minh City, the former capital of South Vietnam once known as Saigon, the priest from the Catholic church across the street would pay his family a visit. "I used to get into trouble a lot and every time I was in trouble, the priest would come to visit my family and I would get out of the trouble," he said. "So my parents really paid a special respect to that vocation. " Although his family were devout Catholics who attended Mass every morning, Trinh never planned to become a priest at age 18, when he moved to Philadelphia in 1981.
NEWS
April 15, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Msgr. James Mortimer reached 75, the mandatory retirement age for Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests, he wanted to keep his pastorate. Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua said no. "He made no exceptions," said Mortimer. "But at that time, we had oodles of priests. " So Mortimer went elsewhere to continue his ministry. He taught in Rome, and lived for a bit in South Dakota, where he filled in for priests on sabbatical. These days, he's back in Philadelphia, and even at age 88 he routinely gets called to replace parish priests who go on vacation or fall ill. "When I came back ... the diocese was begging for help," said Mortimer.
NEWS
April 13, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A CATHOLIC PRIEST who was accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old altar boy in 1997 in the rectory at St. John Cantius Parish in Bridesburg will not have to face a third trial on child sex-abuse charges. The District Attorney's Office yesterday dropped all charges against the Rev. Andrew McCormick after two separate juries failed to reach verdicts. On March 11, a jury declared itself deadlocked after a little more than three days of deliberations in McCormick's second trial. On March 12, 2014, a different jury deadlocked after 4 1/2 days of deliberations in his first trial.
NEWS
April 12, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
After two Philadelphia juries failed to reach a verdict in 12 months, the District Attorney's Office announced Friday it would not retry the Rev. Andrew McCormick, a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy almost 18 years ago in a Bridesburg parish. Assistant District Attorney Kristen Kemp, backed by key members of her office's sex-crimes unit, announced the decision in a brief hearing before Common Pleas Court Judge Gwendolyn N. Bright. Though she approved the dismissal, Bright told Kemp and defense attorney Trevan Borum she wanted her gag order obeyed until April 13. It bars the lawyers and all involved parties, including McCormick, from commenting on the case.
NEWS
March 28, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
A state Superior Court panel upheld this week the prison sentences of a Catholic priest and former parochial-school teacher convicted of sexually abusing a 10-year-old altar boy from Northeast Philadelphia. The Rev. Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Shero, a former St. Jerome teacher, were sentenced by a Common Pleas Court judge in June 2013 for abuse that occurred in the late 1990s. Their lawyers appealed, contending prosecutorial misconduct and citing new evidence. Engelhardt died Nov. 15, 2014, just weeks after his appeal was heard.
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