Don Guanella School Hosts Villanova University Women's Basketball Team

January 8, 2008

DON GUANELLA SCHOOL HOSTS VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM

Don Guanella School will host the women's basketball team from Villanova University. The team will conduct drills in dribbling, shooting and passing for the boys with special needs. The young men will also receive autographed posters and t-shirts from the team for their participation.


3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Don Guanella Gymnasium
Route 320
Springfield, Delaware County



Don Guanella School is a facility operated by Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in Springfield, Delaware County, for boys with a wide variety of disabilities ranging in age from six to 21.


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




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Tickets Available To Attend Papal Mass In Yankee Stadium For Faithful Of The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

January 10, 2008

TICKETS AVAILABLE TO ATTEND PAPAL MASS IN YANKEE STADIUM
FOR FAITHFUL OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has been notified that the Mass to be celebrated in Yankee Stadium on April 20, 2008 by our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, on his Pastoral Visit to the United States will commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the four Dioceses that were established from the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1808.

Since Philadelphia is one of these Dioceses, a number of tickets will be reserved for members of the faithful from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for this Papal Mass. Those members of the Archdiocese who are interested in participating in the Papal Mass are asked to send their name, address, phone number and name of their Parish to:



PAPAL MASS
c/o The Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Room 530
222 North Seventeenth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1299



Please note that the deadline for ticket requests is Thursday, January 24, 2008.
Please email: Papalmass@adphila.org if you have any questions.




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Three Parish Schools To Form Regional Catholic School Saint Adalbert, Nativity Blessed Virgin Mary And Our Lady Help Of Christians Parish Schools Join Together

January 14, 2008

THREE PARISH SCHOOLS TO FORM REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Saint Adalbert, Nativity Blessed Virgin Mary and Our Lady Help of Christians
Parish Schools Join Together

Reverend Monsignor Francis Feret, Pastor of Saint Adalbert Parish; Reverend Anthony Orth, Pastor of Nativity B.V.M. Parish and Reverend Dennis Fedak, Pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, announced at Masses this past weekend that Cardinal Justin Rigali has accepted the parishes' recommendation to form a Regional Catholic School. The pastors informed faculty members on Thursday, January 10, 2008 and school families were also informed this weekend.

The three parish schools, which are located in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia and are within three blocks of each other, will close in June 2008. The new Regional Catholic School will open in September 2008 at the site of the present Saint Adalbert School (intersection of Thompson and Madison Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19134). The Regional Catholic School will be given a new name which will be announced at a later date.

In accepting the recommendation from the Port Richmond Steering Committee, Cardinal Rigali said, "It is always a goal that each parish have its own school but the reality of decreasing enrollment and increasing costs creates the necessity of restructuring. When schools experience low enrollment and growing financial challenges it creates a dilemma for all who wish to provide all of the components of a quality Catholic education at the most affordable tuition rate while at the same time not jeopardizing the overall financial stability of each parish. The formation of a Regional Catholic School is a solution that allows parishes to pool limited resources for their common interest and in doing so will unite these parish communities together as the regional school establishes a new identity and new traditions. At the same time I recognize that there is pain in the loss of each individual school and I pray that all of those involved in seeking to ensure that our children are formed in the faith will trust in the love of Jesus Christ."

The recommendation to form a new Regional Catholic School was made by a Steering Committee consisting of the pastors, principals and lay representatives from each parish. It comes as a result of declining enrollment, increasing costs and a desire to provide more affordable, quality Catholic education for the children of the parishes. Currently the three schools are not able to meet all of the standards for quality Catholic schools expected by the Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education such as dedicated teachers for the instruction of honors math, music, world languages or resource rooms. The Regional Catholic School will provide all of these educational tools.

The enrollment at the three parish schools combined has decreased from 784 in 2002-2003 to 685 in 2007-2008. All three parishes have developed significant debt due in part to school subsidies beyond the available resources being generated by each parish. The combined debt carried by the three parishes is more than 1.6 million dollars.

The Port Richmond Steering Committee began meeting in February 2007 to explore the possibility of forming a Regional Catholic School. The members carefully considered many factors including demographics, enrollment, costs and facilities. In their November 2007 recommendation to Cardinal Rigali, the members said, "With unwavering faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and a deep commitment to His Church, the members of Nativity BVM, Our Lady Help of Christians and Saint Adalbert Catholic Schools' Steering Committee respectfully submit our report to His Eminence Cardinal Justin Rigali. After many meetings of sharing pertinent and current data concerning our parish elementary schools, we find the best possible scenario for our parish elementary schools to be a newly formed Regional Catholic School at the site of the current Saint Adalbert Catholic School building."

In accepting the recommendation to form a new Regional Catholic school, Cardinal Rigali said, "I am very grateful to the Regional Vicar, Monsignor Herbert Bevard, as well as his predecessor, Monsignor Francis Beach, for all of their hard work during this very important process. I wish to thank the pastors, Monsignor Feret, Father Orth and Father Fedak as well as the principals, Sister Mary Ripp, S.C.C., Sister M. Ruth, C.S.F.N. and Mrs. Campbell and all of the other members of the Steering Committee who gave of their time and were sincerely committed to doing what is best for the parishes and the children of Port Richmond."


Cardinal Rigali has asked the staff of the Office of Catholic Education to assist the parents, students and faculty of the three parishes in making the transition as smooth as possible over the next several months.


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25th Anniversary Of Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Prayer Service Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 2008

25TH ANNIVERSARY OF ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA PRAYER SERVICE HONORING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will lead an interfaith prayer service in remembrance of the life of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior. This is the 25th anniversary of this service sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The prayer service will be held at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Chester; Dr. King lived, studied and preached in the city of Chester.

3:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Church
20th & Providence Streets
Chester, Delaware County


The theme of this gathering is service and it is taking place during the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Season of Service. Cardinal Rigali has invited all parishes and schools of the Archdiocese to encourage a heightened level of volunteer service during the eight-week "Bicentennial Season of Service" from the Feast Day of St. John Neumann on January 5, 2008 to the Feast Day of St. Katharine Drexel on March 3, 2008.

Students from Drexel Neumann Academy will participate in the interfaith prayer service. All are welcome to attend.

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St. Vincent's Home To Transition From Campus Delivery Model To Community-based Group Homes Mission Of Caring For Children And Their Families To Continue Under New Service Model

January 16, 2008

ST. VINCENT'S HOME TO TRANSITION FROM CAMPUS DELIVERY MODEL TO COMMUNITY-BASED GROUP HOMES
Mission of caring for children and their families to continue under new service model

St. Vincent's Home, a haven for adolescent girls unable to live in their own homes because of abuse, neglect, poverty, instability of family structure, and lack of supports, will be changing from a campus-based to a community-based service delivery model, according to Monsignor Joseph A. Tracy, President of the Board and Secretariat for Catholic Human Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. St. Vincent's Home has been caring for children for 152 years at its campus in the Tacony section of Northeast Philadelphia.

In recent years St. Vincent's Home has focused on helping adolescent girls - some of whom are pregnant or have babies - in Tacony. Later this year, it will provide services in community-based group homes where St. Vincent's professional staff will help the girls learn skills to face life challenges particular to their backgrounds in the context of a structured, daily routine. The move to community-based group homes is expected to be complete by June 30.

"Our decision to transition from the campus model to one focused on community-based group homes was necessary to align the services provided by St. Vincent's Home with the delivery preferences of government funders and referral sources," said Tracy. "Our new approach is also in line with national trends to provide outside-the-home placement for children only when necessary and in locations close to their families. The girls in our group homes will continue to receive superior counseling and 24-hour supervision. The community setting enables us to provide a level of personalized care in neighborhoods closer to the girls' families."

The transition will result in changes that will require fewer staff members at St. Vincent's Home. Because of a low census at the Home, 13 positions are being eliminated immediately. By June 30, staff (which currently numbers 156) will be reduced by approximately 40 percent. "We will work with those colleagues whose positions are being eliminated to find other jobs with other human service providers, like those under the umbrella of Catholic Social Services, or to provide severance, job counseling and training to help ease their transition."

St. Vincent's Home is currently in the process of obtaining community approvals for suitable group home locations. No decisions have been made on an alternate use for the Milnor Street campus in Tacony. "We will be working with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and other interested parties to determine what uses are possible for the property. If there is a property disposition, all proceeds will go exclusively to St. Vincent's Home to sustain its mission of caring for children," said Tracy.

The Day Care Program operated at the Home's current site will be discontinued by June 30, the end of the school year. For additional information about St. Vincent's Home's transition and mission, visit its web site, www.stvincenthome.org, or call 215-587-3747.

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St. Vincent's Home is a separately incorporated, nonprofit human services agency that operates under the auspices of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Home was founded by St. John Neumann in 1855 to initially care for poor and orphaned immigrant children, but over its long history has assisted abused and neglected youth of all ages and races. Today, the work of St. Vincent's Home centers on providing residential and therapeutic care and related services to adolescent girls and their families

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Kevin Mulligan
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Lead Thousands Of Archdiocesan Faithful To The 35th Annual March For Life

January 17, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI TO LEAD THOUSANDS OF ARCHDIOCESAN FAITHFUL
TO THE 35TH ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia,will lead thousands of people from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, January 22, 2008. This date marks the 35th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. Joining Cardinal Rigali will be seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, college and high school students and parishioners.

As Chairman of the Pro-Life Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Rigali will be the main celebrant and homilist for the Vigil Mass for Life held on:

Monday, January 21, 2008
7:00 p.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, D.C.


Cardinal Rigali will celebrate a special Mass for the faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on:

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
10:30 a.m.
Saint John the Evangelist Church
10103 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, Maryland


The special Mass will precede the Rally for Life which begins at 12 noon at the National Mall. The faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will meet at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street. Seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary will be carrying the Archdiocese of Philadelphia banner.
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Catholic Schools Week: January 27 - February 2, 2008 Theme: Catholic Schools Light The Way Www.keepingfaithinmind.org

January 22, 2008

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK: JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 2, 2008
Theme: Catholic Schools Light the Way
www.keepingfaithinmind.org

Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, in concert with Catholic schools across the nation, will celebrate Catholic Schools Week, January 27 through February 2, 2008. Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of the important role that Catholic elementary, secondary and special education schools play in providing a values-centered education throughout the country. This year's national theme is "Catholic Schools Light the Way," which reflects the pride derived from the intellectual, spiritual, moral, physical and social values that are emphasized in their schools.

Bishop McDevitt High School, Bishop Shanahan High School and Conwell-Egan Catholic High School are celebrating 50 years educating students in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Statistics
- In 2006-2007 Archdiocesan Schools Saved Taxpayers More Than $97 Million
- 184 Parish or Regional Elementary Schools serving 59,607 students
- 20 Archdiocesan High Schools serving 19,995 students
- 5 Schools of Special Education serving 245 students


Lighting the Way: Throughout Catholic Schools Week, Archdiocesan students, parents and teachers in the five-county region will celebrate with a multitude of religious, social and recreational activities. The following is a list detailing just a few of the many activities planned.

Sunday, January 27, 2008
Resurrection of Our Lord - 202 Shelmire Street, Philadelphia - (215) 742-1127 (p) Philadelphia North
Student Council members from Resurrection of Our Lord will speak at all Sunday Masses regarding the value of Catholic education and will distribute thank you cards to their congregation for their continued support.
Stella Maris School - 814 Bigler Street, Philadelphia - 215-467-6262 (p) Philadelphia South
Student Council members from Stella Maris will speak at all Sunday Masses regarding the value of Catholic education and what Stella Maris means to them as current students.

Monday, January 28, 2008
The 2008 Distinguished Graduate Awards
The Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building, Broad & Juniper Streets, Philadelphia; 6pm

The Archdiocese will honor six remarkable graduates of its Catholic schools for their professional and personal accomplishments, all of whom credit their success and achievements to a critical foundation in Catholic education. The honorees are:
- Cardinal John P. Foley, Pro-Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
- Corporal Michael J. Crescenz (Posthumously)
- Captain Christopher J. Ferguson, NASA Astronaut, United States Navy
- Dr. Ann P. Kearney-Cooke, PhD, Director, Cincinnati Psychotherapy Institute
- Christine Rouse, Founder & Executive Director of Acting Without Boundaries
- Robert H. Palestini, Ed.D, Dean Emeritus, St. Joseph's University

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School - 611 Wistar Road, Fairless Hill - (215) 945-6200 (p) Bucks County
7pm: The Conwell-Egan Catholic High School Choir will perform at the 2008 Distinguished Graduate Awards at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City. Conwell-Egan Catholic High School is celebrating 50 years of educating students.
Saint Anastasia - 3309 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square - (610) 356-6225 (p) Delaware County
A Community Thank You: Members of St. Anastasia School's Student Council will deliver baked goods and student-designed thank you cards to community service workers including police officers, firefighters, librarians, etc.
Nativity BVM - Franklin and Gayley Streets, Media - (610) 566-6881 (p) Delaware County
9am - Noon: "Careers of the Future" presentations will be made by Nativity BVM parents to various classes throughout the morning; offers students a glimpse into different career paths and highlights opportunities from continuing their education
Mary, Mother the Redeemer - 1321 Upper State Road, North Wales - (215) 412-7101 (p) Montgomery County Students as Models for Education: 8th grade students work in teams to design a lesson plan for younger students (K-4); presentations will be made throughout Catholic Schools Week
Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti - 1736 South 10th Street, Philadelphia - (215) 465-8437 (p) Philadelphia South
8:30am: Patrons' Day Mass marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week and will be celebrated by Bishop Joseph R. Cistone for all students, teachers and administrators at Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
The Papal Colloquium at Bishop McDevitt High School
125 Royal Avenue, Wyncote; 10:30am Keynote Address; 3:30pm Closing Liturgy

The 2008 Papal Colloquium will focus on the contributions made by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications concerning the use of the Internet. Philadelphia native and a 2008 Distinguished Graduate Award Winner, Cardinal John P. Foley will offer the keynote address for the Colloquium and is the Celebrant/Homilist for the closing liturgy. High school students from across the Archdiocese are expected to attend this day-long discussion of the Internet and Catholicism.
Saint Ignatius of Antioch School - 999 Reading Avenue, Yardley - (215) 493-3867 (p) Bucks County
6:30pm - Saint Ignatius of Antioch will host an Open House with a "Living Timeline" of its past alumni from 1958-2007 for its students and their families.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Mass Celebrating Student-Athletes at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia; 10:00am, Procession begins at 9:45am

Bishop Joseph McFadden will be the celebrant and homilist of a special Mass for over 1700 Archdiocesan student athletes, 125 secondary school administrators and 25 priests. Music will be provided by the choir from Cardinal O'Hara High School.
Saint John the Baptist School - 4040 Durham Road, Ottsville - (610) 847-5523 (p) Bucks County
9:30am: Students will focus upon science and technology, attending assorted science centers throughout the school, notably the Robotics Club Extravaganza
Saint Laurence School - 8245 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby - (610) 789-2670 (p) Delaware County
9am: St. Laurence students will sign the new School Constitution, which proclaims the mission of the school and the responsibilities of its students. This Constitution will hang in the lobby of Saint Laurence School throughout the 2008 school year.
Saint Cecilia School - 525 Rhawn Street, Philadelphia - (215) 725-8588 (p) Philadelphia North
All gym classes will be "Jumping for a Healthy Heart," with a jump-rope challenge. $1.00 donations from each participating student are being donated to the American Heart Association.
Pope John Paul II Regional School - 4435 Almond Street, Philadelphia - (215) 535-3446 (p)Philadelphia North; 6-8pm, Awards ceremony at 7:30pm
Parishioners, students and their families are invited to the school's first Art Fair fundraiser, where students' original work will be displayed in frames and available for purchase. Awards will be given to students demonstrating exceptional artistic talent.

Thursday, January 31, 2008
Mass Celebrating Catholic Educators at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (Philadelphia North/South & Bucks County) 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia; 10:00am
2,000 teachers from Philadelphia North/South and Bucks County will attend Mass in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Cardinal Justin Rigali will be the celebrant and homilist. At the conclusion of the liturgy Cardinal Rigali will present an award to Monsignor McGroarty from St. Matthew Parish recognizing his Pastor of the Year distinction from The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA). He will be honored in Indianapolis on March 25, 2008.
Saint Aloysius School - Third & Hanover Streets; Pottstown - (610) 326-6167 (p) Montgomery County
All classes will fill 2 "Birthday Boxes" (1 for a boy; 1 for a girl) with things needed to celebrate a birthday (cake mix, napkins, candles, balloons, etc). These boxes will be decorated and then donated to the North Coventry Food Pantry for distribution to the families in need.
Saint Eleanor School - 701 Locust Street, Collegeville - (610) 489-9434 ext. 27 (p) Montgomery County
1:30pm: Students will experience the folding of the American flag and learn the meaning of each fold via a Power Point presentation while also engaging in a patriotic sing-a-long.
Saint Thomas the Apostle School - 430 Valleybrook Road, (610) 459-8134 (p) Delaware County
9:30am: Students will host Grandparents' Day; grandparents are invited to school for a prayer service followed by tours of Saint Thomas' classrooms.

Friday, February 1, 2008
Mass Celebrating Catholic Educators at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (Chester, Delaware & Montgomery Counties)
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia; 10:00am

2,000 teachers from Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties will attend Mass in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Cardinal Justin Rigali will be the celebrant and homilist. At the conclusion of the liturgy Cardinal Rigali will present an award to Sr. Theresa Maugle, SSJ for her Distinguished Principal Award from National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) to be presented at the convention on March 25, 2008.
Immaculate Conception School - 3810 Oxford Valley Road, Levittown - (215) 949-2848 (p) Bucks County
10:30am: Members of the Student Council will put on an Anti-Bullying Play for the student body, which aims to teach students the importance of being kind to students, especially in the classroom.
Saint Andrew School - 51 Wrights Road, Newtown - (215) 968-2685 (p) Bucks County
9am: Students from St. Andrew's will attend an engaging and informative assembly on teamwork presented by the Philadelphia Flyers.
Immaculate Heart of Mary School - 815 Cathedral Road, Philadelphia - (215) 482-2029 (p) Philadelphia North
9am/10am/11am: Children's book author and illustrator Matt Phelan visits with students.
Our Mother of Consolation School - 17 East Chestnut Hill Avenue, Philadelphia (215) 247-1060 (p) Philadelphia North
10am: Students will host Grandparents' Day; grandparents are invited to school for a prayer service followed by tours of Our Mother of Consolation classrooms.

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Editor's Note: Please contact Parish/School directly if you plan to cover any of these events.



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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Inducts Six Honorees Into Hall Of Fame

January 25, 2008

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA INDUCTS SIX HONOREES INTO HALL OF FAME

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will begin Catholic Schools week by honoring six remarkable Catholic school graduates with the 2008 Distinguished Graduate Award for their professional and personal accomplishments. All of the honorees credit their success and achievements to a critical foundation in Catholic education. The theme of the evening is Promise Fulfilled.

