December 27, 1991 |
Two men tried to rob an East Camden priest Christmas morning but fled empty-handed when the priest slammed the rectory door in their faces. No one was injured. Camden police said yesterday that Father Thaddeus Sapio, 53, was returning to the St. Anthony parish rectory in the 2800 block of River Road about 1:20 a.m. after checking to see that the church was secure. As he walked past a row of bushes, two young men jumped out. One pointed a gun at the priest. They demanded money, but Father Sapio told them he had none, police said.
January 19, 2002 |
For a brief moment, a dream flared in North Philadelphia, and then it crumbled like an old brick wall, as hope of saving the dilapidated rectory of the Episcopal Church of the Advocate faded away yesterday. "Overall, it's in much worse condition than we thought," said Joanne Jackson, executive director of the Advocate Community Development Corp., which wants to renovate the rectory and was awarded a $100,000 state matching grant to do so. Demolition of the building - home to the Rev. Paul Washington, a social activist, for a quarter of a century - began earlier this week at the direction of the church's board of trustees.
April 21, 1989 |
Alonzo Blackshear says life has been more pleasant for him since he moved into a 1989 version of the old-fashioned rooming house he'll soon share with five others. But until they arrive, Blackshear, happy in his large, sunny room with big windows and a lovely view, is rattling around by himself in the three-story, six-bedroom dwelling that has been extensively rehabbed, mostly with federal funds. The former rectory of St. George Episcopal Church, at 61st Street and Cedar Avenue in West Philadelphia, had been vandalized and vacant for 10 years.
July 11, 2011 |
CLEVELAND DEC. 7, 2002 Dan Kane, the business manager at St. Stanislaus, sees the light on his answering machine blinking furiously. He assumes someone has died, maybe even his dad. Instead, most of the messages are from his father, a retired cop who has lived his life in the same house blocks from St. Stan's, refusing to move even as the neighborhood slipped, becoming the kind of place with a dead bolt on every door. He tells Kane a fire is raging at the rectory. Kane rushes to the scene.
January 18, 2002 |
The demolition of the rectory building at the historic Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia has been halted amid confusion over whether the building is protected by the Philadelphia Historical Commission. Yesterday, the city Department of Licenses and Inspections returned to the crumbling former home of social activist the Rev. Paul Washington, who retired as rector of the church 15 years ago, and found the building to be in poor condition, city officials said. L&I had granted a demolition permit at the request of the church a little more than a week ago, after citing the rectory as dangerous last year.
January 17, 2002 |
The rectory of the historic Episcopal Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia, where the Rev. Paul Washington presided for a quarter of a century, has been ordered demolished - even though it may be a protected historic structure and grant money is available to preserve it, city officials and preservationists said. As of last night, legal action was being considered to block work on the building and force city officials to review the propriety of the demolition, which has been ordered by the church's board of trustees.
November 10, 2001 |
After they were herded into an upstairs bedroom by an agitated intruder Wednesday night, the Rev. John Killeen and the Rev. Joseph Wallace were both forced to their knees. With their heads down and Father Wallace's wrists tied behind his back, Father Killeen experienced a moment of calm and quiet. "We both thought we were going to be executed," Father Killeen said. "It was just a question of who was going to be first. " The two priests at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church survived and later managed to call the police.
November 26, 2001 |
The three-story brick house on South Sycamore Street seems forgotten, tucked in next to a soaring church bell tower, a sprawling cemetery, and a preschool with a new teal paint job. For years, it has been the only old brick building left standing in the Newtown Township's tiny historic district, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Over the last two decades, some of the buildings in the district have had to be torn down. Now the quaint 1884 Victorian house may be the next to go. The owner of the building, St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church, no longer needs its former rectory and convent.
April 30, 1998 |
The driver of a carjacked minivan led police on a high-speed chase from Kensington to South Philadelphia and back during rush hour last night, then was captured in a church rectory after a dramatic foot pursuit along the tracks of the Frankford El. During the hour-long drama, police fired shots at the van in the area of Fourth and South Streets after the vehicle struck an officer at Second and Moore Streets. The officer was briefly hospitalized with minor injuries. The unidentified suspect, who shinnied 20 feet down a drain pole from the El tracks, was found hiding under the altar inside the nearby Immaculate Conception Church rectory at Front and Pollard Streets in Northern Liberties.
October 14, 2013 |
When Val Nehez and Anthony Tyler visited Falls United Methodist Church in 2006, after learning that the former East Falls place of worship and its adjacent rectory were for sale, "there were still prayer books in the pews," she says. The couple immediately made an offer, with plans to transform the church, which had closed a year earlier, into office space for rent and the rectory (half a twin) into their family home. "I was hesitant," Tyler says, "but Val had the vision. " It wasn't a leap of faith.