Don Guanella School Hosts Basketball Clinic

January 9, 2002

DON GUANELLA SCHOOL HOSTS BASKETBALL CLINIC

The men's varsity basketball team of Villanova University will conduct its annual basketball clinic at Don Guanella School. Don Guanella is an Archdiocese of Philadelphia school in Springfield, Delaware County, for boys with a wide variety of disabilities ranging in age from six to 21. The clinic will take place on

Thursday, January 10, 2002
3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Don Guanella School
Route 320
Springfield, Delaware County


The Villanova players will take time out of their busy playing schedule to teach the boys of Don Guanella shooting, rebounding and defensive techniques. Coach Jay Wright of Villanova will join the entire team in this inspirational training session.

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Editor's Note: For more information, please contact Robert Neely, Activities Director at Don Guanella School at 610-543-1418.








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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Preside At Interfaith Prayer Service In Honor Of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 10, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO PRESIDE AT INTERFAITH PRAYER SERVICE
IN HONOR OF REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will preside at the 19th annual Archdiocesan Interfaith Commemorative Prayer Service in remembrance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Prayer Service is sponsored by the Office for Black Catholics and the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.


Sunday, January 13, 2002
3:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Hope Church
5200 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia recalls Dr. King's vision and devotion to non-violence, peace and justice every January. Observance of Dr. King's birthday provides an opportunity to reflect on the principles of nonviolent social change and racial equality promoted by the slain civil rights leader. The Archdiocesan Interfaith Commemorative Prayer Service will feature dramatic presentations on violence, racism and religion. Christians, Jews and Muslims will participate. Everyone is welcome.


"Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not A Day Off!"

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Cardinal Bevilacqua Saddened By School Closings

January 14, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA SADDENED BY SCHOOL CLOSINGS

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, expresses his sadness at the closure of two parish elementary schools. Good Shepherd Parish Elementary School, located at 66th Street and Chester Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia will close in June 2002. Most Blessed Sacrament Parish Elementary School, located at 5628 Chester Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia, will also close in June 2002, as a result of recommendations made by the pastors and the Cluster 33 Advisory Council. Cardinal Bevilacqua formally accepted the recommendations in December 2001.

"I am reluctant to close a parish school but must consider all of the factual information," said Cardinal Bevilacqua. "I offer my sincere appreciation to all of those who have invested their time to study and consider these schools' particular situations. Good Shepherd and Most Blessed Sacrament Parish Elementary Schools have well served the people of Southwest Philadelphia for many years. Sadly, it has become impossible to keep these parish schools open and viable. I pray that all of those touched by these closings will find new hope based on faith in God."

The Cluster 33 Pastoral Plan (accepted by Cardinal Bevilacqua in March 1998) stated that "the issue of parish elementary schools within the Cluster...will need a deeper, more detailed study." As part of the implementation process, self-studies were initiated at Saint Barnabas, Saints Clement-Irenaeus, Good Shepherd and Most Blessed Sacrament Parish Elementary Schools in January 2001. After careful review of the data and a series of meetings, the pastors and principals agreed to recommend that two of the schools close (Good Shepherd and Most Blessed Sacrament) and to solicit the input of the people.

In June 2001, the pastors and school principals of Good Shepherd and Most Blessed Sacrament consulted with their respective Parish Pastoral Council, Finance Council, school faculty and Home and School Association and announced that feasibility studies would be conducted. In December 2001, it was announced that the feasibility studies supported the recommendations that these two schools close in June 2002.

The Pastor of Good Shepherd Parish, Reverend J. Thomas Heron, and the Pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Reverend Roland D. Slobogin, announced the closure to their parish communities at weekend masses (January 12-13) and to the school communities today. Students at both schools will have the opportunity to attend any of the area Catholic schools including Saint Barnabas, Saint Cyprian, Saints Clement-Irenaeus and Saint Francis de Sales, No decisions have been made regarding the future of the school buildings of Good Shepherd and Most Blessed Sacrament.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Preside At Interfaith Prayer Service

January 16, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO PRESIDE AT INTERFAITH PRAYER SERVICE

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will preside at a gathering of area religious leaders that is being hosted by Saint Denis Roman Catholic Church in Havertown, Delaware County, in collaboration with the Haverford Township Clergy Association. There will be Jewish and Muslim religious leaders in attendance as well as representatives from other Christian denominations. This interreligious prayer service will take place on January 24, 2002, the day that leaders of various world religions will assemble in Assisi, Italy to pray for world peace.

Pope John Paul II invited the religious leaders to Assisi to pray for peace at a time when the international community faces so many challenges. The Holy Father has asked all local Catholic dioceses to hold similar interreligious observances for peace. The local service will take place on


Thursday, January 24, 2002
7:30 p.m.
Saint Denis Roman Catholic Church
Eagle Road and Saint Denis Lane
Havertown, Delaware County

Pope John Paul II has invited the world's religious leaders to pray together to show that religion must never become a motive for conflict, hatred and violence. The Holy Father had also asked all Catholics to fast on Friday, December 14, 2001, in solidarity with those "suffering the consequences of terrorism and war."

The prayer service at Saint Denis Parish will consist of readings, hymns, intercessions and prayers. The approximately one hour service will include the reading of a Commitment to Peace. Cardinal Bevilacqua and other religious leaders will offer a blessing at the conclusion.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Celebrate Mass For Life

January 17, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO CELEBRATE MASS FOR LIFE

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia and Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the annual Mass for Life. This Mass marks the 29th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.


Sunday, January 20, 2002
2:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Young people will be key participants in the Mass for Life. Area college students have volunteered to assist in preparations and will participate in the Mass. Catholic high school students will carry banners and flags in the opening procession. Archdiocesan elementary school students who have participated in the spiritual adoption program will carry flowers to the altar in the opening procession. In the spiritual adoption program, the students "adopt' an unborn child and pray for the child to be born. The Archdiocesan Boy Choir will provide the music for the Mass for Life.

The Knights of Columbus, the Knights of Peter Claver and the Knights of Peter Claver Ladies' Auxiliary will assist with hospitality and take part in the opening procession. All are invited to attend the Mass for Life.

The Mass will be interpreted into American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices will be made available. The Cathedral is accessible to persons who use wheelchairs and staff will be on hand to assist any persons with special needs.

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Editor's Note: On Tuesday, January 22, 2002, Cardinal Bevilacqua will lead approximately five thousand people from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. The Archdiocesan contingent will meet on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 15th Street in Washington at noon.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Lead Thousands From Archdiocese Of Philadelphia To March For Life

January 17, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO LEAD THOUSANDS FROM
ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA TO MARCH FOR LIFE

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia and Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, will lead approximately five thousand people from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to the 29th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, January 22, 2002. This march marks the tragic 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

Cardinal Bevilacqua will be joined by area high school and college students, parishioners from the five-county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. Many schools and parishes sponsor buses to the March for Life. One departure point for buses is Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia. Archbishop Ryan will be sending three buses to Washington, D.C.


Tuesday, January 22, 2002
6:45 a.m. Departure
Archbishop Ryan High School
11201 Academy Road
Northeast Philadelphia

Marchers from Philadelphia will begin the day at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The contingent traveling from Philadelphia will meet at 12:00 p.m. on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 15th Street.

Cardinal Bevilacqua will also celebrate the annual Mass for Life at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on Sunday, January 20, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. More information is available regarding the Mass for Life at www.archdiocese-phl.org under News.

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Editor's Note: Any media wishing to interview Cardinal Bevilacqua in Washington, D.C. are asked to kindly contact Donna Farrell in the Office for Communications at 215-587-3747 or by cell phone at 215-651-3574.

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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Celebrates Catholic Schools Week January 27 - February 2, 2002

January 18, 2002

Archdiocese of Philadelphia
CELEBRATES CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
January 27 - February 2, 2002

Schools in the five-county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, along with Catholic schools throughout the nation, will celebrate Catholic Schools Week, January 27 through February 2, 2002. This year's national theme "Where Faith and Knowledge Meet" expresses the approach of Catholic education because faith formation underlies all aspects of Catholic education. Catholic Schools Week helps build support for Catholic schools and recognizes students, teachers, volunteers and parents of Catholic schools.


- It was mainly through the efforts of Saint John Neumann, 4th Bishop of Philadelphia, that parochial schools came into being. Two years after becoming Bishop of Philadelphia in 1852 the number of students in parochial schools in Philadelphia increased from 500 to 9,000 and Philadelphia became a leader in Catholic education in the United States.



- There are 233 schools in the Archdiocese including:
211 parish elementary schools
22 Archdiocesan high schools
100 schools in the city
133 schools in the suburbs
High schools enrollment is 23,249
Parish elementary school enrollment is 78,921

- Almost 90% of Archdiocesan high school graduates go on to college

During Catholic Schools Week, more than 100,000 students, parents and teachers throughout the five-county Archdiocese will celebrate with a variety of special religious, social and recreational activities. Below is a list of some of the activities planned.


SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2002
9:00 a.m. - Visitation BVM Parish Elementary School, 300 E. Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia

Catholic Schools Week opening Mass with a special presentation to Sister Jane Field, computer teacher, who was the Archdiocesan nominee for the National Catholic Education Association's Teacher of the Year. Mass is followed by a pancake breakfast.

9:00 a.m. - St. Clement Parish Elementary School, 2240 S. 71st Street, Philadelphia
Catholic Schools Week Opening Mass followed by an open house and vocations awareness displays

9:00 a.m. - St. Patrick Parish Elementary School, 210 Meredith Street, Kennett Square
9:00 a.m. Students will read a thank you essay to the parish at Mass; 10:00 a.m. Band Concert
10:00 - 12 noon - Open House

9:00 a.m. - St. Mary Magdalen Parish Elementary School, 2430 N. Providence Road, Media
9:00 a.m. Opening Mass; 10:00 a.m. Open House and Exhibit of Students' Work

12:00 noon - St. Adalbert Parish Elementary School, 3236 Edgemont Street, Philadelphia
Catholic Schools Week Opening Mass followed by an open house for parishioners. The students will collect pennies after the Masses to use for additional library books and instructional materials for the students. There also is a book fair for students to purchase books, posters, and games.

1:00 p.m. - St. Pius X High School, 844 North Keim Street, Pottstown
Open House and information day for prospective students and their families to visit the school. Program consists of academic presentations by the school's administration as well as department chairpersons, tour of the school with student guides; athletics and activities presentations.

MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2002
7:00 a.m. - St. Pius X High School, 844 North Keim Street, Pottstown

St. Pius X High School will be hosting local business leaders at a breakfast at the high school. Dr. Laurence Mazzeno, President of Alvernia College, will be the guest speaker.

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - St. Athanasius/Immaculate Conception Parish Elementary School, 7105 Limekiln Pike, Philadelphia - Catholic Schools Week Open House

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Ss. Philip and James Parish Elementary School, 721 E. Lincoln Hwy., Exton
An all-day "Putting on the Hits" contest with students displaying talents

9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.- St. Patrick Parish Elementary School, 210 Meredith Street, Kennett Square
School Spirit Day, with games, Winter Olympics, ending with an awards assembly at 2:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m. - Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Elementary School, 1523 Elkins Avenue, Abington
Career Day - guest speakers visit classrooms and discuss their careers.

10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.- Sacred Heart Parish Elementary School, Wilson Ave. and Manoa Rd. , Havertown
Students from Don Guanella School, an Archdiocesan school for boys with a wide variety of disabilities, will work with students from Sacred Heart preparing crafts and doing activities.

10:00 a.m. - St. Bede the Venerable Parish Elementary School, 1053 Holland Road, Holland
Prayer Service for school students to kick off Catholic Schools Week.

10:00 a.m. - St. Mary Magdalen Parish Elementary School, 2430 N. Providence Rd., Media
Student body will honor an outstanding volunteer for service to the school.

12:45 p.m. - Holy Saviour Parish Elementary School, 400 East Airy Street, Norristown
"Celebration Assembly" honoring school volunteers and community helpers (police officers, fire fighters, etc.) Students will present thank you cards.

1:00 p.m. - St. Eugene Parish Elementary School, 110 S. Oak Avenue, Primos
A music assembly featuring "Rock Roots," the history of Rock, performed by "Young Audiences"

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2002
7:30 a.m. - St. John Neumann High School for Boys, 2600 Moore St., Philadelphia

The Student Council will host a breakfast for the faculty and staff.

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Visitation BVM Parish Elementary School, North Trooper Road, Norristown
Students choose to dress in the colors of the Philadelphia sports teams of their choice.

All Day - St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish Elementary School, 300 Daly Drive, West Chester
Students will come to school dressed in red and white (school colors). There will be a special assembly in the gym and the "Chinese Acrobats" will perform at 1:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m. - St. Adalbert Parish Elementary School, 3236 Edgemont Street, Philadelphia
Prayer Service to honor parents and friends who volunteer their services to the school, followed by a bagel and muffin breakfast.

10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - St. Bede the Venerable Parish Elementary School, 1053 Holland Road, Holland
Patriotic Sock Hop Day for students throughout the day in the gymnasium.

10:30 a.m. - Our Lady of Fatima Parish Elementary School, 2915 Street Road, Bensalem
Career Day - Students dress in professional outfits and share the qualities for that job.

1:30 p.m. - St. Eugene Parish Elementary School, 110 S. Oak Avenue, Primos
Faculty vs. students volleyball game in the gymnasium

7:00 p.m. - St. Gabriel Parish Elementary School, 233 Mohawk Avenue, Norwood
Student vs. faculty basketball game

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2002
All Day - Holy Martyrs Parish Elementary School, 121 Allison Road, Oreland

Salute to Our Nation - Valentines will be made for the veterans of the parish. Children will write letters and draw pictures for active duty members of the armed forces.

9:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - St. Patrick Parish Elementary School, 210 Meredith Street, Kennett Square
Bill Wood, innovative storyteller, will tell stories to students, and an all-day Penny Race to benefit children in Afghanistan.

8:30 a.m. - St. Laurence Parish Elementary School, 8245 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby
The second grade students are hosting "Donuts with Dad" to show their appreciation.

9:00 a.m. - 12 noon - Ss. Clement-Irenaeus Parish Elementary School, 2240 S. 71st Street, Philadelphia
Religious Vocation Day - 8th grade will do a display in the auditorium and representatives from various religious communities will visit the school.

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. -Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish Elementary School, 2nd Street Pike, Southampton - Open House for families of current and prospective students. Student art work is on display and Patriotic Door Contest.

10:30 a.m. - St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish Elementary School, 913 Pierce Street, Philadelphia
"Hats Off to America" is the theme of this patriotic red, white and blue assembly for Student Appreciation Day.

1:00 p.m. - St. Adalbert Parish Elementary School, 3236 Edgemont Street, Philadelphia
Appreciation Day - Senior Citizens will be honored for their service to our country and school. The Seniors will be presented a Patriotic Cake and the students will sing patriotic songs .

12:00 noon - Queen of the Universe Center, 2477 Trenton Road, Levittown
Special needs students will enjoy a Hawaiian Luau, with games, prizes, and refreshments.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2001
All morning - St. Bernadette Parish Elementary School, Bond and Turner Avenues, Drexel Hill

Students will prepare lunches for distribution to the homeless.

9:00 a.m. - 12 noon - Ss. Clement Irenaeus Parish Elementary School, 2240 S. 71st Street, Philadelphia
Students dress as their favorite story book character followed by a magic show.

10:00 a.m. - Bishop McDevitt High School, 125 Royal Avenue, Wyncote
A guest motivational speaker will talk to the students about drug and alcohol abuse.


10:00 a.m. - St. Pius X Parish Elementary School, 204 S. Lawrence Rd., Broomall
"Magical Revelations" - teaching the Gospel Message through Magic by Rev. Leo Goodman, a priest from St. Catherine Parish in Harrisburg.

1:00 p.m. - St. Charles Borromeo Parish Elementary School, 1704 Bristol Pike, Bensalem
Eighth grade students and their parents will play a basketball game.

12:30 p.m. - Monsignor Bonner High School for Boys, 403 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill
Graduates who are now lawyers have been invited back to lunch (12:30 p.m.), a tour of the school (1:30), and a Mock Trial Exhibition (2:00 - 3:00)

1:00 p.m. - Our Lady of Grace Parish Elementary School, 300 Hulmeville Avenue, Penndel
Volleyball game between students and teachers

1:15 p.m. - St. Basil the Great Parish Elementary School, 2330 Kimberton Rd., Kimberton
For student appreciation day, the students will make ice cream sundaes.

1:30 p.m. - Archbishop Wood High School, 655 York Road, Warminster
Students will play "Jeopardy" game, also Teacher Appreciation Day

1:30 p.m. - St. Martin of Tours Parish Elementary School, Roosevelt Blvd. and Sanger St., Philadelphia
Grades 5 through 8 will participate in a special NBA Pep Rally.

7:00 p.m. - St. Anastasia Parish Elementary School, 3309 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square
Roller-blading Party for students sponsored by the Home and School Association

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2002
7:30 a.m. - Bishop Shanahan High School, 220 Woodbine Rd., Downingtown

Teachers Appreciation Day Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - Lansdale Catholic High School, 700 Lansdale Avenue, Lansdale
Special Recognition Mass for five teachers celebrating 25 years in Catholic education

1:00 p.m. - St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls, 7320 Torresdale Avenue, Philadelphia
As a finale for Catholic Schools Week, St. Hubert's will sponsor its Third Annual Talent Show for students.

7:00 p.m. - St. Eugene Parish Elementary School, 110 S. Oak Avenue, Primos
Family Bingo in the school hall. The kitchen will be open for dinner at 6:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. - Immaculate Conception Parish Elementary School, 606 West Avenue, Jenkintown
The Home and School Association sponsors a Father and Daughter Dance.


4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - St. Martin of Tours Parish Elementary School, Roosevelt Blvd. and Sanger St., Philadelphia - To conclude Catholic Schools Week, the Home and School Association is having a pasta dinner.

7:00 p.m. - St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls, 7320 Torresdale Avenue, Philadelphia
As a finale to Catholic Schools Week, St. Hubert's will present its Third Annual Talent Show to parents and families.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Visit Two Schools During Catholic Schools Week

January 24, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO VISIT
TWO SCHOOLS DURING CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will visit two Catholic schools during Catholic Schools Week, celebrated this year January 27 through February 2, 2002.


Monday, January 28, 2002
8:30 a.m. - 11:15 p.m.
Cardinal O'Hara High School
1701 S. Sproul Road
Springfield, PA


At 8:30 a.m. Cardinal Bevilacqua will celebrate Mass for the students of Cardinal O'Hara and will greet the students and faculty immediately following. At approximately 10:15 a.m. the Cardinal with meet with a representative group of forty students in Room 239.


Thursday, January 31, 2002
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Our Mother of Consolation Parish Elementary School
17 E. Chestnut Hill Avenue
Philadelphia, PA


Members of the 7th grade class will greet Cardinal Bevilacqua and give him a tour of the school. Immediately following, the students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades will assemble in the Church where Cardinal Bevilacqua will talk to the students about vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Catholic Schools Week helps build support and recognition for Catholic schools. The Archdiocesan Office for Catholic Education has launched a special marketing effort which includes billboards, and television and radio messages, to raise the awareness of Catholic schools. For information on Catholic schools and upcoming open houses, visit the Office for Catholic Education website www.catholicschools-phl.org If you would like a copy of the radio, television or billboard message please contact the Office for Communications.

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Boy Scout Mass At Cathedral Celebrating National Scout Month 800 Boy Scouts And Parents Expected To Participate

January 28, 2002

BOY SCOUT MASS AT CATHEDRAL
CELEBRATING NATIONAL SCOUT MONTH

800 BOY SCOUTS AND PARENTS EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE

Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at the Scout Sunday Liturgy on:

Sunday, February 3, 2002
2:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul
18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


This special Mass, celebrated during National Scout Month (February), acknowledges Boy Scouts who have received awards pertaining to their religious formation. During the Mass, Bishop Maginnis will present the Ad Altare Dei (To the Altar of God) award to 85 boy scouts. Recognition will also be given to the recipients of the Light of Christ award, which is presented to younger Cub Scouts, and the Parvuli Dei (Children of God) award, which is presented to older Cub Scouts. According to Reverend John B. Wendrychowicz, Director and Chaplain of the Archdiocesan Boy Scouts, this special Mass is the Catholic salute to Boy Scouts, founded in 1910.

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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
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Archdiocesan Synod Office Sponsors Informational Meetings In Bucks County

January 30, 2002

Archdiocesan Synod Office Sponsors
Informational Meetings in Bucks County

The Synod to be held in the Fall of 2002 is an historic event in the lives of the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It has been sixty-eight years since the Archdiocese held a Synod. The calling of this Tenth Synod for the Archdiocese by Cardinal Bevilacqua is the culmination of a series of planning programs. It affords the Archbishop a special opportunity for him to hear the voice of his people on their hopes, concerns and desires for the faith they hold in communion with him and one another.

The consultation of the people to hear their "voices" is in two parts. The first part occurred last fall when people wrote in to the Synod Office their own needs and hopes. The second part now asks people to respond to topics during assemblies or regional meetings. The meetings will give the Archdiocese the opportunity to offer more information on these topics and it will enable people to share ideas and further discuss the topics.

You are invited to attend one or more of these meetings. Please call 267-299-6995 to register and indicate which meeting you plan to attend. If you decide to come at the last minute, you certainly are welcome.


In Bucks County

Saturday, February 9, 2002
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
St. Agnes Parish
445 North Mail Street
Sellersville, PA


Saturday, February 23, 2002
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Archbishop Wood High School
655 York Road
Warminster, PA

Thursday, February 28, 2002
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Conwell-Egan Catholic High School
611 Wistar Road
Fairless Hills, PA


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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Archdiocesan Synod Office Sponsors Information Meeting In Chester County

January 30, 2002

Archdiocesan Synod Office Sponsors Information Meeting
In Chester County

The Synod to be held in the Fall of 2002 is an historic event in the lives of the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It has been sixty-eight years since the Archdiocese held a Synod. The calling of this Tenth Synod for the Archdiocese by Cardinal Bevilacqua is the culmination of a series of planning programs. It affords the Archbishop a special opportunity for him to hear the voice of his people on their hopes, concerns and desires for the faith they hold in communion with him and one another.

The consultation of the people to hear their "voices" is in two parts. The first part occurred last fall when people wrote in to the Synod Office their own needs and hopes. The second part now asks people to respond to topics during assemblies or regional meetings. The meetings will give the Archdiocese the opportunity to offer more information on these topics and it will enable people to share ideas and further discuss the topics.

You are invited to attend one or more of these meetings. Please call 267-299-6995 to register and indicate which meeting you plan to attend. If you decide to come at the last minute, you certainly are welcome.
In Chester County

Monday, March 4, 2002
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Immaculata College
Immaculata, PA


Tuesday, March 12, 2002
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saints Philip and James Parish
723 E. Lincoln Highway
Exton, PA

Saturday, March 23, 2002
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
St. Joseph Parish
Manor Avenue
Downingtown, PA

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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Archdiocesan Synod Office Sponsors Informational Meetings In Delaware County

January 30, 2002

Archdiocesan Synod Office Sponsors Informational Meetings
In Delaware County

The Synod to be held in the Fall of 2002 is an historic event in the lives of the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It has been sixty-eight years since the Archdiocese held a Synod. The calling of this Tenth Synod for the Archdiocese by Cardinal Bevilacqua is the culmination of a series of planning programs. It affords the Archbishop a special opportunity for him to hear the voice of his people on their hopes, concerns and desires for the faith they hold in communion with him and one another.

The consultation of the people to hear their "voices" is in two parts. The first part occurred last fall when people wrote in to the Synod Office their own needs and hopes. The second part now asks people to respond to topics during assemblies or regional meetings. The meetings will give the Archdiocese the opportunity to offer more information on these topics and it will enable people to share ideas and further discuss the topics.

