December 28, 1989 |
Inside Camilla Hall in Malvern last Thursday evening, most of the Christmas preparations had been made, but something was missing. A tall, beautifully decorated tree with white lights stood in the foyer of the home for retired Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. On nearby tables and window sills, candles, holly branches and a variety of other seasonal ornaments had been placed. But there was still a sense of incompleteness in the air. Because at Camilla, the Christmas season doesn't officially begin until they arrive.
April 29, 2015 |
Running a Wawa store and managing a Roman Catholic parish might not seem to have much in common. But last week, a group of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary students, a year from being ordained as priests, had the last of five management-training sessions inspired by a program that St. Joseph's University professors developed for the convenience-store chain. For the seminarians, the Thursday management classes at St. Joseph's Haub School of Business were in sharp contrast to the philosophy and theology classes that are central to their formation as priests.
March 31, 1988 |
Archbishop Anthony J. Bevilacqua will wash the feet of 12 Catholic seminarians at a Mass today, as Christians begin four days of Easter observances. Philadelphia's new archbishop will celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Supper at 5 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Catholics and Protestants will mark the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ with services throughout the weekend. Foot-washing, by tradition, dates from the Last Supper, when Jesus washed the feet of his 12 apostles to symbolize his role as servant to the people.
March 7, 1996 |
As he lay in state under the great rotunda of his cathedral, Philadelphia's Catholics came by the thousands yesterday to clasp his hand, or kiss his ring, or say a final farewell to their old archbishop. Under a light rain, Cardinal John Krol was borne solemnly into the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul at noon. It was a processional befitting a "prince" of the church. With candles, a crucifix, incense, a Bible and his crozier in the lead, more than 50 priests, monsignors and bishops escorted his coffin up the central aisle of the cathedral.
March 9, 2013 |
Theology is shrinking its footprint at the intersection of City and Lancaster Avenues in Lower Merion. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Thursday that it would explore selling or leasing 45 acres of the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary campus in Lower Merion, consolidating in older buildings on 30 acres in the back of the property. The move follows Eastern University's relocation last year of its Palmer Theological Seminary from the southwest corner of that intersection to a rented space one-fifth the size in King of Prussia.
November 16, 1987 |
Disaster set James Harkness on the way to the pulpit. Heart attack, divorce, a serious auto accident. "I . . . had the pins knocked out from under me," he said. It was the sort of streak that prompts reflection, and Harkness did some hard thinking about "the big picture of my life. " He emerged from his self-examination with a conviction that "there was no other purpose in my life than serving God. " And the way to serve God, he concluded, "was to go into full-time ministry.
December 1, 1993 |
There weren't enough men to bury the dead. During the height of the influenza epidemic 75 years ago this fall, as many as 200 bodies a day were buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon. The Rev. Vincent Gallagher, 97, was a young seminarian at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook during the worldwide pandemic. He and the other 300 seminarians were pressed into duty to help bury those who had died. Father Gallagher, who lives at Villa St. Joseph in Darby, remembers those days clearly.
December 11, 2007 |
Cardinal John P. Foley yesterday celebrated his first Mass in the Philadelphia area since becoming a cardinal, and he did it at the institution that made him a priest. "Welcome back," Monsignor Joseph Prior, rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, told him moments before the late afternoon Mass began. "Welcome home. " "It's good to be home," replied Foley, 72, who was born in Darby, grew up in Delaware County, and graduated from the seminary in 1962. Late last month, Pope Benedict XVI made him a cardinal in a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
May 23, 2012 |
VATICAN CITY - The Legion of Christ religious order, already discredited for concealing the crimes of its pedophile founder, suffered another blow to its credibility Tuesday after its superior admitted he knew in 2005 that his most prominent priest had fathered a child, yet allowed him to keep teaching and preaching about morality. The admission by the Rev. Alvaro Corcuera is likely to enrage members of the Legion and its lay branch who have endured years of apologies, hypocrisy and explanations for the crimes of the Catholic order's founder, the Rev. Marcial Maciel, who sexually abused his seminarians and fathered three children with two women.
June 3, 1991 |
The sheer bulk and grandeur of the massive stone buildings argue against change. But inside the thick walls of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, a landmark at the border of Philadelphia and the Main Line, slow but steady change has become as familiar as a well-thumbed prayer book. The student body, once made up of men in their late teens and early 20s, is now older and more conservative. It includes a retired fighter pilot, a former car salesman and a retired college literature professor.