Mr. Larry Mendte, Anchor, KYW-TV, will be the emcee for the evening. The Conwell-Egan Catholic High School Choir will perform and videos highlighting the honorees narrated by Mr. Harry Donahue, KYW NewsRadio 1060, will be shown.

6:00 p.m.
Monday, January 28, 2008
The Crystal Tea Room - Wanamaker Building
Broad and Juniper Streets
Philadelphia


The six individuals being inducted into the Archdiocesan Hall of Fame are:


Cardinal John P. Foley - Elevated by Pope Benedict XVI on November 24, 2007
Holy Spirit Elementary School - 1953; St. Joseph's Preparatory School - 1957

Michael J. Crescenz - Corporal, U.S. Army Medal of Honor (posthumously)
Representing all Catholic School graduates who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
St. Athanasius Elementary School - 1962; Cardinal Dougherty High School - 1966

Christopher J. Ferguson - Captain, U.S. Navy NASA Astronaut
St. Martha Elementary School - 1975; Archbishop Ryan High School - 1979

Ann P. Kearney-Cooke, Ph.D - Director, Cincinnati Psychotherapy Institute
Bishop Conwell High School - 1974

Christine Rouse - Founder & Executive Director, Acting Without Boundaries
Saints Coleman-John Neumann Elementary School - 1989; Villa Maria Academy - 1993

Robert H. Palestini, Ed.D - Dean Emeritus, St. Joseph's University
Our Lady of Peace Elementary School - 1955; St. James High School - 1959

Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, announced the names of the 2008 Inductees for the Archdiocesan Hall of Fame on October 29, 2007 at a press conference held at John W. Hallahan High School. These six individuals exemplify the Promise Fulfilled by Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The 2008 Distinguished Graduate Awards will be streamed live on the Archdiocesan website www.archphila.org.
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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia To Construct Two State-of-the-art Catholic High Schools In Bucks & Montgomery Counties

January 28, 2008

Archdiocese of Philadelphia to Construct Two State-of-the-Art Catholic High Schools
in Bucks & Montgomery Counties

PHILADELPHIA (January 28, 2008) - As a clear reflection of steadfast commitment to Catholic education, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, opened Catholic Schools Week by announcing that the Archdiocese plans to build two new, state-of-the-art Catholic high schools in Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County and Hilltown Township, Bucks County.

Construction of the Upper Providence facility is scheduled to begin in summer 2008 on a 92-acre property at the intersection of Rittenhouse and Township Line Roads. The target opening date for the new school is September 2010.

The Archdiocese plans to build the second high school on a 63-acre property at the intersection of Limekiln Pike and Rickert Road in Hilltown Township. Currently, construction for the second facility is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2010, pending appropriate funding, and open to students in September 2012.

"I am so pleased to make this announcement as we begin Catholic Schools Week," said Cardinal Rigali. "This investment in the future demonstrates the commitment of the Archdiocese to provide the very best Catholic education for generations to come. It is through modern, state-of-the-art schools and facilities such as these that our administrators and teachers will continue to provide our students not only with formation in the Catholic faith, but also with the best educational tools students need to excel in academics and in life.''

As previously announced by the Archdiocese, the opening of the new school in Upper Providence Township will prompt the relocation of Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School in Norristown, Montgomery County and St. Pius X High School in Pottstown, Montgomery County. Pending adherence to the construction schedule for the new school, Kennedy-Kenrick and St. Pius X will relocate at the end of the 2009-10 school year. Students who are enrolled at these schools during the 2009-2010 school year will receive fast-tracked admission to the new school and begin classes in September 2010.

The completion of the Hilltown facility will prompt the relocation of Lansdale Catholic High School, also as previously announced by the Archdiocese. Currently, the Archdiocese plans to begin construction in 2010 with a target completion date of September 2012. Students who are enrolled at Lansdale Catholic during the 2011-2012 school year will also receive fast-tracked admission to the new school.

"I am thrilled that we are opening two new high schools which are strategically located in high growth areas of the Archdiocese. These schools will offer current and future Catholic students the highest quality education for many years to come," said Jerry Parsons, Chairman of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Board of Education.

The new facilities, with 209,000 square feet each, will offer substantially more room than each of the three aforementioned Catholic secondary schools. Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School is 101,000 square feet, while St. Pius X High School is 67,000 square feet. Lansdale Catholic currently serves more than 800 students in a 60,000 square foot building.

Each new school will feature a 90-seat chapel; more than 30 wireless classrooms; five science laboratories; three computer laboratories and a library/media resource center. Additionally, each school will have a television studio; two art rooms; choral/band rooms; a dedicated 432-seat cafeteria; a 1200-seat auditorium; a 1000-seat main gymnasium, an auxiliary gymnasium and a fitness center. In support of athletic programs, plans also exist for six competition-level sports fields, a running track with an all-weather surface and six competition-level tennis courts for each school. Both schools, with a projected capacity of 1,200 students each, will be fully air conditioned and feature modern security access and surveillance systems.

The decision for the planned construction of these two new high schools followed a multi-year, comprehensive feasibility study conducted by the Archdiocese. This study included the analysis of regional population trends, individual school enrollment forecasts, discussions with groups of community leaders who either favored or opposed the new schools, land/environmental surveys, an architectural evaluation and site planning process and most importantly, extensive, independent surveys of more than 10,000 parents of children who could potentially attend these new facilities.

"The single most important element to this decision was the willingness of area parents to support these new schools and consider them for their children," said Cardinal Rigali. "Without their enthusiasm and interest, we would not have moved forward."

Based upon the results of the feasibility study and an ongoing commitment to provide the best Catholic education to area students, the Archdiocesan Board of Education recommended the two-tiered approach to the construction of these two new high schools. Cardinal Justin Rigali approved this recommendation in January 2008 after consultation with the Archdiocesan Finance Council and the College of Consultors.

For more information about construction and to view architectural renderings of these new Archdiocesan high schools, please visit www.keepingfaithinmind.org.

To obtain architectural renderings of the new Archdiocesan high schools, please email Michelle Bauer at mbauer@fcfschmidtpr.com.


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Donna Farrell
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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Celebrates Black History Month

January 31, 2008

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA CELEBRATES
BLACK HISTORY MONTH

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Black Catholics observes Black History Month with the following events:

Friday, February 1, 2008
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, 63rd and Callowhill Streets, Philadelphia - 215-476-6511
8:30 a.m. - Opening Black History Month for Students, Faculty and Staff

St. Francis de Sales Parish School, 47th Street & Springfield Avenue, Philadelphia - 215-222-5819
9:00 a.m. - First Friday Mass and Recognition of Ms. Germania Boatright, Class of 1975 and teacher at St. Francis de Sales Parish School for 25 years

Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 19th National Day of Prayer for the African American Family
Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Church, 6611 Ardleigh Street (Upsal and Ardleigh Streets), Philadelphia - 215-438-5279
10:00 a.m. - Opening Mass for Black History Month for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Mass will be celebrated by Father Stephen D. Thorne, Director, Office for Black Catholics of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and Pastor of Saint Therese Church.

Saturday, February 9, 2008
Saint Peter Claver Center for Evangelization, 12th & Lombard Streets, Philadelphia - 215-735-3164
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. African American Catholic Spirituality Day

Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Green & Logan Streets, Philadelphia - 215-842-1287
11:00 a.m. - Sr. Mary Roger Thibodeaux, SBS, Guest Speaker, Evangelization in the African American Community

St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic Church, Upsal & Ardleigh Streets, Philadelphia - 215-438-5279
10:00 a.m. - A Celebration of African American History sponsored by the Men of Saint Therese

Saint Cyprian Parish, Cedar Avenue & Cobbs Creek Parkway, Philadelphia - 215-747-3250
11:00 a.m. - Black History Month Celebration

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Cardinal Dougherty High School, Second Street & Godfrey Avenue, Philadelphia - 215-276-2300
7:00 p.m. - Black History Month Presentation by Students of Saint Athanasius - Immaculate Conception School

Saturday, February 23, 2008
Saint Peter Claver Center for Evangelization, 12th & Lombard Street, Philadelphia - 215-735-3164
10: 00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Workshop on Sacred Dance

Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute, 1923 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Book Signing, Reception 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. An Evening with Dr. Camille Brown Author of African Saints, African Stories: Forty Holy Men and Women

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saint Martin de Porres Parish Hall, 24th Street & Lehigh Avenue - 215-228-8330
10:00 a.m. Mass followed by Black Art and History Exhibit

Saint Benedict Parish School, Medary Avenue & Garnet Street, Philadelphia - 215-424-8073
1:00 p.m. Black Heritage Speech & Poetry Contest

Thursday, February 28, 2008
Saint Martin de Porres School (Germantown), Green & Logan Streets, Philadelphia
6:30 p.m. Black History Month Presentation

Friday, February 29, 2008
Our Mother Sorrows and St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Schools, 1008 North 48th Street, Philadelphia, 215-473-5828
Heritage Day and all day celebration of African American heritage

St. Benedict Parish School, Medary Avenue & Garnet Street, Philadelphia - 215-424-8073
12:00 p.m. Assembly honoring African American Achievements

Saint Raymond of Penafort Parish, Vernon Road & Williams Ave, Philadelphia - 215-549-3760
7:00 p.m. Legacy of Pride! - A Black History Month Celebration

Father Stephen D. Thorne will be the celebrant for the Mass celebrating the conclusion of Black History Month:

9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Church
23rd Street & Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia


The Office for Black Catholics facilitates participation of the Black Catholic Community in the life of the Church. Black History Month is an annual celebration that began in 1926.

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Editor's Note: Please contact Parish/School directly if you plan to cover event.

Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate World Day For Consecrated Life

January 31, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE
WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia,will be the celebrant and homilist for a Mass honoring approximately 500 men and women religious in the Archdiocese.

11:00 a.m.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Streets and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


World Day for Consecrated Life is an opportunity for all those who have offered their life to Christ to renew their vows. All are welcomed to attend to show appreciation and support of the years that the men and women religious have given of themselves to the Church of Philadelphia.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Honor Local Scouts

January 31, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI TO HONOR LOCAL SCOUTS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant for Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

2:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Over 300 boys will receive recognition for the work they have completed during the year. Adults who work with the Boy Scouts will be recognized for their dedication to Catholic Scouting.

This Mass marks the first time that all religious emblems from the youngest Cub Scout to the oldest Boy Scout along with Adult Scouters will be given at the same time.

For more information contact the Office for Youth and Young Adults, 215-965-4636 or visit www.oyya.org.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Pardon And Peace In Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Confessions In Every Church On Every Wednesday Evening

February 4, 2008

PARDON AND PEACE IN ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
CONFESSIONS IN EVERY CHURCH ON EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will mark Lent 2008 with Pardon and Peace, a special program inviting Catholics to celebrate the gift of forgiveness in the Sacrament of Confession. Every Church will be open every Wednesday night for Confessions from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning on February 13th. This is part of the Bicentennial Celebration of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Catholics are invited to Pardon and Peace through their parish bulletins, billboards and radio messages. In the radio message Cardinal Rigali says, "All Roman Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be open for Confession Wednesday evenings in Lent. I encourage you to experience the wondrous gift of Jesus' loving forgiveness leading up to Easter."

Lent is the penitential season of prayer and sacrifice from Ash Wednesday through Holy Thursday, in preparation for Easter. On Ash Wednesday, February 6, 2008, Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass and distribute ashes at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul at 12:05 p.m. (Cardinal Rigali will be in Rome for meetings.) Ashes will be distributed after the homily. The symbolic ashes remind the faithful of their mortality.

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Editor's Note:An audio and video mult-box feed will be provided in the parking lot of the Cathedral. Please enter on 17th Street, between Race and Vine Streets. Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck or a live truck. Television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Fast And Abstinence And Other Acts Of Penance For Lent 2008

February 4, 2008

FAST AND ABSTINENCE AND OTHER ACTS OF PENANCE
FOR LENT 2008

The Bishops of the United States prescribe, as minimal obligation, that all persons who are fourteen years of age and older are bound to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, on all the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday. Further, all persons 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 on Good Friday, while the other two meals on those days are to be light.

All the faithful are encouraged, when possible, to participate at 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. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is especially recommended.

All are encouraged to participate in "Operation Rice Bowl," which has aided countless hungry persons here in the Archdiocese as well as throughout our nation and our world.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Altar Servers Mass

February 13, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE ALTAR SERVERS MASS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, 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. More than 1,000 altar servers and their families representing 55 parishes are expected to attend, with 47 priests concelebrating the Mass. Cardinal Rigali will recognize 55 altar servers for their dedicated service to their parish.

Sunday, February 17, 2008
2:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Music will be provided by the adult and children choirs from Saint Denis Parish in Havertown, Delaware County, Saint Katherine of Siena Parish in Wayne, Delaware County, Saint Monica Parish in Berwyn, Chester County and Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Strafford, Chester County, under the direction of Carrie Welsh. Seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood will serve as ushers along with members of Philadelphia-area Serra Clubs, which promote vocations to the priesthood.

Editor's Note: An audio and video mult-box feed will be provided in the parking lot of the Cathedral. Please enter on 17th Street, between Race and Vine Streets. Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck or a live truck. Television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Priest Removed From The Clerical State

February 14, 2008

PRIEST REMOVED FROM THE CLERICAL STATE

The Holy See has notified the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that the request of David C. Sicoli to be removed from the clerical state was granted. In 2004, allegations of sexual abuse involving minors by David Sicoli were reported to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and his ministry was restricted.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia investigated the allegations, which were subsequently substantiated, and he sought removal from the clerical state.

David Sicoli functioned as a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from May 1975 to July 2004, during which time he served in the following parishes: Saint Joseph, Ambler; Saint Martin of Tours, Philadelphia; Immaculate Conception, Levittown; Saint Athanasius, Philadelphia; Saint Louis, Yeadon; Saint Raymond of Penafort, Philadelphia; Our Lady of the Holy Souls, Philadelphia (closed 1993); Our Lady of Hope, Philadelphia; Saint Anthony of Padua, Philadelphia (closed 1999); and Holy Spirit, Philadelphia. He also served as Associate Director, Regional CYO; and Assistant Director, Conference of Christian Doctrine.

Removal from the clerical state means that, in accord with canon law, David Sicoli is no longer incardinated in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and he is unable to function as a priest anywhere.

This public notice may be painful to those who have experienced sexual abuse within the Church. If you are the victim of sexual abuse by a cleric, staff or volunteer of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and need assistance please call 1-888-800-8780.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate 16th Annual Teacher's Jubilee Mass

February 21, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE
16TH ANNUAL TEACHER'S JUBILEE MASS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at the 16th Annual Teacher's Jubilee Mass honoring teachers and administrators who have served in Catholic education for twenty-five and fifty years. Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, and pastors from the schools of the honorees will concelebrate the Mass.

3:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary ~ St. Martin's Chapel
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, Montgomery County


Cardinal Rigali will present awards to teachers and administrators celebrating their silver and golden anniversaries at a reception following Mass.

For more information regarding Archdiocese of Philadelphia schools, please visit www.catholicschools-phl.org.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

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

February 26, 2008

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

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at the Saint Patrick's Day Observance Mass. Concelebrants of the Mass include Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, Reverend Kevin J. Gallagher and Reverend Christopher M. Walsh, Chaplains, Saint Patrick's Day Observance Association of Philadelphia.

The Mass is usually held at Saint Patrick Parish on Rittenhouse Square but because of the Bicentennial of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia it is being celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.


Sunday, March 9, 2008
8:45 a.m. Procession
9:00 a.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia



Following Mass, Cardinal Rigali will join marchers from over 190 groups in the 238th Saint Patrick's Day Parade. The theme of the parade this year is Saint Patrick, Bless All Those Serving the People of God.

Michael Bradley, President of Saint Patrick's Day Observance Association, has formed a Ring of Honor, which this year includes Reverend Joseph McLoone, Chairman of the Bicentennial Celebration for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Pastor of Saint Katharine Drexel Parish in Chester, Delaware County; Reverend John McNamee, Pastor of Saint Malachy Parish in Philadelphia; Sister James Anne Feerick I.H.M., teacher at Saint Aloysuis Academy in Bryn Mawr, Montgomery County; James White, President of J.J. White, Inc., and Michael O'Neill, Chairman of Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) and CEO of Preferred Unlimited.

Editor's Note: For more information about the Saint Patrick Day Observance Association, please visit www.philadelphiastpatsparade.com.

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Editor's Note: An audio and video mult-box feed will be provided in the parking lot of the Cathedral. Please enter on 17th Street, between Race and Vine Streets. Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck or a live truck. Television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Migration Mass

February 26, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE MIGRATION MASS

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist for the annual Migration Mass which celebrates the rich cultural diversity of Catholics in the Philadelphia region.

Sunday, March 2, 2008
Ethnic procession ~ 2:00 p.m.
Mass ~ 2:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


50 countries will be represented through ethnic dress and banners in the procession from the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Chapel to the Cathedral.

11 choirs will lead the Mass in song and Scripture reading and prayers will be proclaimed in nine different languages. The faithful in attendance represent the many groups of immigrants who call the Philadelphia region home.

Editor's Note: All coverage is welcome. There will be no mult-box feed.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia To Partner With Gesu Institute

February 28, 2008

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA TO PARTNER WITH GESU INSTITUTE

The Gesu Institute will partner with the schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to present A Leadership Initiative. Twenty-five administrators from parish or regional schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will come together on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania during the week of June 30, 2008 through July 3, 2008 to focus on Capacity Building, Governance, Advancement and Marketing. Ongoing presentations, as well as, future planning for the continued implementation of the Religion, Rigor, Relevance, Relationship and Reflection Framework will be explored.

The Leadership Initiative is a 2 year program designed to disseminate best-practices in leadership and management while providing students with an outstanding curriculum to prepare them for the 21st century. During the 2008-09 school year, administrators will have on-site consultants available to assist with the creation of a strategic plan, a business plan, an advancement plan, a governance plan and the ongoing implementation of Religion, Rigor, Relevance, Relationship and Reflection. Roundtable meetings will provide administrators the opportunity to work with their colleagues on attaining specific benchmarks. In June 2009, a second and final week-long seminar will complete the work of this Leadership Initiative.

Saint Dominic Catholic School in the northeast section of Philadelphia is the first school to participate in the Leadership Initiative. After successfully completing a strategic plan, St. Dominic School formed an Advisory Council to provide ongoing support for the school. This model Advisory Council is composed of pastor, principal, educators (elementary, secondary and college levels) as well as a local political leader, members of the business community and members of St. Dominic Parish.