You are invited to attend one or more of these meetings. Please call 267-299-6995 to register and indicate which meeting you plan to attend. If you decide to come at the last minute, you certainly are welcome.
In Delaware County


Thursday, February 21, 2002
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Monsignor Bonner High School
403 N. Lansdowne Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA


Tuesday, March 19, 2002
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
St. Pius X Parish
220 Lawrence Road
Broomall, PA

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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-598-3747

Archdiocesan Synod Office Sponsors Informational Meetings In Montgomery County

January 30, 2002

Archdiocesan Synod Office Sponsors
Informational Meetings in Montgomery County

The Synod to be held in the Fall of 2002 is an historic event in the lives of the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It has been sixty-eight years since the Archdiocese held a Synod. The calling of this Tenth Synod for the Archdiocese by Cardinal Bevilacqua is the culmination of a series of planning programs. It affords the Archbishop a special opportunity for him to hear the voice of his people on their hopes, concerns and desires for the faith they hold in communion with him and one another.

The consultation of the people to hear their "voices" is in two parts. The first part occurred last fall when people wrote in to the Synod Office their own needs and hopes. The second part now asks people to respond to topics during assemblies or regional meetings. The meetings will give the Archdiocese the opportunity to offer more information on these topics and it will enable people to share ideas and further discuss the topics.

You are invited to attend one or more of these meetings. Please call 267-299-6995 to register and indicate which meeting you plan to attend. If you decide to come at the last minute, you certainly are welcome.
In Montgomery County

Tuesday, February 12, 2002
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Lansdale Catholic High School
700 Lansdale Avenue
Lansdale, PA

Wednesday, February 20, 2002
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 0p.m.
St. Pius X High School
844 N. Keim Street
Pottstown, PA

Monday, March 11, 2002
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Kennedy-Kenrick High School
250 E. Johnson Highway
Norristown, PA

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Archdiocesan Synod Office Sponsors Informational Meetings In Philadelphia South

January 30, 2002

Archdiocesan Synod Office Sponsors
Informational Meetings in Philadelphia South

The Synod to be held in the Fall of 2002 is an historic event in the lives of the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It has been sixty-eight years since the Archdiocese held a Synod. The calling of this Tenth Synod for the Archdiocese by Cardinal Bevilacqua is the culmination of a series of planning programs. It affords the Archbishop a special opportunity for him to hear the voice of his people on their hopes, concerns and desires for the faith they hold in communion with him and one another.

The consultation of the people to hear their "voices" is in two parts. The first part occurred last fall when people wrote in to the Synod Office their own needs and hopes. The second part now asks people to respond to topics during assemblies or regional meetings. The meetings will give the Archdiocese the opportunity to offer more information on these topics and it will enable people to share ideas and further discuss the topics.

You are invited to attend one or more of these meetings. Please call 267-299-6995 to register and indicate which meeting you plan to attend. If you decide to come at the last minute, you certainly are welcome.

In Philadelphia South

Saturday, February 16, 2002
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
St. Maria Goretti High School
10th and Moore Streets
Philadelphia

Saturday, March 2, 2002
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
St. John Neumann High School
26th and Moore Streets
Philadelphia



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Archdiocesan Synod Office Sponsors Informational Meetings In Philadelphia North

January 30, 2002

Archdiocesan Synod Office Sponsors
Informational Meetings in Philadelphia North

The Synod to be held in the Fall of 2002 is an historic event in the lives of the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It has been sixty-eight years since the Archdiocese held a Synod. The calling of this Tenth Synod for the Archdiocese by Cardinal Bevilacqua is the culmination of a series of planning programs. It affords the Archbishop a special opportunity for him to hear the voice of his people on their hopes, concerns and desires for the faith they hold in communion with him and one another.

The consultation of the people to hear their "voices" is in two parts. The first part occurred last fall when people wrote in to the Synod Office their own needs and hopes. The second part now asks people to respond to topics during assemblies or regional meetings. The meetings will give the Archdiocese the opportunity to offer more information on these topics and it will enable people to share ideas and further discuss the topics.

You are invited to attend one or more of these meetings. Please call 267-299-6995 to register and indicate which meeting you plan to attend. If you decide to come at the last minute, you certainly are welcome.
In Philadelphia North

Thursday, February 21, 2002
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish
819 Cathedral Road
Philadelphia

Monday, February 25, 2002
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Archbishop Ryan High School
11201 Academy Road
Philadelphia

Tuesday, March 5, 2002
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Holy Innocents Parish
"L" Street and Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia

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Auditions And Rehearsals Are Underway For "a Celebration Of The Arts" Showcasing The Talents Of The Students Of The Catholic Schools Of The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Music - Dance - Drama - Cheerleading - Art Exhibition

February 5, 2002

Auditions and Rehearsals are underway for
"A CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS"
Showcasing the talents of the students of the Catholic Schools
of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Music - Dance - Drama - Cheerleading - Art Exhibition

Students from Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be auditioning and rehearsing for "A Celebration of the Arts," which will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at The Liacouras Center, 1776 North Broad Street, Philadelphia This year's theme is "Another Opening - Another Show" and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. More than 1,500 students will participate in song, dance, music, drama and cheerleading.

Auditions are being held on:


Saturday, February 9 - Hallahan High School, 311 North 19th Street, Philadelphia
Vocal Auditions - 10:00 am for elementary students - 12:30 pm for high school students

Sunday, February 17 - Hallahan High School, 311 North 19th Street, Philadelphia
Dance Auditions - 12 noon for groups - 1:00 pm for open auditions

Sunday, February 24 - St. Maria Goretti High School, 10th and Moore Streets, Philadelphia
Piano Auditions - 10:00 am

Sunday, February 24 - Archbishop Carroll High School, 211 Matson Ford Road, Radnor, PA
Drama Auditions - 1:00 pm

Monday, March 18 - Father Judge High School, 3301 Solly Avenue, Philadelphia
Cheerleaders - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Rehearsals are being held on:


Monday, February 11 - Bishop Shanahan High School, 220 Woodbine Road, Downingtown, PA
2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Monday, April 15 - Final Rehearsal - Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Celebrate Mass For Altar Servers

February 8, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO CELEBRATE MASS FOR ALTAR SERVERS

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist for the annual Mass to honor altar servers from Chester County, Delaware County and Philadelphia - South Vicariates.


Sunday, February 10, 2002
2:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


1,107 altar servers from 62 parishes are scheduled to attend the Mass. Reverend Monsignor James T. McDonough, Vicar for Chester County, Reverend Monsignor John T. Conway, Vicar for Philadelphia - South and Reverend Thomas J. Smith, Vicar for Delaware County will concelebrate the Mass. Music will be provided by the Children's Choir of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Morton, Delaware County.
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Editor's Note: Altar servers from the Bucks County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia - North Vicariates will attend in 2003.

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Operation Rice Bowl Begins On Ash Wednesday Pray, Fast, Learn And Give

February 11, 2002

OPERATION RICE BOWL BEGINS ON ASH WEDNESDAY

PRAY, FAST, LEARN AND GIVE

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia begins the 27th annual campaign of Operation Rice Bowl on Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2002. The 40 day Lenten program encourages parishioners to fast one day a week during Lent. Families place money that would have been spent on meals into a cardboard "rice bowl" to remember those who are poor and hungry. These rice bowls are available from most parishes. After Easter, parishioners' contributions will be donated to those in need. In addition to fasting, participants are encouraged to pray and learn about our neighbors who live in poverty around the world and here at home. The four components of Operation Rice Bowl are "pray, fast, learn and give."

Operation Rice Bowl raised eight million dollars nationally in 2001 with the participation of 14,022 parishes. Catholic Relief Services is the official overseas relief and development agency of the United States Catholic community. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia (282 parishes) raised $310,000. Seventy five percent of the funds raised in the Archdiocese, or roughly $230,000, were distributed through Catholic Relief Services in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Those funds were used to support development projects which teach farmers new techniques, bring clean water to communities and provide health and nutrition education to ensure the well being of the most vulnerable community members.

Twenty five percent of the locally raised funds, or approximately $77,000, remained within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Nutritional Development Services, a department within Catholic Social Services, used these funds to purchase food for the poor and hungry in the Philadelphia area.

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Editor's Note: For more information about Catholic Relief Services and Operation Rice Bowl, visit www.catholicrelief.org.

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Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua Celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass And Distributes Ashes

February 12, 2002

ANTHONY CARDINAL BEVILACQUA CELEBRATES
ASH WEDNESDAY MASS AND DISTRIBUTES ASHES

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass and distribute ashes following the Mass on:

Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2002
12:05 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul
18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Ash Wednesday signifies the beginning of Lent for Christians throughout the world. Lent is the penitential season of prayer and sacrifice from Ash Wednesday through Holy Thursday, in preparation for Easter. Catholics throughout the archdiocese will visit their parish churches to receive the blessed ashes, which are marked in the sign of a cross on the foreheads of the faithful. The symbolic ashes remind the faithful of their mortality.

Lenten Regulations


All Catholics fourteen years of age and older are bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent. All Catholics eighteen years of age and older, up to and including their fifty-ninth birthday, are bound to fast by limiting themselves to a single full meal on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, while the other two meals on those days are to be light. They are also encouraged to attend Mass and to receive the Holy Eucharist daily, to celebrate frequently the Sacrament of Penance, to undertake spiritual reading, especially the study of the Sacred Scriptures, and to participate in parish Lenten devotions as well as Lenten education programs.

In the chapel adjacent to the Cathedral, distribution of ashes will take place during the following Masses: 7:15 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 12:35 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

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T.o.d.a.y. Valentine Dance

February 14, 2002

T.O.D.A.Y. VALENTINE DANCE

The Office for Youth and Young Adults of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will hold a Valentine Dance for members of the T.O.D.A.Y. Program (Transforming Opportunities for Disabled Adults and Youth) on

Saturday, February 16, 2002
7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
St. Timothy Parish
Levick and Battersby Streets
Philadelphia



The T.O.D.A.Y. Program is an Archdiocesan-wide program focusing on providing social, spiritual and educational experiences for disabled youth. This event provides the opportunity for the boys and girls of the T.O.D.A.Y. Program to enjoy a fun evening of making new friends, sharing pizza, dance and fun.


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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Welcome Almost 1,200 New Members Into The Catholic Church

February 15, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO WELCOME ALMOST 1,200
NEW MEMBERS INTO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will preside at the Rite of Election of Catechumens and the Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates, a significant step for adults joining the Catholic Church. There will be three celebrations this weekend.


Saturday, February 16, 2002
6:00 p.m.
Chester County Vicariate
Philadelphia - South Vicariate

Sunday, February 17, 2002
2:00 p.m.
Bucks County Vicariate
Delaware County Vicariate

Sunday, February 17, 2002
6:00 p.m.
Montgomery County Vicariate
Philadelphia - North Vicariate

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA



During the Rite of Election, Cardinal Bevilacqua will receive and bless 697 candidates (those who have been baptized in other faiths) and 489 catechumens (those who have not been baptized). After an intense period of prayer during Lent, the catechumens and candidates will become full members of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Mass on March 30, 2002.
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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Parishioners Donate $644,000 For Victims Of September 11th

February 18, 2002

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA PARISHIONERS DONATE $644,000
FOR VICTIMS OF SEPTEMBER 11TH

Parishioners throughout the five county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia generously contributed $644,000 (as of February 1, 2002) through special collections to a fund for the victims of September 11th. Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will send approximately half of the money raised to the archbishops or bishops of the dioceses where most of the victims lived. Those dioceses include the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ, Archdiocese of New York, Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., Diocese of Arlington, VA, Diocese of Bridgeport, CT, Diocese of Brooklyn, Diocese of Patterson, NJ and the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY.

The remaining funds will stay in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to assist both primary and secondary victims of the attacks. Catholic Social Services is working with the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania to provide direct assistance to those families who lost someone whose salary provided the family's main means of support. Nineteen such families have been identified within the Archdiocese.

The Archdiocese will also assist those who have been indirectly affected by the tragedies. Catholic Social Services, through its 12 Family Service Centers in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is already helping some people who have lost their jobs or had their hours reduced as a result of cutbacks in the hospitality or travel business.

Family Service Centers

Philadelphia County
6214 Grays Street - 215-724-8550
227 N. 18th Street - 215-854-7090
Casa Del Carmen Family Center, 4400 N. Reese Street (Bilingual staff available) - 215-329-5660
7340 Jackson Street - 215-624-5920

Bucks County
100 Levittown Parkway, Levittown - 215-945-2550
427 North Main Street, Sellersville - 215-453-7098
607 W. Street Road, Warminster - 215-957-6699

Chester County
141 East Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown - 610-269-4060
105 Prospect Avenue, West Grove (Bilingual staff available) - 610-869-6500

Delaware County
240 N. Bishop Avenue, Springfield - 610-626-6550
130 E. 7th Street, Chester City (Bilingual staff available) - 610-876-7101

Montgomery County
353 E. Johnson Highway, Norristown - 610-279-7372

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Cardinal Bevilacqua Extends Support To Jewish Congregation

February 21, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA EXTENDS SUPPORT TO JEWISH CONGREGATION

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, offered his heartfelt support to the Congregation Kol Ami in its efforts to build a synagogue in Abington Township, Montgomery County. The location of the proposed synagogue is a former convent of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

In a letter to the President of Congregation Kol Ami, Mr. Mark Levin, dated February 19, 2002, Cardinal Bevilacqua said, "I have read with great interest about the recent news conference which was held to offer support to your efforts. Standing with your Congregation's members were representatives of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General. I understand that each of the representatives supports your Congregation's federally protected right to build a synagogue. I know, too, that the Sisters of the Holy Family have been ably working to assist you in achieving your goal. I wish to take this opportunity to add my heartfelt support to your efforts."

Residents and the township commissioners have raised objections to the location of the proposed synagogue citing issues of noise and traffic. The Congregation has cited federal legislation known as "The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act" to support its efforts. A federal court has affirmed the Congregation's right to proceed with the proposed synagogue, citing "The Act." In his letter to Mr. Levin, Cardinal Bevilacqua said, "As you may know, this legislation was enacted in response to the difficulties encountered by St. Peter the Apostle Church in the Diocese of San Antonio, Texas. All too often, congregations of various faiths encounter difficulties when attempting to build or expand houses of worship or their related schools."

Abington Township can file an appeal in federal court. A separate action is pending in Montgomery County Court where a residents' group is appealing a special zoning exception granted to Congregation Kol Ami to occupy the grounds of the former convent.

TEXT OF CARDINAL BEVILACQUA'S LETTER TO MR. MARK LEVIN, PRESIDENT OF CONGREGATION KOL AMI


February 19, 2002

Mr. Mark Levin
President, Congregation Kol Ami
312 Harrison Avenue
Glenside, PA 19038

Dear Mr. Levin:

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been following your Congregation's attempt to build a synagogue in Abington Township. I am mindful that the location of the proposed synagogue is a former convent of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

I have read with great interest about the recent press conference which was held to offer support to your efforts. Standing with your Congregation's members were representatives of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General. I understand that each of the representatives supports your Congregation's federally protected right to build a synagogue. I know, too, that the Sisters of the Holy Family have been ably working to assist you in achieving your goal. I wish to take this opportunity to add my heartfelt support to your efforts.

The Congregation has cited federal legislation known as "The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act" in support of your efforts. As you may know, this legislation was enacted in response to the difficulties encountered by St. Peter the Apostle Church in the Diocese of San Antonio, Texas. All too often, congregations of various faiths encounter difficulties when attempting to build or expand houses of worships or their related schools.

Offering you prayers and support as you continue in your efforts to build a house of worship for your followers, I am,

Sincerely yours,


Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua
Archbishop of Philadelphia

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Statement By Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua In Response To Clergy Sexual Abuse

February 26, 2002

STATEMENT BY ANTHONY CARDINAL BEVILACQUA IN RESPONSE TO CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE

Attached is Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua's statement in response to clergy sexual abuse, titled "Restoring Trust: An Apology and A Commitment." You may quote from the statement or print it in its entirety.

Editor's Note: No news conference or media availablility is planned with Cardinal Bevilacqua at the present time.


Statement by Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua
Archbishop of Philadelphia
February 26, 2002
Restoring Trust: An Apology and A Commitment


In recent weeks, public attention has been focused intensely on instances of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests in several parts of the country. Understandably, this has caused grave concern and raised a number of questions in the hearts and minds of many people, including the faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. I wish to address this issue of sexual abuse of minors by priests, particularly as it affects the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Sadly and tragically, there have been cases of sexual abuse of minors by some priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Although the number of priests responsible for these actions is relatively few, even one act of abuse against a minor, whether by a priest or any other person, is to be condemned as a grave sin and a serious crime. Furthermore, each such instance of abuse by a priest is a heinous offense against the dignity of the human person and an affront to the sanctity of the Priesthood.

I take this opportunity to express to the victims of sexual abuse by priests, locally or elsewhere, my deepest apologies and heartfelt sorrow. One cannot begin to imagine the pain, humiliation and suffering which these victimized persons have endured and by which they continue to be affected as a result of this detestable violation of body and spirit. To all these individuals, as well as to their families, I extend my assurance of continued prayers and solicitude.

I must state clearly and without reservation that I denounce any form of sexual abuse, most especially sexual abuse of minors by priests. Such violations against children and those in their early teens cause great pain for all persons involved and, indeed, for the entire Church. Because priests are called to emulate the charity, chastity and care of Christ the Good Shepherd, the sexual abuse of a minor by a priest is among the most depraved of moral aberrations. Sexual abuse of minors by priests is a deplorable act and a reprehensible breach of trust. I have not and will not, under any circumstances, tolerate such behavior by any priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

From my earliest days as Archbishop of Philadelphia, I have made every effort to take whatever measures necessary to prevent such sinful and unlawful activity by priests and to respond quickly and forthrightly to any allegations of abuse of minors by priests. In order to ensure the most efficient and expedient handling of such allegations, in 1993, the procedures already utilized by the Archdiocese in such matters were further developed in a written policy. This policy has been reviewed and revised periodically, in consultation with legal counsel, to certify that we are acting in conformity with Church and state law. Considered in these reviews are the latest findings of medical science's evolving study of sexual disorders.

Mindful of the delicate circumstances as well as the situation of each victim, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is committed to addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors in a direct and forthright manner. In each reported case, we have not discouraged people from going to law enforcement or civil authorities with allegations. It has, in fact, been our preference that civil authorities investigate these matters. However, we have remained sensitive to the wishes of the victims and their families for confidentiality. We will continue to investigate and to report allegations of sexual abuse of minors in complete cooperation with the law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Certainly, the main priority in addressing instances of sexual abuse of minors by priests is caring compassionately for the well-being and protection of the victims. In each case, the Archdiocese has attempted to be as responsive as possible towards the victims by offering assistance with appropriate therapeutic counseling. As part of our on-going review of our policy, we are exploring ways in which we can enhance the pastoral care provided to victims of sexual abuse and their healing process.

While acknowledging the evil of sexual abuse of minors by anyone, the Church remains sensitive to her responsibility to care for the priest-perpetrator himself. In no less a manner than anyone would care for a loved one or family member who evidences such sickness or deviant behavior, the Church demonstrates not only the justice but also the compassion of Christ.

In all cases, the priest against whom allegations are brought immediately undergoes extensive psychological testing before a decision is rendered regarding further treatment. The goal is to ensure that the real problem or disorder is addressed thoroughly. It had been the policy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that any priest clinically diagnosed as a pedophile will never again receive a priestly assignment. More recently, it has been decided that any priest involved in the sexual abuse of a minor, whether or not clinically diagnosed as a pedophile, will not receive an assignment. Consequently, I do not know of any priest who has had sexual contact with a minor who is in a current assignment.

In addition, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia remains pro-active in evaluating applicants who wish to study for the Priesthood. The application and screening process for those entering our seminary is thorough and comprehensive, including psychological testing as well as criminal background checks. The seminary formation program focuses on the human, spiritual, pastoral and intellectual formation of the candidate. In particular, the human formation curriculum addresses all aspects of human development, including sexuality and appropriate inter-relational boundaries. For the priests of the Archdiocese, programs for on-going formation and education continue to address these issues of human development through workshops and days of education.

All of us must be vigilant to protect young people from abuse. The sexual abuse of minors is not limited to Catholic priests alone. To suggest that the evil of sexual abuse of minors finds its perpetrators proportionately higher among the Catholic clergy is unfounded and creates a disservice to Catholic priests in particular and to the Catholic Church at large. Those who sexually violate minors are found in virtually every profession, every state of life, married and single, male and female, Catholic and non-Catholic, friend, relative and parent.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, for many years, has had in place policies which govern not only priests and deacons but also religious and laity who serve within the various apostolates throughout the Archdiocese. Policies regarding sexual abuse of minors exist for teachers and administrators in parish and archdiocesan elementary and secondary schools as well as those employed by parishes and Catholic Social Services who work with minors.

Among those adversely affected by reports of sexual abuse of minors by clergy are the overwhelming majority of dedicated priests who serve the Lord faithfully, day after day, tending to the spiritual and pastoral needs of those entrusted to their care. The criminal actions of some priests cast a pall of suspicion and uncertainty over all faithful priests. At a time when the media is so focused on the actions of priests who have abused children, it is understandable that all other priests may become discouraged, lose heart or even withdraw from the public view. I wish to assure the faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that the priests who serve them are dedicated to their work and committed to their vocation in imitation of Jesus, our great High Priest. I remain profoundly grateful to all my fellow priests within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for their dedicated ministry. I urge all the faithful to demonstrate support and appreciation for those priests whose devotion and leadership continue to make the love of Christ known and felt daily in the lives of so many people.

Christ established the Church to bring light, hope, healing and peace to the world. For transgressions against that work by a few, I am deeply sorry. I invite all the faithful of the Archdiocese to join me in praying most especially for the victims and their families. I also ask your prayers not only for all our faithful, dedicated priests but also for those priests who have caused such harm. I pray that God's forgiveness will renew us, that His grace will sustain us, and that, together, we may work to make present the love, healing and truth of our merciful God.
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"kujenga" Leadership Training Weekend For African American Teens

February 27, 2002

"KUJENGA"
LEADERSHIP TRAINING WEEKEND
FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN TEENS

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Youth Organization will host a leadership conference for African American teens, grades 9 through 12. "Kujenga"
(pronounced Koo JEN ga) is the Swahili word for "leadership."
This weekend conference provides family oriented leadership training for African American high school age members of parish youth groups through a celebration of culture, customs, and traditions.

The send off ceremony will take place on:

Friday, March 1, 2002
5:00 p.m.
Archdiocesan Office Center
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia

The welcome home ceremony will take place on:

Sunday, March 3, 2002
4:00 p.m.
Archdiocesan Office Center
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia


This yearly conference is held at Camp Neumann Conference Center in Jamison, PA.


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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Deliver Address At Synagogue

February 28, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO DELIVER ADDRESS AT SYNAGOGUE

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will deliver an address at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, Montgomery County during the Shabbat (Sabbath) Service. The topic of Cardinal Bevilacqua's address will be the current state of Jewish-Catholic relations. Rabbi Lance Sussman, Ph.D., Senior Rabbi of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, invited Cardinal Bevilacqua to deliver this address.


Friday, March 1, 2002
8:00 p.m.
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, Montgomery County

Cardinal Bevilacqua last addressed a Jewish congregation on May 18, 2000 when he spoke on the topic of Reconciliation to Congregation Adath Jeshurun, also in Elkins Park. The Cardinal spoke at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel once before, on February 22, 1991. This will be Cardinal Bevilacqua's 17th visit/address to a synagogue since he became Archbishop of Philadelphia in 1988. All are welcome to attend the Shabbat Service at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel.
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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia To Build Transitional Housing And Community Center

March 5, 2002

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA TO BUILD
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING AND COMMUNITY CENTER

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, presided at a groundbreaking ceremony for a Transitional Housing and Community Center in the Kensington section of Philadelphia on Tuesday, February 26, 2002. This is the first major project of the Archdiocesan Office for Community Development, which Cardinal Bevilacqua established one year ago this month.

Cardinal Bevilacqua was joined at the groundbreaking by The Honorable John Street, Mayor of Philadelphia; The Honorable Frank DiCicco, Philadelphia City Council; The Honorable Richard Mariano, Philadelphia City Council; Reverend Monsignor Timothy C. Senior, Secretary for Catholic Human Services; Mr. Nicholas A. Giordano, Chair of the Office of Community Development's Advisory Committee and Reverend Monsignor Edward M. Deliman, Pastor of Visitation B.V.M. Parish in Kensington.

