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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.
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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...
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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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August 21, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THE NUMBER OF MEN beginning their journey into priesthood in Philadelphia more than tripled this year and yesterday church officials attributed that rise, in part, to what has become known as the "Francis Effect. " Bishop Timothy Senior, rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, said the school welcomed 20 men from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia when the academic year started this week. That's up from just six men last year. "It is the highest number of priestly vocations in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 10 years," Senior said.
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August 20, 2015 | BY CHRISTINE KILBRIDE
"MASS HAS ended. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. " The response, "Thanks be to God," has been uttered with more relief than I care to admit the past few years. My faith has been shaken - by scandal, by political squabbles and by discrimination. The sacred trust that I established throughout all my sacraments - Holy Communion, confirmation, reconciliation - somehow seems tarnished. These struggles have been recurring in my mind as Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families draws nearer.
NEWS
August 6, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Canon Clayton Kennedy Hewett, 88, an Episcopal priest who gained prominence as a civil rights activist in the mid-1960s, died Saturday, Aug. 1, of cancer at Mount St. Joseph Hospital in Waterville, Maine. Born in Providence, R.I., in 1927, he was the son of William Benjamin Hewett and Phyllis Arlene Welch, both of Maine. After completing service in World War II in the Merchant Marine and Coast Guard, Mr. Hewett graduated from Samuel Gorton High School in Warwick, R.I., and married Annagrace Carlson.
NEWS
July 28, 2015 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The day after he celebrated his last Mass, more than 100 members of the Rev. Ed Speitel's family gathered Sunday in Villanova to help him celebrate both his 90th birthday and 60 years as a priest. They all know the formal side, the serious side, the side of religious devotion - but Sunday, in story after story, they shared the human side. Like this one: Father Ed, a great swimmer at La Salle College High School, has loved the ocean and Ocean City all his life. Diane Marselis Speitel, 57, who married one of his nephews, remembers meeting Father Ed for the first time when she was 17. "I was told I was going to be meeting an uncle who was also a priest," she recalled.
NEWS
July 24, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Twice, the Rev. Andrew McCormick went to trial in Philadelphia for allegedly sexually assaulting an altar boy almost 18 years ago in a Bridesburg parish. Twice, Common Pleas Court juries failed to reach a verdict. Now, three months after the District Attorney's Office announced it would not retry McCormick and withdrew the charges, the now-27-year-old former altar boy has sued McCormick and the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The lawsuit under the pseudonym John Doe was filed July 10 in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court and seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for emotional and other injuries sustained by the alleged victim.
NEWS
July 17, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
After the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden removed Edward Igle from active ministry in 2000 over an allegation of sex abuse, he turned to his second career: family counseling. Licensed as a therapist since the 1980s, the suspended priest runs a South Jersey practice, counseling families and children, and teaches related classes through a Philadelphia-based center, including on how to identify and clinically treat victims of sex abuse. In 2011, church officials told New Jersey regulators about two men who claimed that Igle abused them in the 1970s.
NEWS
July 9, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Stephen Robb Billings, 74, of Haverford, an Episcopal priest and advocate for those oppressed or in need, died Wednesday, July 1, of lymphoma at his vacation home in Falmouth, Mass. He had fought the disease since 2010. The son of Elliot A. and Priscilla Robb Billings, Mr. Billings grew up in Coral Gables, Fla. He sensed he might be called to minister in the Episcopal Church, but initially dismissed the idea, feeling unworthy of such a calling. "Only later did he come to understand that it was not a matter of his worthiness but rather of God's purposes and Grace," said a biography prepared for his 50th reunion at Yale University.
NEWS
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.
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