Applications to participate in this comprehensive Leadership Initiative are due by March 1, 2008 with the selection of schools no later than April 15, 2008.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Saint Katharine Drexel Shrine Designated As National Shrine

February 28, 2008

SAINT KATHARINE DREXEL SHRINE DESIGNATED AS NATIONAL SHRINE

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament announce that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has granted the designation of National Shrine to the Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel located in Bensalem, PA. The request for National Shrine designation was initiated by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, in March 2007.

The National Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel is the seventh National Catholic Shrine in Pennsylvania, and 27th in the U.S., according to the USCCB.

``It was with great pleasure that I received the news that the Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel has been elevated in status to a National Shrine,'' said Cardinal Rigali. ``This designation is especially gratifying because Mother Katharine's love of the Holy Eucharist and care for God's poor and oppressed was formed in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. I pray that the honor bestowed upon the shrine will open opportunities for others to hear God's Word and reflect upon Saint Katharine's message of love and service to all.''

Saint Katharine's life was devoted to the Holy Eucharist and to serving the poor and socially oppressed among Native and African Americans. Pope John Paul II beatified her on Nov. 20, 1988 and almost 12 years later, aided by the 1994 healing of a young deaf girl accepted as attributable to miraculous intercession, on Oct.1, 2000 the Holy Father canonized her as Saint Katharine Drexel. Mother Drexel built the Shrine in 1893, two years after founding the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (SBS). The Sisters have faithfully continued her work for Eucharistic social justice, though her financial resources have long been depleted. The Order has schools and missions in 11 states and in Haiti. Saint Katharine spent the final 20 years of her life in prayer and reflection at the SBS mother house in Bensalem, located just outside Philadelphia. Her body is entombed under the main altar of Saint Elizabeth Chapel.
"As Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, we take great pride in the recognition of the shrine of our foundress, Saint Katharine Drexel,'' said Sister Patricia Suchalski, president of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. ``The focus on the Eucharist and the Gospel message of justice is one that flows directly from the heart of our saint, Katharine Drexel. We invite all to experience with us the beauty and power of this Gospel message at the National Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel.''

Each year, approximately 20,000 pilgrims visit the historic Mission Center and Shrine to pray, hold retreats and learn about the life of Saint Katharine Drexel in a peaceful, spiritual environment. The Mission Center was dedicated in 2003. The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament offer programs in spirituality, justice issues, environmental responsibility, Eucharistic theology, and liturgy, etc.

Cardinal Rigali will celebrate Mass for the Feast of Saint Katharine Drexel on Monday, March 3 at noon in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. On Sunday, March 2, a Mass for former altar boys who served at the Shrine will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in the Shrine's Saint Elizabeth Chapel. The Shrine is located at 1663 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA, Bucks County.

More information about the life of Saint Katharine Drexel and the National Shrine can be found at www.katharinedrexel.org.

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Contact
Kevin Mulligan
Associate Director
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Announces Scholarship In Honor Of Monsignor John T. Mitchell

March 4, 2008

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP
IN HONOR OF MONSIGNOR JOHN T. MITCHELL

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, announces that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has received a bequest to fund a scholarship in honor of Monsignor John T. Mitchell. Monsignor Mitchell served as a priest of the Archdiocese from 1939 - 1981. During that time, he was the Pastor of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Saint Francis de Sales Parishes in West Philadelphia, where he was known for his faithful ministry to African American Catholics. In light of this, the Monsignor Mitchell Scholarship Fund will support high school students in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who are Catholic and African American, with academic ability and financial need.

Applications for the scholarship can be received from the local high school President.

For more information contact the Office for Black Catholics at (215) 587-3634.

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Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Holy Week And Easter Masses Palm Sunday, March 16th Through Easter Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

March 4, 2008

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER MASSES
Palm Sunday, March 16th through Easter Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD'S PASSION MASS - March 16th - 10:45 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
In celebration of the Lord's entrance into Jerusalem, Cardinal Justin Rigali will bless the palms to be distributed to the faithful, participate in the procession, and be the celebrant and homilist at the Mass of Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion. (mult-box feed)

HOLY THURSDAY CHRISM MASS - March 20th - 9:40 a.m. Procession / 10:00 a.m. Mass
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cardinal Justin Rigali is the main celebrant and homilist at the Holy Thursday Mass of Chrism, which commemorates the day on which the priesthood was established. During the Mass, Cardinal Rigali will bless the three oils used in Sacraments: the Oil of Catechumens, used in Baptism; the Oil of the Sick, used in anointing of the sick; and Holy Chrism, used in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders. mult-box feed)

HOLY THURSDAY MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER - March 20th - 5:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cardinal Justin Rigali is 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. (mult-box feed)

GOOD FRIDAY - March 21st - 12:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Monsignor Timothy C. Senior, Vicar for Clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will preside during choral meditations, readings and homilies on the Passion of Jesus. (mult-box feed)

GOOD FRIDAY - March 21st - 3:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cardinal Justin Rigali is the celebrant and homilist at the Solemn Liturgy of the Lord's Passion, commemorating the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. The traditional veneration of the cross, led by Cardinal Rigali, will take place during the liturgy. (mult-box feed)

GOOD FRIDAY WAY OF THE CROSS - March 21st - 7:30 p.m.
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary 100 East Wynnewood Road Wynnewood, Montgomery County
Cardinal Justin Rigali is the celebrant for a Good Friday candlelight procession and devotions of the Way of the Cross on the grounds of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. Clergy, religious and parishioners in the Archdiocese as well as those of other Christian faiths are invited to join Cardinal Rigali for this public witness. The Stations of the Cross will take place rain or shine. Parking will be available at Saint Joseph's University with shuttle buses to bring participants to the Seminary. (no mult-box feed)

HOLY SATURDAY EASTER VIGIL - March 22nd - 8:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cardinal Justin Rigali is the celebrant and homilist at the Easter Vigil Mass celebrating the Resurrection of Christ. There are four parts: Light Service (Blessing of the Fire and lighting of the Paschal Candle), Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of Baptism and the Eucharist. After a reflective and intense period of prayer during Lent, Catechumens (those who have not been baptized) and Candidates (those who have been baptized in other faiths) will become full members of the Catholic Church at the Cathedral and parishes throughout the Archdiocese. In 2008, 835 new Catholics will be welcomed into the Church. (mult-box feed)

EASTER SUNDAY MASS - March 23rd - 11:00 a.m.
Other Masses at the Cathedral on Easter Sunday are: 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cardinal Justin Rigali is the celebrant and homilist at the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord. (mult-box feed)

For those unable to attend Palm Sunday Mass, both Masses on Holy Thursday, Good Friday Service, Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Mass, and Easter Sunday Mass it will be streamed live on the Archdiocesan website www.archphila.org.

Editor's Note: There will be a mult-box feed provided on Palm Sunday, both Masses on Holy Thursday, Good Friday Service, Holy Saturday Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. For those Masses only, television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral but are asked to remain in the designated area for the media.

All cameras are permitted inside the Cathedral for all other Holy Week Masses, however, media are kindly requested to contact the Cathedral Rectory at 215-561-1313 if you plan to cover.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Drexel Neumann Academy Awarded Ethel Sergeant Smith Memorial Fund Grant School Receives $25,000 Grant For Technology Purchases

March 10, 2008


DREXEL NEUMANN ACADEMY AWARDED
ETHEL SERGEANT SMITH MEMORIAL FUND GRANT
School Receives $25,000 grant for technology purchases

Drexel Neumann Academy is a Catholic school located in Chester, Pennsylvania. Drexel Neumann Academy is co-sponsored by Neumann College, Saint Katharine Drexel Parish, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and the Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia.

Drexel Neumann Academy received word from Wachovia Bank that they were selected as recipients of the Ethel Sergeant Smith Memorial Fund grant of $25,000. The funds will be used to provide classrooms with laptop computers, projectors, and white boards, allowing for endless opportunities for instruction.

The uniqueness of the school lies in the small class size, a multiple intelligences approach to instruction which recognizes the giftedness of each child, and a curriculum which prepares the students for future academic endeavors. We provide our students with an extended school day and extended school year.

Drexel Neumann Academy is an independent elementary school with a Franciscan charism. In the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi, we see Christ in each other and seek to be witnesses of the Gospel message.

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For more information about Drexel Neumann Academy please contact Sr. Maggie Gannon at
610-872-7358 or mgannon@osfphila.org.

Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary To Conduct Walking Pilgrimage To The Shrine Of Saint Rita Of Cascia

April 1, 2008

SAINT CHARLES BORROMEO SEMINARY TO CONDUCT WALKING PILGRIMAGE TO THE SHRINE OF SAINT RITA OF CASCIA

Reverend Monsignor Joseph G. Prior, Rector of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, will lead approximately 150 seminarians, administrators, and faculty members on a walking pilgrimage from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, located in Wynnewood, Montgomery County, to the shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia, 1166 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sunday, April 6, 2008. This pilgrimage will be a walking journey of approximately 7 miles.

This year marks the second time in the Seminary's history that the pilgrimage will be made entirely on foot; the previous pilgrimage was March, 2006 to the Shrine of Saint John Neumann in North Philadelphia

The pilgrims will depart the Seminary at 11:30 a.m. They will arrive at the Saint Rita of Cascia Shrine at 2:00 p.m. and attend Mass celebrated by Reverend Monsignor Joseph G. Prior at 3:30 p.m.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
Departure at 11:30 a.m. (Interview availability at 11:15 a.m.)
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, Montgomery County
11:15 a.m.

Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia
Arrival at approximately 2:00 p.m. (Interview availability at 2:30 p.m.); Mass at 3:30 p.m. (Interview availability at 4:30 p.m.)
1166 South Broad Street
South Philadelphia
2:00 p.m.


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Editor's Note: The pilgrimage route will follow Wynnewood Road to City Avenue to 54th Street to Wynnefield Avenue to Belmont Avenue to Montgomery Drive to Martin Luther King (West River) Drive to Eakins Oval to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to City Hall onto South Broad Street to the Shrine.

Contact
Daniel Skalski
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
610-785-6231

Update Regarding Reverend John F. Hummell The Following Statement Was Distributed At Masses This Past Weekend At Sacred Heart Parish In Oxford, Chester County:

April 1, 2008

Update regarding Reverend John F. Hummell
The following statement was distributed at Masses this past weekend
at Sacred Heart Parish in Oxford, Chester County:

In June 2006, Cardinal Justin Rigali removed Reverend John F. Hummell from Sacred Heart Parish, Oxford, and restricted the exercise of his priestly ministry after the Archdiocesan Review Board advised the Cardinal that an allegation that Father Hummell had sexually abused a minor in the early 1970s was considered substantiated. At the time the allegation was made, and despite Father Hummell's denial, a report was immediately submitted to the appropriate civil authorities in accordance with the policy of the Archdiocese.

Since June of 2006, Father Hummell has not been permitted to exercise his ministry publicly, administer any of the Sacraments, wear clerical garb or present himself publicly as a priest. In August 2006, Cardinal Rigali named Reverend Thomas J. Brennan as Parochial Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish.

When Father Hummell was removed from ministry, the Archdiocese stated that Cardinal Rigali intended to inform the Holy See and request authorization to begin a formal process under Canon Law. In preparation for the referral of Father Hummell's case to the Holy See, Cardinal Rigali sought canonical counsel. Such counsel was necessary because the behavior considered to be substantiated by the Review Board could best be described as "grooming behavior." After extensive canonical consultation, it was clear that Father Hummell's case had to be resolved administratively at the local level. Hence, the penalties attached to the sexual abuse of minors (e.g. laicization or a supervised life of prayer and penance) could not be imposed.

Nevertheless, Cardinal Rigali has determined that Father Hummell cannot be restored to the active ministry because of the nature of his behavior. His priestly ministry will remain restricted. He is not permitted to exercise his ministry publicly, administer any of the Sacraments, wear clerical garb or present himself publicly as a priest. In light of these circumstances, he has officially resigned as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Oxford in response to Cardinal Rigali's request and for the good of the people of the parish. He is retired and living in a private residence outside the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Archdiocese has notified the local bishop and the civil authorities in the jurisdiction where he resides. The Archdiocese is working with an independent consultant with expertise in these matters to evaluate any additional steps which may be considered necessary.

Cardinal Rigali will be appointing a new pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Oxford in May of this year. Father Thomas Brennan will remain as parochial administrator until a pastor is appointed.

We recognize that this announcement may occasion pain for someone who has experienced sexual abuse. Resources are included with this announcement for anyone who needs assistance or wishes to talk about this situation. *

Father Hummell was ordained in 1965. Since that time he has served in the following parishes/schools: Saint Cecilia, Coatesville; Saints Simon & Jude, West Chester; Corpus Christi, Philadelphia; Roman Catholic High School, Philadelphia; Bishop McDevitt High School, Wyncote; Saint Gabriel, Norwood; Saint Callistus, Philadelphia; Saint Dominic, Philadelphia and at Saint Joseph's University as an adjunct faculty member in the physics department. While in the education apostolate Father Hummell lived at the following parishes: Saint Aloysius, Philadelphia; Saint Joseph, Cheltenham; Epiphany of Our Lord, Philadelphia; Saint Joseph, Ambler; Seven Dolors, Wyndmoor and Saint John of the Cross, Roslyn.

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Editor's Note*: Resources that were provided included contact information for the Archdiocesan Victim Assistance Office at 1-888-800-8780; Catholic Social Services at 610-344-7028 and the Crime Victims Center of Chester County at
610-692-7420.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Mass For Third Anniversary Of The Death Of Pope John Paul Ii

April 1, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE MASS FOR THIRD ANNIVERSARY
OF THE DEATH OF POPE JOHN PAUL II

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate a noontime Mass marking the third anniversary of the death of His Holiness, Pope John Paul II.

12:05 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Cardinal Rigali was a close collaborator with the late Pontiff for many years and a concelebrant in his funeral rites at the Vatican. Pope John Paul II died on the evening of April 2, 2005.

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Editor's Note: An audio and video mult-box feed will be provided in the parking lot of the Cathedral. Please enter on 17th Street, between Race and Vine Streets. Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck or a live truck. Television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Celebrates 200th Birthday

April 3, 2008

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
CELEBRATES 200TH BIRTHDAY

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, along with 200 clergy, men and women religious, students and other lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will gather at 2:00 p.m. on April 8, 2008 on the steps of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul to "ring in" the Bicentennial of the Church of Philadelphia. It will be a fun celebration, especially for the children, as we sing happy birthday, enjoy delicious birthday cake from famous Stock's Bakery and ring the Cathedral bells.

On April 8, 1808, Pope Pius VII established the Diocese of Philadelphia. To commemorate the Bicentennial, Cardinal Rigali has asked all parishes and schools throughout the Archdiocese to toll their bells either 200 times or for two minutes.

2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
The steps of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


After the bells toll, Cardinal Rigali will lead everyone in prayer and then cut a cake symbolizing the 200 birthday of the Church of Philadelphia as Roman Catholic High School for Boys Band leads everyone in singing "Happy Birthday." A float from the Cavan Society that received top honors in the 2008 Saint Patrick's Day Parade will also be present for the occasion. The float commemorated the 200th Anniversary of the Church of Philadelphia.

For those unable to attend this Bicentennial celebration it will be streamed live at www.archphila.org.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will conclude its year-long Bicentennial celebration on Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. as thousands attend a Closing Mass at The Pavilion at Villanova University.

Editor's Note: A platform and an audio feed (mult-box) will be provided on 18th Street across from the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul at Sister Cities Plaza.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

St. Martin Of Tours Parish School To Host Mayor Michael Nutter Philadelphia Mayor To Speak On Volunteerism And Good Citizenship

April 9, 2008

ST. MARTIN OF TOURS PARISH SCHOOL TO HOST MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER
Philadelphia Mayor to speak on volunteerism and good citizenship

Mayor Michael Nutter will visit St. Martin of Tours parish school in Northeast Philadelphia from 9am to 10am on Wednesday, April 9 to present to the school's fifth, sixth, seventh and eight graders on the importance of volunteerism and good citizenship in the city of Philadelphia.

Mayor Nutter was invited to visit St. Martin of Tours by his first grade teacher, Sister Angelica Marie, IHM. Sister Angelica, who taught at Transfiguration of Our Lord Catholic elementary school where Mayor Nutter attended grade school, is now retired. She volunteers at St. Martin of Tours and wrote to her former student to congratulate him on his victory and invite him to the school. "It was such a thrill to see one of my students ascend to the highest office in the city of Philadelphia," says Sister Angelica Marie. "Mayor Nutter's commitment to education and to the children of this city is evident in his taking the time to visit our school."

9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Saint Martin of Tours Parish School
Roosevelt Boulevard and Sanger Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124
(215) 533-3050


ON-SITE CONACT: Fr. John Kelly 215-620-7137

Volunteerism and education are major issues that the Nutter administration has highlighted since the Mayor's inauguration in January. On April 5, 125 St. Martin students participated in Philly Spring Cleanup, a day-long volunteer event coordinated by the Mayor's office to collect litter and clean up public areas throughout the city.

"Mayor Nutter will inspire and engage our student body to be more active participants in their communities, in our school, and in all other areas of their lives," Reverend John J. Kelly, Pastor of St. Martin Parish, said. "He is an inspiring example of the strong foundation that a child receives from a Catholic education rooted in gospel values."

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For more information about the schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia please visit www.keepingfaithinmind.org

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Celebrates Closing Mass For Bicentennial Thousands To Attend - Everyone Welcome

April 11, 2008

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA CELEBRATES
CLOSING MASS FOR BICENTENNIAL
THOUSANDS TO ATTEND - EVERYONE WELCOME

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at the closing Mass marking the end of the year-long Bicentennial celebration. Cardinal Rigali will be joined by five cardinals, 32 archbishops and bishops, 300 priests, 75 deacons, men and women religious and over 5,000 lay faithful of the five-county Archdiocese will attend the Mass. A 400 member chorus will sing during Mass.

The Archdiocese began celebrating its Bicentennial one year ago. During the year there has been an emphasis on a recommitment of service as the Archdiocese recognized its establishment as a Diocese in 1808. This Closing Mass is the culminating event of this year-long jubilee celebration.


3:40 p.m. Procession
4:00 p.m. Mass
Sunday, April 13, 2008
The Pavilion at Villanova University



The Quinn Family from Saint Francis De Sales Parish in Lenni, Delaware County will carry the gifts in the offertory procession. The Quinn's have six multiracial adopted children and one foster daughter from Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese. Mr. Quinn is also a candidate for permanent diaconate. The Quinns are a testament to the Catholic faith of the Church of Philadelphia and to the mission of the Catholic Church.

For those unable to attend this Bicentennial celebration it will be streamed live at www.archphila.org.