Transitional Housing and Community Center:
Located at intersection of Kensington and Lehigh Avenues, adjacent to Visitation B.V.M. Parish in the Kensington section of Philadelphia
Transitional Housing: 18 units of housing for mothers and children coming from shelters and seeking permanent housing
Community Center: three floors of multi-purpose rooms and offices and regulation-size gym
$3.5 million project with funding coming from federal, state and city sources
Completion scheduled for January 2003

Background:
Cardinal Bevilacqua announced the establishment of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Community Development at a news conference on February 28, 2001. The office was created in response to the Cardinal Bevilacqua's direction for the Archdiocese to become more active in efforts to revitalize the city. The mission of the office is to "help people help themselves."

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia chose the Kensington section of Philadelphia as the first targeted community partially because it had been the focus of Operation Sunrise of the Philadelphia Police Department and had also been the subject of city and church discussions over the course of two years for potential collaboration. It was also selected for its needs, its growing population of Hispanic and Vietnamese immigrants and the Catholic presence already in the area. The Office for Community Development plans to target other neighborhoods in the future.

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Archdiocesan Catholic Youth Organization And The Philadelphia 76ers Team Up For Hall Of Fame Banquet

March 7, 2002

ARCHDIOCESAN CATHOLIC YOUTH ORGANIZATION
AND THE PHILADELPHIA 76ers TEAM UP FOR
HALL OF FAME BANQUET

The 9th Annual Catholic Youth Organization Hall of Fame Banquet will take place on

Monday, March 11, 2002
5:30 p.m. Silent Auction - 7:00 p.m. Dinner
Adam's Mark Hotel
City Line and Monument Road
Philadelphia


For the sixth year, the banquet is being co-sponsored by the Philadelphia 76ers. Mr. Dave Coskey, president of the 76ers, will be present along with a few members of his staff. The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) utilizes sports and coaching to develop the spirituality and character formation of young people. CYO helps to prepare young people for the challenges of today and tomorrow. The purpose of the banquet is to raise funds for CYO programs, highlight their efforts and to honor adults who exemplify the philosophy, values and mission of the CYO.

The three Hall of Fame inductees are:

Pat Ciarrocchi
is the Emmy Award winning co-anchor of KYW-TV Eyewitness News. Pat is a member of Saint Matthias Parish in Bala Cynwyd and has spoken at many CYO events including the Recognition Dinner, the young adult conference Springfest, the Youth Rally and many individual parish functions.

Fran Dunphy is in his 13th year as the head coach of the mens' basketball team of the University of Pennsylvania. Fran is a member of Saint Eleanor Parish in Collegeville and he speaks at numerous CYO events, from Communion Breakfasts to parent talks.

Mary Ann Flanigan is a member of Saint John Neumann Parish in Bryn Mawr and the mother of eight children. Mary Ann founded her own computer school for people with disabilities, the MBF Center. Over 200 former students of the MBF Center have been placed in competitive employment.

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Marie Kelly
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Tickets Are Now On Sale For "a Celebration Of The Arts" Showcasing The Talents Of The Students Of The Catholic Schools Of The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Music - Dance - Drama - Cheerleading - Art Exhibition

March 8, 2002

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR
"A CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS"
Showcasing the talents of the students of the Catholic Schools
of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Music - Dance - Drama - Cheerleading - Art Exhibition

This year's theme is"Another Opening - Another Show" and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. More than 1,500 students will participate in song, dance, music, drama and cheerleading.
"Another Opening - Another Show"
Performance on Tuesday, April 16, 2002 - 7:30 p.m.
The Liacouras Center
1776 North Broad Street - Philadelphia, PA

Tickets Are On Sale Now

Box Office - Liacouras Center 215-204-2421

Ticketmaster: 215-336-2000

Ticketmaster website: www.ticketmaster.com

Ticket Costs: $30, $27, $24, $18, $10

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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Cardinal Bevilacqua To Celebrate Migration Mass

March 8, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO CELEBRATE MIGRATION MASS

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate the National Migration Week Mass as the Catholic Church throughout the United States honors the immigrant nature of our country and our Church. The homilist is the Reverend Paul Kuppe, OFM Cap, the Minister Provincial of the Saint Augustine Province of Capuchin Franciscan Friars. The theme of this year's celebration is "Called to One Table."


Sunday, March 10, 2002
2:00 p.m. Procession Begins
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

More than 40 nations will be represented in the Mass, beginning with a colorful procession. There will be choirs and readings in 10 languages. The National Migration Week Mass is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees.

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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747

"convo 2002" High School Students Gather For Workshops, Prayer And Fun

March 14, 2002

"CONVO 2002"

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GATHER FOR WORKSHOPS, PRAYER AND FUN

The Community Service Corps of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will host their annual "CONVO" on

Saturday, March 16, 2002
12 noon - 10:00 p.m.
Archbishop Prendergast High School
401 N. Lansdowne Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA


This gathering provides an opportunity for students to discover how they can make a difference in the world, to share their experiences and their faith with each other, and to enjoy the company of friends. The program includes various workshops in aiding the elderly, children, persons with disabilities, and the poor. Approximately 250 high school students are expected to attend. The students are members of the Community Service Corps (CSC), a program geared to high school students which encourages and coordinates volunteer services throughout the community.

The day includes workshops, entertainment, prayer, dinner and dancing. For more information call 215-567-4280.


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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Cardinal Bevilacqua To Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Observance Mass And March In Parade

March 15, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO CELEBRATE
ST. PATRICK'S DAY OBSERVANCE MASS
AND MARCH IN PARADE

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at the Saint Patrick's Day Observance Mass on

Sunday, March 17, 2002
10:00 a.m.
Saint Patrick Church
20th and Locust Streets
Philadelphia

Following the Mass, Cardinal Bevilacqua will march in the St. Patrick's Day parade.


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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Discloses New Allegation Of Abuse

March 21, 2002

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA DISCLOSES NEW ALLEGATION OF ABUSE

On the afternoon of Wednesday, March 20, 2002, a victim of clergy sexual abuse met with the Secretary for Clergy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and reported a credible allegation of abuse which occurred 28 years ago. Later that afternoon, the Secretary of Clergy met with the accused priest. As has been Archdiocesan policy, the priest involved was immediately removed from his assignment. Early last night, he entered a treatment center where he is currently being evaluated. This allegation is the only report of abuse against this priest of which the Archdiocese is aware. The Archdiocese is making plans to notify parishioners of this situation.

We are certain that this was a painful disclosure for the victim. All victims of abuse deserve the Church's utmost compassion and care. We hope people will find comfort in knowing that the Archdiocese is committed to resolving any allegation of abuse with compassion and full justice for the victim and for the priest.

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Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Holy Week And Easter Liturgies Palm Sunday, March 24 -- Easter Sunday March 31

March 22, 2002

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER LITURGIES
Palm Sunday, March 24 -- Easter Sunday March 31

PALM SUNDAY - March 24, 2002 - 10:45 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

In celebration of the Lord's entrance into Jerusalem, Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua will
bless the palms to be distributed to the faithful. Following the blessing of the palms, the Cardinal will be the celebrant and homilist at the Mass of Passion (Palm) Sunday.

HOLY THURSDAY CHRISM MASS -March 28, 2002 - 9:40 a.m. Procession - 10:00 a.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua will be the main celebrant and homilist at the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass, which commemorates the day on which the priesthood was established. In observance of this occasion, more than 500 priests of the Archdiocese are expected to attend this Mass and Cardinal Bevilacqua will lead the priests in renewing their ordination vows.

During the Mass, Cardinal Bevilacqua will bless the three oils used in the Sacraments: the Oil of Catechumens, used in Baptism; the Oil of the Sick, used in anointing of the sick; and Chrism Oil, used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders.

*Editor's Note: At the Chrism Mass video cameras are not allowed in cathedral. Reporters and still cameras are allowed. A mult box simulcast feed will be available for both video and audio purposes. A bnc connector and a recording deck are required. Staff from the Archdiocesan Office for Communications will be available to assist media.


HOLY THURSDAY MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER - March 28, 2002 - 5:00 P.M.
Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua will be the main celebrant and homilist. This mass commemorates the Last Supper, during which Christ instituted the sacrament of Holy Eucharist. After the homily, following the example of Christ who washed the feet of the apostles at the Last Supper, the Cardinal will wash the feet of twelve seminarians from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.


GOOD FRIDAY - March 29, 2002 - 3:00 P.M.
Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua is the celebrant and homilist at the Solemn Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Christ.

St. John the Evangelist Church, 13th Street between Market and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia - 3:00 P.M.
"The Way of the Cross"
- a special dramatic presentation of "Via Crucis" (The Way of the Cross). Under the direction of Dr. Annette DiMedio, students from the University of the Arts will perform this dramatic presentation based on the musical score, Via Crucis, composed by Franz Liszt.

HOLY SATURDAY - March 30, 2002 - 8:00 P.M.
Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua is the celebrant and homilist at the Easter Vigil Mass. The special ceremonies that take place during this Mass are all related to the Resurrection. The ceremonies include: the Blessing of the Fire, the lighting of the Paschal Candle, and the Blessing of the Easter Water.

EASTER SUNDAY - March 31, 2002 - 9:30 A.M.
Holy Innocents Church, "L" Street and Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua will be the celebrant and homilist at the Mass of the Resurrection.

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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Disabilities Etiquette: A Training Session

April 1, 2002

DISABILITIES ETIQUETTE: A TRAINING SESSION

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Department for Pastoral Care for Persons with Disabilities will host two training sessions at Archdiocesan high schools entitled Disabilities Etiquette. Students will learn how to accommodate individuals with differing abilities, including those who have physical, sensory, emotional and developmental needs.


Wednesday, April 3, 2002
2:30 p.m.
Northeast Catholic High School for Boys
1842 Torresdale Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

Tuesday, April 9, 2002
2:45 p.m.
Saint Hubert High School for Girls
7320 Torresdale Avenue
Philadelphia, PA


After their training, the students will serve as volunteers for the annual Mass for Persons with Disabilities, which will take place at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia on Sunday, April 21, 2002 at 2:30 p.m.

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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215587-3747

Cardinal Bevilacqua Announces The Establishment Of The Commission On The Protection Of Children And Clerical Conduct

April 4, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA ANNOUNCES THE ESTABLISHMENT OF
THE COMMISSION ON THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND CLERICAL CONDUCT

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, announced today that he has established a commission to review matters related to incidents of clerical sexual misconduct that will be called The Commission on the Protection of Children and Clerical Conduct. At a news conference held at the Archdiocesan Office Center in Philadelphia, Cardinal Bevilacqua said, "This Commission will work over the next six months reviewing current archdiocesan policies and procedures regarding care for victims, archdiocesan response to allegations of clergy sexual abuse and programs for formation and continuing education of clergy. I invite all the faithful of the Archdiocese as well as all people of good will to join me in prayer for the successful completion of the work of this Commission."

Cardinal Bevilacqua announced that the Commission will be chaired by Ms. Helen Alvare , a professor of law at Catholic University in Washington D.C. who is nationally recognized for her work on pro-life issues. From 1990 to 2000, Ms. Alvare served as a Policy Director for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Pro-Life Office. Last week, President Bush appointed Ms. Alvare to a commission that will advise the head of Health and Human Services regarding research about children's health and welfare. Ms. Alvare is a native of the Philadelphia area and a graduate of Villanova University and Cornell University School of Law. Ms. Alvare said, "I hope and I pray that my years of work in law, in Church life and in the public square may bear good fruit in this, perhaps the most significant task I will ever be asked to undertake after being a wife and a mother to three young children."

The Commission on the Protection of Children and Clerical Conduct will have the general charge of undertaking a review of current policies and procedures regarding clerical misconduct and, if deemed appropriate, of recommending revisions and additional policies, procedures or programmatic initiatives for the consideration of the Cardinal. The review will include current policies and procedures regarding the care for victims, current policies and procedures regarding the Archdiocesan response to any allegation of clergy sexual abuse, current admission process for candidates for Holy Orders for the Archdiocese as well as relevant formation programs.

The goal of the Commission is to provide Cardinal Bevilacqua with recommendations which will enable him to do his utmost to:
--protect children by eradicating as much as possible any sexual abuse of them by clergy
--strengthen Catholic solidarity and outreach for victims and their families
--form and support the clergy in their ministry to all people
--strengthen the confidence and trust of the Catholic faithful and the community at large

The Commission will be composed of seven to nine qualified lay persons. Commission members will have expertise in areas such as behavioral health care, law, social services and human resource management. The Commission will have the benefit of consultation from individuals with expertise in various related areas including: Canon Law, Civil Law and Behavioral Sciences. After all members have been named, the Commission will have six months to complete its work and submit recommendations to the Cardinal.

Contact
Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Statement By Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua On The Situation In The Middle East

April 8, 2002

Statement by Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua on the Situation in the Middle East

With anxious concern we have been observing the escalating tension and violence in the Middle East. This volatile situation between the Israelis and Palestinians continues to trouble the world as innocent lives are lost. In this land which is sacred to Christians, Jews and Moslems, we long to see not only an end to this bloody conflict, but that true, abiding peace which only God can give.

Our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, has implored all men and women of good will to pray for peace in the Middle East, particularly on this Sunday which Catholics commemorate as Divine Mercy Sunday. I join the Holy Father in asking the faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and people of every faith to pray for the victims of this current wave of unrest and violence as well as their families. We beg that all divisions and bitterness will be eradicated from that land which is sacred to so many people.

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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
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"a Celebration Of The Arts" Showcasing The Talents Of The Catholic School Students Of The Archdiocese

April 11, 2002


"A CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS"
SHOWCASING THE TALENTS OF THE
CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS OF THE ARCHDIOCESE

Where can you go to be entertained by concert pianists, jazz bands, a jazz choir, a symphony orchestra, Irish step dancers, vocalists, a dramatic presentation of the Declaration of Independence and color guards from the five branches of the United States Armed Forces -- all under one roof?

"A Celebration of the Arts"
Tuesday, April 16, 2002
7:30 p.m.
The Liacouras Center
1775 North Broad Street
Philadelphia


More than 1,500 students of the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese will participate in this exceptional evening of entertainment. This event is a tribute to the Catholic schools and the outstanding musical and artistic instruction available at both the elementary and high school levels.
The program includes performances by the Saint Rose of Lima Children's Choir, the Special Education Ensemble, the Archdiocesan Elementary Honors Band, the All Catholic Chorus, the Nazareth Academy Jazz Choir, the All Catholic Jazz Band, the All Catholic Symphony Orchestra, the Archdiocesan Elementary Jazz Band, the Archdiocesan Elementary Choir and the All Catholic Concert Band.

Highlights of the evening include:

Stanley Muzylowski, a student at Saint David Parish Elementary School in Willow Grove and winner of the Elementary Piano Competition.

Adam Barta,a vocal soloist from Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia, and winner of the vocal competition.

-Celebration' River Dance performed by Mary Claire Curran, a student at Nazareth Academy in Northeast Philadelphia, and Darrin Lorady, a student at Conwell-Egan High School in Bucks County. Mary Claire Curran is an award winning Irish Step Dancer and in 2001 won five preliminary championships and qualified for the March 2002 World Irish Dance Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Darin Lorady placed 1st at the Regional Level and placed 12th in the world this year. His next Championship competition is in July. He also participated in Michael Flatley's world tour of "Feet of Flame" last year.

Henry Schenker from Devon Preparatory School in Devon, and winner of the Secondary Piano Competition.

Clare Westlund, a student at Saint Lucy Day School for Visual Impairments in Upper Darby, and Matthew Dundo, a student at Archbishop Ryan School for Children with Deafness in Delaware County, will do a dramatic interpretation of a poem. Clare will read the poem in braille and Matthew will sign it in American Sign Language.

The Nazareth Academy High School Jazz Choir has 22 members and has been in existence for 10 years under the direction of Mr. David Hall. The group won a silver medal at the "Music, Maestro Please" festival in Montreal, Canada, in March 2002.

Finale - An Armed Forces Salute by the combined Ensembles and Soloists to all those who have served in the Armed Forces. This special salute will feature the color guards of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

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Editor's Note: Media are invited to attend the rehearsal at Liacouras Center on Monday, April 15, 2002. If you are interested in attending the rehearsal, please contact the Office for Communications at 215-587-3747 by Friday, April 12.






































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Marie Kelly
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Springfest 2002

April 17, 2002

SPRINGFEST 2002

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Young Adult Ministry Program is sponsoring Springfest,
a gathering of young adults, single and married, in their 20's and 30's. Springfest will be held on

Saturday, April 20, 2002
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Archbishop Prendergast High School
401 N. Lansdowne Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA


This year's theme is "Living in Faith Everyday." The event is an opportunity for young adults to learn more about their faith, attend workshops and socialize. The day includes a keynote address from KYW-TV news anchor Amy Caples, and a variety of workshops on faith and life topics. For more information contact 610-649-9476



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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Hosts Annual Mass For Persons With Disabilities

April 19, 2002

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA HOSTS ANNUAL MASS
FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Approximately 1,000 people are expected to attend the annual Mass for Persons with Disabilities. Reverend Monsignor Joseph R. Cistone, Vicar for Administration, will be the celebrant. The Mass is sponsored by The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Department of Pastoral Care for Persons with Disabilities, which is committed to creating access for people with all abilities to the life of the Church.

The homilist will be Reverend Monsignor Louis Marucci, D.Min., who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis shortly after his ordination to the priesthood in 1987. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities. Monsignor Marucci serves as Pastor of Saint Vincent Pallotti Parish and is Director of Development in the Diocese of Camden.


Sunday, April 21, 2002
2:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA


Volunteers from area Catholic high schools and colleges will assist with accommodating individuals with different abilities at the Mass. The volunteers will be trained prior to the Mass on issues regarding disabilities, particularly etiquette for assisting people with physical, sensory, emotional and developmental needs. Everyone is welcome to attend and participation is encouraged among individuals with disabilities, their families, friends, neighbors and care givers.

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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia To Host American Cardinals Dinner

April 19, 2002

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA TO HOST AMERICAN CARDINALS DINNER

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia will co-host the 13th American Cardinals Dinner with the Very Reverend David M. O'Connell, C.M., President of Catholic University, on Friday, April 26, 2002. Prior to the dinner, which will take place at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel, a Mass will be concelebrated by the American Cardinals at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

Each year a different diocese hosts the dinner. Philadelphia last hosted the dinner in 1995. All proceeds benefit Catholic University's scholarship funds. As many as 800 people are expected to attend.


Media Availability
Friday, April 26, 2002
2:45 p.m.
Valid press identification must be presented for entry
Press packet will be distributed
Auditorium of Archdiocesan Office Center
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA

4:00 p.m. Mass*
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
Homilist: Very Reverend David M. O'Connell, C.M.
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA


MEDIA MUST NOTIFY THE OFFICE FOR COMMUNICATIONS IF PLANNING TO ATTEND THE MEDIA AVAILABILITY AND/OR MASS NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2002. PLEASE CALL 215-587-3747 OR E-MAIL COMMUNOF@ADPHILA.ORG


*Video cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral during the Mass. Reporters and still cameras will be allowed. There will be a mult-box feed (audio and video) provided outside of the Cathedral. Television/radio crews will need a bnc connector and recording deck.


Editor's Note: The dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. It will not be open to media but video clips will be provided after 9:00 p.m. Beta tapes will be available upon request in the lobby of 222 N. 17th Street, the Archdiocesan Office Center.
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Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Statement Regarding Vatican Meetings Of April 23 And April 24, 2002 Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop Of Philadelphia

April 22, 2002

Statement Regarding Vatican Meetings of April 23 and April 24, 2002
Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia

The Holy Father has invited to Rome the U.S. Cardinals for a special meeting in order to address issues related to the abuse of minors by some members of the clergy. At this time, it is not possible for anyone to know the specifics of the outcome of this meeting.

I believe it will be another opportunity to give more information to the Holy See regarding the gravity of this problem in the United States. I also feel it will be an important step in securing, as much as is humanly possible, the safety of our children and in restoring confidence in the Church and in the clergy.

Like my brother Cardinals, I depart for Rome assuring our faithful that their bishops are dedicated to caring for the flock and that we continue to seek the best means to address this painful situation. I can state without any hesitation that the victims of sexual abuse, as well as the terrible suffering which they have endured, are foremost in the minds and hearts of the bishops and particularly in the minds and hearts of the Cardinals as we address the various aspects of this painful scandal.

I ask all of the faithful to pray for us that our meeting in Rome with the Holy Father will bear much fruit as we strive to bring healing, comfort and peace to those who are suffering as a result of this scandal.

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Cathy Rossi
Director
215-587-3747

Day Of Atonement And Sanctification Wednesday, April 24, 2002

April 23, 2002

DAY OF ATONEMENT AND SANCTIFICATION
Wednesday, April 24, 2002

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A PRIVATE DAY OF PRAYER FOR PRIESTS AND IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


Statement by Reverend Joseph P. Gentili
Director of Continuing Formation for Diocesan Priesthood
Archdiocese of Philadelphia


At the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday morning, March 28th, in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua invited all the priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to assemble at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary on Wednesday, April 24, 2002, for a Day of Atonement and Sanctification.

On this Day of Atonement and Sanctification, the priests will pray for victims of any kind of abuse, especially for their healing, for all the members of the Church which suffers whenever one of its members is hurt as well as for all priests.

This year, Pope John Paul II, in his message to priests on Holy Thursday, the day on which the anniversary of the Sacramental Priesthood is celebrated, asked priests to "...commit ourselves more fully to the search for holiness. We must beg God in his Providence to prompt a whole-hearted reawakening of those ideals of total self-giving to Christ which are the very foundation of the priestly ministry" (para.11). On April 24, the assembled priests will pray for holiness, beseeching Almighty God to "prompt a whole-hearted reawakening of those ideals of total self-giving..." within all priests.


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Editor's Note: Since this day of prayer is for priests, it is private and not open to the public or to the news media. There will be no admittance to Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. If you are interested in scheduling an interview with a priest at the conclusion of the Day of Atonement, please contact the Office for Communications at 215 - 587- 3747. A statement from Cardinal Bevilacqua regarding the Day of Atonement will be issued Wednesday morning.

Contact
Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

April 23, 2002

 

Cardinal Bevilacqua is in Rome attending a meeting of Cardinals at the Vatican and in his absence, issued this statement regarding the day.


STATEMENT REGARDING DAY OF ATONEMENT AND SANCTIFICATION
Wednesday, April 24, 2002
Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua
Archbishop of Philadelphia


The troubling and scandalous situation involving the sexual abuse of minors by some priests has distressed every member of the Catholic Church. We are grieved by the sin of a few which has had such a devastating effect on the emotional and spiritual lives of those who have been victimized. In calling for a Day of Atonement and Sanctification, it is my desire and the desire of every priest to pray for those who have been hurt by these heinous acts of abuse and in solidarity to acknowledge that no abuse of minors will be tolerated. It is our prayer that God's love and mercy will heal the victims, bring them peace of mind and heart, and grant them the strength to overcome the violation which they have suffered.

While it had been my intention to preside at this day of prayer, the request of the Holy Father for all U.S. Cardinals to meet with him in Rome inhibits my attendance at this special day of prayer. Nevertheless, I am united in mind and heart with my assistant bishops and priests as they gather in prayer to make atonement for the sins of those priests who are responsible for acts of abuse, to offer prayer and penance for the harm inflicted on victims, and to re-commit ourselves to live our priesthood faithfully and to grow in holiness. As priests, we are uniquely configured to Christ, the Good Shepherd. This Day of Atonement and Sanctification will afford us the opportunity to reflect once again on the dignity of the vocation to which we have been called and to reemphasize our promises to be ardent, gentle and caring shepherds who have at heart the spiritual well-being and holiness of every member of the flock entrusted to our care.


BACKGROUND: At Mass on Holy Thursday morning, March 28th, in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua invited all the priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to assemble at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary on Wednesday, April 24, 2002, for a Day of Atonement. The assembled priests will pray for victims of any kind of abuse, especially for their healing, for all the members of the Church which suffers whenever one of its members is hurt as well as for all priests.


Editor's Note: This is a private day for prayer for priests and is not open to the public or to the news media. There will be no admittance to Saint Charles Seminary. If you are interested in scheduling an interview with a priest at the conclusion of the Day of Atonement, please contact the Office for Communications at 215 - 587 - 3747.

