September 6, 2015
AS THE director of content and programming for the World Meeting of Families, Mary Beth Yount is responsible for planning the speakers at the World Meeting's congress (the 4-day pre-Pope gathering at the Convention Center) as well as the lineup at the Festival of Families and the papal mass on the Parkway. Yount, a mother of four from Media who is an assistant professor of theology at Neumann University, recently spoke with Stephanie Farr about her big gets for the congress, some of the criticisms that organizers have faced and how she got a group of nuns to host a dance party.
March 12, 2015 |
The Rev. Edmund Joseph Dobbin, 79, a past president of Villanova University, died Sunday, March 8, of cancer at Villanova Monastery, where he had lived for 27 years. Father Dobbin was elected the 31st president of Villanova in 1988 and held that position until 2006, becoming the longest-serving president in the school's history. He heightened awareness of the Augustinian character of the university, increased the school's endowment, and embarked on an expansion of the campus, its facilities, and its programs, Villanova said in a statement.
July 25, 2014 |
JAYLIN LANDAVERRY'S classmates gathered last night on a busy Feltonville corner with tears in their eyes. They lit votive candles and said a "Hail Mary," their lilting voices lifting above the din of a nearby auto-body shop. At their feet was a memorial to Landaverry, 17, steps away from where a massive fireball had engulfed La Parrillada Chapina, the food truck she had helped her mother run. After weeks of treatment for severe burns, Landaverry died late Tuesday at Temple University Hospital.
April 30, 2014 |
When Paul E. Sigmund and his brother Peter returned to the United States from Germany in 1933, the then-preschoolers could not speak English. "He and I both spent our first years in Germany," where their father worked as a civil engineer, Peter Sigmund said. Their American parents "considered it better to stick with one language. " So they were the only German-speaking children on their block of Hewitt Road in Wyncote, making them "an object of wonder," he said. On Monday, April 28, Paul Sigmund, 85, who retired in 2005 as a politics professor at Princeton University, died of complications from pneumonia at University Medical Center of Princeton.
July 13, 2013 |
Brother Edward Davis, 84, a retired La Salle University religion professor, died Saturday, June 29, of liver cancer at De La Salle Hall, a nursing facility for the Christian Brothers in Lincroft, N.J. Brother Edward was remembered as a gifted and popular teacher who showed the Bible to be compelling reading. "His classes were always in demand, because he knew how to use his wit and broad knowledge to make Scripture come alive in the classroom for students," said La Salle president Brother Michael J. McGinniss.
May 5, 2013
Robert W. Patterson served as a welfare adviser in the Corbett administration When Philadelphia Magazine compiled 76 reasons "Why We Love Philly" in December, the editors placed Tenth Presbyterian Church's Christmas Eve service in the 23d spot. "The spine-tingling, haunting sound of the congregants' collective a cappella 'Silent Night,' " the monthly observed, "is as serene and unifying as . . . Christmas. You feel chills, and not from the night air. " Yet, just as Philadelphia gets lost in the shadows of New York and Washington, the historic church that graces the southwest corner of 17th and Spruce Streets rarely competes in the media's estimation with such better-known Protestant houses of worship as Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, the popular Southern California megachurch, and Riverside Church of Manhattan, the iconic cathedral of liberal Protestants founded by John D. Rockefeller.
April 5, 2013 |
At Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School, the girls study the usual subjects: math, history, English. They also learn about ministry, service, and the teachings of the Sisters of Mercy. In a new class designed by the school's head of ministry and service, Amy Cedrone Cymerman, 12 seniors go outside the classroom and volunteer at a North Philadelphia school for low-income students. Gwynedd Mercy, an all-girls private school in Gwynedd Valley, focuses on the spirit of compassion and ministry based on the teachings of Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy.
September 18, 2012
The Rev. Angus N. Carney, 95, an Augustinian priest who taught theology at Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill from 1970 to 1980, died Thursday, Sept. 13, of heart failure at St. Thomas of Villanova Monastery in Villanova. Before retiring in 1993, he also served as a parish priest in Philadelphia and its suburbs. Born in Marcus Hook, Father Carney graduated from the Augustinian Academy in Staten Island, N.Y., in 1935, earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy at what is now Villanova University in 1940, and was ordained a priest in 1943.
September 7, 2012 |
'We are tolerant, but we have our limits," says a city official. Somehow 17th-century Amsterdam sounds oddly familiar, especially when it comes to immigrants, religious broad-mindedness, interfaith romances, and radical new ideas. And so this play by David Ives, New Jerusalem, The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656 , at Lantern Theater, launches an absorbing, 2½-hour theological debate. The Portuguese Jews had fled persecution and found refuge in Holland, but their safety came at a price: obedience and silence.