Editor's Note: Media are welcome inside of The Pavilion. There will be an audio and video mult-box feed will be provided in the rear of The Pavilion - please use the Ithan Avenue entrance.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia - Fact Sheet For Papal Visit To The United States

April 15, 2008

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA - FACT SHEET
FOR PAPAL VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES

Friday, April 18, 2008 after 11:30 a.m.: Interview opportunity - speak with Seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary before they depart for New York. To set up interviews please contact: Dan Skalski, Communications Coordinator, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary at 610-785-6219 (office) or 609-335-0714 (cell).

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 9:15 a.m.: Mass for Priests, Deacons and Members of Religious Order at St. Patrick's Cathedral: 30 from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia attending

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 4:30 p.m.: The Holy Father to meet with young Catholics at St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers:
7:00 a.m.:
150 Seminarians from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary will be departing for this meeting with the Holy Father

Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 2:30 p.m.: Mass at Yankee Stadium
- 3,020 faithful from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are attending
- 1 altar server
- 59 host parishes and institutions
- 61 buses are departing from various points throughout the Archdiocese at 7 a.m.
- 3 buses of high school students
- 3 buses of Catholic college students and
- 1 bus of people with special needs
Photo Opportunities: Buses are departing at 7 a.m. from the following places:
- Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Parish, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Center City, Philadelphia
- Saint William Parish, 6200 Rising Sun Avenue, Lawncrest, Northeast Philadelphia
- Saint Bede the Venerable Parish, 1071 Holland Avenue, Holland, Bucks County
- Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls, 1000 West Lycoming Street, Northeast Philadelphia
- West Philadelphia Catholic High School, 4501 Chestnut Street, West Philadelphia

Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 1:30 p.m.: St. John Bosco Parish Gymnasium, 235 East County Line Road, Hatboro, Montgomery County - Watch the Pope Party: Parishioners will watch the Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium on a 12-foot screen in the St. John Bosco Gymnasium.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
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Catholic Youth Organization (cyo) Holds 15th Annual Hall Of Fame Awards Dinner

April 18, 2008

CATHOLIC YOUTH ORGANIZATION (CYO) HOLDS
15th ANNUAL HALL OF FAME AWARDS DINNER

The Archdiocesan Office for Youth and Young Adults will hold the 15th Annual Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Hall of Fame Awards Dinner. The banquet raises funds for the programs of the Office for Youth and Young Adults. In addition, the banquet honors adults who reflect the virtues and values of the CYO and the Catholic Church.

5:30 p.m. Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:15 p.m. Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Drexelbrook (Drexelbrook Drive and Valley Road)
Drexel Hill, Delaware County


The CYO supports school, parish and Church leaders in their mission to prepare youth and young adults to hear and respond to the call of Jesus Christ. Through athletics and service programs the Office for Youth and Young Adults works to draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community as well as fostering the total personal and spiritual growth of each person. For more information on the CYO Hall of Fame Awards, call 215-965-4637.

This year's Hall of Fame inductees are:
The Most Reverend Robert Maginnis was the youngest of four children of William and Cecilia Maginnis. While the Maginnis family lived in Maternity B.V.M. Parish, Bishop Maginnis attended St. Aloysius Academy and then St. Joseph's Preparatory School. The combination of his Catholic school experience and the influence of priests at his parish and school prompted Bishop Maginnis to consider becoming a priest. After nine years of study and preparation, Father Maginnis was ordained to the priesthood on May 13, 1961, as part of the first ordination class ordained by Archbishop John Krol. His first priestly assignment was as a parochial vicar at Our Lady Help of Christians in Abington and then at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Chester. It was in 1967 when Maginnis became the Assistant Director of the Archdiocesan Catholic Youth Organization, an assignment that, with various developments, from CYO to youth ministry, would come to occupy twenty-one years of intense and fruitful work with young people and involved adults in a host of programs. In 1981 Bishop Maginnis became director, succeeding Monsignor Francis X. Schmidt with whom he had worked in close association for fourteen years. On April 24, 1982, Father Maginnis was named an Honorary Prelate to His Holiness, Pope John Paul II. During his years at the Office for Youth and Young Adults, Bishop was appointed Administrator of St. Alphonsus Parish in Maple Glen, becoming Pastor in 1988. In 1991, he was named regional vicar for Montgomery County, a position he held until 1996, when he was ordained a bishop and auxiliary for Philadelphia. In accepting his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop to Cardinal Bevilacqua, Bishop Maginnis said, "And so now I ask for the prayers of all the people of this local Church, that I may preach the message of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and with great devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, serve His Eminence and this Archdiocese, to the best of my ability."

Linus McGinty was the only child born to Mary and Francis Linus McGinty in 1946. Most of his childhood days were spent in St. Barnabas Parish where he was first experienced the CYO. After graduating from West Catholic in 1964, Linus headed to LaSalle College for one year before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served in the Intelligence Division in Vietnam, rising to rank of Sergeant. He was Honorably Discharged in 1968. Linus went on to attend evening and day divisions at St. Joseph's University, where he graduated from in 1971. He continued his education at West Chester University, earning his Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling. Linus first began his career as an educator and a coach at Our Lady of the Rosary School in West Philadelphia from 1971 to 1975. In 1976, Linus moved on to teach and coach at the High School level at Archbishop Carroll and then Cardinal O'Hara. Linus' career as the head coach of Cardinal O'Hara Girl's basketball team began in 1995. Under Linus McGinty's direction, the girls' basketball team appeared in the Catholic League finals 13 out of the last 14 seasons. Coach McGinty has led his teams to win 8 Catholic League Championships and holds a current high school coaching record of 599 -104. Currently, his team is ranked 15th in ESPN's High Elite 25 High School Girls Ranking. Linus and his wife Diane have been married 35 years and have two sons, Linus Michael and Patrick.

Both individually and as a team, David and Kimberly Savage have been dynamic leaders in the Church of Philadelphia. While enjoying a sixteen-year career in direct response television as the Executive Vice President/Managing Partner of Respond2 Communications, David Savage has helped start three influential Catholic lay movements. He co-founded the longest running young adult ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia: the young adult group of St. Katharine's and St. Isaac's (YASKI). David is also a founding board member of both the Catholic Leadership Institute and the Theology of the Body Institute, a non-profit apostolate dedicated to spreading the good news of Pope John Paul II's teaching on human sexuality. Additionally, David serves as the Program Chair for Philadelphia's Legatus Chapter. After a highly successful career at Timmons & Company, an industrial marketing, advertising and public relations firm, Kimberly Savage left the lucrative for-profit world to serve as the founding Executive Director of Generation Life, a movement dedicated to spreading the pro-life and chastity messages to young people throughout the area. Generation Life reaches thousands of elementary and high school students each year and has been instrumental in helping many mothers choose life over abortion. She now serves as President of the organization's Board of Directors. The couple met through their mutual work for the Church and were married in 2005. David and Kimberly currently live in St. Katharine of Sienna Parish in Wayne and are the proud parents of Connor James, age 2 and John Samuel, 10 months.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

North Philadelphia's 2nd March Of The Children "hands Across Lehigh"

April 25, 2008

North Philadelphia's 2nd March of the Children
"Hands Across Lehigh"

Anchored by Catholic schools in North Philadelphia, from Port Richmond to Strawberry Mansion, there will be a march lead by the children of the community to raise awareness of the destructive effects of violence in our neighborhoods:

Saturday, April 26, 2008
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Starting at Saint Martin de Porres Church, 2300 West Lehigh Avenue
Concluding at Saint Anne Church, 2300 East Lehigh Avenue


The march began last year with recognition of the historic levels of murder in Philadelphia in 2006 and a concern for the pace of murders in 2007. This year's march begins with a short program at Saint Martin de Porres Church, where a few keynote speakers will rally our participants before their walk east along Lehigh Avenue. The children of Saint Martin de Porres School, Visitation B.V.M. School, Saint Anne School, Ascension, St. Hugh School, LaSalle Academy decided to orchestrate this 2nd walk to keep our communities focused on the levels of crime affecting our neighborhoods, and to model their response after Dr. Martin Luther King, whose peaceful marches and eloquent speeches helped to shape the consciousness of Americans in the 1960's.

For more information please contact Stanley R. Faison, Director of Development, Saint Martin de Porres Parish School at 215-228-8330.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Kicks-off Catholic Charities Appeal May 3, 2008 - May 31, 2008

April 25, 2008

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA KICKS-OFF
CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL
May 3, 2008 - May 31, 2008

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist for a prayer service preceding the 2008 Catholic Charities Appeal Kick-Off.

6:00 p.m.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Saint John the Evangelist Church
21 South 13th Street
Philadelphia


The Catholic Charities Appeal begins throughout parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on May 3, 2008. All of the funds raised by the Catholic Charities Appeal support ministries and services in the five county region of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The prayer service will be followed by a reception at The Crystal Tea Room, Wanamaker Building at Broad and Juniper Streets, Philadelphia.

ARCHDIOCESEAN SCHOOLS RAISE MONEY FOR
CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL WITH NICKELS FOR NEIGHBORS


Student representatives from Archdiocesan high schools and parish elementary schools will present funds collected by their schools for the 2008 Catholic Charities Appeal.

10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Archbishop John Carroll High School
211 Matson Ford Road
Radnor (Delaware County)


For more information about The Catholic Charities Appeal please call, 215-587-3651 or visit www.catholiccharitiesappeal.org.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Masses For Couples Married 25, 50 Years Or More

April 30, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE MASSES
FOR COUPLES MARRIED 25, 50 YEARS OR MORE

Cardinal Justin Rigali, 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 two anniversary masses scheduled to accommodate the large number of couples celebrating these milestone anniversaries.

Couples celebrating 50 or more years of marriage from Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties will be attending the morning Mass. Couples celebrating 50 or more years from Bucks, Chester and Delaware Counties, as well as couples celebrating 25 or more years of marriage from all counties are invited to attend the afternoon Mass.

Couples Married 50 Years or More (Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties)
Sunday, May 4, 2008
11:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Couples Married 25 Years and 50 Years or More (Bucks, Chester and Delaware Counties)
Sunday, May 4, 2008
2:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia



Editor's Note: An audio and video mult-box feed will be provided in the parking lot of the Cathedral. Please enter on 17th Street, between Race and Vine Streets. Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck or a live truck. Television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Patriarch Of Lebanon To Visit Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

May 6, 2008

PATRIARCH OF LEBANON TO VISIT ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will welcome the Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, His Eminence and Beatitude Nasrallah Peter Cardinal Sfeir, to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia later this month. Cardinal Sfeir will preside at a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul; visit and pray at Maronite Churches in South Philadelphia and Newtown Square, Delaware County and receive an honorary degree from Villanova University. The Patriarch will be accompanied by the Most Reverend Gregory J. Mansour, Bishop of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn and Bishop Robert J. Shaheen, Bishop of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon in St. Louis.

As the Patriarch of Lebanon's largest Christian community, the Maronite Church, an Eastern Catholic Rite that is in communion with the Holy See, Cardinal Sfeir is a unifying force. He has spoken out on the deteriorating condition of Lebanon and persistent efforts by some parties to overtake the country. Lebanon's presidency, a post reserved for a Maronite Catholic, has been vacant since November 2007.

Cardinal Sfeir arrives in the United States on Thursday, May 15, 2008 to meet with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The Patriarch arrives in Philadelphia on Friday, May 16, 2008 for three days of Masses, visits and ceremonies.

Friday, May 16, 2008
1:00 p.m.
Visit to Saint Maron Church
1010 Ellsworth Street, Philadelphia 19147

6:00 p.m.
Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

8:00 p.m.
Banquet
Sheraton Philadelphia Center City
17th & Race Streets (behind Cathedral)

Saturday, May 17, 2008
11:00 a.m.
Mass at Saint Sharbel Church
3679 Providence Road, Newtown Square, Delaware County 19073

Sunday, May 18, 2008
10:00 a.m.
Conferral of honorary doctorate at Villanova University ( www.villanova.edu )


Editor's Note: For more information about the Maronite Church, please contact the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn for Maronite Catholics at 718-237-9913. The jurisdiction of St. Maron Diocese of Brooklyn extends to all Maronites in the East Coast.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Sister Josephine Kase, Ihm, Recognized With The James Fitzgerald Award For Ecumenism

May 8, 2008

SISTER JOSEPHINE KASE, IHM, RECOGNIZED WITH
THE JAMES FITZGERALD AWARD FOR ECUMENISM

The Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is pleased to announce that Sister Josephine Kase, IHM, Assistant Director for the Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Office, was the recipient of the James Fitzgerald Award, the highest ecumenical recognition in the United States. The award was presented to Sister Josephine at the Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers (CADEIO) annual meeting in April.

Sister Josephine said of receiving the award, "I am grateful for this award as it is a tribute to the commitment of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to the work of ecumenism. It also acknowledges the importance of working for Christian unity and fostering interreligious harmony on the diocesan level." Sister Josephine has worked 22 years at the diocesan and national level as a passionate voice for ecumenism. Ecumenical refers to inter-Christian relations, efforts to bring about unity among the various Christian traditions (Orthodox, Episcopal, Lutheran, etc.) Interreligious refers to relations with the other world religions: Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc.

Father Gregory J. Fairbanks, Director of the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, said of Sister Josephine's honor, "I congratulate Sister Josephine on this recognition of the years of dedicated service for unity, both in the Archdiocese and on the national level. Her faithful service has been a great blessing for the Archdiocese as it seeks better relations with people of varied faith traditions." Last year's award winner was Cardinal William Keeler, retired Archbishop of the Diocese of Baltimore.

Since 1981 the Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical Officers and the Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs have cosponsored training and professional development institutes for ecumenical and interreligious officers and others serving the Catholic community in this increasingly important area of concern - diocesan commission members, diocesan education personnel, members of religious communities that have ecumenical/interreligiuos apostolates, and seminarians. For more information about CADEIO please visit www.cadeio.org.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Statement Of Cardinal Justin Rigali Funeral Of Sergeant Stephen Liczbinski Cathedral Basilica Of Saints Peter And Paul May 9, 2008

May 8, 2008

Statement of Cardinal Justin Rigali
Funeral of Sergeant Stephen Liczbinski
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
May 9, 2008


Although I am not able to be present for the funeral of Sergeant Stephen Liczbinski, because I am presently in Rome, I wish to express deep solidarity with his wife and children and with all who mourn him in sadness and in hope.

In the name of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia I assure his beloved family of the prayers of our people. As we invoke God's merciful love on the soul of Sergeant Liczbinski we also pray for the peace and protection of our City. We ask God to deliver us from the scourge of violence and to convert the hearts of all to recognize the immense dignity of every human being and the incomparable value of every human life.

May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant eternal life to Sergeant Liczbinski, grace and strength to his family, and peace to our entire community.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
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Cardinal Rigali's Commentary: They Protect And Serve The Following Appears In Today's Philadelphia Inquirer

May 9, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI'S COMMENTARY: THEY PROTECT AND SERVE
The following appears in today's Philadelphia Inquirer

Officer Gary Skerski, May 8, 2006.

Captain Charles "Chuck" Cassidy, Oct. 31, 2007

Sergeant Stephen Liczbinski, May 3, 2008.

All three, loving fathers. All three, devoted husbands. All three, actively involved in their community. All three killed in the line of duty the past two years.

All three were also Catholic - a fact, I believe, that is significant. On this day when we as a city turn to the Funeral Rites of the Catholic Church for comfort, millions throughout our region join in prayers of sympathy and solidarity.

Beginning in childhood, Catholics discover the meaning of sacrifice in the person of Jesus, who gave his life on the cross for all. He taught us that "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends"(John 15:13). In life and in death, our three fallen officers followed the example of Jesus in serving their brothers and sisters.

We honor these three officers who gave their lives for their fellow citizens. Their passionate commitment to do so comes as no surprise when we look at their lives:
They were men of strength, men of love. They loved their neighbors by trying to protect them. They loved this City of Brotherly Love by making the ultimate sacrifice, themselves victims of the criminal acts they worked so hard to prevent.
They lived the motto of the Philadelphia Police Department: "Honor, Integrity, Service."

Their example forces all of us to look at ourselves and ask how we can be more vigilant in preventing crime, more active in volunteering to build up our communities, more committed to prayer to almighty God and more respectful and loving of our fellow residents.

As Archbishop of Philadelphia, how moved I am by the ultimate sacrifice of Officers Liczbinski, Cassidy and Skerski! How proud I am of our Catholic men and women in uniform! Together with you, I am grateful to them and to all who serve us -- no matter their religion - and who daily risk their lives for their brothers and sisters.




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Kevin Mulligan
Associate Director Communications
215-587-3747

May 9, 2008


CARDINAL RIGALI'S COMMENTARY: THEY PROTECT AND SERVE

CARDINAL RIGALI PRESENTED WITH SPIRITUAL BOUQUET FOR ANNIVERSARY

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, was the celebrant and homilist at a Mass on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of his Installation as Archbishop of Philadelphia on the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Concelebrating the Mass were the Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia; Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia; Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia and Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas as well as twenty-two priests of the Archdiocese.

At the conclusion of Mass, a student from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School, representing all of the young people of the Archdiocese, read a letter of thanksgiving to the Cardinal and presented him with a spiritual bouquet - a pledge of prayers offered for the Cardinal's intentions. The young people of the Catholic schools and religious education programs pledged:


- 609,484 Our Fathers

- 599,059 Hail Marys

- 502,747 Glory Be's

- 560,312 prayers to Saint Paul

- 108,243 acts of charity...86,011 Masses

- 84,536 Memorares

- 82,420 "Hail Holy Queen" ... 81,612 Apostles' Creeds

- 64,334 Rosaries ... 64,037 visits in prayer to the Blessed Sacrament

- 22,391 Holy Hours ...and 2,000 Morning Offerings


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Brian M. Kean To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 9, 2008

BRIAN M. KEAN TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Brian M. Kean, 28, son of Bruce and Geraldine Kean, will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 17, 2008
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway


A native of Langhorne, Bucks County, his most recent assignment was deacon at saint St. Stanislaus Parish in Lansdale, Montgomery County. He attended Saint Francis Cabrini Elementary School in Fairless Hills, Bucks County, Conwell-Egan Cathilic High School, Fairless Hills, Bucks County, East Strausburg University, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Father Kean will celebrate his First Mass on
Sunday, May 18, 2008
2:30 p.m.
Saint Francis Cabrini Church
Fairless Hills, Bucks County



The homilist is Reverend David E. Diamond, Vice Rector, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. The deacons are Deacon John Weber and Deacon Louis F. Hoelzle.

There are three men in the Class of 2008. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to a parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where they will serve as parochial vicars. A parochial vicar is a priest appointed by the Cardinal to assist the pastor of a parish.

Editor's Note: If you would like to receive a photograph of Father Kean electronically, please contact the Office for Communications at 215-587-3747 or communof@adphila.org.