Contact
Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Statement By The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia In Response To Announcement By District Attorney Regarding Grand Jury Investigation Released Through Communications Director, Catherine L. Rossi

April 24, 2002

STATEMENT BY THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
in response to announcement by District Attorney Regarding Grand Jury Investigation
released through Communications Director, Catherine L. Rossi

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia acknowledges with surprise and, quite frankly, disappointment the decision of the District Attorney to call for a Grand Jury investigation. Nonetheless, the Archdiocese pledges its cooperation with the Grand Jury investigation as it has been cooperating with the District Attorney's office. It is important to note that counsel for the Archdiocese had two very productive meetings with the District Attorney and staff members. During these meetings, both parties discussed appropriate ways the Archdiocese could provide information to the District Attorney regarding cases of sexual abuse of minors by clergy.

The Archdiocese's overriding concern has always been and continues to be the confidentiality and privacy of victims. Indeed, a number of victims have reiterated their strong appeal not to have their names or circumstances revealed to others. That concern was paramount in the discussions with the District Attorney's office. It is the Archdiocese's genuine desire that this investigative process will protect the victims right to confidentiality.

The Archdiocese is confident that at the conclusion of this investigation the District Attorney's office will find that the Archdiocese has acted at all times in conformity with the laws of the Commonwealth and more importantly has been responsive to the concerns and needs of the victims.

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Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

News Conference Advisory

April 25, 2002

NEWS CONFERENCE ADVISORY


Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will hold a news conference upon his return from the Vatican meetings on
Thursday, April 25, 2002
6:00 p.m.
Archdiocesan Office Center Auditorium
222 North Seventeenth Street (between Race and Vine Streets)
Philadelphia, PA

Cardinal Bevilacqua will make a statement and take questions from the media.



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Editor's Note to Television Media: Please contact the Office for Communications immediately if you plan live coverage.


Contact
Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Update Regarding American Cardinals Dinner

April 25, 2002

UPDATE REGARDING
AMERICAN CARDINALS DINNER
Media Availability
prior to the American Cardinals Dinner
Friday, April 26, 2002
2:45 p.m.
Valid press identification must be presented for entry
Archdiocesan Office Center Auditorium
222 North Seventeenth Street (between Race and Vine Streets)
Philadelphia, PA

Participants:
Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia
Very Reverend David M. O'Connell, C.M., President of Catholic University
There are no opportunities for interviews with Cardinals beyond this availability.

4:00 P.M.
Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
Homilist: Very Reverend David M. O'Connell, C.M.
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia








*Video cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral during the Mass. Reporters and still cameras will be allowed. There will be a mult box feed (audio and video) provided outside of the Cathedral. Television/radio crews will need a bnc connector and recording deck.

Editor's Note: The dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. It will not be open to media but video clips will be provided after 9:00 p.m. Beta tapes will be available upon request in the lobby of 222 N. 17th Street, the Archdiocesan Office Center.




Contact
Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

"neumann Scholars For 2002" High School Scholarships Awarded

April 26, 2002

"NEUMANN SCHOLARS FOR 2002"
HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

Thirty-three full four-year scholarships and twenty-five partial four-year scholarships to the Archdiocesan high school of their choice will be presented to parochial school eighth-grade students by Reverend James D. Beisel, Regional Vicar of Bucks County, on

Sunday, April 28, 2002
3:00 p.m.
St. Joseph University
Chapel of St. Joseph
City Line and Cardinal Avenues
Philadelphia


The "Neumann Scholars Program," named after Saint John Neumann, the founder of Philadelphia's parochial school system, was developed and is underwritten by The Connelly Foundation. This Archdiocesan-wide scholarship program was launched to attract the highest academically achieving parochial school students to Archdiocesan high schools. The thirty-three "Neumann Scholars" receive full tuition scholarships for four years and the "Honorable Mention" students are awarded 50-percent four year tuition scholarships.

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Top 1.5% Of Senior Class Honored For Their Outstanding Academic Excellence Seniors From Archdiocesan And Private Catholic High Schools

April 30, 2002

TOP 1.5% OF SENIOR CLASS HONORED
FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Seniors from Archdiocesan and Private Catholic High Schools

At a special Mass held at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on Monday evening, April 29, 2002, 131 high school seniors were honored for their outstanding academic excellence.

Reverend Monsignor Joseph R. Cistone, Vicar for Administration for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was the celebrant of the Mass. The guest speaker was Sister M. Celine Warnilo, CSFN, provincial for the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

The 131 students being honored rank in the top 1.5% of the Senior Class according to the cumulative rank at the end of the first semester of senior year. The distinguished student scholars represent Archdiocesan and private Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese.


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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Principal Receives Cardinals Award

May 1, 2002

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA PRINCIPAL RECEIVES CARDINALS AWARD

Sister M. Margaret Fleming, I.H.M., Principal of St. Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments, receiveD the Cardinals Encouragement Award during the 13th American Cardinals Dinner held in Philadelphia on Friday, April 26, 2002.

Saint Lucy Day School, one of five special education schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is located in Upper Darby, Delaware County. At the time of its founding in 1955, the school revolutionized the idea of providing education for children who are blind or partially sighted without isolating them from family and the regular school system. Parents wanted their children to receive the special education services they needed in a spiritually enriching environment. Saint Lucy Day School is administered by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. As the recipient of the award, the school will receive a $10,000 gift.

31 boys and girls attend Saint Lucy Day School. They range in age from birth to eighth grade and reflect all ability levels. The students are mainstreamed into the regular education classes at the nearby Saint Alice Parish Elementary School with the ultimate goal for each student to return to his or her "regular" neighborhood school at the earliest opportunity. The immediate objective is to develop all necessary skills for independence.

Saint Lucy students use a variety of equipment that fosters both learning and independence. Students receive formal computer training in grade one and continue through grade eight. All of the computers are equipped with hardware and software that allows the computers to "talk" and produce both large print or Braille printed materials. Each student is trained to use the technology and equipment that would best serve their needs. Even the building is specifically designed to meet the needs of children with visual impairments. Decor and layout use simplicity of design. Special lighting eliminates shadow and glare.

The Cardinals Encouragement Award, which is intended to support programs based upon Gospel values, is presented each year by the American Cardinals at a benefit dinner for The Catholic University of America. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will host the 2002 dinner which will be preceded by a Mass celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2002. More information about the dinner and the Mass is available at www.archdiocese-phl.org under News.

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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Opens New Family Services Center And Senior Center

May 2, 2002

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA OPENS
NEW FAMILY SERVICES CENTER AND SENIOR CENTER

Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will hold an open house and blessing at its newest center, the South Philadelphia Family Service Center. The center is located at Saint Charles Borromeo Parish in South Philadelphia and it also houses the Saint Charles Senior Community Center, formerly Saint Rita's Senior Center. Reverend Monsignor Timothy Senior, Secretary for Catholic Human Services, will bless the new center and will be joined by Reverend George Majores, Pastor of Saint Charles Borromeo Parish. Special guests include The Honorable Anna Verna, President of Philadelphia City Council and Mr. Rodney Williams, President of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.


Tuesday, May 7, 2002
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Open House
10:30 a.m. - Blessing
Saint Charles Borromeo Parish
1941 Christian Street
Philadelphia


At Archdiocesan Family Service Centers, individuals or families in need can arrange a meeting with a professional social worker to discuss their needs, possible solutions and a plan of action. Other services include: Case management; pregnancy services; parenting groups; teen support services; elder care services; respite services; refugee services; special friends support group and senior clubs.

Other Archdiocese of Philadelphia Family Service Centers include:

Philadelphia County

6214 Grays Avenue, Southwest Philadelphia
227 N. 18th Street, Philadelphia
Casa Del Carmen Family Center, 4400 N. Reese Street, Philadelphia (Bilingual staff available)
7340 Jackson Street, Philadelphia

Bucks County
100 Levittown Parkway, Levittown
427 North Main Street, Sellersville
607 W. Street Road, Warminster

Chester County
141 East Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown
105 Prospect Avenue, West Grove (Bilingual staff available)

Delaware County
240 N. Bishop Avenue, Springfield
130 E. 7th Street, Chester City (Bilingual staff available)

Montgomery County
353 E. Johnson Highway, Norristown
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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Celebrate Masses For Those Married 25 Years, 50 Years

May 2, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO CELEBRATE MASSES
FOR THOSE MARRIED 25 YEARS, 50 YEARS

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass to honor couples who have been married 25 years and those who have been married 50 years or more. There are three anniversary masses scheduled to accommodate the large number of couples celebrating these milestone anniversaries.


Couples Married 25 Years
Saturday, May 4, 2002
6:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Couples Married 50 Years or More
Sunday, May 5, 2002
11:00 a.m.
3:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


730 couples will be honored at these Masses. Their families are also invited to attend. Three of the couples have been married 71 years and there is one couple who has been married for 72 years.

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The 2002 Catholic Charities Appeal Kickoff Celebration

April 22, 2002

THE 2002 CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL
KICKOFF CELEBRATION

The 2002 Catholic Charities Appeal Kickoff Celebration will be held on

Tuesday, April 23, 2002
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Reading Terminal Market
12th and Filbert Streets
Philadelphia


The Kickoff Celebration is held to show appreciation to all the parishioners who give generously of their time, talent and treasure to work on behalf of the Catholic Charities Appeal. It is an enthusiastic and entertaining way to kickoff the Appeal that benefits so many needy people. Entertainment will be provided by the Bob Gold Trio, the J. T. Orchestra (German band) and a representative group from the Quaker City String Band. In attendance will be Bishop Robert Maginnis, General Chair of the Appeal, and Marianne Ritchie Gordon, Special Gift Committee Chair, and approximately 500 guests from all five counties of the Archdiocese.

The Reading Terminal Market is a historic farmers market that opened its doors in 1892 and was a bazaar of fresh fruit, meat and produce. Revitalized in the 1990s, the Reading Terminal Market is once again filled with local food products.

The Catholic Charities Appeal raises the dollars necessary to fund the human services programs of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. These programs serve persons within the five counties that comprise the Archdiocese (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia). Agencies, institutions and programs funded by the Catholic Charities Appeal serve people of all faiths, regardless of race, sex, age, handicap, national or ethnic origin, or ability to pay. More than 70 agencies, schools, programs and residences provided loving care and support to over 250,000 men, women and children throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.

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T.o.d.a.y. Program Spring Semi-formal Transforming Opportunities For Disabled Adults And Youth

May 10, 2002

T.O.D.A.Y. PROGRAM SPRING SEMI-FORMAL
TRANSFORMING OPPORTUNITIES FOR DISABLED ADULTS AND YOUTH

It's spring and that means it's time for the T.O.D.A.Y. Spring Semi-Formal. Young adults with disabilities as well as diocesan high school teens will gather together for fun and dancing on

Saturday, May 11, 2002
7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
St. Timothy Parish Hall
Levick and Battersby Streets
Philadelphia


Sponsored by the Office for Youth and Young Adults, the T.O.D.A.Y. program brings disabled and non-disabled youth together for fun, activities and friendship. Members of the program will enjoy a fun-filled evening socializing and dancing to the music of a DJ.

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The Josephine C. Connelly Achievement Awards To Be Presented To 141 Eighth-grade Students

May 14, 2002

THE JOSEPHINE C. CONNELLY ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
TO BE PRESENTED TO 141 EIGHTH-GRADE STUDENTS

EACH STUDENT RECEIVES A $1,000 TUITION CREDIT
FOR FOUR YEARS PROVIDED THROUGH THE
GENEROSITY OF THE CONNELLY FOUNDATION


The presentation of the 2001 Josephine C. Connelly Achievement Awards honoring 141 eighth-grade students will take place on

Tuesday, May 14, 2002
Awards for Districts V, VI, VII
7:00 p.m.
Archbishop Ryan High School
11201 Academy Road
Philadelphia

Thursday, May 16, 2002
Awards for Districts II, III, IV
7:00 p.m.
West Catholic High School
4501 Walnut Street
Philadelphia


Immediately following the presentations, receptions will be held in the school halls.

The awards are presented to eighth-grade students who have a strong desire to attend an Archdiocesan high school or Mercy Vocational High School, and who strive to achieve their fullest academic potential. Every parochial elementary school in Philadelphia county is invited to participate. The number of recipients is determined by enrollment, and preference is given to students who demonstrate financial need. Each recipient receives a yearly $1,000 tuition credit for each of the four years the student attends an Archdiocesan or Mercy Vocational High School.
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43rd Annual Recognition Dinner For Catholic Youth Organization Parish Ministry Volunteers

May 15, 2002

43RD ANNUAL RECOGNITION DINNER FOR
CATHOLIC YOUTH ORGANIZATION
PARISH MINISTRY VOLUNTEERS

An evening to recognize and salute the many volunteers to the Catholic Youth Organization Parish Youth Ministry Program will be held on

Thursday, May 16, 2002
6:00 p.m.
The Adam's Mark Hotel
City Line Avenue
Philadelphia


This special evening is a tribute to the volunteers, youth ministers, coaches, scout leaders, and others who dedicate their time and efforts to the various youth programs of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Catholic Youth Organization.

Mr. Len DiPaul, Executive Director of the Department of Pastoral Services for Neumann College, will receive the "Father Daly Award." The Father Daly Award, named for a former director of the Catholic Youth Organization, is the highest award given by the Parish Youth Ministry Office. Len DiPaul has served the Office for Youth and Young Adults in various capacities for over twenty-five years. As the former Director of Parish Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese, Len has touched the lives of thousands of students.

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Statement Of Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua Archbishop Of Philadelphia Regarding Introduction Of Federal Marriage Amendment

May 15, 2002

STATEMENT OF ANTHONY CARDINAL BEVILACQUA
ARCHBISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA
REGARDING INTRODUCTION OF FEDERAL MARRIAGE AMENDMENT

Earlier today, the Federal Marriage Amendment was introduced in the United States House of Representatives with extraordinary bi-partisan sponsorship. I commend the men and women of the United States Congress who have united across party lines to support the fundamental principle that marriage is uniquely the union of male and female.

At a time when the strong public consensus regarding the nature of marriage is facing an expanding array of legal challenges, the sponsors of the Federal Marriage Amendment are giving voice to the deeply held convictions of a vast majority of the American people. And by their united action today, these leaders are declaring that the future of marriage and the family in America is far more important than any matter of partisan politics.

The Catholic Church believes and teaches that marriage is a holy union of one man and one woman established by God. However, marriage is not an exclusively religious institution. Society, through our laws and customs, rightfully supports marriage as the commonly accepted natural state of a man and woman who want to commit themselves to each other in a communion of love and fidelity. Love and fidelity are indispensable virtues in any human relationship. Marriage, however, is defined as the exclusive relationship of one man and one woman. This definition is non-negotiable and irrevocable.

The proposed amendment to the Constitution of the United States, stating that "marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman," will give strong legal support to the institutions of marriage and the family, both of which are the foundations of our society and our culture.

Today, the institution of marriage is being questioned and even threatened by those who want to redefine it. It is unfortunate that even legislative bodies in some countries, including our own, are attempting to equate other styles of unions of persons with the traditional definition of marriage and the family. The Pontifical Council for the Family, in fact, has reminded legislators, especially those who are Catholic, that they "should not favor this type of legislation . . . because it is contrary to the common good and the truth about man and thus truly unjust."

I also commend the men and women of every color and creed who have committed themselves to promoting the sacred dignity and value of marriage through this amendment. It is primarily their leadership that must provide the wisdom and energy to establish marriage as a constitutionally protected institution of our society and nation.

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Archdiocesan Community Service Corps Installs New Leadership Team

May 16, 2002

ARCHDIOCESAN COMMUNITY SERVICE CORPS
INSTALLS NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM

A VOLUNTEER PROGRAM FOSTERING TEEN INVOLVEMENT IN COMMUNITY

A Mass and Installation Ceremony for the new leadership team of the Community Service Corps for 2002-2003 will be held on

Friday, May 17, 2002
1:30 p.m.
Cathedral Chapel
(adjacent to the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul)
18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Reverend Thomas Higgins, Director of the Office for Youth and Young Adults, will be the celebrant at the Mass.

The Community Service Corps (CS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is a service program that encourages students to become involved with their communities by providing services to children, the disabled, the elderly, the poor and the disadvantaged. Thousands of students work together throughout the year to build and develop a spirit of Christian community.

The four student leaders being installed at the Archdiocesan level are:
Meghan Quinn, Nazareth Academy
Diana Kauffman, Little Flower High School
Elizabeth Spellman, Merion Mercy Academy
Mary Talbert, Villa Victoria Academy

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Archdiocesan High Schools Graduate 5,400 Seniors

May 30, 2002

ARCHDIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOLS
GRADUATE 5,400 SENIORS

As the 2002 school year draws to a close, the twenty-two high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are proud to be graduating 5,400 young men and women. Below is a list of the Graduation Ceremonies for the high schools and the number of students each school is graduating.

Monday, June 3, 2002
Archbishop Ryan High School Graduation and Mass - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Villanova Pavilion, Villanova, Pa.
Presiding: Mrs. Rosemary A. Naab, Director of Secondary School Services
Students: 646

John W. Hallahan Catholic High School for Girls Graduation and Mass - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, 18th and Parkway, Philadelphia
Presiding: Dr. Thomas F. O'Brien, Deputy Superintendent of Schools
Students: 175

Archbishop Wood High School Graduation - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Villanova Pavilion, Villanova, Pa.
Presiding: Reverend James D. Beisel, Vicar for Bucks County
Students: 295

Tuesday, June 4, 2002
St. Maria Goretti High School for Girls Graduation - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Temple Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor John T. Conway, Vicar for Philadelphia South
Students: 159

Wednesday, June 5, 2002
Father Judge High School for Boys Graduation - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia
Presiding: Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia
Students: 298

Cardinal O'Hara High School Graduation - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Villanova Pavilion, Villanova, Pa.
Presiding: Most Reverend Joseph F. Martino, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
Students: 473

St. Hubert High School for Girls Graduation - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Temple Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor Joseph Cistone, Vicar for Administration
Students: 253

Thursday, June 6, 2002
Cardinal Dougherty High School Graduation - 9:30 a.m.
Location: Cardinal Dougherty Auditorium, 2nd St. and Godfrey Avenue, Phila.
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor Francis W. Beach, Vicar for Philadelphia North
Students: 237

Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School Graduation - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Gwynedd Mercy College, Sumneytown Pike, Gwynedd, Pa.
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor John C. Marine, Vicar for Montgomery County
Students: 132

Archbishop Prendergast High School for Girls Graduation - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Villanova Pavilion, Villanova, Pa.
Presiding: Most Reverend Robert Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
Students: 221

Northeast Catholic High School for Boys - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Holy Family College, Grant and Frankford Avenues, Phila.
Presiding: Mr. Thomas Smith, Deputy Secretary for Catholic Education
Students: 169

Friday, June 7, 2002
Monsignor Bonner High School for Boys Mass and Graduation - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Villanova Pavilion, Villanova, Pa.
Presiding: Reverend Thomas J. Smith, Vicar for Delaware County
Students: 237

Lansdale Catholic High School Graduation - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine, Ferry Road, Doylestown, Pa.
Presiding: Mr. Paul Sanfrancesco, Director of Technology
Students: 231

St. Pius X High School Graduation - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Immaculata College, Immaculata, Pa.
Presiding: Mr. Louis P. DeAngelo, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Students: 149

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School Graduation - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton, NJ
Presiding: Mrs. Rosemary A. Naab, Director of Secondary School Services
Students: 286

Bishop Shanahan High School Graduation - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Shanahan H.S. Auditorium, 220 Woodbine Road, Downingtown, Pa.
Presiding: Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia
Students: 296

Archbishop John Carroll High School Mass and Graduation - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Cabrini College, 610 King of Prussia Rd., Radnor, Pa.
Presiding: Dr. Richard V. McCarron, Jr., Secretary for Catholic Education
Students: 248

Bishop McDevitt High School Graduation - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Keswick Theatre, Glenside, Pa.
Presiding: Dr. Louis M. Giuliano, Assistant Director of Educational Financial Services
Students: 184

Little Flower High School for Girls Graduation -2 p.m.
Location: Holy Family College, Grant and Frankford Avenues, Philadelphia
Presiding: Dr. David J. Magee, Director of Educational Financial Services
Students: 172

Roman Catholic High School for Boys Mass and Graduation - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, 18th and Parkway, Phila.
Presiding: Dr. Richard V. McCarron, Jr., Secretary for Catholic Education
Students: 194

Saturday, June 8, 2002
St. John Neumann High School for Boys Graduation - 9:00 a.m.
Location: Villanova Pavilion, Villanova, Pa.
Presiding: Dr. Thomas F. O'Brien, Deputy Superintendent of Schools
Students: 156

West Catholic High School Mass and Graduation - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, 18th and Parkway, Phila.
Presiding: Dr. Richard V. McCarron, Jr., Secretary for Catholic Education
Students: 188

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Cardinal Bevilacqua Announces Commission Members The Commission On The Protection Of Children And Clerical Conduct To Begin Work In June

June 6, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA ANNOUNCES COMMISSION MEMBERS

THE COMMISSION ON THE PROTECTION
OF CHILDREN AND CLERICAL CONDUCT TO BEGIN WORK IN JUNE

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, announced today that he has appointed ten people to The Commission on the Protection of Children and Clerical Conduct in addition to the chair, Ms. Helen Alvare , whose appointment was announced in April 2002. Cardinal Bevilacqua said, "These eleven commission members bring a wide range of talents and experience to this process of reviewing matters related to incidents of clerical sexual abuse. I am aware of how valuable their time is and am extremely appreciative that they are willing to offer their service for this very important task. I look forward to the recommendations of the Commission."

All eleven members of the Commission are lay people. There are six Catholics and five non-Catholics. This group reflects a diversity of professions, occupations and fields of expertise. The Commission will begin work in June and has six months to complete its work and submit recommendations to Cardinal Bevilacqua.

Ms. Alvare , the Chair, is a professor of law at The Catholic University in Washington D.C. and is nationally recognized for her work on pro-life issues. From 1990 to 2000, she served as a Policy Director for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Pro-Life Office. According to Ms. Alvare , "All of the Commission members are extremely eager to begin their work. Each brings to the table a different expertise and a common desire to provide Cardinal Bevilacqua with the best possible recommendations to help him protect children and strengthen the Church in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia."

The Commission on the Protection of Children and Clerical Conduct will have the general charge of undertaking a review of current policies and procedures regarding clerical misconduct and, if deemed appropriate, of recommending revisions and additional policies, procedures or programmatic initiatives for the consideration of the Cardinal. The review will include current policies and procedures regarding the care for victims, current policies and procedures regarding the Archdiocesan response to any allegation of clergy sexual abuse, current admission process for Archdiocesan candidates for studies for the priesthood and diaconate as well as relevant human formation programs.

The goal of the Commission is to provide Cardinal Bevilacqua with recommendations which will enable him to do his utmost to:
-protect children by eradicating as much as possible any sexual abuse of them by clergy
-strengthen Catholic solidarity and outreach for victims and their families
-form and support the clergy in their ministry to all people
-strengthen the confidence and trust of the Catholic faithful and the community at large


Editor's Note:
Commission members will be available for interviews at a media availability prior to the Commission's first meeting. The media availability will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. in the auditorium of the Archdiocesan Office Center at 222 North Seventeenth Street in Philadelphia.

THE COMMISSION ON THE PROTECTION
OF CHILDREN AND CLERICAL CONDUCT
Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Commission Members: Biographical Information



Ms. Helen Alvare , J.D., M.A. (Chair), law professor, The Catholic University of America
Ms. Helen Alvare teaches family, property and legislation law at The Catholic University of America. She joined the faculty in 2000. Ms. Alvare served as a Policy Director for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Pro-Life Office from 1990 to 2000. She worked as a staff attorney in the Office of the General Counsel of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 1987 to 1990. Ms. Alvare was a litigation associate with the law firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens and Young in Philadelphia from 1984 to 1987.

Judge Arlin Marvin Adams, retired federal judge
Judge Adams served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1969 until his retirement in 1987. From 1963 to 1966, he served as Secretary for Public Welfare in Pennsylvania. Judge Adams taught at the University of Pennsylvania from 1952 to 1956 and at the American Institute of Banking from 1949 to 1952. Currently, Judge Adams serves as Counsel, Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP.

