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December 28, 1989 | By Steve Edgcumbe, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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April 29, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 31, 1988 | By RON GOLDWYN, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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March 7, 1996 | By David O'Reilly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 9, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 16, 1987 | By Michael D. Schaffer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 1, 1993 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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December 11, 2007 | By David O'Reilly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 23, 2012 | By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press
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.
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June 3, 1991 | By Michael D. Schaffer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 29, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 9, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 23, 2012 | By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press
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.
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July 13, 2008 | By Jeff Gammage INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Bucks County library system wants its stuff back. That Jim Morrison biography, No One Here Gets Out Alive. The antidrug primer Go Ask Alice. And Ray Bradbury's classic Fahrenheit 451. All the thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and videotapes that patrons checked out a year ago, or years ago, then misplaced or forgot. Librarians don't like to use the word stolen, but in the last three years, nearly $350,000 worth of goods has disappeared. That's a lot of vowels.
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June 8, 2008 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The liturgy with all of its colorful fanfare and symbolism wasn't the part of priestly life that most fascinated the teenage Brian Kean. It was the day-to-day routine that he witnessed while answering phones and running errands at St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church in Fairless Hills. Guiding families through an unending procession of baptisms, funerals and other events is what intrigued him. Kean held onto the images and tucked them away, until his plan to become a teacher was transformed into something else.
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December 11, 2007 | By David O'Reilly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 11, 2002 | By Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
The First Amendment safeguard against government intrusion in religious affairs does not provide blanket protection from litigation aimed at the Roman Catholic Church or any other religious institution, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled yesterday. The unanimous decision stemmed from a sexual-harassment case brought by a former Roman Catholic seminarian against the Diocese of Camden. Christopher McKelvey, 39, of Atlantic City, sued the diocese in 1999, alleging that throughout his seminary training he was subjected to sexual advances from priests despite complaints to his superiors, and was forced to abandon his quest for priesthood shortly before he was to have been ordained.
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February 27, 2002 | By David O'Reilly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Diocese of Camden yesterday asked New Jersey's Supreme Court to dismiss the case of a former seminarian who wants to sue it and five priests for alleged sexual harassment, arguing his lawsuit would unlawfully "entangle" government with religion. The plaintiff, Christopher McKelvey, is asking the courts to decide matters of "dogma and doctrine," diocesan attorney Martin F. McKernan Jr. told the high court, and his suit threatens to violate the First Amendment's freedom-of-religion clause.
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February 17, 2002 | By David O'Reilly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
New Jersey's Supreme Court is about to consider whether a former Roman Catholic seminarian may sue the Diocese of Camden for alleged sexual harassment by priests. If the high court allows the unprecedented First Amendment case to go to trial, it could launch similar suits and awkward investigations into sexual activity among the Catholic clergy. Christopher McKelvey, 39, of Atlantic City, alleges that after he entered the seminary in 1985, he was sexually harassed so often by priests that he was forced to abandon his dream of joining the priesthood.
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October 8, 2000 | By Joseph S. Kennedy, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
American intercollegiate football began Nov. 6, 1869, when Rutgers played Princeton in New Brunswick, N.J. One of the key organizers of this match was Montgomery County native the Rev. Chester D. Hartranft, according to local historian Edward Hocker in an article found at the library of the Historical Society of Montgomery County. The information is confirmed by the Special Collections and University Archives of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, which notes that ". . . the Rev. Chester D. Hartranft, athletic seminarian and later pastor of the Second Reformed Church in New Brunswick, was one of the leaders who gradually readied the men of Rutgers for the historic meeting with Princeton.
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