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Dan Skalski
Communication - Programs Director
610-785-6219

Daniel M. Kredensor To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 13, 2008

DANIEL M. KREDENSOR TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Daniel M. Kredensor, 27, son of Eugene and Mary Kredensor, will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 17, 2008
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway


A native of Lansdale, Montgomery County, his most recent assignment was deacon at Mary Mother of the Redeemer in North Wales, Montgomery County. He attended Saint Stanislaus Elementary School and Lansdale Catholic High School before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Father Kredensor will celebrate his First Mass on
Sunday, May 18, 2008
3:00 p.m.
Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church
North Wales, Montgomery County


The homilist is Reverend Monsignor Phillip C. Ricci. The deacons are Deacon James Andrew Wickersham, Deacon of Word; Deacon Johnathan Dalin, Deacon of Eucharist.

There are three men in the Class of 2008. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to a parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where they will serve as parochial vicars. A parochial vicar is a priest appointed by the Cardinal to assist the pastor of a parish.

Editor's Note: If you would like to receive a photograph of Father Kredensor electronically, please contact the Office for Communications at 215-587-3747 or communof@adphila.org.


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Dan Skalski
Communication - Programs Director
610-785-6219

Martin J. Ivanovich To Be Ordained To The Priesthood

May 13, 2008

MARTIN J. IVANOVICH TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Mr. Martin J. Ivanovich, 27, son of Zbigniew and Bozena Iwanowicz, will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Justin Rigali on

Saturday, May 17, 2008
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway


A native of Bartoszyce, Poland; Moved to the United States in 1997, his most recent assignment was deacon at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Morton, Delaware County. He attended Romuald Traugutt Elementary School, Bartoszyce, Poland; L.S.L.M. Vocational High School, Bartoszyce, Poland; Samuel Fels Senior High School, Philadelphia before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Father Ivanovich will celebrate his First Mass on
Sunday, May 18, 2008
3:00 p.m.
Saint Josaphat Parish
Philadelphia



The homilist is Reverend John Wendrychowicz. The deacons are Deacon Charles Amen and Deacon Richard Smith. Concelebrants include Reverend Leonard Lewandonski; Reverend Monsignor John Wendrychowicz; Reverend Monsignor Francis Feret and Reverend Tadeusz Gorka.

There are three men in the Class of 2008. At the end of May, each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned to a parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where they will serve as parochial vicars. A parochial vicar is a priest appointed by the Cardinal to assist the pastor of a parish.

Editor's Note: If you would like to receive a photograph of Father Ivanovich electronically, please contact the Office for Communications at 215-587-3747 or communof@adphila.org.


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Dan Skalski
Communication - Programs Director
610-785-6219

Cardinal Rigali To Ordain Three Men To The Priesthood

May 13, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI TO ORDAIN
THREE MEN TO THE PRIESTHOOD

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will ordain three men to the priesthood on

Saturday, May 17, 2008
Procession 9:45 a.m.
Mass 10:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway


Ordination will take place during the Mass following Cardinal Rigali's homily. At the time of Ordination each of the newly ordained priests will be assigned a parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where they will serve as parochial vicars. A parochial vicar is a priest appointed by the Cardinal to assist the pastor of a parish.

Those being ordained are: Rev. Mr. Daniel M. Kredensor, Rev. Mr. Brian M. Kean and Rev. Mr. Martin J. Ivanovich. All have completed studies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Live streaming video if the Ordination Mass will be available at www.archphila.org.

Editor's Note: Individual releases on each new priest are available at www.archphila.org. Photographs of the Ordination candidates are available by e-mailing communof@adphila.org or calling the Office for Communications at 215-587-3747.

An audio and video mult-box feed will be provided in the parking lot of the Cathedral. Please enter on 17th Street, between Race and Vine Streets. Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck or a live truck. Television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral.

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Dan Skalski
Communication - Programs Director
610-785-6219

Cardinal Rigali To Bless St. John Neumann Place New Life For Former High School

May 13, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI TO BLESS ST. JOHN NEUMANN PLACE

NEW LIFE FOR FORMER HIGH SCHOOL

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will bless St. John Neumann Place, 2600 Moore Street in South Philadelphia, in a dedication ceremony at the former Saint John Neumann High School.

Monday, May 19, 2008
10 a.m.
St. John Neumann Place
2600 Moore Street (entrance on 27th Street)


St. John Neumann Place is the result of substantial rehabilitation and conversion of the former high school into 75 modern, affordable, independent living apartments for seniors age 62 and older. St. John Neumann Place becomes the newest facility operated by Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which operates outstanding long-term care facilities, assisted living and community-based residences.

This development marks the first time that Catholic Health Care Services has utilized Section 42 tax credits awarded by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency for the adaptable reuse of vacant Archdiocesan property. PNC Bank Multifamily Capital and Beneficial Bank are equity partners with the Archdiocese on the project. Additional funding was provided by Catholic Health Care Services, the City of Philadelphia and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh. Prudential Savings Bank in South Philadelphia has also agreed to a contribution through the Neighborhood Assistance Program administered through the state's Department of Community and Economic Development.

Reverend Monsignor Joseph A. Tracy, Secretary for Catholic Human Services, will offer acknowledgments and Mr. Joseph Sweeney, Jr., Deputy Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Health Care Services, will present an overview of the project. Suzanne O'Grady Laurito, Project Developer, will welcome guests and speak to the community's role in the development of the housing. City Council President Anna Verna, Mr. Peter Kaplan of PNC Bank Multifamily Capital, and Mr. Gerard Cuddy of Beneficial Bank, also will address those in attendance.

The ceremony will include Cardinal Rigali blessing the Chapel, a resident's apartment, the community room, staff offices and the front entrance to St. John Neumann Place. Cardinal Rigali will affix a crucifix in the entry hall and selected clergy will assist in blessing other floors.

St. John Neumann High School closed in June 2004. Of particular interest during the two-year, $17 million conversion project was the preservation of the history of the former high school.

Background


Construction of the project began in December 2006. The renovations included the demolition of the school gymnasium, auditorium and priory. The remaining classroom area was converted into 75 one-bedroom apartments. Applications for occupancy are now being accepted. Apartments are still available for income-qualifying seniors of all faith traditions. Tours for prospective residents can be arranged by calling Lorraine Yarborough, facility manager, at 215-463-1101 or emailing lyarborough@ndcrealestate.com.

St. John Neumann Place will ensure that affordable, quality housing remains part of a larger mixed-housing strategy for many years to come. South Philadelphia residents have been overwhelmingly supportive of the development and have expressed their appreciation for the Church's continued presence in their neighborhood. In a January, 2004 letter to Cardinal Rigali, local Catholic pastors requested that the Archdiocese explore development of the former high school to benefit the community's elderly. The request was consistent with Norm 48 of the Tenth Synod of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which stated: "The Archdiocese, through Catholic Human Services, is to explore the adaptable reuse of vacant Archdiocesan facilities into affordable housing for older adults and persons requiring special assistance to meet daily living needs." The development of St. John Neumann Place was a direct response to those recommendations.

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Kevin Mulligan
Associate Director for Communications
215-587-3747

Blocs To Host Annual Gala

May 19, 2008

BLOCS TO HOST ANNUAL GALA

Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) will host its annual gala to benefit Catholic school students and also to thank the companies and individuals who have supported the BLOCS program throughout the year. BLOCS has raised nearly $3 million in scholarship funds for the 2008-2009 school year. Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will offer remarks and Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will deliver the invocation. Mr. Mike O'Neill, chairman of BLOCS, will thank the companies and individuals who have supported BLOCS. Mayor Michael Nutter will also speak to those in attendance.

Also attending the gala are: State Senators Dominic Pileggi (R- Delaware County) and Stewart J. Greenleaf, (R-Montgomery/Bucks Counties); State Representative James Roebuck (D- Philadelphia County); Frank Rizzo, Philadelphia Councilman-At-Large; Eugene Hickok, former Pennsylvania Secretary of Education; Mr. Daniel Fitzpatrick, Citizens Bank; Mr. Robert Kane, PNC Bank; and Mr. Dean Cimino, Morgan Stanley.

6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The Crystal Tea Room - Wanamaker Building
100 Penn Square East
Philadelphia


Kelsey Olszewski, a student from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School, and Michael Klivas, a student from Roman Catholic High School for Boys, will emcee the evening's festivities, with assistance from Anthony Gargano from Sports Radio WIP. Kayleigh McCrossan, a kindergarten student from Saint Martha Parish School (Northeast Philadelphia), will sing the National Anthem.

BLOCS is a dynamic group of area business leaders who care deeply about the state of education in our region. BLOCS believes that access to a high-quality education for children - especially those most in need - is crucial to the continued growth and success of our region. BLOCS' main focus is providing tuition scholarships to low income children. These scholarships provide the next generation of leasers with the tools to break the cycle of poverty - an excellent education, a sense of strong value and a belief that they can be successful in life.

For more information about BLOCS please visit www.BLOCS.org.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Mass For The Church In China At Holy Redeemer Chinese Catholic Church

May 22, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE MASS FOR THE CHURCH IN CHINA
AT HOLY REDEEMER CHINESE CATHOLIC CHURCH

In his recent pastoral letter on the situation of the Catholic Church in China dated May 27, 2007, Pope Benedict has asked Catholics from around the world to hold a day of prayer on May 24 for China. May 24 is the feast of Mary, Help of Christians, a devotion widely observed in China.

In his letter, the Holy Father expresses great hope for the Catholic Church in China and begs for reconciliation among Chinese Catholics and for the government of China to allow full religious freedom for all religious believers.

Holy Redeemer Chinese Catholic Church will answer the Pope's call by offering a morning of prayer on Saturday, May 24. The program begins with the rosary at 9 AM, followed by Mass at 9:30 AM and then a lecture on the situation of the Church in China by Father Joseph Zhang, a Chinese priest studying for a doctorate in theology in Washington, DC. Cardinal Justin Rigali will be principal celebrant and homilist.

The people of Holy Redeemer Chinese Catholic Church, 915 Vine Street, Philadelphia, invite all Catholics of the Archdiocese to join in this day of prayer by attending the program on May 24. For more information you may contact Father Tom Betz, OFM Cap., Coordinator for the Chinese Apostolate by calling 215-592-7552. Also, all are invited to join in praying for China by privately saying the prayer which is being circulated for this occasion:

Prayer to Our Lady of China
Hail, Holy Mary, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Mother of all nations and all people.
You are the special heavenly Mother of the Chinese people.
Teach us, your way of total obedience to God's will.
Help us to live our lives true to our faith.
Fill our hearts with burning love for God and each other.
Stir up in our youth, an unconditional giving of self to the service of God.
We call on your powerful intercession for peace, reconciliation and unity among the believers and conversion of the unbelievers in China and throughout the world, for God's mercy is our only hope.
Our Lady of China, Mother of Jesus, hear our petitions and pray for us. Amen.

Imprimatur: Bishop William E. Lori
Bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Corpus Christi Procession To Draw Thousands First Communicants In White Dresses And Suits To Join Cardinal In Outdoor Procession

May 23, 2008

CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION TO DRAW THOUSANDS

FIRST COMMUNICANTS IN WHITE DRESSES AND SUITS TO JOIN CARDINAL IN OUTDOOR PROCESSION

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at a Mass for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. Cardinal Rigali invited all of the second graders in the Archdiocese who received their First Communion this year to join him in the Eucharistic Procession at the end of Mass. Approximately 1,000 First Communicants are expected with an additional 5,000 family members. The children will be dressed in their First Communion clothes - girls in white dresses and veils and boys in suits. Cardinal Rigali will also give each child a medal which he has blessed.

The main body of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul will be filled with the First Communicants and one parent or guardian. An overflow crowd is expected and will be seated in chairs on the north side of the Archdiocesan parking lot. A Jumbotron will be provided. The Procession will take place at the end of Mass. It is likely that the Procession will start around 1:15 p.m., but could begin earlier. For those unable to attend the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will offer live streaming video of the Mass and Procession at www.archphila.org

12:15 p.m. Mass
1:15 p.m. Procession (approximately)
Best Visual Opportunity 18th Street or Race Street *
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


The Procession route will move through the Cathedral parking lot to 17th Street. It will turn right on 17th Street right then right on Vine Street and return to the Cathedral. There are two stations (one in the parking lot and one on 18th Street) where the Procession will stop for a blessing and song.

There will be no parking available for participants at the Cathedral. Parking will be available at lots on the corner of 16th and Vine Street and 18th and Vine Street. A third parking lot, Gateway Parking Facility, is located at 1550 Vine Street.

Editor's Note: *For full coverage of Mass and Procession the mult-box is available. Trucks connecting to the mult-box must be in place by 9 a.m. as overflow seating will be in the parking lot. Additional cameras have been placed along the Procession route and will be added to the feed. For technical questions please call Daniel Kearns 215-888-0305.

Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Joint Statement From The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia And The Association Of Catholic Teachers

May 29, 2008

Joint Statement
From the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Association of Catholic Teachers

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Association of Catholic Teachers announce that a new, three-year contract agreement has been agreed upon and ratified by the teachers at a General Membership meeting held on May 28, 2008 at 4:30 PM. The agreement takes effect on September 1, 2008 and affects the 930 secondary school teachers in the 20 schools operated by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

In the Fall of 2007, both parties agreed to focus only on financial aspects of the contract in an effort to streamline and to settle the contract prior to the close of school. The negotiating teams met extensively over the last several days in an effort to achieve this goal and the tentative agreement was reached this afternoon.

The agreement provides for salary increases of $1,750, $1,900 and $2,000, representing a raise of approximately 11.9 % over the three years in the contract. The previous agreement provided increases of $1,500 and $1,700.

To address rising medical costs, there will be increases in employee contributions in the first and third year of the contract and there will be a change in the medical plan to increase doctor and prescription co-pays in the second year of the contract. Both sides agreed to promote wellness programs offered by the medical carriers.

We are pleased that these successful contract negotiations will provide assurances to the teachers and to the students and their parents that our schools will open on time this coming September.

For more information about the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia go to www.keepingfaithinmind.org

For Immediate Release: May 28, 2008

Contact:

Donna Farrell
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
215-651-3574 (cell)
215-587-3747 (office)

Rita C. Schwartz
Association of Catholic Teachers
215-407-9688 (cell)
215-568-4175 (office)

Contact
Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

New School To Be Named Pope John Paul Ii High School Cardinal Rigali Announces Name To Hundreds Of Future Students

May 29, 2008

NEW SCHOOL TO BE NAMED POPE JOHN PAUL II HIGH SCHOOL
Cardinal Rigali Announces Name to Hundreds of Future Students

Cardinal Justin Rigali announced today that the new Archdiocesan high school planned for Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County, will be named Pope John Paul II High School. The announcement was made at a Ground Blessing Ceremony on the new school site witnessed by 275 ninth graders who will be part of the first graduating class and over 300 sixth grade students from 11 nearby parishes who will be part of the first freshman class.

The spacious 1,200 student school will be located on a 92-acre property at the intersection of Rittenhouse and Township Line Roads. Construction is scheduled to begin in June 2008 as soon as final government approvals are received, with an opening date of September 2010.

"This is a joyous day for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia," said Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia. "May the Heavenly Father guide those who pass through this school's halls just as He watched over John Paul, inspiring this young man from Poland to live a life of extraordinary grace, gratitude, truth and compassion."

The new high school features more than 30 state of the art classrooms; five science laboratories; three computer laboratories and a library/media resource center. Additionally, each school will have a television studio; a large fine arts center featuring two art studios and choral/band rooms; a large chapel, a 432-seat cafeteria; a 1200-seat auditorium; a 1000-seat main gymnasium, an auxiliary gymnasium and a fitness center. In support of athletic programs, plans also exist for six competition level sports fields, a running track with an all-weather surface and six competition level tennis courts. Pope John Paul II High School has a projected capacity of 1,200 students, will be fully air-conditioned and feature modern security access and surveillance systems.

Additional information for Pope John Paul II High School is available online at www.PJPHS.org. The school's website will be updated as construction progresses. For information on all of the schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, visit www.KeepingFaithinMind.org.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Reverend Alan J. Okon Named President Of New Archdiocesan High School Pope John Paul Ii High School Scheduled To Open In September 2010

May 29, 2008

REVEREND ALAN J. OKON NAMED PRESIDENT OF
NEW ARCHDIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOL
Pope John Paul II High School Scheduled to Open in September 2010

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has named Reverend Alan J. Okon President of Pope John Paul II High School. The new high school is scheduled to open in 2010 in Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County. In addition to leading the development for Pope John Paul II, Father Okon will serve as President of St. Pius X High School in Pottstown, Montgomery County, and Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School in Norristown, Montgomery County. Father Okon has served as President of Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School since 2007.

Additional information for Pope John Paul II High School is available online at www.PJPHS.org. The school's website will be updated as construction progresses. For information on all of the schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, visit www.KeepingFaithinMind.org.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Mayor Nutter, Cardinal Rigali To Host Interfaith Prayer Service For Peace And Healing

May 30, 2008

MAYOR NUTTER, CARDINAL RIGALI TO HOST INTERFAITH PRAYER SERVICE FOR PEACE AND HEALING

The Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia and the Mayor's Office of Faith Based Initiatives will hold an interfaith prayer service to conclude the 30-day period of mourning for Sergeant Stephen Liczbinski. The service to remember all victims of violence will be led by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia.


11:00 a.m.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway



The prayer service will include the presentation of the American flag flying atop City Hall to the Liczbinski family by Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison; sacred scripture readings by Religious Leaders Council members from the Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths; and closing Words of Peace from Mayor Nutter.

At noon, the service will conclude with a procession to the steps of the Cathedral, where Jewish leaders will sound shofars signaling the start of a one-minute citywide silent "Pause for Peace." During the moment of silence, citizens are asked to pause for prayer for all victims and reflect on how they can help end the violence in their communities. The sounding of the shofars at the Cathedral will begin the ringing of church bells and police and fire sirens before the "Pause for Peace."

"This service marks the end of the official 30 day period of mourning for Sergeant Liczbinski, but we will never forget the sacrifice that he made for all of us," said Mayor Nutter. "We will use this opportunity to remember Steve and all of those whose lives have been impacted by violence in our city."


The Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia was formed in 2006 to unite religious leaders, to build relationships of mutual support, to offer a moral and spiritual voice, and to take action on issues of critical concern in our region. The Council has identified the issue of violence as its first priority and has joined hands with the Mayor and leaders of this region to walk the ways of peace.

For those unable to attend the Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace and Healing, it will be streamed live on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia website at www.archphila.org. Editor's Note: An audio and video mult-box feed will be provided in the parking lot of the Cathedral. Please enter on 17th Street, between Race and Vince Streets. Television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral.

The Religious Leaders Council is coordinated by the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia, 3723 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19104, info@interfaithcenterpa.org, 215-222-1012. The Mayor's Office of Faith Based Initiatives was established in 2001 to liaison with Faith Inspired leaders and their organizations on behalf of the Mayor and City of Philadelphia government. The Mayor's Office of Faith Based Initiatives, Suite 400 MSB, 1401 JFK Blvd. Philadelphia, PA, 19102, faithbased@phila.gov, 215-686-3905.