Ms. Ana Maria Catanzaro, R.N, M.S.N., M.A., assistant professor, Special Project for Nursing Programs, LaSalle University (effective, September 2002)
Ms. Ana Maria Catanzaro has taught nursing at LaSalle University in Philadelphia since 1997. From 1993 to 2002 she has also taught nursing at Holy Family College in Philadelphia. Ms. Catanzaro is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the School of Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. with an anticipated completion of her dissertation on the Spiritual Development of the Nursing Student in a Context of Religious Diversity in 2003. From 1989 to 1999, Ms. Catanzaro served as a School Nurse in the Philadelphia School District.

Dr. James Egan, M.D., professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, George Washington University
Dr. James Egan is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at George Washington University in Washington D.C., a post he has held since 1990. Dr. Egan served as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Children's Hospital, National Medical Center. Dr. Egan also taught in the departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and of Child Health and Development at George Washington University from 1981 to 1990. He served as Teaching Analyst and Lecturer at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute in Washington, D.C. from 1978 to 1997.

Mr. Michael J. Emmi, retired CEO, Systems & Computer Technology Corporation
Mr. Michael J. Emmi recently retired as President/CEO and Chairman of Systems & Computer Technology Corporation in Malvern, PA. Mr. Emmi joined SCT in 1985 as CEO, a company which provides leading technology and business solutions for higher education, utilities and manufacturing. Mr. Emmi is currently Chairman and CEO of IPR International.

Dr. Angelo P. Giardino, M.D., Ph.D., pediatrician, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Dr. Angelo Giardino joined the staff of Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia in 2002 and serves as the Associate Physician-in-Chief and Vice-President for Clinical Affairs. He was part of the medical staff at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia from 1993 to 2002 where he held various posts, including Medical Director of the Community Education Department. Dr. Giardino also served in many capacities at the Children's Seashore House between the years 1994 to 1999, one of which was Medical Director, Abuse Referral Center for Children with Special Needs.



Dr. David W. Ingle, Psy.D., M.A., director of the Adult and Forensic Program, the Joseph J. Peters Institute (outpatient treatment program for sexual offenders)
Dr. David Ingle is Director of the Adult and Forensic Program, The Joseph J. Peters Institute in Philadelphia, an outpatient treatment program for adult sexual offenders. He has held this post since 2001. Dr. Ingle also was hired as Staff Clinical Psychologist at the Ann Klein Forensic Center in 2001, a state of New Jersey Civil Commitment Facility organized to treat individuals determined to be sexually violent predators. Dr. Ingle served as Staff Therapist at the Keystone Center Extended Care United from 1999 to 2000. The Keystone Center offers care of sexual compulsives and addicts. When he was a child, Dr. Ingle was the victim of sexual abuse by a family friend.


Dr. Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Philip Jenkins is Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies at The Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania. Since 1979, Professor Jenkins has published 15 books, including Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Contemporary Crisis (1996)


Ms. Joan Reeves, M.S.W., M.P.A., field Consultation Manager, Child Welfare League of America
Ms. Joan Reeves was recently appointed Field Consultation Manager of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Child Welfare League of America, National Center for Field Consultation. From 2000 to 2002, she served as Senior Consultant for the Child Welfare League of America, National Center for Field Consultation. From 1993 to 2000, Ms. Reeves was the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services of the City of Philadelphia. In this position, she lead a social services department that employed 1,800 staff members. Ms. Reeves was also the founding Chairperson of the Mayor's Children and Families Cabinet in the City of Philadelphia from 1993 to 1999.


Ms. Anne Leigh Shenberger, L.S.W., M.S.S., director, Southeast Region Office of Children, Youth and Families
Ms. Shenberger is the Director of the Southeast Region Office of Children, Youth and Families of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. She has been director since 1987 but worked with the Department of Public Welfare overall since 1975. From 1981-1987, Ms. Shenberger was Children, Youth and Families Program Supervisor for the Southeast Region of the Office of Children, Youth and Families. From 1975 to 1981, Ms. Shenberger was a Program Specialist with the Department of Public Welfare.


Commissioner John F. Timoney, former Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department
Commissioner John Timoney led the Philadelphia Police Department as Commissioner from 1998 to 2001. He commanded a police force of approximately 7,000 officers and over 900 civilian employees. Commissioner Timoney came to Philadelphia from the New York Police Department, which he joined in 1969, rising to the rank of First Deputy Commissioner in 1995. Mr. Timoney is currently CEO of Beau Dietl and Associates, a New York City based international security firm.

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Statement By Anthony Cardinal Bevilcqua, Archbishop Of Philadelphia Regarding Draft Document On Clergy Sexual Abuse To Be Considered At The Bishops' Meeting June 13-14

June 7, 2002

Statement by
Anthony Cardinal Bevilcqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia
regarding draft document on clergy sexual abuse
to be considered at the Bishops' Meeting June 13-14


The bishops meeting in Dallas will serve as an important opportunity for the bishops to show in a united way that we are fully committed to the protection of children and youth. The draft charter is a strong starting point for our discussion. Certainly, the document is subject to modifications and I fully expect to see some changes made to it. I know that Archbishop Flynn and the ad hoc committee put a great deal of time and effort into this important work. I am reviewing the charter carefully and while this is a firm first step, I do have some thoughts that I will share next week at the meeting about how we bishops can shape this document to protect the most vulnerable among us --the children.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua Accepts Recommendations To Close Parishes

June 7, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA ACCEPTS RECOMMENDATIONS TO CLOSE PARISHES

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, recently accepted the recommendations to close one parish in the Montgomery County Vicariate and two parishes in the Philadelphia-South Vicariate.

In Montgomery County, Seven Dolors Parish in Wyndmoor will close as of July 1, 2003 and serve as an alternate worship site for Saint Genevieve Parish in Flourtown as a result of a recommendation made by the Twinning Evaluation Committee of the two parishes and the Cluster 74 Implementation Committee. The Seven Dolors Church building will remain open for some Masses and funerals. The number of parishioners at Seven Dolors Parish declined from 1,448 in 1990 to 785 in 2000, a 46 percent decrease.

Seven Dolors Parish and Saint Genevieve Parish are currently "twinned," sharing the same pastor since 2000. Both parishes are part of Cluster 74, a geographic grouping of six parishes. The Cluster 74 Pastoral Plan, accepted by Cardinal Bevilacqua in August 1998, called for a review of the twinning of Seven Dolors and St. Genevieve in 2002.

In a recent letter to the Regional Vicar for Montgomery County, Monsignor John C. Marine, Cardinal Bevilacqua said, "It is evident that the Committee studied and discussed thoroughly all appropriate information in order to achieve consensus on this issue. I request that you convey to the pastor and members of the Committee my abiding gratitude for their work."

In Philadelphia, Saint Aloysius Parish will close as of July 1, 2003 and serve as a worship site for Saint Gabriel Parish as a result of a recommendation of the parish review committee and the Cluster 23 Implementation Team. The number of parishioners at Saint Aloysius Parish declined from 900 in 1990 to 346 in 2000, a 62 percent decrease.
King of Peace Parish in Philadelphia will close as of July 1, 2004, as a result of the recommendation from that parish's review committee and the Cluster 23 Implementation Team. King of Peace will serve as an alternate worship site of Saint Gabriel Parish. The number of parishioners at King of Peace Parish declined from 1,377 in 1990 to 851 in 2000, a 38 percent decrease.

Saint Aloysius Parish and King of Peace Parish are currently "twinned," sharing the same pastor since 2000. Both parishes are part of Cluster 23, a geographic grouping of six parishes. The Cluster 23 Pastoral Plan, accepted by Cardinal Bevilacqua in March 1999, indicated that the issues of the changing demographics and subsequent needs of these parishes would be reviewed and addressed by the Implementation Team.

In a recent letter to the Regional Vicar for Philadelphia - South, Monsignor John T. Conway, Cardinal Bevilacqua said, "I request that you convey to the pastors and members of the Cluster 23 Implementation Team my deep gratitude for their work in addressing the pastoral needs within the Cluster."
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Editor's Note: Attached please find two news releases regarding specifics on the closure of Seven Dolors, Saint Aloysius and King of Peace. Please also find attached a copy of the Archdiocesan regulations for the use of a worship site. For more background information, visit the Archdiocesan web site at www.archdiocese-phl.org (Click on "Go Directly To." Look under Cluster Pastoral Planning)

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Media Opportunities With Cardinal Bevilacqua Upon His Return To Philadelphia

June 14, 2002

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES WITH CARDINAL BEVILACQUA
UPON HIS RETURN TO PHILADELPHIA

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will hold a brief media availability upon his arrival at Philadelphia International Airport. The Cardinal is attending the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Meeting in Dallas, Texas from June 13 - 15, 2002.


Media Availability
Saturday, June 15, 2002
approximately 8:30 p.m.
US Air Flight #388
Sidewalk of Terminal B/C - DEPARTURES*
Philadelphia International Airport

Cardinal Bevilacqua will also celebrate Mass at Saint Denis Parish in Havertown, Delaware County, on Sunday. The Cardinal will speak about the Bishops Meeting in his homily. Cardinal Bevilacqua will also hold a brief media availability after he greets parishioners at the conclusion of Mass.

Mass
Sunday, June 16, 2002
9:30 a.m.
Saint Denis Parish
Eagle Road and Saint Denis Lane
Havertown, Delaware County

Media are asked to please park on Saint Denis Lane. Media are welcome to attend the Mass but cameras (still and video) must remain in the choir loft.

Editor's Note: Cardinal Bevilacqua will also address the priests of the Archdiocese on Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at St. Pius X Parish in Broomall, Delaware County. The Cardinal will present the outline and contents of the document expected to be approved at the Bishops Meeting. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A PRIVATE EVENT AND NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


*Cardinal Bevilacqua will be available at the Departures Terminal, not the Arrivals Terminal of Philadelphia International Airport on Saturday, June 15, 2002.









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Reverend Monsignor Michael Burbidge Named Auxiliary Bishop Of Philadelphia

June 21, 2002

REVEREND MONSIGNOR MICHAEL BURBIDGE NAMED AUXILIARY BISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, announced at a news conference today that Pope John Paul II appointed Reverend Monsignor Michael F. Burbidge, Rector of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Bishop- Elect Burbidge, age 45 (born June 16, 1957), will be the second youngest Auxiliary Bishop in the United States (The youngest is The Most Reverend Jose S. Vasquez, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, born July 9, 1957 and ordained a Bishop on January 23, 2002). Cardinal Bevilacqua said, "Bishop-Elect Burbidge enters the episcopal ministry equipped with many talents of intelligence, experience and leadership. Above all, he is a priest who through a life of prayer and piety, strives to imitate Jesus, the Good Shepherd."

At the news conference, Bishop-Elect Burbidge told reporters, "Some may ask, 'Is this not a difficult time to be appointed a bishop?' I respond by saying, 'There could not be a better time to be named a bishop!' The Church and the world, more than ever, are looking to its bishops for leadership and guidance. With the Lord's help, I will offer these gifts to God's people."

There are currently two active Auxiliary Bishops in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, The Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis and The Most Reverend Joseph F. Martino. Bishop-Elect Burbidge will join them as an Auxiliary Bishop when he is ordained by Cardinal Bevilacqua. The ordination will likely take place the first week of September 2002. The exact date is yet to be determined.

With this appointment, Bishop-Elect Burbidge will become only the third Auxiliary Bishop to also be Rector of a Seminary. (The Most Reverend Richard G. Lennon is Auxiliary Bishop of Boston and Rector of Saint John's Seminary College in Brighton, Mass. The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron is Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit and Rector of Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.) Bishop-Elect Burbidge said, "In a special way, I celebrate this day with all those associated with Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, especially our seminarians and deacons. I was very pleased that, upon informing me of my appointment as Auxiliary Bishop, His Eminence, Cardinal Bevilacqua, added that I will remain as Rector of Saint Charles Seminary. The last three years spent with our future priests have renewed my own Priesthood. Our candidates know how much they mean to me and I promise to serve them with a renewed spirit."

Michael F. Burbidge was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Mr. and Mrs. Francis and Shirley Burbidge, who currently reside in Broomall, Pennsylvania. The parents of Bishop-Elect Burbidge attended the news conference as did his brother, Mr. Francis Burbidge, Junior, and niece Ms. Kelly Burbidge. Father Burbidge graduated from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained in 1984. He served as Parochial Vicar at Saint Bernard Parish in Philadelphia from 1984 to 1986 and taught at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Delaware County from 1986 to 1990. During 1990-91, Father Burbidge served on the faculty of Archbishop Wood High School and became Dean of Students at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1991. Father Burbidge served as Administrative Secretary to Cardinal Bevilacqua from 1992 to 1999. In 1998, he was named Honorary Prelate (Monsignor). Monsignor Burbidge was named Rector of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania in 1999.

Statement of
Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua
on the appointment of Reverend Monsignor Michael Burbidge as Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
June 21, 2002


As the Church in Philadelphia, after many dark days, looks forward with great hope to the dawn of a new era of holiness and vitality, it is providential that God gives us a sign of this hope in the gift of a new shepherd, a new successor to the Apostles. With immense happiness, I announce the glad tidings that His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, has appointed as Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Monsignor Michael F. Burbidge, presently rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

My heart is filled with gratitude to Almighty God for this blessing that He has granted to the Church in Philadelphia. I am most thankful to our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, for appointing Bishop-Elect Burbidge in recognition of the increasing spiritual and pastoral needs of the Archdiocese.

Bishop-Elect Burbidge enters the episcopal ministry equipped with many talents of intelligence, experience and leadership. Above all, he is a priest who, through a life of prayer and piety, strives to imitate Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

Truly this is the day the Lord has made. And so, I ask all the faithful - laity, religious and clergy - to be glad and rejoice with me in welcoming Bishop-Elect Michael Burbidge as our new Auxiliary Bishop and in praying that, throughout his episcopal ministry, God will grant him an abundance of His blessings and Mary our Mother will ever protect him.

Statement by Bishop-elect Michael F. Burbidge
News Conference
June 21, 2002


With a spirit of joy and humility, I offer praise and thanks to Almighty God for having called me to be His priest and now His bishop. I express deep gratitude to Our Holy Father Pope John Paul II for this appointment and to him I promise my undying loyalty. I also thank His Excellency Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, for his confidence in me. In a special way, I convey my sincere appreciation to His Eminence Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua for having considered me a suitable candidate for the office of Auxiliary Bishop. It will be a privilege and an honor to assist him in his important ministry.

In my work for seven years as Administrative Secretary to the Archbishop, I was given both a vision of the universal Church and a keener awareness of the duties of a Bishop as I watched His Eminence fulfill his daily responsibilities. In Cardinal Bevilacqua, I saw one who carried out his work with dedication, enthusiasm, and a constant dying to self. He emphasizes the need for a Bishop to be visible to God's people; to teach the truth of the Gospel with conviction and compassion; and to serve others without ever counting the cost. On this day, I assure you, Your Eminence, of my desire to imitate you and of my commitment to support you.

I am extremely blessed to share this day with so many people who have influenced my life especially those with whom I worked and for whom I was privileged to serve as: a parochial vicar, a high school teacher, a resident priest, a chaplain, and an administrator in the Archdiocesan Office Center. I rejoice with my brother-priests ever confident of their fraternal support. In a special way, I celebrate this day with all those associated with Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, especially our seminarians and deacons. I was very pleased that, upon informing me of my appointment as Auxiliary Bishop, His Eminence added that I will remain as Rector of Saint Charles Seminary. The last three years spent with our future priests have renewed my Priesthood. Our candidates know how much they mean to me and I promise to serve them with a renewed spirit.

The Lord has blessed me in allowing me to share this day with my family. I have one brother who is my best friend and in rasing his three children demonstrates the qualities of a true "father." He has dedicated his life to them. He loves them and so do I. It was a very emotional moment when I informed my parents of this appointment. They love the Church with all their hearts and they love their priests. My parents, who this month celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary, have offered me the most powerful example of what it means to remain faithful to promises made. I will be a good Bishop if I come close to imitating their selflessness, faithfulness, and humility.

Some may ask, "Is this not a difficult time to be appointed a bishop?" I respond by saying, "There could not be a better time to be named a bishop!" The Church and the world, more than ever, are looking to their bishops for leadership and guidance. With the Lord's help, I will offer these gifts to God's people. Most important, in my roles of assisting our Archbishop, working with my brother priests, training future priests, and serving all the faithful, I will strive to grow in holiness and help others to do the same.

This day I seek the intercession of Mary our Mother and Saint Charles Borromeo and I ask for God's grace so that I may be found always as a loyal servant and as a faithful disciple who trusts the past to the mercy of God, the present to the love of God, and the future to the providence of God.

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Statement Of Cardinal Bevilacqua Regarding Supreme Court Decision On Cleveland Scholarship Program

June 27, 2002

STATEMENT OF CARDINAL BEVILACQUA REGARDING
SUPREME COURT DECISION ON CLEVELAND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

"I applaud the Supreme Court's decision upholding the constitutionality of the Cleveland Scholarship Program. This decision affirms that school choice is a matter of justice. For students suffering in underperforming schools, school choice is an imperative. Vouchers ensure that parents, especially poor parents, have a choice when it comes to the education of their children.

I am encouraged that the Cleveland Scholarship Program will continue and I am hopeful that even more children will benefit from newly developed tuition assistance programs in other states, including Pennsylvania.

I urge legislative leaders as well as the candidates for governor of Pennsylvania to review the Supreme Court decision and view it as a possible guide for implementing school choice in the Commonwealth as soon as possible."


The Cleveland Scholarship Program, established in 1995, provides scholarships of up to $2,250 to the families of more than 4,000 children. Parents may use the scholarship vouchers to send their children to public or non-public schools, including religious schools.

The Supreme Court decision is in the case of Zelman v. Simmons-Harris as well as two related cases, Hanna Perkins Schools v. Simmons-Harris and Taylor v. Simmons-Harris.

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Editor's Note: Nearly 10,000 of the 105,000 students in 242 Archdiocese of Philadelphia elementary, secondary and special education schools receive some form of tuition assistance. More than $10 million in tuition assistance to these students comes from the generosity of donors to Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) as well as from private foundations and individuals. Pennsylvania's new Educational Improvement Tax Credit program allowed BLOCS to raise more than $1 million in additional funding for tuition assistance during the 2002-03 academic year.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Visit State Prison In Chester

July 10, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO VISIT STATE PRISON IN CHESTER

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will visit the State Correctional Institution at Chester to celebrate Mass and visit with inmates. This will be Cardinal Bevilacqua's eighth prison visit since 1989.


Thursday, July 18, 2002
State Correctional Institution at Chester
500 East 4th Street
Chester, Delaware County

Schedule
10:45 a.m. Cardinal arrives
11:00 a.m. Mass in Prison Chapel
12:00 p.m. Cardinal meets with inmates

The State Correctional Institution at Chester is one of only two state correctional institutions in the United States whose sole purpose is treatment of substance abusers in a therapeutic setting (the other institution is in California). SCI-Chester is a medium security prison for male inmates with a documented history of substance abuse. The program provides treatment services over an 18 to 30 month period, both at SCI-Chester and continuing in community based facilities. The treatment program is a collaborative effort between the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and Gaudenzia, Inc. (non-profit organization providing addiction and mental health services).

SCI-Chester Superintendent Ms. Mary V. Leftridge Byrd oversees a staff of 366. There are 1,105 inmates, 179 of whom are Catholic. Inmates are primarily from Philadelphia, Delaware, Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Berks Counties.

Cardinal Bevilacqua's Prior Prison Visits
Graterford State Prison (July 2001)
Philadelphia Detention Center (July 2000)
Montgomery County Prison (July 1999)
Graterford State Prison (May 1994)
Chester County Prison (April 1992)
Chester County Prison (November 1990)
Graterford State Prison (June 1989)

Editor's Note: Media (photographers and reporters) will be permitted to cover the Mass and the visit with inmates and will have an opportunity to briefly interview Cardinal Bevilacqua and inmates after instruction by SCI-Chester officials IF PRIOR CLEARANCE IS OBTAINED. For clearance, please contact Mrs. Mary Ann Williams, Corrections Superintendent's Assistant, at least 48 hours in advance at 610-490-4342 or at marwilliam@state.pa.us.

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Camp Overbrook: In Sign 2002 Brings Deaf/hard Of Hearing Children Together For Summer Fun

July 11, 2002

Camp Overbrook: In Sign 2002 Brings Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Children Together for Summer Fun

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Deaf Apostolate will sponsor Camp Overbrook: In Sign 2002, a summer day camp designed specifically for children who are deaf/hard of hearing. Approximately 45 children are pre-registered to attend this two week camp that provides an exciting and educational experience in which everyone uses American Sign Language.


Monday through Friday
July 15-26, 2002
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
Wynnewood, PA

Some of the daily events include bible study, arts and crafts, drama, sports and swimming. There are also special afternoon activities which accent the performing arts in American Sign Language. These include a puppetry workshop, a deaf storyteller and an animal show.

Educators experienced in American Sign Language direct the camp. For the past eight summers, Camp Overbrook served children ages six to 14. This year, children under age six will attend selected afternoon events with their parents.
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Editor's Note: Please contact the Office for Communications if you are interested in covering a session. The best video opportunities are during the special events/activities in the afternoon. These sessions take place between 12:45 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

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World Youth Day 2002 Archdiocesan Youth Leave For Toronto

July 16, 2002

WORLD YOUTH DAY 2002
ARCHDIOCESAN YOUTH LEAVE FOR TORONTO

The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, is calling his young church to gather in Toronto, Canada, July 23 to July 28 to celebrate World Youth Day. Pope John Paul II created World Youth Day to bring together young Catholics from around the world to celebrate and discover more about their faith and each other. This international gathering of youth and young adults, which takes place every two years, is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of youth worldwide.

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will join Philadelphia youth on July 24th in Toronto and remain with the young people and the Holy Father through July 28th.

Two buses of teens from the Archdiocesan Office for Youth and Young Adults will depart by bus for Toronto on:

Friday, July 19, 2002

Departure Time: 7:00 a.m.
Cardinal O'Hara High School
1701 S. Sproul Road
Springfield, PA

Departure Time: 7:45 a.m.
Archbishop Ryan High School
11201 Academy Road
Philadelphia


Events are scheduled for every day while in Toronto. Some of the highlights are:

- July 23 - 5:00 p.m. Opening Mass for World Youth Day in Exhibition Place
- July 25 - 5:00 p.m. Papal Welcoming Ceremony in Exhibition Place
- July 26 - 3:00 p.m. Philadelphia pilgrims meet with Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua
- July 26 - 7:30 p.m. Way of the Cross on University Avenue in downtown Toronto
- July 27 - 7:30 p.m. An evening prayer vigil with the Holy Father in Downsview Park
- July 28 - 9:30 a.m. Concluding Mass with the Holy Father in Downsview Park

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One Millionth Meal Served Summer Food Service Program Reaches Milestone

July 29, 2002

ONE MILLIONTH MEAL SERVED

SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM REACHES MILESTONE

For the fifth year in a row, the Summer Food Service Program of Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will serve more than one million meals to Philadelphia area children. Each summer, the Summer Food Service Program provides nutritious meals and lessons about healthy eating to thousands of children. The one millionth meal will be served at an Archdiocesan day camp in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.


Tuesday, July 30, 2002
11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Camp St. Vincent's
109 East Price Street
Philadelphia

Camp Saint Vincent's is one of approximately 600 sites throughout the Philadelphia area served by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Summer Food Service Program. Sites include other camps, bible schools and enrichment programs. The children are typically ages four to twelve. They receive either breakfast, lunch or a snack. The meals consist of sandwiches, milk and fresh fruit. The Summer Food Service Program also teaches children about nutrition and fitness. This summer the program began on June 17, 2002 and will run until August 2, 2002.

The Summer Food Service Program serves children of all denominations; approximately 90% of whom are non-Catholic. This program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and is sponsored in the Philadelphia area by Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Department of Recreation and the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Parishioners Prepare To Attend National Black Catholic Congress

August 19, 2002

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA PARISHIONERS PREPARE TO ATTEND NATIONAL BLACK CATHOLIC CONGRESS

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will join eight fellow priests from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and 48 parishioners at the ninth National Black Catholic Congress. The Cardinal will take part in the Opening Prayer Service on Thursday, August 29, 2002. The Congress will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago and ends on Sunday, September 1, 2002.

