November 9, 1989 |
The saint really deserved better, the priest thought. After more than 25 years in the same vestments and a wax mask that reflected outdated technology, the body of St. John Neumann was due for revestment. The old vestments were stained, and the mask covering the saint's skull was faded and yellow. So Father Francis Browne of St. Peter the Apostle Church in Northern Liberties decided to put new vestments on the body of the saint, who died almost 130 years ago. Since the body was put on display in 1962, it has been encased in a plastic bag and vestments and a wax mask put on top of the wrapped body.
August 19, 1994 |
The life-size statues were lined up side by side against the wall of the basement parish hall at St. Anthony of Padua Church. Each wore a taped-on, hand-printed sign: "Sacred Heart of Jesus $200," "Blessed Virgin Mary $250," "St. Joseph $250," "Our Lady of Mount Carmel $200," "St. Lucy $85," "St. Rocco $85. " The statues - part of the contents of the church, which had celebrated its final Mass on June 19 - were being readied for shipping to...
March 8, 1995 |
One of the Rev. Michaella Keener's personal treasures is a small, square piece of white cotton, bordered with uneven black stitches. On the back, written in her mother's hand, is "L.B. 3 years old. " Ms. Keener, 60, whose nickname is "Little Bits," has always enjoyed sewing. Now, the talent that her mother recognized when the little girl pulled a needle and thread through fabric is being put to use in a creative and spiritual endeavor. Ms. Keener has just completed a prototype for vestments for women clergy that incorporates traditional quilt patterns to represent various religious symbols or themes.
October 23, 2007
RE KIMBERLY Garrison's Oct. 11 fitness column: Someone's wardrobe, attire, vestments, etc., are, of course, a discretionary matter. Fine for one is not fine for all. To each his or her own and to each scenario as well. I, for one, would never, ever, never in a million, billion, trillion years, say, bare my midriff. Unless, of course, there was a fee involved! M.A. Vare, Philadelphia
June 4, 2015 |
Peter H. Gers, 94, of Ambler, a longtime funeral director who was present at the 1962 canonical inspection of Bishop John Neumann's remains prior to the future saint's beatification, has died. Mr. Gers died at Dock Terrace in Lansdale on Saturday, May 30, due to complications from a fall. He first worked for the Harold B. Mulligan Funeral Home in Philadelphia. In 1947, he opened his own funeral parlor in Olney, and then moved to East Oak Lane. Mr. Gers sold the property in 1989 and moved to Ambler, taking a job as a funeral director at the Anton B. Urban Funeral Home.
February 5, 2013 |
Sister Mary Isidore Gilewitch, 99, a nun who was as capable with a needle as with a hammer and who taught at many local schools, died Thursday, Jan. 31, in Fox Chase of cardiovascular problems. She entered the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great in 1930, teaching in Catholic schools in New York, Chicago, and Cleveland, and in Philadelphia, Easton, Chester, Fox Chase, and many other Pennsylvania municipalities. Her posts included St. Nicholas School in Philadelphia and Holy Ghost in Chester, according to the Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home.
November 26, 1996 |
The sanctuary at St. Michael's Church still smelled like smoke yesterday as the Rev. Allan Johnson-Taylor tended to the plumbers and electricians and other contractors who arrived throughout the day. There was much work to be done figuring out what repairs will be needed after the fire Wednesday that burned out the sacristy behind the sanctuary and destroyed more than $30,000 worth of vestments and other items. Inside the sanctuary, plaster, wood and other debris covered the chancel, and holes gaped in the wall and ceiling.
January 6, 1991 |
In a downtrodden economy, only the strong survive - with the help of a hand-carved statue of St. Francis. At least, that is the way the people who run Abbott Church Goods in Cherry Hill see it. "The threat of war, the poor economy . . . you know," owner Dan Castonguay said last week with a slight smile. "There's very much truth to the fact that when things get tough, people turn to religion. " They have been turning to the company - one of the largest suppliers of church-related products and religious gifts on the East Coast - in increasing numbers, Castonguay said.
December 17, 2007 |
IS THE world ready for "Extreme Makeover: Pope Edition"? Or would it be more "Queer Eye for the Papal Guy"? Franco Zeffirelli hopes so. The 84-year-old filmmaker ("Romeo and Juliet") and opera director, would like to make over what he called Pope Benedict XVI's "cold" image and his "showy" clothes, the Turin daily La Stampa reported Saturday. Coming after the media-savvy Pope John Paul II, "Benedict XVI still has a cold way of communicating, little suited to what is happening around him," Zeffirelli said in La Stampa.
January 30, 1986 |
It was a day to comfort the children, for they had seen a heroine die. The Rev. Dan Messier, his vestments decorated with pictures of orange and yellow balloons, a brown bear, a blue bird and a green frog, waded out among the pews where 300 youngsters sat yesterday morning in the sanctuary of St. John's Roman Catholic Church. How did you feel, he wanted to know, when you saw the space shuttle explode? Hands waved and the childish voices called out: "Sad," one youngster said.