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Luke Butler
Deputy Press Secretary
Office of Mayor Nutter
Cell: 267 438 7119
Office: 215 686 6210

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Kevin Mulligan
Associate Director for Communications
215-587-0534

Archdiocesan High Schools Graduate Almost 5000 Students In June Ceremonies Scheduled Throughout The Five Counties Of The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

May 30, 2008

ARCHDIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOLS GRADUATE ALMOST 5000 STUDENTS IN JUNE
Ceremonies scheduled throughout the five counties of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Almost 5000 young men and women will graduate from twenty Archdiocesan secondary schools in ceremonies scheduled to take place throughout the Philadelphia area in June.

To allow extended family to share in the graduation milestone, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will offer live streaming video at www.archphila.org of graduation Masses at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. The 2008 Archdiocesan high school graduation schedule is as follows:

Monday, June 2, 2008
Archbishop Ryan High School Graduation - 10:00am
Location: Liacouras Center, Temple University, Philadelphia
Presiding: Most Reverend Daniel Thomas, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School Graduation - 10:00am
Location: Gwynnedd-Mercy College, 1325 Sumneytown Pike, Gwynedd Valley, Montgomery County
Presiding: Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Archbishop Wood High School Graduation - 11:00am
Location: Villanova University, Villanova, Delaware County
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor James D. Beisel, Vicar for Bucks County

John W. Hallahan High School Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation -2:30pm
Location: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor Daniel J. Sullivan, Vicar for Philadelphia - South

Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Cardinal Dougherty High School Graduation - 9:30am
Location: Cardinal Dougherty High School Auditorium, 6301 North 2nd Street,?Philadelphia
Presiding: Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

St. Pius X High School Graduation - 10:00am
Location: Immaculata University, 1145 King Road, Immaculata, Chester County
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor Joseph Marino, Vicar for Chester County

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School Graduation - 10:30am
Location: Holy Family University, 9701 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia
Presiding: Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Father Judge High School Graduation - 11:00am
Location:Liacouras Center, Temple University, Philadelphia
Presiding: Most Reverend Daniel Thomas, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Cardinal O'Hara High School Graduation - 2:00pm
Location: Villanova University, Villanova, Delaware County
Presiding: Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

St. Hubert High School Graduation - 3:30pm
Location: Liacouras Center, Temple University, Philadelphia
Presiding: Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Thursday, June 5, 2008
Monsignor Bonner-Archbishop Prendergast High School, Prendergast Division Graduation - 10:00am
Location: Villanova University, Villanova, Delaware County
Presiding: Most Reverend Daniel Thomas, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Northeast Catholic High School Graduation - 1:00pm
Location: Holy Family University, 9701 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia
Presiding: Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Friday, June 6, 2008
Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School Graduation - 9:00am
Location: Liacouris Center, Temple University, Philadelphia
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor Herbert A. Bevard, Vicar for Philadelphia -North

Bishop McDevitt High School Graduation - 10:00am
Location: Arcadia University, 2316 Fairhill Avenue, Glenside, Montgomery County
Presiding: Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Bishop Shanahan High School Graduation - 10:00am
Location: Bishop Shanahan High School Auditorium, 220 Woodbine Road, Downingtown, Chester County
Presiding: Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Lansdale Catholic High School Graduation - 10:00am
Location:Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Ferry Road, Doylestown, Bucks County
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor Arthur E. Rodgers, Vicar for Montgomery County

Monsignor Bonner-Archbishop Prendergast High School, Bonner Division Graduation - 10:00am
Location: Villanova University, Villanova, Delaware County
Presiding: Dr. Richard McCarron, Secretary for Catholic Education

Archbishop Carroll High School Graduation - 11:00am
Location: Cabrini College, 610 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, Delaware County
Presiding: Reverend Monsignor John E. Breslin, Vicar for Delaware County

Little Flower High School Graduation - 2:00pm
Location: Holy Family University, 9701 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia
Presiding: Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Roman Catholic High School Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation - 6:30pm
Location: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul,18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Presiding: Reverend John Ames, Deputy Secretary for Catechetical Formation

Saturday, June 7, 2008
West Catholic High School Graduation - 9:30 am
Location: West Catholic High School, 4501 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Presiding: Dr. Richard McCarron, Secretary for Catholic Education

For information on all of the schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, visit www.KeepingFaithinMind.org.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Drexel Neumann Academy Graduation Integrating Gospel Values With Academic Excellence In A Multicultural Environment

June 4, 2008

DREXEL NEUMANN ACADEMY GRADUATION
Integrating Gospel values with academic excellence in a multicultural environment

Drexel Neumann Academy is a Catholic school located in Chester, Pennsylvania. The Drexel Neumann Academy is co-sponsored by Neumann College, Saint Katharine Drexel Parish, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and the Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia.

Drexel Neumann Academy is an independent school with a Franciscan charism. In the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi, we see Christ in each other and seek to be witnesses of the Gospel message.

On June 10th at 6:30 p.m. Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden will celebrate liturgy at Saint Katharine Drexel Parish in Chester, PA. Diplomas and awards will be distributed by the school principal, Sr. Cathy McGowan, SSJ in the parish hall after the Mass.

Drexel Neumann Academy will have 27 students graduating, the majority of which will be attending Catholic high schools. Some students have received scholarships to attend high schools of their choice.

Registration for the 2008-2009 school year is nearly completed, with waiting lists for most of the grades.

For more information about Drexel Neumann Academy please contact Sr. Maggie Gannon at 610-872-7370 or mgannon@osfphila.org.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Is Recognized With National Award For The Second Year In A Row

June 6, 2008

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA IS RECOGNIZED WITH
NATIONAL AWARD FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW

The 2008 Lumen Gentium Award was presented by the national Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development (CPPCD) to four authors, including Dr. Robert J. Miller, Director of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Research and Planning, for A National Study of Recent Diocesan Efforts at Parish Reorganizations in the United States: Pathways for the Church of the 21st Century. The award was presented at the CPPCD's national meeting held in late April in Orlando, Florida. In previous years, the Lumen Gentium Award recognized individuals for their work and this year the recipients represent a group of people that worked on a research publication.

The 2003 study was the first nationwide survey of dioceses and parishes regarding structural and leadership changes in parishes. A copy of the study was provided to every diocese in the country. The findings have inspired the CPPCD to pursue further research in Multi-Parish Pastoring. For more information about the Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development, please visit www.cppcd.org.

Robert J. Miller, Ed.D, Director of the Office for Research and Planning, said, "For me the importance of the Lumen Gentium award this year was that it recognized an important empirical study that clearly documents the trends to restructure parishes in many dioceses in the U.S. that has been going on at least since the mid 1990's. With this research, Church leadership will be better able to assess what needs to be done to do these restructurings well and ensure a strong Catholic Church in the future." Dr. Miller is a member of Saint James Parish in Elkins Park, Montgomery County.

The term "parish reorganization" pertains to both structural changes to parishes themselves (mergers, closings, establishment of new parishes, and the "linking" or "clustering" of parishes) and to changes in parish administration (change from a resident pastor to a non-resident pastor, entrusting a parish to a team of priests, or to the assignment of parish life coordinators).

This is the second year in a row that the Office for Research and Planning was honored with this award. Last year they were recognized for their leadership initiative and creativity in responding to planning changing parish and diocesan needs. For more information about the Office for Research and Planning please visit http://archphila.org/pastplan/index.htm.

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Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary Community To Make Pilgrimage To Quebec, Canada For The 49th International Eucharistic Congress

June 16, 2008

SAINT CHARLES BORROMEO SEMINARY COMMUNITY TO MAKE PILGRIMAGE TO QUEBEC, CANADA FOR THE 49TH INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary will send five priests and twenty-six seminarians, twenty-three from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, to Quebec, Canada for the 49th International Eucharistic Congress on Monday, June 16, 2008 at 7:30 a.m. The group is expected to arrive in Montreal in the early evening, where they will celebrate Mass at St. Joseph Oratory. Following the celebration, they will then travel Quebec City for the week-long event. This Congress will be celebrated during the year marking the 400th Anniversary of foundation of Quebec City, seat of the first Catholic Diocese north of Mexico.

An International Eucharistic Congress is a gathering of the universal Church, in order to celebrate Jesus living and present in the Eucharist, the source and summit of evangelization and center of the life of the Church. The Congress pilgrims will gather for a week of celebrations from June 15 to 22, 2008, at the "Eucharistic City" (ExpoCité) where most of the Congress events will take place. The theme of the Congress is "The Eucharist, gift of God for the life of the world," and a rich variety of activities will help pilgrims to embrace this theme through solemn liturgies, catechesis, special activities for youth and families, and various artistic and cultural events.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096
Departure time approximately 7:30 a.m.
Interview Availability 7:10 a.m.


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Daniel Skalksi
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
610-785-6219

Monsignor James Howard To Receive First Keys And Sword Award <italics>fund Established To Foster Programs At Cathedral Basilica</italics>

June 17, 2008

MONSIGNOR JAMES HOWARD TO RECEIVE FIRST KEYS AND SWORD AWARD

Fund Established to Foster Programs at Cathedral Basilica

Reverend Monsignor James J. Howard, Rector Emeritus of the Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter & Paul, will receive the inaugural Keys and Sword Award at a luncheon June 29 at the Sheraton Hotel.
Proceeds will go toward the establishment of the "Keys & Sword Fund" to foster programs highlighting the Sacred Music and Visitors Programs and strengthening the artistic and historical significance of the Cathedral to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia.

Sunday, June 29, 2008
11 a.m. Mass, Luncheon to follow
The Sheraton Hotel
17th & Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA


The Keys & Sword Award of the Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter and Paul is named after the symbols of the patron saints of the Cathedral. The award, bestowed by the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is being established to recognize individuals whose actions reflect the Gospel values of faith, valor, selfless service, personal sacrifice and commitment to others and the community.

"Monsignor Howard is legendary as a priest of Philadelphia," said Monsignor Michael T. McCulken, assistant vicar for administration and rector of the Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter and Paul. "His long tenure as rector of the Cathedral Basilica and his dedication to offering spiritual assistance to police and fire fighters over many decades are two hallmarks of his priestly service to the Lord Jesus and the Church. His easy manner and interest in people's spiritual welfare has endeared him not only to parishioners, but to all who have received his priestly ministry."

Biographical information: Msgr. Howard is the longest serving rector in the history of the Cathedral Basilica, spanning 27 years from 1973 to 2000. While rector, he was instrumental in having the Cathedral designated a Basilica after the 41st International Eucharistic Congress held in Philadelphia in 1976. Prior to 1973, Msgr. Howard served as principal at Cardinal Dougherty High School from 1968-73, after eight years on the Dougherty faculty. He previously taught Theology at Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill. During his tenure as rector, Msgr. Howard was chaplain of the League of the Sacred Heart of the Police and Fire Departments of Philadelphia; the Police Chiefs' Assn. of Southeastern Pa.; the Phila. Serra Club for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life; and served on the Boards of Hahnemann Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital and Roman Catholic High School.

To become a sponsor or reserve tickets ($75) online go to www.sspeterpaulcathedral.catholicweb.com.


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Kevin Mulligan
Associate Director for Communications
215-587-3747

Archdiocesan High School Graduates Receive $243 Million In Scholarships Highest Total Ever For The 20 High Schools 94% Of Graduates Headed For College

June 17, 2008

ARCHDIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES RECEIVE $243 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS
HIGHEST TOTAL EVER FOR THE 20 HIGH SCHOOLS

94% OF GRADUATES HEADED FOR COLLEGE

Surpassing all previous records, the Class of 2008 has been offered $243 million in scholarships. 4,889 young men and women graduated from the 20 high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia this June. Over 94% of the Class of 2008 will continue their education.

"We are proud of our seniors and grateful to their families who have worked tirelessly to provide the gift of Catholic education," said Dr. Richard McCarron, Secretary for Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. "The tremendous financial support these students have been offered allows them to pursue greater academic challenge and success, and we are confident that the character development and faith formation we emphasize in our schools will guide them through the future."

The class of 2007 received $210 million in college scholarships according to the Office of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Since 2000, Archdiocesan graduates have received well over $1 billion in scholarships.

For information on all of the schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, visit www.KeepingFaithinMind.org.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3474

Saint Francis De Sales Parish: United By The Most Blessed Sacrament Celebrates First Official Weekend Masses As One Parish

July 3, 2008

SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES PARISH: UNITED BY THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT CELEBRATES FIRST OFFICIAL WEEKEND MASSES AS ONE PARISH

The merger of Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Southwest Philadelphia and Saint Francis de Sales Parish in West Philadelphia took effect on Tuesday, July 1, 2008. The new name of the parish is Saint Francis de Sales Parish: United by the Most Blessed Sacrament. Masses will be celebrated on Saturday, July 5, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, July 6, 2008 at 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 10:45 a.m. at Saint Francis de Sales Church.

Reverend Zachary Navit, Pastor of the new Saint Francis de Sales Parish: United by the Most Blessed Sacrament, said, "Through a better use of our resources, the Catholic Church can better serve the needs of the people of West and Southwest Philadelphia. A renewed emphasis on evangelization and service shown through outreach will mark the beginning of the merged parish, Saint Francis de Sales Parish: United by the Most Blessed Sacrament."

The Proposed Parish Pastoral Plan was submitted in September 2007 by Father Navit along with the joint Parish Pastoral Councils and the Parish Finance Council of both parishes. The recommendation was based upon declining Catholic populations in the area and parish resources. The number of parishioners at Most Blesses Sacrament Parish declined from 878 in 2001 to approximately 300 in 2007. Once the recommendation was accepted by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, in December 2007, Unity Masses and fellowship socials were held to help parishioners come to know one another. The farewell Mass for Most Blessed Sacrament was celebrated in November 2007 and the main altar from Most Blessed Sacrament has been moved to Saint Francis de Sales Church as a sign of unity.

Background:
In 1999, as part of the Archdiocesan Planning for Cluster 33, West and Southwest Philadelphia, Most Blessed Sacrament Parish and Saint Francis de Sales Parish were "twinned" and began to share a Pastor. Although the parishes remained independent and canonically distinct, in 2004 the business and administrative functions were consolidated and located at Saint Francis de Sales.

The goal throughout the process of merging the parishes has been to enable the Catholic Church to maintain itself and become more present, vibrant and viable in West and Southwest Philadelphia and to serve its communities and parishioners in a more effective manner.

For more information about Saint Francis de Sales Parish: United by the Most Blessed Sacrament please visit www.saintfrancisdesales.net.

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Meredith Wilson
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Franciscan Friars Leave Service At Archbishop Ryan High School

July 8, 2008

FRANCISCAN FRIARS LEAVE SERVICE
AT ARCHBISHOP RYAN HIGH SCHOOL

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has received notice from the Franciscan Friars of the Assumption Province, who have helped to staff Archbishop Ryan High School since its founding, of the conclusion of the Franciscans' commitment to the school. After forty-one years of service by the Franciscans at Ryan, Provincial Minister, Reverend Leslie Hoppe, O.F.M. said the diminishing number of priests and brothers in their congregation no longer permits them to serve at the school in Northeast Philadelphia. (One priest, Father Rene Barzczk, O.F.M., will remain at the school as Development Director.)

In this past school year, seven friars served at Ryan. Earlier this school year, the Franciscans informed the school of their intent to conclude their service. Faculty and staff members were notified in December of the change and a letter to alumni from Father Hoppe was included in a recent alumni newsletter.
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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
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Over 500 Youth Gather For Local World Youth Day At The National Shrine Of Our Lady Of Czestochowa

July 9, 2008

OVER 500 YOUTH GATHER FOR LOCAL WORLD YOUTH DAY
AT THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA

The Office for Youth and Young Adults of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will host over 500 youth from Saturday, July 19, 2008 to Sunday, July 20, 2008 for Local World Youth Day at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Bucks County. The youth will begin their pilgrimage from Saint Jude Parish, 321 West Butler Road, Chalfont, Bucks County at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2008 to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, 654 Ferry Road, Doylestown, Bucks County (approximately 4.6 miles).

The purpose of hosting "Local World Youth Day" is to provide an opportunity to those who are unable make the journey to Sydney, Australia to participate in World Youth Day 2008. World Youth Day 2008 is a pilgrimage of faith, where young people from diverse backgrounds meet and experience the love of God.

Those attending Local World Youth Day will participate in various spiritual activities such as walking rosary, adoration, lighted evening prayer and procession. They will also watch on a jumbotron the delayed broadcast of Pope Benedict XVI's message which he will deliver to the thousands attending World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Australia. Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will speak to those gathered via taped message. His Eminence is attending the World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney.

Monsignor James D. Beisel, Regional Vicar for Bucks County, will be the celebrant and homilist for the Closing Mass for Local World Youth Day. All are welcome to attend.


Sunday, July 20, 2008
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Closing Mass for Local World Youth Day
National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa
654 Ferry Road
Doylestown, Bucks County 18901


World Youth Day was established by Pope John Paul II in 1986 as an annual event to reach out to the youth of the world. It is an invitation from the Pope to the youth of the world to celebrate their faith around a particular theme. The theme for World Youth Day 2008 is "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witness." Acts 1:8.

For more information on Local World Youth Day please visit www.oyya.org/localwyd.html.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
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Cardinal Rigali Appoints Joseph J. Sweeney, Jr. As Secretary For Catholic Human Services

July 9, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI APPOINTS JOSEPH J. SWEENEY, JR.
AS SECRETARY FOR CATHOLIC HUMAN SERVICES

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announces that Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has appointed Mr. Joseph J. Sweeney, Jr. as Secretary for Catholic Human Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Mr. Sweeney is the first lay person to hold the post and succeeds Monsignor Joseph A. Tracy, whom the Cardinal appointed as Pastor of Saint Stanislaus Parish in Lansdale. Mr. Sweeney had been Deputy Secretary and Chief Executive Officer for Catholic Health Care Services (CHCS). As Secretary for Catholic Human Services, Mr. Sweeney will oversee Catholic Social Services and Catholic Health Care Services, the Office for Community Development and Nutritional Development Services.

Mr. Sweeney said, "I am honored and humbled in being named by Cardinal Rigali as the new Secretary for Catholic Human Services. The programs and facilities comprising this Secretariat have a long and illustrious history of care, compassion and healing; deeply rooted in the mission of the Church in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. This appointment is both a privilege and an opportunity to continue to live my faith through my work."