The theme of Congress IX is Black Catholic Leadership in the 21st Century: Solidarity in Action. The National Black Catholic Congress draws people together every five years to celebrate their Catholicism and plan for the future of African-Americans in the Catholic Church. It is expected that three thousand of the 2.5 million African-American Catholics will participate in the 2002 Congress.

This year's Congress is also intended to encourage and support active participation of young people. They will join in the general activities of Congress IX but there will also be specific activities such as performances and leadership programs. The major presenter for youth seminars is Reverend Anthony Bozeman, Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Grace in Penndel, Bucks County.

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Stewardship Saturday Service Project

August 20, 2002

STEWARDSHIP SATURDAY SERVICE PROJECT

The Stewards' Alliance will host a Stewardship Saturday Service Project, the first in a year-long series. The project will take place on

Saturday, August 24, 2002
9:30 a.m.
Saint Katherine Day School
930 Bowman Avenue
Wynnewood, PA


The day begins at Saint Katherine's with a brief prayer service at 9:30 a.m. Immediately following, volunteers from the Greater Philadelphia area will come together to prepare the school and its grounds for the new year by raking the playground, cleaning outdoor and indoor equipment and performing other maintenance activities.

The Stewards' Alliance is an organization that provides opportunities for young professionals to commit time, talent and treasure for the benefit of Archdiocesan social service agenices and schools in need. St. Katherine Day School is one of the five archdiocesan schools of special education that benefit from the Stewards' Alliance annual Back-to-School Bash, being held this year on September 26, 2002.

If you would like to participate in this inaugural Stewardship Saturday event, please contact Coordinator Michelle Brown at 215.587.3651.


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It's Back To School In The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

August 28, 2002

IT'S BACK TO SCHOOL
IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA

Approximately 105,000 students will be returning to parish elementary and Archdiocesan high schools the first week of September. Elementary schools will open on Wednesday, September 4th. Archdiocesan high schools have developed individual opening week schedules and students will follow a phase-in schedule on September 4th, 5th and 6th. Full student bodies will be in attendance on Monday, September 9th.

WHAT'S NEW IN THE ARCHDIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOLS


Conwell-Egan Catholic High School in Bucks County
introduces a new wireless mobile lab to the students this fall. A mobile wireless cart gives teachers greater flexibility in using technology in the classroom. Now any classroom can be a computer lab. These mobile carts, coupled with the new SMARTBoards, give teachers and students access to cutting edge technology.

Saint John Neumann High School in South Philadelphia is introducing partnerships with two local programs: The ACE Mentoring Program features local professionals in the architecture, construction and engineering fields who mentor young people who are interested in investigating these careers. The JNA School of Catering will offer a food preparation course taught by Chef Michael DeLuca, a graduate of Neumann's Class of 1976.

Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School in Norristown opens the new Tomlinson Learning Center. The former school library has been renovated and technology has been upgraded to meet the needs of the students. A new writing program from Prentice Hall has been implemented into the academic curriculum.

Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor is celebrating its 35th Anniversary. Doors opened in September 1967. Over the summer, the school advanced technology wiring each classroom for the intranet/internet at a speed of 100Mbs. The school acquired two mobile carts, each containing 16 wireless notebook computers.

Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia added new programs: Advanced Placement Course in Statistics; "1" Text English program combining writing skills and literature, using internet-based teaching; "1" Text Biology; Computerized Piano Lab, a new music technology course.

Father Judge High School in Northeast Philadelphia received a community economic development grant in June. The grant was used to purchase and install a mobile wireless computer lab, software and teacher
training.

Little Flower Catholic Girls High School in North Philadelphia will open school with a new chemistry lab.


WHAT'S NEW IN PARISH ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS


Cardinal Bevilacqua
will dedicate a new school at Sacred Heart Parish in Oxford, Chester County, on Saturday, September 7, 2002, at 11:00 a.m. The new school houses 14 classrooms, a computer lab, a library and main office. School will open with 215 students in grades K-7th. The school hopes to add a pre-kindergarten next year. Sacred Heart Parish has grown from 795 families three years ago, to 1300 families this year.

OTHER SCHOOL NEWS

PHILADELPHIA COUNTY
Saint Joachim School
has a Family Literacy Program, under the direction of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The program offers literacy services to the community. St. Joachim School also has a Healthy Families Center, under the direction of Catholic Social Services, where assistance is offered to parish families as well as the neighborhood.

Saint Therese of the Child Jesus School has computers and printers in all classrooms, pre-kindergarten to 8th grade.

Saint Athanasius/Immaculate Conception Schoo added a state-of-the-art Art Studio. They are also instituting a literary magazine, featuring student writing and poetry.

Immaculate Heart of Mary School upgraded its technology, science and social studies curriculum in the upper grades.

Saint Hugh School is integrating technology into all curriculum areas.

Saint Veronica School has a new after school Cares Program to accommodate working parents and a new Remedial Reading Program to assist the students.

Mother of Divine Grace School is providing a lunch program this year through the Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese.

BUCKS COUNTY
St. Mark School in Bristo
gave students a summer assignment to instill a strong sense of pride in their country. On first day of school, students will bring in posters with the theme "United We Stand." The school will have a Mass and day of remembrance on September 11th. Representatives from the police and fire departments, as well as parents and members of the community, will be invited to join in the memorial.

Saint Jude School in Chalfon has chosen the school year theme "United We Stand, Together in Peace." The school will have a Mass on September 11. Following the Mass, students and faculty will return to the classrooms for discussion.

Saint Agnes-Sacred Heart School in Hilltown is once again working with Bucks County Community College to offer the Foreign Language Experience Program. For eighteen weeks, beginning in October, students in grades five through eight will have the opportunity to take Spanish classes once per week at lunch time. Last year, sixty-four students were enrolled in the program.

Queen of the Universe School in Levittown is expecting a visit from Governor Mark Schweiker to present its school banner that flew on the U. S. Space Shuttle STS - 110 from April 8th through 19th. The Governor will give a speech on goals and dreams rooted in faith. Tentative date is September 9th.

Saint Frances Cabrini School in Fairless Hills will celebrate Space Day on October 17th. A NASA representative will give a presentation, including a display of moon rocks. The Franklin Institute will set up a portable planetarium.

CHESTER COUNTY
Holy Family School in Phoenixville
added an additional kindergarten, second grade and seventh grade classroom. A drama club will start this year.

Saint Basil the Great School in Kimberton has wired the school for technology and teachers now have lap top computers.

Saints Philip and James School in Exton has a new building that houses ten new classrooms and a new library.

Saints Simon and Jude School in West Chester was recently awarded a $500 technology grant from the Exxon-Mobil Company.

St. Cornelius School in Chadds Ford moves into its new building with grades kindergarten through 4th.

DELAWARE COUNTY
Saint Katharine Drexel School in Chester
is beginning a Peer Mediation Program to encourage students to resolve their differences peacefully.

Saint Laurence School in Highland Park is continuing with its Literary Circle. Students meet weekly after school to discuss books they have read. The school is also starting a Scrabble Squad to encourage vocabulary skills and an Art Club to offer after school expression of creativity.

Our Lady of Peace School in Milmont Park is introducing a Foreign Language Program to students in grades one through eight.

Saint Gabriel School in Norwood will open the school year with two full day kindergarten programs.

Nativity B.V.M. School in Media won a computer lab with 10 state-of-the-art computers and Comcast hookup to the internet.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Saint Genevieve School in Flourtown
has a school-wide, in-house news station and is revamping extracurricular activities.

Saint Rose of Lima School in North Wales is participating in the Olweus Pilot Project (bullying prevention). The school also purchased 18 new computers.

Saint Philip Neri School in East Greenville has new playground equipment, a new computer lab with internet access, wireless connections for upper unit classrooms, and a renovated art and music room.

Holy Martyrs School in Oreland is implementing Spanish language into the curriculum for grades kindergarten through eighth.

Saint Thomas-Good Counsel School in Villanovahas a new wireless lab. The teachers have a working portfolio to continue improving technology skills.

Saint Peter School in Pottstown, with the help of Springford Family Counseling, has initiated two new programs to help students build self-esteem.


NEWS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

On September 26th and 27th,
a two day workshop for all special education teachers in the archdiocese will be held. The workshop will be led by Dr. Ken Moses, a nationally-recognized educator in working with parents of children with special needs.

Queen of the Universe Day Center in Bucks County, a school for students ages 5 - 16 with mild to moderate mental retardation and developmental delays, has a certified therapy dog at the school named 'Hester.' She is a yellow lab retriever and has been part of the school community for the past two years.

STATISTICS FROM THE 2001-2002 SCHOOL YEAR


Enrollment for the 211 parish elementary schools in the Archdiocese is 78,921
2002-2003 enrollment figures will not be available until November
89 parish elementary schools are located in the city of Philadelphia
122 parish elementary schools are located in the four suburban counties
At the parish elementary school level, all parish schools are coeducational
51% of total elementary enrollment is female, 49% of total elementary enrollment is male

Enrollment for 22 Archdiocesan high schools is 23,249.
2002-2003 enrollment figures will not be available until November
11 Archdiocesan high schools are located in the city of Philadelphia
11 Archdiocesan high schools are located in the four suburban counties
High school graduation rate is 99.8%
Of the 22 Archdiocesan high schools, 12 are coeducational, 5 are single gender schools for males and 5 are single gender schools for females.
51% of total high school enrollment is female, 49% of total high school enrollment is male



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Bishop-elect Burbidge To Be Ordained

August 29, 2002

BISHOP-ELECT BURBIDGE TO BE ORDAINED

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will ordain Reverend Monsignor Michael F. Burbidge as a Bishop in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Bishop-elect Burbidge, age 45, will be the second youngest Bishop in the United States and will serve as an Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.


Thursday, September 5, 2002
Procession 2:00 p.m.
Ordination Mass 2:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

There will be a brief media availability with Bishop Burbidge immediately following the Mass Archdiocesan Office Center Auditorium
222 North 17th Street
Philadelphia

The last ordination of a bishop in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia took place in March 1996 when Cardinal Bevilacqua ordained The Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis and The Most Reverend Joseph F. Martino. Both are Auxiliary Bishops. There are also two retired Auxiliary Bishops, The Most Reverend Martin N. Lohmuller and The Most Reverend Louis A. DeSimone. All of the Auxiliary Bishops will participate in the Ordination Mass.

Cardinal Bevilacqua announced the papal appointment of Bishop-Elect Burbidge at a news conference on June 21, 2002. The Bishop-Elect is Rector of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, a post he will continue to hold. Bishop Burbidge will be only the third Auxiliary Bishop in a diocese to also be Rector of a Seminary.

Michael F. Burbidge was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Mr. and Mrs. Francis and Shirley Burbidge, who currently reside in Broomall, Pennsylvania. Father Burbidge graduated from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained in 1984. He served as Parochial Vicar at Saint Bernard Parish in Philadelphia from 1984 to 1986 and taught at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Delaware County from 1986 to 1990. During 1990-91, Father Burbidge served on the faculty of Archbishop Wood High School and became Dean of Students at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1991. Father Burbidge served as Administrative Secretary to Cardinal Bevilacqua from 1992 to 1999. In 1998, he was named Honorary Prelate (Monsignor). Monsignor Burbidge was named Rector of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania in 1999.

Editor's Note: Television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. An audio and video mult-box feed will be provided in the parking lot of the Cathedral. Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck. Parking space is extremely limited. If you are planning coverage, kindly contact the Office for Communications at 215-587-3747. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral but are asked to remain in areas reserved for the media.





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Archdiocesan Theater Program For Disabled Youth And Adults Presents Its Annual Production "anchors Away"

September 3, 2002

ARCHDIOCESAN THEATER PROGRAM FOR DISABLED YOUTH
AND ADULTS PRESENTS ITS ANNUAL PRODUCTION
"ANCHORS AWAY"

The T.O.D.A.Y. (Transforming Opportunities for Disabled Adults and Youth) Theater Program is presenting its 10th annual production. This year's production, "Anchors Away," will be presented on

Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th, 2002
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Archbishop Wood High School
655 York Road
Warminster, Pa


T.O.D.A.Y. Theater Program is sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office for Youth and Young Adults. The program provides disabled youth and adults the chance to perform, have fun, and to have an opportunity for interaction with non-disabled people. This year's production includes lively songs and dance routines from the show "Anchors Away." For ticket information, call (215) 567-4280

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News Conference Advisory Tax Credit Provides Benefits To Students In Need

September 3, 2002

NEWS CONFERENCE ADVISORY

TAX CREDIT PROVIDES BENEFITS TO STUDENTS IN NEED

Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) will hold a news conference to announce the successful first year of the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC). Mr. J. William Mills III, Chair of BLOCS and President, The PNC Financial Services Group, Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, will discuss how the tax incentive allows PNC Bank and other businesses to assist families working hard to send their children to schools of their choosing.

Other speakers will include Reverend Arthur Taraborelli, Pastor of Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish Elementary School and Ms. Etta Hansberry, whose children attend Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish School and who received a BLOCS/EITC award.


Friday, September 6, 2002
11:30 a.m.
Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish Elementary School
18th and Morris Streets
Philadelphia

Media are welcome at the school prior to the news conference for b-roll and photographs (students will be dismissed early for the first week of school). Kindly contact the Office for Communications at 215-587-3747 to make arrangements

Editor's Note: For advance information about BLOCS, please visit www.blocs.org
For advance information about the EITC, please visit www.inventpa.org







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Cardinal Bevilacqua Ordains Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge As Auxiliary Bishop

September 5, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA ORDAINS MOST REVEREND MICHAEL F. BURBIDGE
AS AUXILIARY BISHOP

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, ordained the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge as a Bishop in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia today. Bishop Burbidge, age 45, is the second youngest Bishop in the United States and will serve as an Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In his homily, Cardinal Bevilacqua told Bishop Burbidge, "As you begin this new ministry as one of Christ's spiritual shepherds, a ministry of service and sacrifice, of joy and mystery, know that you will always be accompanied by our affection, our support and our prayers."

In addition to Cardinal Bevilacqua, three other Cardinals attended the Ordination: James Cardinal Hickey, Former Archbishop of Washington, William Cardinal Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington. 32 Bishops and 400 priests also attended along with 1400 invited guests. During his remarks at the conclusion of Mass, Bishop Burbidge said, "Our Holy Father has called us to be a holier priesthood, a holier episcopate and a holier Church. May today's celebration help us to respond faithfully to that call as we celebrate the many graces and blessings God has bestowed upon us as we find our strength in His promise that we never walk alone."

The last ordination of a Bishop in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia took place in March 1996 when Cardinal Bevilacqua ordained The Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis and The Most Reverend Joseph F. Martino. Both are Auxiliary Bishops. There are also two retired Auxiliary Bishops, The Most Reverend Martin N. Lohmuller and The Most Reverend Louis A. DeSimone. All of the Auxiliary Bishops participated in the Ordination Mass.

Cardinal Bevilacqua announced the papal appointment of the new Bishop at a news conference on June 21, 2002. The Bishop is Rector of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, a post he will continue to hold. Bishop Burbidge is only the third Auxiliary Bishop in a diocese to also be Rector of a Seminary.

Michael F. Burbidge was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Mr. and Mrs. Francis and Shirley Burbidge, who currently reside in Broomall, Pennsylvania. Father Burbidge graduated from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained in 1984. He served as Parochial Vicar at Saint Bernard Parish in Philadelphia from 1984 to 1986 and taught at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Delaware County from 1986 to 1990. During 1990-91, Father Burbidge served on the faculty of Archbishop Wood High School and became Dean of Students at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1991. Father Burbidge served as Administrative Secretary to Cardinal Bevilacqua from 1992 to 1999. In 1998, he was named Honorary Prelate (Monsignor). Monsignor Burbidge was named Rector of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania in 1999.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua Celebrates Mass Honoring Men And Women Religious

September 5, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA CELEBRATES MASS HONORING MEN AND WOMEN RELIGIOUS

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for 243 Religious Jubilarians on


Sunday, September 8, 2002
11:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA


243 religious priests, sisters and brothers in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will celebrate their Silver, Golden, or Diamond Anniversaries in 2002. These 243 religious represent 13,390 years of service to the Catholic Church. The total number of those who will actually be in attendance at the Mass will be 96. There are 14 Jubilarians who will mark 75 years of service (none will attend), 30 Jubilarians who will mark 70 years (six will attend) and 115 Jubilarians who will celebrate 50 years of service (60 will attend). Students from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School will serve as ushers and banner bearers.
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Blocs Kicks Off School Year With Scholarships

September 5, 2002

BLOCS KICKS OFF SCHOOL YEAR WITH SCHOLARSHIPS

Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) begins the 2002-2003 school year with more than one million dollars in awards distributed to families who send their children to the schools of their choosing.

BLOCS is one of 113 scholarship organizations in Pennsylvania participating in the first year of an innovative tax incentive program, the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC). This state program offers tax credits of up to 90% to businesses that make donations to scholarship organizations such as BLOCS.

Because the EITC attracted increased corporate support for educational initiatives across the state, BLOCS was able to significantly increase the number of children impacted by tuition assistance here in the Philadelphia region. Since 1998, BLOCS has raised a total of $6 million, touching the lives of more than 5,000 students. BLOCS funds are distributed in the form of tuition assistance, grants for technology equipment and special projects. These distributions, in addition to the EITC scholarships that have been given directly to families in need, makes this BLOCS most fortunate year to date.

At a news conference at Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish Elementary School in South Philadelphia, Mr. J. William Mills III, Chair of BLOCS and President, The PNC Financial Services Group, Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey announced that businesses donated 1.2 million dollars to BLOCS during the past year through the EITC. That generosity allowed BLOCS to award approximately 2,000 scholarships to families throughout the five county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in July, just in time for the new school year. Scholarship amounts ranged from $250 to $1,000 and were based upon family income. 12,000 families applied for scholarships.
BLOCS awards made up more than 13% of the total statewide.

Mr. Mills said, "The response to this exceptionally beneficial program has been significant and demonstrates that families across Southeastern Pennsylvania are looking for answers to help improve the educational opportunities available to our children. The solution is here and it's called BLOCS and it's made possible in part thanks to the EITC program. PNC has deep Philadelphia roots and a long history of supporting events and organizations that make a difference in our community. Our involvement with BLOCS and the EITC program are just a few examples of how PNC demonstrates our support in a tangible, meaningful way."

The Pennsylvania Legislature passed the Educational Improvement Tax Credit on May 7, 2001. At that time, Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia said, "The real winners of this legislation are, of course, the thousands of children of low and middle income families who might not have access to the schools that best meet their needs. The education tax credit initiative is a tremendous step toward full choice, which would ensure tangible educational options for all of Pennsylvania's children."

Statewide, businesses donated 19.8 million dollars to scholarship organizations and made more than 15,000 awards possible. The program offers businesses a tax credit of 75% of the amount donated to registered scholarship funds. If a business commits to two years of donations, the tax credit grows to 90%.

Businesses that want more information can visit the BLOCS web site at www.blocs.org or the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development web site at www.inventpa.com. Donations for the 2003-04 school year are currently being accepted. Applications for families will be available at parishes or schools in January 2003 for the 2003-2004 school year.

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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Observes Anniversary Of September 11th

September 9, 2002

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA OBSERVES ANNIVERSARY
OF SEPTEMBER 11TH

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will observe the anniversary of September 11th
with Masses and prayer services at parishes and schools


Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be in Washington, D.C. for administrative meetings with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on September 11th and will concelebrate Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington at 12 Noon.

Cardinal Bevilacqua will be taping a special message for September 11th (embargoed until September 11th). It is available by contacting the Office for Communications at 215-587-3747.

Cardinal Bevilacqua encouraged each of the 282 parishes of the Archdiocese to plan a Mass or a Prayer Service in commemoration of the events of September 11th. Archdiocesan high schools and parish elementary schools will also commemorate this day with special Masses, Prayer Services or other observances.

Masses at
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Schedule
7:15 a.m.
Mass in Chapel

8:00 a.m.
Mass in Chapel (Will conclude with a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.)

12:05 p.m.
Mass in Cathedral (Celebrant is Most Reverend Joseph F. Martino, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia)

12:35 p.m.
Mass in Chapel

1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Quiet Prayer and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Cathedral

6:00 p.m.
Mass in Cathedral for the Souls of the Faithful Departed (Celebrant is Reverend Monsignor John A. Close, Rector of the Cathedral)

St. Mark Parish Elementary School,
located at 1024 Radcliffe Street in Bristol, Bucks County, will hold a Day of Remembrance on Wednesday, September 11th. At 8:46 a.m., the Church bells will ring, followed by a brief prayer service and a presentation of a memorial wreath in the grotto in front of the school. Representatives of area police and fire departments will be present. A memorial Mass in Saint Mark Church immediately follows.

Cardinal Dougherty High School, located at 6301North Second Street in Philadelphia, will conduct a service of prayer and remembrance from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the school. All police, fire and school crossing guard personnel who are alumni of the school are invited to attend.

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Statement Of Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua Archbishop Of Philadelphia Regarding First Anniversary Of September 11th Attacks

September 10, 2002

STATEMENT OF ANTHONY CARDINAL BEVILACQUA
ARCHBISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA
REGARDING FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS

One year ago today, we watched in shock and disbelief as the unimaginable events in New York, Washington and western Pennsylvania unfolded before our eyes. Even though a year has passed, the sheer horror of what happened on September 11th 2001 still sometimes seems unreal. But it did happen. We pray still for those who died, for the families of the victims, for those still suffering from the attack.

At the time of the attacks, some asked, "Where was God?" As I said a year ago --on that day and many times after September 11th -- it wasn't God who committed that evil, it was the absence of God. It was the absence of God in men who committed the evil. We can see the presence of God in the good that occurred that day, for example in the heroism of the rescue workers or the passengers of Flight 93. God never lets evil triumph and that should be a comfort to us.

Much good has come from that day. In spite of the vicious and cruel assault upon our nation, we have seen the very best of the American spirit: a spirit of courage, self-sacrifice and hope which is undaunted in the face of threat. We do still feel vulnerable on this anniversary, something we're not used to feeling. So many people flocked to churches, temples and mosques after the attacks. People continue to go to church in greater numbers than they did a year ago. This anniversary is a good time to ask yourself, "Does God still have a prominent place in my life?"

The attacks left a scar on the psyche of the American people that will last for a long time. Since the tragedy, people realize the fragility of their lives. They realize that the priority of life is not to have wealth or pleasures but instead to help each other, to be kinder and more compassionate.

I pray that family members who have an empty place where a loved one was just a year ago find comfort in God who loves us so very much. I pray that God will guide the country's leaders and give them wisdom as they chart the future path of this nation. I pray for our service men and women who are fighting for the world's freedom as well as for police, firefighters and rescue workers who risk their lives to protect us every day. Immediately after the attacks, generosity of spirit pervaded the country. I pray that people realize that we are brothers and sisters in one human family under the fatherhood of God.

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Catholic Social Services To Host Senior Center Bar-b-q

September 11, 2002

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES TO HOST SENIOR CENTER BAR-B-Q

200 seniors from the five Senior Centers in Philadelphia operated by Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will attend the second annual Senior Center Bar-B-Q at Fort Washington State Park in Montgomery County. The seniors will enjoy games, socializing, music and great food. The staffs of the senior centers work together to provide activities such as pinochle, horseshoes and karaoke.

This is the second year that seniors from different neighborhoods joined together at a state park to enjoy nature and make new friends.

Tuesday, September 17, 2002
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Picnic Pavilion
Fort Washington State Park
Flourtown, Montgomery County

The Catholic Social Services Senior Centers are located in five Philadelphia neighborhoods:

Saint Charles Senior Center (formerly Saint Rita's)
1941 Christian Street, South Philadelphia

Star Harbor Senior Center:
4700 Springfield Avenue, West Philadelphia

Saint Bernard's Senior Center
7340 Jackson Street, Northeast Philadelphia

Saint Anne's Senior Center
2607 Cumberland Street, Port Richmond

Norris Square Senior Center
2121 North Howard Street, North Philadelphia
primarily serves Spanish speaking clientele
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Cardinal Bevilacqua Opens First Synod In 68 Years

September 12, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA OPENS FIRST SYNOD IN 68 YEARS

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia,will celebrate the Opening Mass of the Tenth Archdiocesan Synod, an historic event for the Archdiocese and for parishioners of 282 parishes. The Synod will bring together priests, deacons, members of religious orders and lay persons to consider prayerfully and seriously the current state of the Church's life in order to create a vision and plan for the future. In diocesan Synods prior to Vatican II, only the clergy participated. Dennis Cardinal Dougherty convened the last Synod in 1934. In the Tenth Archdiocesan Synod, more than half of the 242 Synod members are lay persons (135). The membership also includes five auxiliary bishops, 70 priests, eight deacons and 24 members of religious orders.

Opening Mass
Sunday, September 15, 2002
2:30 p.m.
Approximately 1500 Expected to Attend
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

Synod Sessions: Drexelbrook Conference Center
Drexelbrook Road and Valley Drive
Drexel Hill, Delaware County

September 20-21, 2002
Topics:
1. Spirituality, Call To Holiness
2.Roles of Service in the Church and in the World
(Role of the Laity, Role of the Religious, Role of the Clergy)
3.Marriage and the Family

October 18-19, 2002
Topics:
4.Youth and Young Adults
5.Catholic Education of Youth
6.Adult Faith Formation

November 15-16, 2002
Topics:
7.Moral and Social Issues
8.Liturgy
9.Evangelization


Closing Mass
Sunday, December 8, 2002
2:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

Background

Cardinal Bevilacqua called for a Synod in December 2000 to hear the voice of lay persons, clergy and members of religious orders on a wide variety of issues. During the first consultative phase in fall 2001, the Cardinal invited all Catholics in the Archdiocese to give voice to their needs, hopes and desires for the faith through written descriptions. Based upon the responses, a General Preparatory Commission recommended topics to the Cardinal. After the Cardinal selected the topics, open meetings on the topics took place throughout the five counties of the Archdiocese during spring 2002. Study commissions then formulated proposals on each topic and sent them to Synod members. The proposals will be put before the members of the Synod for their input. Synod members will offer their recommendations to Cardinal Bevilacqua, who will consider the acceptance, modification or non-acceptance of the Synodal recommendations.

Editor's Note: Synod sessions are closed to the public and to the media, however there will be a photo and media opportunity during each Saturday session between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. If you are interested in an interview with Cardinal Bevilacqua and with Synod members on one of the Saturdays please contact the Office for Communications at 215-587-3747.
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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Celebrate Mass At Holy Angels Parish

September 20, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO CELEBRATE MASS AT HOLY ANGELS PARISH

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will visit Holy Angels Parish in the East Oak Lane section of Philadelphia to say Mass and greet parishioners. The Mass will be celebrated in a combination of English and Korean and Cardinal Bevilacqua's homily will be translated into Korean.

The Mass will be concelebrated by Reverend Sung-Koo Lee, Parochial Administrator of Holy Angels Parish; Reverend In-Chang Yu, in residence at Holy Angels Parish and Reverend Paul Koo Bon Young, in residence at Saint Anastasia Parish in Newtown Square, Delaware County.



Sunday, September 22, 2002
10:00 a.m.
Holy Angels Parish
7000 Old York Road
Philadelphia


Holy Angels Parish offers Masses in Korean every Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Saint Anastasia Parish also offers Masses in Korean on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. and has a Korean Catholic Community Center.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Celebrate Puerto Rican Mass

September 23, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO CELEBRATE PUERTO RICAN MASS

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the main celebrant at the annual Puerto Rican Festival Mass. Reverend Domingo Rodriguez, S.T. of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity will be the homilist. The purpose of the Mass is to celebrate the faith, accomplishments and culture of the Puerto Rican people.


Thursday, September 26, 2002
Procession
6:30 p.m.
18th and Vine Streets
Philadelphia

Mass
7:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

There are 30 parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that have Hispanic Ministry. The Archdiocese also has a Mission at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in the Diocese of Arecibo in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico.

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Back To School Bash Benefits Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Schools Of Special Education

September 24, 2002

BACK TO SCHOOL BASH
BENEFITS ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA SCHOOLS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

The Stewards' Alliance will host its third annual "Back to School Bash" to benefit the Special Education Schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.


Thursday, September 26, 2002
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

The "Back to School Bash" is sponsored by PNC Bank and will include some of the best culinary delights from outstanding caterers and restaurants in the area and live entertainment by "Four Wood." There is also a silent auction that includes an overnight stay at the Westin Philadelphia, an NFL Films gift package, a tour of the Comcast SportsNet facilities along with tickets to a Flyers game.

All proceeds benefit the Special Education Schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, including: Archbishop Ryan School for Children with Hearing Impairment located in Norwood and Glenolden; Our Lady of Confidence Day School in St. David and Philadelphia; Queen of the Universe Day Center in Levittown; St. Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments in Upper Darby; and St. Katherine Day School in Wynnewood and Radnor.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua Appoints New Director Of Catholic Institute For Evangelization

September 26, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR
OF CATHOLIC INSTITUTE FOR EVANGELIZATION

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has appointed Sister Carmen S. Torres, S.H.C.J. as the new Director of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Institute for Evangelization. The Cardinal made the announcement at the annual Puerto Rican Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on Thursday, September 26, 2002.

Cardinal Bevilacqua established the Catholic Institute For Evangelization in 1993. Located at 4404 North Fifth Street in the heart of the Hispanic community in North Philadelphia, the Catholic Institute for Evangelization offers evangelization training and adult faith formation and community outreach with a special focus on the Hispanic community. It serves the community with programs that offer participants a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith and more effective ways of proclaiming the Gospel. In addition, the Catholic Institute runs an outreach program for young adults in faith and leadership development. There is also a Music Education Program for Children that allows children in the North Philadelphia area to enter the world of music in a positive and wholesome environment.

Sister Carmen Torres taught at Saint Elizabeth School in Philadelphia from 1990 to 1994, earned her Masters of Education Degree in Religious Education from Boston College in 1996 and served as Archdiocese of Philadelphia Director of Religious Education for Hispanics from 1996 to 2001.
Sister Carmen joined the Catholic Institute for Evangelization in 2001 as Assistant Director. The founding Director, Reverend Monsignor Nelson J. Perez, has been serving a dual role since June 2002 when Cardinal Bevilacqua appointed him Pastor of Saint William Parish in Philadelphia. Even though he will no longer serve as Director, Monsignor Perez will continue to have a close relationship with the Catholic Institute for Evangelization. Cardinal Bevilacqua announced that he appointed Monsignor Perez as Chair of a new Advisory Board for the Catholic Institute for Evangelization. Other members are yet to be named.

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Editor's Note: For more information about the Catholic Institute for Evangelization, please contact 215-324-8292.

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Statement Of Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua Archbishop Of Philadelphia Regarding Death Of Walter Annenberg

October 3, 2002

STATEMENT OF ANTHONY CARDINAL BEVILACQUA
ARCHBISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA
REGARDING DEATH OF WALTER ANNENBERG

It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg. His generosity had a wide ranging impact on many areas of American life, from education to the arts. I had always held Ambassador Annenberg in high personal regard for his deep commitment to philanthropy. Ambassador Annenberg used his great wealth to strengthen and fund institutions important to the quality of life here in Philadelphia and throughout the country. His unselfish spirit was an example for everyone and his passing will leave a deep void in the world of charitable giving.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia benefitted from Ambassador Annenberg's generosity throughout the years, most especially in the area of Catholic education. As someone who believed strongly in the promise of quality education, Ambassador Annenberg made a significant gift to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the form of an endowed grant which was used to bolster the Tuition Assistance Program serving needy students. Approximately 100 students received the first grants for the current academic school year. In 1992, The Annenberg Foundation, acting through Ambassador Annenberg and his wife, Leonore, awarded a challenge grant to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which helped the Archdiocese support the diocesan high school system.

I extend to Mrs. Annenberg and the entire family my deepest sympathies and assurance of prayers for God's consolation at this time of sorrow.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua Celebrates 51st Annual Red Mass

October 3, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA CELEBRATES 51ST ANNUAL RED MASS

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate the 51st Annual Red Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. The Homilist will be Reverend Timothy C. Senior, Secretary for Catholic Human Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. An Interfaith Prayer Service will precede the Mass. The Saint Thomas More Society of Philadelphia sponsors the Red Mass, where the blessing of the Holy Spirit is invoked on all lawyers and judges.

The Red Mass dates back to the late Middle Ages when it marked the opening of the Courts of State as kings and judges prayed for divine guidance in the administration of justice. It is called the "Red Mass" because of the color of the vestments the priest wears.


Monday, October 7, 2002
5:15 p.m. Interfaith Prayer Service
5:30 p.m. Red Mass
Approximately 7:00 p.m. Saint Thomas More Award Dinner
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

The Saint Thomas More Award Dinner will take place immediately following the Mass at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel in Philadelphia. The 2002 Saint Thomas More Award Recipient is Rev. Mr. Clement J. McGovern, Jr. of Chadds Ford, retired Judge from the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. Rev. Mr. McGovern is a Permanent Deacon at Saint Cornelius Parish in Chadds Ford. The Saint Thomas More Society of Philadelphia presented the award to Cardinal Bevilacqua in 1999, the same year he celebrated 50 years as a priest.

The Saint Thomas More Society of Philadelphia is an association of Catholic lawyers founded in 1949 to promote high ethical principles in the legal profession. The Society also encourages interest among lawyers in the life, faith and convictions of Saint Thomas More, the patron Saint of lawyers. Thomas More was Chancellor of England under King Henry VIII, who had him beheaded in 1535 because More refused to recognize the King as the head of the Church of England.

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Teens Volunteer For "day Of Service"

October 9, 2002

TEENS VOLUNTEER FOR "DAY OF SERVICE"

Student members of the Archdiocesan Community Service Corps (CSC) are participating in "A Day of Service" by performing various service activities throughout the city. CSC is a volunteer program sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office for Youth and Young Adults. One of the sites where students will be pitching in to clean and paint is

Saint Michael Parish
2nd and Jefferson Streets
Philadelphia
Saturday, October 12, 2002
12 noon - 2:30 p.m.



Thousands of high school students in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are formally associated with CSC and provide a wide variety of services including community clean-up, tutoring young children, visiting the elderly in nursing homes and assisting at homeless shelters.

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Associate Director
215-587-3747

Youthfest 2002 The Archdiocesan Celebration Of World Youth Day

October 21, 2002

YOUTHFEST 2002
THE ARCHDIOCESAN CELEBRATION OF WORLD YOUTH DAY

The Office for Youth and Young Adults of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is sponsoring Youthfest 2002, a spiritual and fun-filled gathering of high school students on

Saturday, October 26, 2002
12 noon - 9:00 p.m.
Cardinal Dougherty High School
6301 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA


More than 500 teens are expected to attend this event, which is the local celebration of World Youth Day. Activities will include an opening ceremony by student leadership, keynote speakers, outdoor carnival, games, liturgy, dinner and dancing.

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist for the Youth Mass at 5:00 p.m.

The agenda for the day is:

12 noon - Registration
1:00 p.m. - Opening Ceremony by student leadership and keynote address by Kim and Reggie Harris, nationally known recording artists
2:00 p.m. - Outdoor Carnival and Indoor Olympics
5:00 p.m. - Youth Mass celebrated by Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua
6:30 p.m. - Dinner and dancing

For more information on the day's events contact Paul Manion, Special Events Coordinator, at 610-649-9410.
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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Don Guanella Hosts Villanova Women's Basketball Team

October 11, 2002

DON GUANELLA HOSTS VILLANOVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM

Don Guanella School will conduct a basketball clinic with the help of talented players from the Villanova University Women's Basketball team. Don Guanella is an Archdiocese of Philadelphia school in Springfield, Delaware County for boys with a wide variety of disabilities ranging in age from six to 21.

Tuesday, October 15, 2002
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Don Guanella School
Route 320
Springfield, Delaware County


The Villanova basketball players will conduct drills and contests for the boys as well as hand out posters and souvenirs.

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Editor's Note: For more information, please contact Mr. Robert Neely, Activities Director at Don Guanella School at 610-543-1418 extension 309.








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Donna Farrell
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Statement Of Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua Regarding Vatican Reply To Norms Written By U.s. Bishops

October 18, 2002

Statement of Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua
Regarding Vatican Reply to Norms Written by U.S. Bishops

Bishop Wilton Gregory, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, together with the Holy See announced this morning the establishment of a Mixed Commission comprised of four Bishops from the United States Conference and four representatives from those Vatican offices with competency for matters related to the Charter and Norms approved in Dallas last June. I welcome this collaborative effort which will bring greater clarity and common agreement to the provisions of the Charter as well as to the proposed Norms for which the special approval ("recognitio") of the Holy See was requested.

I wish to emphasize the expressions offered by the Holy See of solidarity with the United States Bishops in responding to the deeply experienced sufferings of the victims and their families as well as the firm condemnation of sexual misdeeds against minors by some members of the clergy. We are all committed to doing everything humanly possible for the protection of children and young people.

This Mixed Commission will work expeditiously through dialogue and prayerful reflection to resolve the areas of concern allowing for the presentation of the results to the Conference of Bishops in November. In communion with the Holy See and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia remains committed to assisting victims in their healing and to assuring the safety of all children and young people.

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Editor's Note: A "mixed commission" is a joint working group made of members of different canonical jurisdictions for a particular purpose. Background and Vatican documents can be found at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website, www.usccb.org (click on What's New) and the Vatican website, www.vatican.va. No media availability for Cardinal Bevilacqua is planned for today.

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Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Cardinal Bevilacqua To Celebrate 40th Annual Martin De Porres Mass

October 24, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO CELEBRATE 40TH ANNUAL MARTIN DE PORRES MASS

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate the 40th annual Mass in thanksgiving for Saint Martin de Porres, the Saint of Universal Brotherhood. The homilist will be the Most Reverend Gordon D. Bennet, S.J., Auxiliary Bishop and Urban Vicar, Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Thursday, November 7, 2002
7:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA


Martin de Porres was born in Peru in the 16th century to a Spanish nobleman and a black woman of Panama who was a freed slave. He became a Dominican brother and devoted his life to caring for the poor and the sick. Pope John XXIII canonized Martin de Porres in 1962, making him the first saint of color in the western hemisphere.

Music will be provided by the African American Apostolate Mass Choir with representatives from many of the 282 parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. People of all faiths are invited to attend this Mass of Unity and Brotherhood sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Black Catholics sponsors the Mass. For more information please call 215-587-3634.

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Catholic Social Services Program Seeks Host Families In Delaware County

October 25, 2002

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES PROGRAM SEEKS
HOST FAMILIES IN DELAWARE COUNTY

Life Sharing Through Family Living, a program of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is looking for paid providers who can open their homes and their hearts to persons with mental retardation. This program is a unique opportunity for families who want to make a difference in the life of someone who faces special challenges. Since 1987, the program has served individuals and families primarily in Philadelphia, now it is expanding its services and needs more provider families in the Delaware County area.

Who can help?
A provider family can be a married couple with or without children or a single person who provides the individual with food, shelter and personal care in addition to assisting the individual with the necessary skills for growth and independent living.

The family must have a sensitivity to people with special needs, access to transportation and a private residence with adequate living space including an extra bedroom for another family member. The family is also expected to work closely and cooperatively with Catholic Social Services. Screening checks, a home study and training sessions need to be completed prior to welcoming a new family member into a home. Each home is approved by Catholic Social Services and the Delaware County Office of Mental Retardation. Families are matched with individuals from their own county.

Catholic Social Services provides the family with room and board payments plus tax free income for expenses incurred.

Who will be helped?
Individuals with mental retardation are referred to the Agency by the County Office of Mental Retardation. There are no age limits or levels of functioning. Each individual is provided with a Day Program. This could be at a school, workshop, employment, Senior Center or some other activity away from the home.

How can I get involved?
To start the process or to get more information contact Catholic Social Services Life Sharing Through Family Living Program at 610-544-7813.

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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
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Catholic Youth Organization Sponsors Liturgy For Athletes

October 29, 2002

CATHOLIC YOUTH ORGANIZATION SPONSORS
LITURGY FOR ATHLETES

The Archdiocesan Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) is sponsoring a special Mass for young athletes and their coaches on

Saturday, November 2, 2002
5:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul
18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Reverend Thomas Higgins, Director of the Office for Youth and Young Adults, will be the celebrant and homilist. This Mass is an opportunity for Archdiocesan athletes and coaches to come together to celebrate their faith. Representatives from more than 100 parishes are expected to be in attendance.

The mission of the CYO Parish Youth Ministry is to assist parishes in their goal to be "youth friendly" and to encourage young people to participate in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community. The program accomplishes these goals through programs designed to develop the spiritual, physical, social and cultural dimensions of youth.

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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Nutritional Development Services Adds Schools To Hot Lunch Program For 2002-2003

November 7, 2002

NUTRITIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERVICES ADDS SCHOOLS
TO HOT LUNCH PROGRAM FOR 2002-2003

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Nutritional Development Services (NDS) serves lunch to over 10,000 children daily through the Hot Lunch Program. For the new school year, NDS adds four schools to the program and now provides meals at 70 Catholic elementary schools and 11 charter schools. The Hot Lunch consists of an entree, served with a fruit or vegetable, bread and a half-pint of milk.

Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish Elementary School in Philadelphia joined the Hot Lunch Program in September. The new principal at the school, Sister Denise Ware, S.F.C.C., said "My first question when I arrived was 'Why not have the Hot Lunch Program?' The school lunch program is the best option for children and I think Nutritional Development Services offers a great meal." The meal provides each child with one-third of their recommended daily allowance for major nutrients and calories. Ms. Janet Lazorcheck, principal of Saint Teresa of Avila in Norristown, Montgomery County said, "The program has been very successful right from the outset. The students like the variety and the parents like the fact that it is a balanced meal."

The four new schools for the Hot Lunch Program are:
Mother of Divine Grace
2612 East Monmouth Street, Philadelphia

Saint Mary of the Assumption
171Conarroe Street, Philadelphia

Sacred Heart
203 Church Road, Oxford, Chester County

Saint Teresa of Avila
2550 S. Parkview Dr., Norristown, Montgomery County

The principal of Mother of Divine Grace Parish Elementary School in Philadelphia, Ms. Jane White, said, "The students and parents have been raving about the food that is served daily. The parents are grateful for the nutritious food that is available to their children and the children are happy with the selection." Ms. Kathy McCabe, the principal of the new Sacred Heart Parish Elementary School which opened in Oxford, Chester County in September agreed, "Parents like the convenience, the nutritional value and the affordable price."

To help students make healthy food choices, Nutritional Development Services works hard to teach the message about proper nutrition to students. Nutrition educators visit participating schools and encourage the consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables and milk. The cost of a full price lunch is $1.50. Based upon the family's income, a child may be eligible for a reduced price (40 cents) or free lunch. For more information about participating in the Hot Lunch Program, please contact Archdiocese of Philadelphia Nutritional Development Services at (215)895-3470.

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Donna Farrell
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Attention Junior High School Students!! Skate Party To Benefit Operation Santa Claus

November 13, 2002

ATTENTION JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!!

SKATE PARTY TO BENEFIT OPERATION SANTA CLAUS

The Office for Youth and Young Adults is partnering with the Flyers Skate Zone Ice Skating Arena to host an ice skating party for junior high school students to benefit Operation Santa Claus. Operation Santa Claus is the nondenominational toy drive sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office for Youth and Young adults that benefits needy children in the Philadelphia area. The skate party will be held on

Sunday, November 24, 2002
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Flyers Skate Zone
10990 Decatur Road
Philadelphia


This is a unique opportunity to help raise money for a program that serves over 800 needy families. If you are interested in attending the skate party, please call 610-649-9410 for registration and information. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. All prices include skate rental.

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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

T.o.d.a.y. Thanksgiving Dance

November 21, 2002

T.O.D.A.Y. THANKSGIVING DANCE

The Office for Youth and Young Adults of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will hold a Thanksgiving Dance for members of the T.O.D.A.Y. Program (Transforming Opportunities for Disabled Adults and Youth) on

Saturday, November 23, 2002
7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
St. Timothy Parish
Levick and Battersby Streets
Philadelphia



The T.O.D.A.Y. Program is an Archdiocesan-wide program focusing on providing social, spiritual and educational experiences for disabled youth. Approximately 100 members of the T.O.D.A.Y. Program will enjoy a fun evening making new friends and dancing to the music of a DJ.


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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Christmas Card Project Helps To Feed The Hungry New Design For 2002 - The Little Child Of Peace

November 21, 2002

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA CHRISTMAS CARD
PROJECT HELPS TO FEED THE HUNGRY

NEW DESIGN FOR 2002 - THE LITTLE CHILD OF PEACE

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Nutritional Development Services has a new design for its annual Christmas card project. The Little Child of Peace pictures the Child Jesus surrounded by animals. Inside the card reads "with a little child to guide them..." Isaiah 11:6

This is the 21st anniversary of the Alternative Christmas Card Project. All proceeds from the sale of the cards are used to purchase food to stock area soup kitchens and food cupboards. The annual project provides an alternative to people who wish to avoid the commercialism of the Christmas season and prefer to focus on the true meaning of the holy day.

Cards are available in the new design, The Little Child of Peace, or in one of the designs from past years: The Gift of Peace, The Christmas Tree,, The Christmas Lamb, Angel of Bounty and The Littlest Angel. All cards are 5"x7" and are printed on high quality paper stock. Cards are sold in packs of ten cards for $15.00 or packs of 20 cards for $25.00. Each card explains that the greeting represents a donation made to help feed the hungry.

For more information or to order cards, please call Nutritional Development Services at:
215-895-3470


Editor's Note: If you would like to receive the new design in hard copy form or electronically, please call the Office for Communications at 215-5873-3747.

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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
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John Redmond Tournament Basketball Tournament In Memory Of Deceased Philadelphia Firefighter

November 21, 2002

JOHN REDMOND TOURNAMENT
Basketball Tournament in Memory of Deceased Philadelphia Firefighter

For the 8th year, the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will host a basketball tournament in memory of John Redmond, a Philadelphia Firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty in 1994. Mr. Redmond was a former coach and active leader in the CYO. Sixteen elementary school basketball teams (8 boys teams, 8 girls teams) will participate.

Friday and Saturday
November 29 and 30, 2002
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Girard College Gym
Corinthian and Girard Avenues
Philadelphia, Pa.


Tickets are available at the door and all proceeds will benefit the Catholic Youth Organization. Tickets are $5 for adults (children are free), which covers entrance to the tournament for both days.

On Friday, November 29th, games begin at 10 a.m. On Saturday, November 30th, semi-final games begin at 10 a.m. The girls championship game begins 12:30 p.m. and the boys championship game 1:45 p.m.

Participating teams are:

Boys
St. Matthew, Northeast Philadelphia
St. Nicholas, South Philadelphia
St. Ignatius, Yardely
Incarnation, North-Central Philadelphia
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, South Philadelphia
St. Eleanor, Collegeville
St. Francis de Sales, West Philadelphia
St. Ignatius, West Philadelphia

Girls
St. Matthew, Northeast Philadelphia
St. Nicholas, South Philadelphia
St. Ignatius, Yardley
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, South Philadelphia
St. Eleanor, Collegeville
St. Anastasia, Newtown Square
St. Margaret, Narberth

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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Catholic Charities Donors Attend Day Of Inspiration

November 27, 2002

CATHOLIC CHARITIES DONORS ATTEND DAY OF INSPIRATION

The Special Gifts Committee for the 2003 Catholic Charities Appeal, along with other community leaders, visited Saint Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments in Upper Darby, Delaware County for a Day of Inspiration on Saturday, November 23, 2002. The Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia celebrated Mass and the Rev. Mr. Alvin Clay III served as Deacon. The Saint Lucy Day School Choir provided the music. After Mass, the 40 visitors toured the school and attended a reception. The Special Gifts Committee members are leaders in parishes who solicit increased participation in the Catholic Charities Appeal.

Saint Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments and the other four schools for special education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia receive approximately 80 percent of their funding from the Catholic Charities Appeal. At the time of its founding in 1955, Saint Lucy Day School revolutionized the idea of providing education for children who are blind or partially sighted without isolating them from family and the regular school system. Saint Lucy Day School is administered by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


Editor's Note: Other Archdiocesan schools for special education are:
Archbishop Ryan School for Children with Deafness
Saint Gabriel Campus, Norwood, Delaware County
Saint George Campus, Glenolden, Delaware County
Our Lady of Confidence Day School, Willow Grove, Montgomery County
Queen of the Universe Day Center, Levittown, Bucks County
Saint Katherine Day School
Wynnewood, Montgomery County
Radnor, Delaware County

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Donna Farrell
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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Celebrate Closing Mass Of Archdiocesan Synod

December 4, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO CELEBRATE CLOSING MASS
OF ARCHDIOCESAN SYNOD

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate the Closing Mass of the Tenth Archdiocesan Synod, an historic event for the Archdiocese and for parishioners of 282 parishes. The Synod brought together priests, deacons, members of religious orders and lay persons to consider prayerfully and seriously the current state of the Church's life in order to create a vision and plan for the future. Dennis Cardinal Dougherty convened the last Archdiocesan Synod in 1934. In diocesan Synods prior to Vatican II, only the clergy participated. In the Tenth Archdiocesan Synod, more than half of the 242 members are lay persons (135).


Sunday, December 8, 2002
Procession 2:30 p.m.
Mass 2:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Approximately 1000 people are expected to attend. The Entrance Procession will include the 242 Synod members. As the Procession enters the Cathedral, Cardinal Bevilacqua will bless a statue of Saint Katharine Drexel of Philadelphia. The life-size plaster statue was the model for the statue installed at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. and blessed by Cardinal Bevilacqua in November 2002 and will be on permanent display at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

Background:
Cardinal Bevilacqua called for a Synod in December 2000 to hear the voice of lay persons, clergy and members of religious orders on a wide variety of issues. During the first consultative phase in fall 2001, the Cardinal invited all Catholics in the Archdiocese to give voice to their needs, hopes and desires for the faith through written descriptions. Based upon the responses, a General Preparatory Commission recommended topics to the Cardinal.

Topics:
Cardinal Bevilacqua selected the following topics: 1.Spirituality, Call To Holiness and Sacraments2.Roles of Service in the Church and in the World: Role of the Laity, Role of the Religious, Role of the Clergy 3.Marriage and the Family 4.Youth and Young Adults 5.Catholic Education of Youth 6.Adult Faith Formation 7.Moral and Social Issues - A Pastoral Response 8.Liturgy 9.Evangelization. Open meetings on the topics took place throughout the five counties of the Archdiocese during spring 2002.

Proposals:
During the three working sessions in fall 2002, topical commissions (one for each topic) presented proposals to the Synod members. Synod members discussed the proposals and then offered their recommendations to Cardinal Bevilacqua, who is considering the acceptance, modification or non-acceptance of the Synodal recommendations. The Cardinal is expected to announce his decisions in early 2003.


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Opening Mass For Operation Santa Claus

December 6, 2002

OPENING MASS FOR OPERATION SANTA CLAUS

Teen members of Operation Santa Claus will gather for the opening Mass of the Operation Santa Claus Toy Drive. Operation Santa Claus is the non-denominational toy drive sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office for Youth and Young Adults. The Mass is on

Sunday, December 8, 2002
10:00 a.m.
Operation Santa Claus Wrapping Center
1818 Market Street
7th Floor
Philadelphia


Reverend Paul Drssler, Young Adult Ministry Coordinator, is the celebrant and homilist

Since 1967, the Youth Office of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has served as the connecting link between fortunate and less fortunate children through Operation Santa Claus. During the wonderful season of Christmas, toys are distributed to over 10,000 children from struggling families throughout the Philadelphia area.

For more information on how you can assist Operation San ta Claus, please call 610-649-9476.

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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Local Teens Will "skate With Santa" Fund Raiser To Benefit Needy Children

December 6, 2002

LOCAL TEENS WILL "SKATE WITH SANTA"
FUND RAISER TO BENEFIT NEEDY CHILDREN

More than 500 area teens will put on their roller skates and join Santa Claus for the annual "Skate with Santa" party sponsored by the Office for Youth and Young Adults of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on


Monday, December 9, 2002
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Palace Roller Rink
11600 Roosevelt Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA


The monies raised will benefit "Operation Santa Claus," the non-denominational annual toy drive sponsored by the Archdiocese. The teenagers are members of youth programs in the Archdiocese, the Catholic Youth Organization and the Community Service Corps. Last year, Operation Santa Claus delivered toys to more than 10,000 needy children in the Philadelphia area.


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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Remarks Of Anthony Cardinal Bevilacua Archbishop Of Philadelphia Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg Memorial Service

December 6, 2002

REMARKS OF ANTHONY CARDINAL BEVILACUA
ARCHBISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA
AMBASSADOR WALTER H. ANNENBERG MEMORIAL SERVICE

To Lee Annenberg and the entire Annenberg family, I extend my sincere condolences and assurance of prayers for God's consolation at this time of sorrow.

I shall never forget the last words Ambassador Annenberg spoke to me. They were uttered a number of months before his passing. I arrived at the Annenberg home for a dinner gathering of several of their friends. I was aware that the Ambassador's illness confined him to a wheelchair and had impaired his ability to speak. As I approached him, before I could say a word, he looked up at me, smiled and proclaimed in a loud voice: "God bless you." As though to convince me that he meant what he said, he immediately exclaimed again: "God bless you."

I have often meditated on those three last words addressed to me, a Catholic Cardinal, by this faithful son of Abraham. I have come to believe that these inspired words were addressed not just to me but to all the recipients of the Ambassador's beneficence.

These three words, "God bless you," in a certain sense capture the essence of the bountiful spirit of Walter Annenberg. In His Providence, God granted the Ambassador many gifts, intellectual and material. Intuitively, Ambassador Annenberg realized that he was but the trustee of these blessings of God, to be utilized primarily for the benefit of others. With this conviction, he exercised a stewardship over these divine gifts, especially financial resources, that had a beneficial impact in many areas from education to the arts.

Thus, for example, for countless years to come, thousands of young students in our Catholic schools, in public schools, in universities, will be seeking truth, which ultimately is another word for God, only because God Himself provided them with the opportunity through the charity of His servant, Walter.

In spite of personal sorrows, which all of us bear in life, Walter Annenberg was a happy man primarily, I believe, because he gave so much to others of the blessings God had given to him. Yes, Walter Annenberg had the right to say to all of us recipients of his friendship and generosity: "God bless you" because through him God has blessed us. And today we can have for Ambassador Walter Annenberg that certain hope of the divine reward described in the Hebrew Scriptures: "Joy and gladness he will find, an everlasting name he will inherit." (Sirach 15: 6)
Walter, God bless you.

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Don Guanella School Presents The Wizard Of Oz Holiday Show On Skates

December 9, 2002

DON GUANELLA SCHOOL PRESENTS
THE WIZARD OF OZ HOLIDAY SHOW ON SKATES

Don Guanella School will present its annual holiday skating show to the public again this season. The 2002 Christmas program is The Wizard of Oz on Skates. The performance features more than 30 special needs residents of Don Guanella School plus boys and girls from Special Olympics - Delaware County. The young people will skate and sing to the music of The Wizard of Oz as well as to Christmas songs. Don Guanella is an Archdiocese of Philadelphia school in Springfield, Delaware County, for boys with a wide variety of disabilities ranging in age from six to 21.

Wednesday, December 11, 2002
7:00 p.m.
Don Guanella School Gymnasium
Route 320
Springfield, Delaware County


Volunteers from Marple Newtown High School, Villa Maria Academy and Neumann College will assist the Don Guanella residents. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge.
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Cardinal Bevilacqua To Host 47th Annual Christmas Party For Children

December 10, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO HOST 47TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR CHILDREN

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will host the 47th annual Cardinal's Christmas Party for Children for approximately 400 children of different races, ages and creeds. All of the children who attend the party are served through various programs of Catholic Social Services. The party begins with a colorful parade, followed by presents and entertainment.


Wednesday, December 18, 2002
2:30 p.m.
Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel
17th Street between Vine and Race Streets
Philadelphia

Cardinal Bevilacqua will lead a parade of marching bands, clowns and jugglers into the ballroom at exactly 2:30 p.m. The Cardinal will speak to the children at 2:45 p.m. as will Reverend Monsignor Timothy Senior, Secretary for Catholic Human Services. There will be a short play at 2:50 p.m. and Santa Claus will arrive at 3:00 p.m. to distribute gifts.

The Cardinal's Christmas Party for Children raises funds to support the programs of Catholic Social Services, which is the largest private non-profit social service agency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Catholic Social Services assists more than 135,000 children, adults and families throughout the five-county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

As in past years, the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel will generously provide its services for this event. Mr. Daniel H. Polett, owner and president of Wilkie Chevrolet Buick Subaru, is the event chairperson for the tenth year.

The entertainment will be provided by students from Roman Catholic High School for Boys, John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School, Cardinal O'Hara High School, Bishop Shanahan High School, Archbishop Ryan High School, Archbishop John Carroll High School, Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, Archbishop Wood Catholic High School and Saint Joseph's Preparatory School.

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Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas. . . At Operation Santa Claus Wrapping Center

December 13, 2002

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS. . .
AT OPERATION SANTA CLAUS WRAPPING CENTER

Teenage volunteers from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Operation Santa Claus Program will be sorting, wrapping and tagging toys to be delivered on Christmas eve to more than 10,000 needy children throughout the Philadelphia area.

You can catch the "elves" busily at work on:

Tuesday and Wednesday
December 17 and 18, 2002
3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
The Operation Santa Claus Wrapping Center
1818 Market Street
7th Floor
Philadelphia


The teens are members of the Community Service Corps, a youth program of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Statement Of Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua Archbishop Of Philadelphia Regarding The Resignation Of Bernard Cardinal Law

December 13, 2002

STATEMENT OF ANTHONY CARDINAL BEVILACQUA
ARCHBISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA
REGARDING THE RESIGNATION OF BERNARD CARDINAL LAW

This year has marked a most difficult time for the Catholic Church and in particular, for the Archdiocese of Boston. I know this has been an extremely painful time for many people, especially victims of abuse. During these past months, I have been praying for the Catholic people of Boston and also for my brother Cardinal. I know that he cares very deeply for the people of his Archdiocese.

Cardinal Law is someone I have known for a long time. From his early days in the civil rights movement to more recent efforts to foster dialogue with other denominations, Cardinal Law has always worked diligently for the oppressed and the less fortunate. The crisis of the past year has overshadowed Cardinal Law's lifetime of good works. His resignation is a sad moment for the Catholic Church in this country. I will miss him but understand his decision, for the good of the faithful of the Archdiocese of Boston, to resign as part of the healing process in this crisis.

The Holy Father has appointed the Most Reverend Richard Lennon, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, as Apostolic Administrator. My thoughts and prayers are with Cardinal Law, Bishop Lennon as well as the laity and religious and clergy of the Archdiocese of Boston.

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<u>statement Of Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua Regarding Vatican Approval Of Essential Norms</u> Regarding Diocesan Policies Dealing With Allegations Of Sexual Abuse Of Minors By Clergy

December 16, 2002

STATEMENT OF ANTHONY CARDINAL BEVILACQUA
REGARDING VATICAN APPROVAL OF ESSENTIAL NORMS


REGARDING DIOCESAN POLICIES DEALING WITH ALLEGATIONS
OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINORS BY CLERGY

I welcome the Holy See's approval of the Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons. I am most pleased that these norms have received official recognition in such a timely manner. This highlights the Holy See's support of the United States Bishops' determination to combat and prevent this type of abuse. Universal Church law always recognized this as a most serious offense. The approved Essential Norms, which will become particular church law for the Church in the United States, will provide effective protection to minors and establish a rigorous and precise procedure to punish in a just way those who are guilty of such heinous offenses.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's utmost concern is for the welfare of the victims of abuse and for providing opportunities for healing. We remain committed to the fulfillment of the mandates found in theCharter for the Protection of Children and Young Peopl and the approved Essential Norms. I again express gratitude to all the faithful priests and deacons who unselfishly serve the lay faithful, giving witness on a daily basis to their sacred commitment and duties.


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Santa And His Elves Are On Their Way To Needy Children The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia's Operation Santa Claus Project

December 19, 2002

SANTA AND HIS ELVES ARE ON THEIR WAY
TO NEEDY CHILDREN
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Operation Santa Claus Project

More than 175 teams of teenage volunteers from Archdiocesan youth programs will dress as Santa and his elves to deliver toys to over 800 needy families on

Christmas Eve
Tuesday, December 24, 2002
1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Saint Martin of Tours School
Roosevelt Boulevard and Cheltenham Avenue
Philadelphia


The Operation Santa Claus Project has estimated that 4,000 teenagers from Archdiocesan sponsored programs are involved in collecting, wrapping and delivering toys to children in the five-county Philadelphia area. Approximately 35,000 toys will be delivered to 10,000 needy children. The toys were collected from the donation boxes at all branches of Beneficial Bank, local parishes, and other community organizations.


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* SPECIAL EDITOR'S NOTE: Because of confidentiality, the media is asked NOT to accompany the teens to the homes of the families receiving toys. You may get teens gathering and preparing to make deliveries from Saint Martin of Tours.

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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Operation Santa Claus Ends With A Special Mass

December 19, 2002

OPERATION SANTA CLAUS
ENDS WITH A SPECIAL MASS

After distributing toys to more than 11,000 needy children that benefit from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Operation Santa Claus Toy Drive, hundreds of teenage volunteers, their family members, and staff workers will gather for a special Mass, followed by a holiday social on

Christmas Eve
Tuesday, December 24, 2002
4:30 p.m.
Adams Mark Hotel
City Line Avenue and Monument Road
Philadelphia, PA


Reverend Thomas Higgins, director of the Office for Youth and Young Adults, will celebrate the Mass which ends the Operation Santa Claus Toy Drive Throughout the drive, more than 4,000 teen volunteers and their families have volunteered their time and services to help those less fortunate.

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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Cardinal Bevilacqua's Christmas Message To The People Of The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

December 18, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
TO THE PEOPLE OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA

Below is Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua's Christmas Letter to be communicated to the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia the weekend of December 21 and 22. Please feel free to quote from the letter or to print it in its entirety.




Christmas 2002

My Brothers and Sisters:

As the Church rejoices in the birth of the Savior in Bethlehem, our hearts and minds are filled with hope as we recall the dawn of our salvation. The peace and joy which shone forth in the life of the Virgin Mary at the birth of her only Son, are mirrored by the Church as she radiates to the world the hope born in our hearts at Christmas.

In words that are familiar and comforting to us, Saint Luke tells us that "While they were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." [Luke 2: 6]. In this humble scene, the love of God for each one of us is made visible in the tenderness of the Holy Child. The vulnerability of the newborn Savior is an eloquent sign of the willingness of Almighty God to draw near to His people.

Just as the celebration of Christmas fills us with joy, so also are we reminded of our mission to rekindle the light which entered the world on that holy night. We, as disciples of Jesus, radiate that light through holiness of life. Currently, we in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia strive to walk in the light more profoundly through our nine month novena entitled Journey Towards Holiness. It is only through a holy life that we will mirror, as did the Virgin Mary, the love and hope that was offered to the world when the Son of God became flesh for our sakes.

Be assured of a special remembrance in my prayers and Masses for you and your loved ones during the sacred season of Christmas and in the coming year.



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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Christmas Liturgies Cathedral Basilica Of Saints Peter And Paul 18th Street And Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia

December 20, 2002

CHRISTMAS LITURGIES
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Tuesday, December 24, 2002

5:00 p.m. Christmas Vigil Mass

7:30 p.m. Christmas Vigil Mass with music provided by the Archdiocesan Boys Choir

11:00 p.m. Office of Readings - A liturgy of Psalms and Christmas Carols, with singing by the Cathedral Collegiate Choir


Wednesday, December 25, 2002

12:00 a.m. Christmas Midnight Mass - Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia will be the celebrant and homilist. Music provided by the Cathedral Collegiate Choir and the Archdiocesan Choir.


Other Masses on Christmas Day in the Cathedral: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.



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Marie Kelly
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Helps The Homeless Emergency Bags On Their Way To The Most Needy

December 20, 2002

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA HELPS THE HOMELESS
EMERGENCY BAGS ON THEIR WAY TO THE MOST NEEDY

Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia joins with the City of Philadelphia, Project Home and other volunteers who help the homeless all year round to assemble and distribute "Emergency Bags."

Reverend Monsignor Timothy Senior, Secretary for Catholic Human Services, is a member of the Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness. A subcommittee chaired by Monsignor Senior that is studying panhandling and feeding on the street has arranged for emergency food bags to be available at locations in Center City for distribution to homeless persons needing food in an emergency. The subcommittee wanted to address the problem of increasing hunger among the homeless in a way that would not increase panhandling or feeding on the street. The "Emergency Bags" can be provided to the homeless at locations that normally would not provide food. These bags are not intended to replace food provided to the homeless in the free meal locations (soup kitchens) or the meals provided by homeless shelters. These bags are supplements.
Various members of the subcommittee are to assemble the first batch of "Emergency Bags" at the SHARE warehouse on

Emergency Bag Assembly
Monday, December 23, 2002
11:00 a.m.
2901 W. Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia


The "Emergency Bags" will contain items such as 100% juice box, granola/fruit bar, peanut butter or cheese crackers, box of raisins or fruit cup as well as an information card concerning shelters and soup kitchens. The first location for the homeless to get the bags is the Outreach Coordination Center at Project Home, located at 1515 Fairmount Avenue in Philadelphia. Sister Mary Scullion is the Executive Director of Project Home which provides services to the homeless but would not be a feeding site.

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Donna Farrell
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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia To Display Portrait Of Pope John Paul Ii By Nelson Shanks

December 23, 2002

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA TO DISPLAY PORTRAIT
OF POPE JOHN PAUL II BY NELSON SHANKS

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will display the portrait of Pope John Paul II by internationally renowned artist Mr. Nelson Shanks at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia for three days in January 2003. The public is invited to view the painting, titled Pope John Paul II. Mr. Shanks, of Andalusia, Bucks County, visited with His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, twice in preparation for painting the portrait. The Patrons of the Vatican Museum commissioned the painting which stands 54 inches high and 52 inches wide and will hang in a Vatican museum alongside the works of artists such as Michelangelo and Raphael.


Media Preview
Monday, January 6, 2003
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Open to the Public
Tuesday, January 7, 2003 through Thursday, January 9, 2003
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
All are welcome and there is no charge


Mr. Shanks' work includes commissioned portraits of Her Royal Highness, Diana, The Princess of Wales, His Majesty King Gustav and Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, former President Ronald Reagan and opera singer Luciano Pavarotti. He has also been commissioned to paint the portrait of former President Bill Clinton for the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for Johns Hopkins University.

After the exhibition in Philadelphia, the portrait will become part of a United States tour of Vatican art and important objects which opens at the Houston Museum of Natural Science on March 2, 2003. St. Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes will tour to three other venues (Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Cincinnati Museum Center and San Diego Museum of Art) and concludes September 6, 2004. At that time, the painting Pope John Paul II will arrive at the Vatican.

NELSON SHANKS BIOGRAPHY


Nelson Shanks has served as professor at the University of the Arts and as distinguished visiting professor in Fine Arts at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. for l990 and conducted seminars at numerous universities, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the New York Academy of Art. He has taught at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Memphis Academy of Arts and the Robert and Mary Montgomery Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. In l993, Arcadia University awarded him a Ph.D. in Fine Arts. "Advanced painting workshops taught by Nelson Shanks attract hundreds of artists from across the country." [Arts & Antiques, Summer 1997] He is clearly one of the most sought after teachers in the world and founder of the post-graduate school, Incaminati.

In Italy, he studied at l'Accademia d'Belle Arte in Florence and with Pietro Annigoni. He traveled and studied extensively throughout Europe. He has received grants: the Greenshields Foundation (twice) and the Stacey Foundation (three times) between l96l and l974. Earlier he studied at the University of Kansas and the Kansas City Art Institute with Wilbur Niewald and in New York at the National Academy of Design and The Art Students League with Ivan Olinsky, Robert Brackman, Edwin Dickinson and privately with John Koch and Henry Hensche.

His work has been exhibited in many museums and galleries, including the National Academy of Design; Hirschl & Adler Galleries; Coe Kerr and FAR Galleries in New York; Dayton Art Institute; the Butler Institute of American Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Philadelphia Art Alliance; the New Jersey State Museum; the Allentown Art Museum; the Palmer Museum of Art; George Washington University; the University of the Arts; Oglethorpe University Museum; LaSalle University; the Royal Palace, Stockholm; and Kensington Palace, London. A major one-man exhibition was held at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as well as Hirschl & Adler Galleries in 1996 where his portrait of HRH The Princess of Wales was the feature painting in the Hirschl & Adler exhibition, "Yanks Paint Brits." His work is in very distinguished European and American collections. He is currently represented by the Forum Gallery in New York City.

Commissioned portraits of noted figures include: Her Royal Highness, Diana, The Princess of Wales, His Majesty King Gustav and Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, Queen Julianna of the Netherlands, Former President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, Lady Margaret Thatcher, Luciano Pavarotti, J. Carter Brown, Katharine Graham, Judge Guido Calabresi, Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop, Robert Wood Johnson, Jr., Mrs. Robert Wood Johnson, Jr., James Burke, Marcus Wallenberg, Dr. Peter Wallenberg, Ms. Darla Moore, Mr. Lionel Pincus, Mr. Jerry Speyer, Chairman of the Board, Museum of Modern Art, Arthur O. Sulzberger, Sr., Chairman of the Board, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chairman Emeritus New York Times; Lord Charles Spencer, Mary McFadden and many others. He has been commissioned to paint the portrait of President Clinton for the National Portrait Gallery; Pope John Paul II for the Vatican Museum; and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NewYork City, for Johns Hopkins University.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua Wants To See Catholic Heritage Center Project Move Forward - Reaffirms Commitment To Project

December 23, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA WANTS TO SEE CATHOLIC HERITAGE CENTER PROJECT MOVE FORWARD - REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO PROJECT

The Archdiocese today re-affirmed its commitment to the Catholic Heritage Center project, despite a shift in the timetable of the project. The educational, cultural and archival center, planned for 320 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, was planned for dedication in June 2003, concurrent with the opening of the National Constitution Center and Liberty Bell Center.

"This is an important project for generations to come. Although this is a difficult economic time in our country right now, I am hopeful that when the economy shifts, the funds will become available to make this project a reality. The Center would serve as a vital place for celebrating the roots of and the reasons for our Catholic faith. It intends to represent the experience of not only Catholics today, but the many immigrant Catholics who came to this country decades ago and helped to establish the early parishes of Philadelphia. We need to honor the heritage of our great faith." said Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia.

When the Catholic Heritage Center project was announced in March 2001, quiet fund raising was underway and a more public fund raising announcement was planned for later in the year. However, the landscape of our entire country changed on September 11, 2001. (The Archdiocese raised nearly one-million-dollars in a fund to "Aid Victims of the Terrorist Attacks.") Public fund raising efforts for the Catholic Heritage Center project were postponed. While the country was recovering from September 11th, the economy slumped, creating a more challenging environment for non-profit fund raising.

Rising construction costs now put the total cost of the Catholic Heritage Center project at 320 Walnut Street at 18 million dollars. A total of 6.4 million dollars has been raised. When Cardinal Bevilacqua announced the project, he promised that it would not go forward using Archdiocesan funds. Until such money is raised, construction remains on hold.

The status of the project is no direct reflection on charitable giving in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which is up. During the year of 2002, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia raised significantly more money as compared with other dioceses. Overall charitable giving in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was up by more than three million dollars during 2002. None-the-less, the 6.4 million dollars raised for the Catholic Heritage Center fell far short of the 18 million dollars needed for the project.

The present intention of the Archdiocese is to reach out to donors to alert them of this timetable shift for the project and request their continued support. The project still remains as active as can be and creative proposals are being considered. A review of its progress will be made again in the latter part of 2003, when experts predict an economy recovery will be underway.

Cardinal Bevilacqua said "Because I believe that the fundamental principles involved in the Catholic Heritage Center project are important to the Catholic experience in Philadelphia, the project remains a hope for the future. Nothing like the Catholic Heritage Center exists in any other diocese. I remain optimistic that the project will come to fruition. I will continue to discuss the project with donors, but at a pace more appropriate with the economic recovery. I remain hopeful and prayerful that those interested in supporting the project will step forward."

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