Mr. Sweeney has been part of Catholic Human Services for the past 23 years beginning at St. Francis Country House in Darby, Delaware County where he was Director of Finance and later an Assistant Administrator for Support Services and Finance. He also served as Chief Financial Officer of CHCS in its administrative offices in Lansdale, Montgomery County and Deputy Secretary for Catholic Health Care Services since November 2004. Mr. Sweeney has a B.S. in Accounting from LaSalle University, an M.B.A. from Duquesne University and a license in Nursing Home Administration. He is a member of the Finance Committee of Catholic Social Services and is on the board of Sacred Heart Manor and the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart in Yardley. Mr. Sweeney and his wife Agnes live in Richboro, Bucks County.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Office Of Catholic Education Announces New Staff Appointments Mary Rochford Named First Female Superintendent Of Schools

July 15, 2008

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION ANNOUNCES NEW STAFF APPOINTMENTS
Mary Rochford Named First Female Superintendent of Schools

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced today several staff appointments in its Office of Catholic Education. Chief among these is the promotion of Mary Rochford, from Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Educational Services to Superintendent of Schools. In her new position, Rochford will oversee all Catholic elementary, secondary, and special education schools. Currently there are 182 elementary schools, 20 high schools, and 5 schools of special education in the Archdiocese, located throughout Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

"The Archdiocese is blessed to have such a gifted administrator assisting in the leadership of our Catholic schools," said Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia. "Ms. Rochford is an exceptional educator who inspires our students, teachers and administrators with her faith and unwavering commitment to Catholic education. I am confident that she will bring the same enthusiasm and devotion to her new role as Superintendent of Schools."

Rochford holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College in Chestnut Hill, PA, and a Master of Education in Administration degree from Boston College. After serving in teaching and administrative capacities in parish schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and North Carolina for more than 25 years, Rochford joined the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education in 1999. She holds both teacher and principal certifications from the state of Pennsylvania, and is a member of the National Catholic Education Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and Phi Delta Kappa, an international association for professional educators.

"I have had the privilege of working very closely with Mary for many years," said Dr. Richard McCarron, Secretary for Catholic Education. "Mary has extraordinary leadership talents, academic vision, and the ability to engage others in dialogue to guarantee the advancement of the mission of Catholic education. But what strikes me most about Mary is her deep faith and witness to Gospel values. The students, faculty, administrators, and parents of this Archdiocese of Philadelphia are blessed to have a Superintendent of Schools who will nurture and support the Catholic identity and faith formation of each of our Catholic schools."

"I consider my new role as Superintendent of Schools to be a tremendous chance for professional growth and spiritual fulfillment," Rochford said. "I look forward to the exciting work ahead, and I am grateful for the opportunity bestowed on me by God and Cardinal Rigali, Bishop Joseph McFadden, and Dr. Richard McCarron."


The following staff appointments were also announced by the Office of Catholic Education:
- Deborah Bachor, from Director of Elementary Educational Services, to Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Educational Services
- Eileen Wilson, from Principal of Saint Elizabeth School, to Director of Elementary Educational Services
- Jason Budd, from Athletic Director at Father Judge High School and former Assistant Principal for Student Services at Father Judge High School, to Director of Secondary School Student Services

For information on all of the schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, visit www.KeepingFaithinMind.org.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Statement <italics>regarding Allegation Against Reverend Gerard J Hoffman</italics>

July 28, 2008

STATEMENT
Regarding Allegation Against Reverend Gerard J Hoffman


Cardinal Justin Rigali has received an allegation that Reverend Gerard J. Hoffman sexually abused a minor more than 30 years ago. Cardinal Rigali has relieved Father Hoffman of his assignment pending formal investigation.

This is the first allegation of sexual abuse of a minor that the Archdiocese has received regarding Father Hoffman. Since 2002, he has been assigned as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Doylestown, Bucks County. Father Hoffman is no longer residing at the parish rectory as of a week ago.

An announcement was made this past weekend at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish regarding Father Hoffman. Counselors from the Archdiocese Victim Assistance Office were available after Masses and parishioners were urged to contact the Archdiocese Victims Assistance Coordinators at 1-888-800-8780 or the Network of Victim Assistance of Bucks County if they had concerns or if anyone wished to make a report of the sexual abuse of a minor.

Father Hoffman was ordained in 1973. Since that time he has served in the following parishes/schools prior to his assignment at Our Lady of Mount Carmel: St. Teresa of Avila, Valley Forge; St. Basil the Great, Kimberton; St. Isaac Jogues, Wayne; King of Peace, Philadelphia; St. John the Evangelist, Philadelphia; assistant pastor at Cathedral Basilica SS. Peter and Paul; faculty member at St. Pius X High School, Pottstown; Saint John Neumann High School, Philadelphia; and Roman Catholic High School, Philadelphia.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia recognizes that this public notice may be painful to those who have experienced sexual abuse within the Church. If someone needs assistance please contact the Victim Assistance Office for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 1-888-800-8780.


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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
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Philadelphia Summer Food Program Celebrates Peace Day And The Serving Of Their "millionth Meal" Of The Summer

July 31, 2008

Philadelphia Summer Food Program Celebrates Peace Day and the Serving of Their "Millionth Meal" of the summer

WHAT: The Office of Nutritional Development Services will be hosting their Annual Peace Day Celebration. This year, Peace Day also coincides with that the Philadelphia Summer Food Program will be serving their "Millionth Meal."

The Peace Day Celebration with begin with students saying the Pledge of Allegiance and singing peace songs. A few campers will share what their 'Piece' is in the 'Peace Puzzle.' After the brief program, lunch will be provided and the children will spend the rest of the afternoon creating peace crafts.

Sanctuary is one of over 600 sites who have been a part of the Philadelphia Summer Food Program. The Philadelphia Summer Food Program is a collaboration between the Housing Authority, Office of Nutritional Development Services and the Department of Recreation. Every day, over 41,000 meals (breakfast and lunch) are distributed to 23,000 children in the city. For over 30 years, this program has been a safety net for children and families throughout Philadelphia.


WHO: --- 40 Campers and Staff Members
--- Office of Nutritional Development Services
--- Philadelphia Summer Food Service Staff Members

WHEN: Thursday, July 31
11 a.m.

WHERE: Sanctuary Christian Day Camp
5923 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19139

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
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Don Guanella School To Host 10th Annual Nba Referee Clinic

July 31, 2008


DON GUANELLA SCHOOL TO HOST
10TH ANNUAL NBA REFEREE CLINIC

Don Guanella School, along with five NBA referees, will host the 10th annual NBA Referee Clinic. Don Guanella School is a facility operated by Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in Springfield, Delaware County, for boys with a wide variety of disabilities ranging in age from five to 21. The National Basketball Association referees, who will work with the students of Don Guanella, are Joe Crawford, Steve Javie, Duke Callahan, Mark Wunderlick, and Ed Malloy. The referees' families will also be on hand to give out NBA items such as hats, jackets, t-shirts and basketballs to the young men.

Monday, August 4, 2008
1:00 p.m.
Cardinal Krol Center Gym
Route 320
Springfield, Delaware County



The referees will conduct basketball drills in passing, dribbling and shooting. In addition to the clinic some of the special needs students will participate in a "referee imitation" contest and other competitions. The day will conclude with water ice.


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Editor's note: For more information, please contact Robert Neely, Activities Director at Don Guanella School, at 610-543-1418, Ext. 309 OR (cell) 484-716-5131



For more information about the Archdiocese of Philadelphia please visit www.archphila.org


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Bonnie Olinger
Communications Assistant
215-587-3747

Statement Regarding Allegations Against Reverend Dennis Killion, O.s.f.s.

August 5, 2008

STATEMENT
Regarding Allegations Against Reverend Dennis Killion, O.S.F.S.

The Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, a religious order, today notified the Archdiocese of Philadelphia of allegations of sexual abuse against Rev. Dennis Killion, O.S.F.S. from the time when he taught at Salesianum School in Delaware approximately twenty years ago. Fr. Killion's planned assignment to Saint Bede the Venerable Parish in Holland, Bucks County in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia had just been announced in the parish this past Sunday. He was scheduled to begin serving and residing at the parish on August 18, 2008.

Upon learning today of the allegations from the Oblates, Cardinal Justin Rigali immediately withdrew his approval for Fr. Killion to serve at Saint Bede the Venerable Parish and anywhere within the Archdiocese. The Oblates this morning also informed the Archdiocese that Fr. Killion has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Father Killion had previously served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as Assistant Principal of Archbishop Wood Boys High School in Warminster, Bucks County (1986-1990) and as a faculty member at Father Judge High School in Philadelphia (1991-2006). The Archdiocese has never before received any allegation against Father Killion.

While serving within the Archdiocese, Fr. Killion completed the screening procedures of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, including the appropriate police and child abuse background checks, and received a positive recommendation and clearance from the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia recognizes that this public notice may be painful to those who have been abused. If anyone needs assistance please contact the Victim Assistance Office for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 1-888-800-8780.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali Appoints New President And Principal To Lansdale Catholic High School

August 18, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI APPOINTS NEW PRESIDENT AND PRINCIPAL
TO LANSDALE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

His Eminence, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia has appointed Mr. James W. Casey as the fourth President of Lansdale Catholic and Mr. Timothy P. Quinn as its fourteenth Principal, effective immediately.

Mr. Casey has served since 1990 at Lansdale Catholic as the school's Director of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs. He has also overseen all aspects of school's marketing and recruiting efforts. During his 18 years at LC, he has served on various committees for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and is currently a member of the Building Committee for the new high school in Hilltown, scheduled to open in September 2012. He is a 1974 graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School and 1978 graduate of Spring Garden College. He also has an Advanced Certificate in NonProfit Management Excellence from the NonProfit Center of LaSalle University. He and his wife Rosemary have three sons and reside in Cheltenham, PA. They are active members of Presentation BVM Parish in Cheltenham.

Mr. Quinn is a 1995 graduate of Lansdale Catholic High School. This fall he begins his tenth year of service as an educator and administrator in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He has served as the Assistant Principal for Student Services at Lansdale Catholic since 2004. In this role, he has provided oversight of the school's guidance, health, and attendance programs, as well as student discipline. Prior to his return to Lansdale Catholic, Mr. Quinn was a teacher at St. Hubert Catholic High School and the head football coach at Northeast Catholic High School, which are both located in Philadelphia. Mr. Quinn has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Delaware Valley College and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from St. Joseph's University. He and his wife Katie are active members of St. Stanislaus Parish, and are expecting their fifth child very soon.

"These are exciting and forward looking times for LC," said Mr. Casey. "We have wonderful parents who support our school in many ways and along with the support of our alumni; this promises to be the beginning of a great time for LC."

"I look forward to continue working with our loyal and dedicated faculty and staff," said Mr. Quinn. "As we continue to follow our mission of 'teaching values for life', we also will pursue new academic initiatives as we focus on our opening of the Hilltown site in September 2012."

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Learn To Shelter Training Project Ground Breaking Ceremony

August 21, 2008

Learn To Shelter Training Project Ground Breaking Ceremony

The Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center (CBCC), a site under the division of Community Based Services of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is hosting a dedication and ground breaking ceremony for the new Learn to Shelter Training Program. The kick-off event will be held on Friday, August 22, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. at the CBCC (2646 Kensington Ave.)The ceremony will conclude with the ground breaking at a new project site behind the center at 2621 Potter Street. The CBCC and the Leadership Camp participants will honor Mr. John McFadden for this project. His vision of service and youth leadership development for local youth has continued to make this program a continued success year after year.

The Learn To Shelter Training Program is a new initiative of The Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center (CBCC) to create projects for a hands-on training program to encourage the youth of the Kensington area to stay in school, to assist those who have dropped out of school to re-apply themselves to developing skills to gain meaningful employment and to create a training program that can be used by other organizations.

The CBCC will house the weekly training sessions beginning August 26. The current project site preparations on the Potter Street lot are being done by the area's young men attending the Leadership Camp that is part of the Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center's after-school and summer camp programs.

The Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center of Catholic Social Services recognizes the need to keep our youth in school and to help them to exceed in the classroom, to help those who want to return to learning or to continue their education and to assist the economic development of the Kensington area.
The ground-breaking and dedication for the Learn to Shelter's initial projects are for their workshop and for a greenhouse proto-type. Both structures will be used for hands-on training, to learn product improvement processes and teamwork development. The Learn to Shelter program will use these small projects to introduce the principles of the Project Management Institute and Total Quality management standards as a preparation for meaningful employment for the increasingly demanding skilled positions in industry.

The Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center, which opened in November 2003, provides social, cultural, educational, and enrichment services and programs consistent with human dignity and family life. The Center welcomes all community members without regard to religion, gender, race, creed, or national origin. The CBCC is located in the Kensington neighborhood of North Philadelphia and is accessible by public transportation.

For more information on the Learn to Shelter Training Program, contact Estela Reyes-Bugg at 215.426.9422, fax 215.426.9426, or write to 2646 Kensington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
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Priest Removed From The Clerical State

August 28, 2008

PRIEST REMOVED FROM THE CLERICAL STATE

The Holy See has notified the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that the request of John H. Mulholland to be removed from the clerical state was granted. In 2005, an allegation of sexual abuse involving a minor by John Mulholland was reported to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and his ministry was restricted. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia investigated the allegation, which was subsequently substantiated, and he sought removal from the clerical state.

John Mulholland functioned as a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from May 1965 to September 2005, during which time he served in the following parishes: Saint Patrick, Kennett Square; Saint Joseph, Warrington; Saint Anastasia, Newtown Square; Blessed Virgin Mary, Darby; Holy Child, Philadelphia (closed 1993); Stella Maris, Philadelphia; Saint Francis of Assisi, Norristown; Immaculate Conception, Levittown; and Saint Dominic, Philadelphia. He also served as Chaplain, Immaculate Mary Home, Philadelphia.

Removal from the clerical state means that, in accord with canon law, John Mulholland is no longer incardinated in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and he is unable to function as a priest anywhere.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia recognizes that this public notice may be painful to those who have been abused. If anyone needs assistance please contact the Victim Assistance Office for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 1-888-800-8780.

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Donna M. Farrell
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The Office Of Catholic Education Responds To Charges Filed Against Teacher At Saint Monica School In Berwyn, Chester County

August 28, 2008

The Office of Catholic Education Responds
to Charges Filed Against Teacher at Saint Monica School in Berwyn, Chester County

Today, we learned of the existence of an investigation that culminated in child pornography charges against one of our teachers, Mr. Jerome Bennett III. Ms. Mary E. Rochford, Superintendent for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, said, "We are extremely upset and seriously disheartened by this situation. We take great pride in our protection efforts of young people and this is devastating. The school will inform parents today by e-mail of the investigation and arrest and will cooperate fully with authorities. In fact, the Pastor of Saint Monica Parish in Berwyn, Reverend William Trader, asked the FBI to immediately examine school computers as a precautionary measure. The safety and well-being of our students is our greatest concern. We work every day to provide the most complete spiritual, educational, nurturing and safe environment for the young people who attend our schools."

Mr. Bennett was the school technology teacher and the seventh and eighth grade science teacher at Saint Monica in Berwyn for the past nine years. He had the required criminal background checks and child abuse clearances. He also had attended the mandated Archdiocesan Safe Environment training. Prior to coming to Saint Monica in Berwyn, Mr. Bennett taught at Saint Bernadette Parish School in Drexel Hill, Delaware County (1993-1998). His contract will not be renewed at Saint Monica School in Berwyn nor will he ever be hired at any school in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Saint Monica Parish School in Berwyn, Chester County is one of 182 elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. This school and all of the schools of the Archdiocese are dedicated to improving efforts to protect young people.


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Donna M. Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Opens Academic Year With New Facilities, Programs & Student Resources Special Back-to-school Events Planned Throughout Five-county Area

August 29, 2008

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA OPENS ACADEMIC YEAR WITH
NEW FACILITIES, PROGRAMS & STUDENT RESOURCES
Special Back-to-School Events Planned Throughout Five-County Area

80,000 students who attend 182 parish and regional elementary schools, 20 high schools and five schools of special education within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will head back to classrooms on Wednesday, September 3, 2008. Since its founding, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has educated more than 15 million students, providing academic and faith formation rooted in the Gospel values.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's elementary curriculum development and training is being heralded in other dioceses around the country and the world as innovative, challenging and effective. In the 2007-2008 academic year, Archdiocesan elementary students scored between 20 and 25 points higher than the national mean on the basic skills portions of the Terra Nova testing. This summer, more than 1,000 educators participated in workshops to enhance their teaching and testing methods. Sister Edward Quinn, I.H.M., Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction has been approached by other Catholic educators in areas such as San Francisco, Atlanta, Germany and South America to present on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's curriculum.

Numerous back-to-school special events are planned throughout the Archdiocese to welcome students, their families and multiple new facilities:

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 7:30 a.m to 8:30 a.m.
St. Matthew Parish School, 3040 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia
The Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, will welcome the elementary students and parents on the first day of classes as part of "Mayor's Education Week."

Monday, September 8, 2008 at 8 a.m.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School, Limerick, 1228 Main Street, Limerick, Montgomery County
A brand new wireless Education Center will open, offering educational opportunities through a $70,000 science lab and an integrated technology lab. The new curriculum includes advanced math, Spanish and French. The enthusiasm generated by this new facility has resulted in a 40% increase in enrollment in the School program and 35 children are enrolled in the new Child Care program.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 10 a.m
Our Lady of Port Richmond, 3236 Edgemont Street, Philadelphia
Elementary students in the Port Richmond area of Philadelphia will celebrate the opening of a new school, Our Lady of Port Richmond, located at the former site of St. Adalbert Catholic elementary school. Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will preside over a blessing and ribbon cutting at the new school. The school, located at the intersection of Thompson and Madison Streets in Philadelphia, is a regional Catholic elementary school serving the families of St. Adalbert, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Our Lady, Help of Christians parish communities.

Monday, September 22, 2008 at 7 p.m.
Saint Helena Parish School, 1499 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, Montgomery County
Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will bless and dedicate the school's new addition.

Mary E. Rochford, the first female Superintendent of Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will visit her alma maters, St. Athanasius-Immaculate Conception elementary school, 7105 Limekiln Pike, Philadelphia and Cardinal Dougherty High School, 6301 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, to celebrate the opening of the school year. (times are below)

"The Office of Catholic Education has so much to celebrate with the start of the new school year," said Rochford. "Every academic year brings new opportunities for our teachers and students to thrive, spiritually and intellectually, and we have many exciting new programs and resources to help make that happen this year."

New offerings for Archdiocesan students include "Picturing America," a project sponsored by the National Endowment for Humanities, which provides schools with large replicas of historic American artwork to encourage the development of higher level thinking skills. The Archdiocesan schools are also enhancing the science curriculum with fully-equipped science labs and partnerships with the Please Touch Museum and the Franklin Institute.

In May 2008, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Association of Catholic Teachers announced that a new, three-year contract agreement has been agreed upon and ratified by the teachers. The agreement takes effect on September 1, 2008 and affects the 930 secondary school teachers in the 20 schools operated by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

In June 2008, 4,889 young men and women graduated from the 20 high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Class of 2008 was offered $243 million in scholarships, surpassing all previous records for the Archdiocese, and more than 94% of the Class of 2008 will continue their education.


ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA BACK-TO-SCHOOL NEWS & EVENTS

20 Catholic high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, located in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, will participate in The FACE Program: Fostering Awareness of Catholic Education. Students from each school will serve as public spokespeople and community ambassadors, touting the unique benefits of Catholic education. An orientation retreat for the 200 students will take place at Cardinal O'Hara High School, 1701 South Sproul Road, Springfield, Delaware County, on Saturday, September 27, 2008, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and feature notable alumni keynote speakers.

Archbishop Ryan High School, 11201 Academy Road, Philadelphia, is pleased to announce that Sr. Alice Hess, I.H.M. has been named by the US Department of Education as a 2008 American Star of Teaching. She is one of five teachers in the nation to receive recognition this year. She will be honored in Washington, D.C. on Friday, September 26, 2008 as part of the National Private Schools Leadership Conference.

Cardinal Dougherty High School, 6301 North 2nd St, Philadelphia, welcomes Dougherty graduate and new Superintendent of Schools, Mary E. Rochford, for a first day prayer service with the incoming freshman class on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 8 a.m.

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, 611 Wistar Rd, Fairless Hills, Bucks County and Archbishop Wood High School, 655 York Rd, Warminster, Bucks County will host a guest teacher from China to serve as an Authentic Cultural Resource. Ma Qiaozheng will begin teaching both language and cultural courses, splitting her time between both schools.

Lansdale Catholic High School, 700 Lansdale Avenue, Montgomery County, is partnering students and teachers with diocesan elementary schools in the area to build a deeper understanding of science concepts and skills. Scientists from local companies are being invited to share their expertise with students.

Saint Helena Parish School, 1499 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, Montgomery County, Cardinal Justin Rigali will dedicate and bless the school's new addition on Monday, September 22, 2008 at 7 p.m.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School, Limerick, 1228 Main Street, Limerick, Montgomery County, is opening a brand new Education Center on Monday, September 8, 2008. This wireless community will offer educational opportunities through a $70,000 science lab and an integrated technology lab. The new curriculum includes advanced math, Spanish and French. The enthusiasm generated by this new facility has resulted in a 40% increase in enrollment in the School program and 35 children are enrolled in the new Child Care program.

Saint Titus Elementary School, 3000 Keenwood Road, Montgomery County, commends its chapter of the Beta Club for donating 300 hours of service this summer, and pledging to donate 30 hours per student annually.

Our Lady of Port Richmond, 3236 Edgemont Street, Philadelphia, will celebrate the school's opening with a blessing and ribbon cutting by Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, on Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 10 a.m.

St. Athanasius-Immaculate Conception elementary school, 7105 Limekiln Pike, Philadelphia, welcomes alumna and new Superintendent of Schools, Mary E. Rochford on Friday, September 5, 2008 at 9 a.m. to speak with students about the importance of fully engaging in their Catholic school experience.

Saint Bernard Parish School, 7360 Jackson Street, Philadelphia, will reveal its commitment to creating peace in schools, homes, communities and the world with Mass and ceremony on Friday, September 5, 2008 at 8:30 a.m. The school is constructing a Place of Peace to initiate the 2008-2009 school theme, "Saint Bernard Students: Building a More Peaceful World." The Place of Peace will feature a peace bench, flowers, plaque and 15-foot Peace Pole. Saint Bernard's fundraising events for this year will benefit two former students who are also war veterans.

Saint Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments, 4251 "L" Street, Philadelphia, celebrates the opening of "Blind Sight Presents Another View," a collection of artwork, on Sunday, September 28, 2008 at the Middletown Arts Center. The children of Saint Lucy Day School created works for the collection under the direction of Sister M. Margaret Fleming, I.H.M. The collection includes paintings, sculptures, prints and mixed media work with an emphasis on tactual accessibility.

Our Lady of Ransom Elementary School, 6740 Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia, is celebrating significant growth of its school with the addition of more students and a brand new Pre-Kindergarten program. Our Lady of Ransom is also opening a revamped gymnasium with a state-of-the-art sound system and sound-absorbing tile. On Wednesday, September 24, 2008, at 8 a.m., the students will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Ransom with a festival starting on the parish grounds and trip to the Philadelphia Zoo.

Saint Mary Interparochial School, 500 Locust Street, Philadelphia, on Saturday, September 6, 2008 from 10 a.m. to noon, invites students and families of kindergarten and grade seven to a social at Atwater Kent Museum, so that new families can meet each other and familiarize themselves with St. Mary Interparochial School.

Saint Agnes Elementary School, 211 West Gay Street, West Chester, Chester County, welcomes Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, on Monday, September 15, 2008 at 1 p.m. Bishop Maginnis will visit St. Agnes elementary school to preside at a prayer service and Benediction, followed by a blessing of the new science lab and Learning Support Room. During the blessing, Bishop Maginnis will hang a crucifix in each of the new rooms.

Saint Laurence Elementary School, 8245 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, Delaware County, is introducing its students and teachers to COW, a Curriculum on Wheels. COW addresses diverse learning styles and makes learning fun, while interactive pieces engage students and promote a deeper understanding of key concepts.

St. Cornelius Parish School, 160 Ridge Road, Chadds Ford, Delaware County, will welcome two sets of quadruplets to the kindergarten class on Monday, September 8, 2008. Drop-off time for students is between 8:10 a.m. and 8:20 a.m.

Saint John the Baptist Catholic School, 4040 Durham Road, Ottsville, Bucks County, celebrates the start of the new school year on Friday, September 5, 2008 at 2:45 p.m. with a pep rally and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new community Walking Path.

For more information about the 182 parish and regional elementary schools, 20 high schools and five schools of special education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, visit www.KeepingFaithinMind.org.

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ABOUT THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, celebrating its Bicentennial in 2008, has 270 parishes serving almost 1.5 million Catholics. Currently there are 182 parish and regional elementary schools, 20 high schools and five schools of special education in the Archdiocese, located throughout Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Celebrates The Feast Of Saint Peter Claver And Welcomes Youngest African American Catholic Bishop

September 4, 2008

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA CELEBRATES THE FEAST OF SAINT PETER CLAVER AND WELCOMES YOUNGEST AFRICAN AMERICAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

Most Reverend Shelton J. Fabre, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, will be the main celebrant and homilist for Mass honoring the Feast of Saint Peter Claver. Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia and Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, as well as many priests and deacons from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will concelebrate Mass. The Knights of Peter Claver and the Ladies Auxiliary will also join in the procession.

The Mass celebrating the Feast of Saint Peter Claver will take place at the Historic Saint Peter Claver Church, known as the "Mother Church for Black Catholics" in Philadelphia, which was dedicated in 1892.

11:00 a.m.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Saint Peter Claver Center for Evangelization
12th & Lombard Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19147


Bishop Fabre was ordained in 2007 and is the youngest of the African-American Catholic Bishops. His Episcopal motto is "Comfort My People", which he lives as he serves the city that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

For more information, please contact Reverend Stephen D. Thorne, Archdiocesan Director, Office for Black Catholics, at (215) 587-3634.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Special Mass To Honor Men And Women Religious Almost 300 Religious To Observe Jubilees In 2008

September 5, 2008

SPECIAL MASS TO HONOR MEN AND WOMEN RELIGIOUS
ALMOST 300 RELIGIOUS TO OBSERVE JUBILEES IN 2008

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for Religious Jubilarians on:

Sunday, September 7, 2008
11:00 a.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway


245 religious sisters, 20 priests and 4 brothers in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will celebrate their Silver, Golden, or Diamond Anniversaries in 2008. These 269 represent 15,730 years of Consecrated Life.

Following the Mass, a reception for the Jubilarians and their guests will be held on the portico of the Archdiocesan Office Center, 222 North Seventeenth Street, Philadelphia.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali To Visit Eastern State Penitentiary

September 9, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI TO VISIT EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY


Cardinal Tours Catholic Chaplain's Office at the Penitentiary


Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Catholic Chaplain's Office at Eastern State Penitentiary, which will include a look at religious murals painted by former inmates. This is Cardinal Rigali's first visit to Eastern State Penitentiary, which closed in 1971. The National Historic Landmark re-opened for public tours in 1994.

Thursday, September 11, 2008
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Eastern State Penitentiary
22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, 19130



The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's relationship with Eastern State Penitentiary began in 1870 when Archdiocesan priests were assigned to the prison to minister to inmates.

Built in 1880 the Catholic Chaplain's Office was once used as a make-shift chapel to hold the first Catholic Confirmation at the prison. On April 12, 1914 the first Catholic Mass was held at the penitentiary and 390 inmates were in attendance. The former penitentiary is now open for tours every day, year round from 10 am to 5 pm.


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For more information on Eastern State Penitentiary and the Catholic Chaplain's Office
please contact Ellen Gilbert, Marketing Manager, at 215-236-5111 x15





For more information about the Archdiocese of Philadelphia please visit www.archphila.org


Contact
Kevin Mulligan
Associate Director
215-587-3747

New School To Be Named Lansdale Catholic Regional High School Cardinal Rigali Approves New Name With Overwhelming Support From Community

September 11, 2008

NEW SCHOOL TO BE NAMED LANSDALE CATHOLIC REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
Cardinal Rigali Approves New Name with Overwhelming Support from Community

HILLTOWN TOWNSHIP (Thursday, September 11, 2008) - Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, announced today that the new Archdiocesan high school proposed for Hilltown Township, Bucks County, will be named Lansdale Catholic Regional High School. This is the second of two new, state-of-the-art high schools planned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The first, Pope John Paul II High School in Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County, will open in 2010. Lansdale Catholic Regional High School, projected to open in 2012 pending appropriate funding, is designed for 1,200 students on a 68-acre tract at the intersection of Limekiln Pike and Rickert Road in Hilltown Township. Since announcing plans for these schools in January 2007, the Archdiocese has expanded its commitment to the Hilltown Township facility by acquiring two more properties, adding five acres to the Hilltown Township site and designating greater frontage for the school on Limekiln Pike.

The name of the school reflects the strong desire of the local community of Lansdale Catholic High School, located in Lansdale, Montgomery County, to retain their identity and traditions. Similarly, Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, Chester County, retained its name when the school was relocated from West Chester in 1998. In June 2008 an online survey was opened to members of the Lansdale community to gauge public opinion on a variety of potential names for the new school. More than 2,000 votes were cast in the survey, with an overwhelming 72% of respondents selecting Lansdale Catholic Regional High School as their top preference. The existing Lansdale Catholic High School facility will close when the new school opens in Hilltown Township, and students will be transferred automatically to Lansdale Catholic Regional High School.

"The future growth of our schools and our archdiocese is rooted in the traditions of academic excellence and Gospel values we carry with us today," said Cardinal Rigali. "Families in Bucks and Montgomery Counties have excellent options now when it comes to Catholic education for their children. The opening of Lansdale Catholic Regional High School allows the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to serve even more students in the area. "

The new high school features more than 29 state of the art classrooms; five science laboratories; three computer laboratories and a library/media resource center. Additionally, the school will have a television studio; a large fine arts center featuring two art studios and choral/band rooms; a large chapel, a 432-seat cafeteria; a 1200-seat auditorium; a 1000-seat main gymnasium, an auxiliary gymnasium and a fitness center. In support of athletic programs, plans also exist for six competition level sports fields, a running track with an all-weather surface and six competition level tennis courts. Lansdale Catholic Regional High School will be fully air-conditioned and feature modern security access and surveillance systems.

In August 2008, Cardinal Rigali appointed Mr. James W. Casey as President of Lansdale Catholic High School and Mr. Timothy P. Quinn as Principal. Mr. Casey was promoted from his previous position of Director of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs. Mr. Quinn, a 1995 graduate of Lansdale Catholic, most recently served as the school's Assistant Principal for Student Services. Both administrators will focus on the day-to-day operations of Lansdale Catholic while preparing for the opening of the new high school.

Additional information for Lansdale Catholic Regional High School and all of the schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia can be found online at www.KeepingFaithinMind.org.

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ABOUT THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, celebrating its Bicentennial in 2008, has 270 parishes serving almost 1.5 million Catholics. Currently there are 182 parish and regional elementary schools, 20 high schools and five schools of special education in the Archdiocese, located throughout Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.



Contact
Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Farewell Mass For Bishop Herbert A. Bevard At Saint Athanasius Parish In West Oak Lane

September 11, 2008

FAREWELL MASS FOR BISHOP HERBERT A. BEVARD
AT SAINT ATHANASIUS PARISH IN WEST OAK LANE

Bishop Herbert A. Bevard, the newly ordained and installed fifth Bishop of the Diocese of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, and former Pastor of Saint Athanasius Parish in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at his farewell Mass on:

Sunday, September 14, 2008
11:00 a.m.
Saint Anthanasius Parish
Limekiln Pike and Walnut Lane
Philadelphia (West Oak Lane)


Bishop Bevard was ordained and installed as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands on Wednesday, September 3, 2008.

Following the Mass, a reception will be held at the Saint Athanasius-Immaculate Conception School Hall. For more information please contact the Saint Athanasius Parish Rectory at 215-548-2700.

Background Information on Bishop Bevard:

Father Bevard served as Assistant Pastor at several parishes within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1972 to 1983, including Nativity Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Media, Saint Robert Parish in the city of Chester and Saint Richard Parish in Philadelphia. He was also Newman Chaplain at Pennsylvania State University from 1972 to 1973 and at Widener University from 1973 to 1978. He was assigned as Assistant Pastor at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bensalem from 1983 to 1989. He also served as Parochial Vicar at Saint Anastasia Parish in Newtown Square from 1989 to 1994. At that time he became Pastor of Saint Athanasius Parish in Philadelphia. He was named a Monsignor with the title of Chaplain to his Holiness in 2003. Cardinal Rigali named Monsignor Bevard as Vicar for Philadelphia-North in 2007.

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Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Statement Regarding Allegation Against Reverend David L. Colella, O.ss.t.

September 15, 2008

STATEMENT
Regarding Allegation Against Reverend David L. Colella, O.SS.T.

The Order of the Most Holy Trinity (The Trinitarians), a religious congregation, has this past week notified the Archdiocese of Philadelphia of an allegation that Reverend David L. Colella, O.SS.T. committed sexual abuse approximately twenty years ago when he served in the Diocese of Victoria, Texas. Upon learning from the Trinitarians of the allegation, Cardinal Justin Rigali withdrew Father Colella's faculties to exercise his priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Trinitarians have informed the Archdiocese that this is the first allegation against Father Colella and that he has denied it. He has left the Archdiocese and returned to the Trinitarians' Provincialate in Baltimore, MD pending a canonical investigation by the Trinitarians.

Father Colella, who is 80 years old, is retired. Since August 2007, he had resided at Saint Ann Parish in Bristol, Bucks County, the only parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia staffed by the Trinitarian priests. Father Colella also assisted at Saint Michael the Archangel Parish in Levittown, Bucks County, celebrating Mass on a regular basis. He periodically assisted at other parishes in the lower Bucks area. An announcement was made to parishioners at Saint Ann's and Saint Michael's this past weekend. In April 2008 he began serving one afternoon per week as an adjunct judge in the Metropolitan Tribunal, the office of the Archdiocese that is responsible for the processing of petitions for annulments and other matters related to marriage. Cardinal Rigali has also withdrawn Father Colella's appointment as adjunct judge. Father Colella's only other assignment in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was as an assistant pastor at Saint Ann Parish in Bristol, Bucks County from 1957 to 1959. He was ordained in June 1957.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia recognizes that this public notice may be painful to those who have been abused. If anyone needs assistance please contact the Victim Assistance Office for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 1-888-800-8780.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Breaks Ground For Pope John Paul Ii High School Construction Proceeds On Schedule For New High School To Open In September 2010

September 18, 2008

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA BREAKS GROUND FOR POPE JOHN PAUL II HIGH SCHOOL
Construction Proceeds on Schedule for New High School to Open in September 2010

ROYERSFORD (September 18, 2008) - Construction is underway on Pope John Paul II High School, one of two new state of the art high schools planned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Situated on a 84-acre tract of land at the intersection of Rittenhouse and Township Line Roads in Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County, Pope John Paul II High School will open in 2010. To date, 35% of the site work is complete, and construction of foundations and a large retaining wall along the facility's north side is underway. In August, the Archdiocese received the building permit from the township and all work is moving ahead as scheduled. Steel framing and site utility installation, and final grading of the school's athletic fields are scheduled for early Fall 2008.

"Pope John Paul II High School began as a promise to families of the community and the entire Archdiocese of Philadelphia that we remain committed to excellence and innovation in Catholic education," said Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia. "Now, as I look at the more than 50 people working on this site every day literally laying the groundwork for a brand new place of personal, academic and spiritual growth for our young people, I am filled with joy and gratitude."

Reverend Alan J. Okon, President of Pope John Paul II High School, Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School in Norristown, Montgomery County, and Saint Pius X High School in Pottstown, Montgomery County, will oversee the development of the new school. "The excitement and anticipation among our current students and prospective families is building," Father Okon said. "Now we can truly visualize the placement of the chapel, the computer labs or fine arts center. The region is blessed to receive this exceptional new facility, and I am thrilled to show people the progress being made at the construction site." In June 2010, Kennedy-Kenrick and Saint Pius X will close, and students will be transferred automatically to Pope John Paul II High School.


The current design for Pope John Paul II High School accommodates 1200 students, with room for expansion as enrollment grows. The new high school features 29 state of the art classrooms; five science laboratories; three computer laboratories and a library/media resource center. Additionally, the school will have a television studio; a large fine arts center featuring two art studios and choral/band rooms; a large chapel, a 432-seat cafeteria; a 1200-seat auditorium; a 1000-seat main gymnasium, an auxiliary gymnasium and a fitness center. In support of athletic programs, plans also exist for six competition level sports fields, a running track with an all-weather surface and six competition level tennis courts. Pope John Paul II High School will be fully air-conditioned and feature modern security access and surveillance systems. The second new high school planned by the Archdiocese, Lansdale Catholic Regional High School, is projected to open in 2012 pending appropriate funding, on a 68-acre tract at the intersection of Limekiln Pike and Rickert Road in Hilltown Township, Bucks County.

Additional information for Pope John Paul II High School, including a brief video detailing the construction progress, can be found online at www.PJPHS.org. To learn more about all of the schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, visit www.KeepingFaithinMind.org.

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ABOUT THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, celebrating its Bicentennial in 2008, has 270 parishes serving almost 1.5 million Catholics. Currently there are 182 parish and regional elementary schools, 20 high schools and five schools of special education in the Archdiocese, located throughout Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

Contact
Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Special Education Choir To Make Debut Performance

September 19, 2008

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA SPECIAL EDUCATION CHOIR
TO MAKE DEBUT PERFORMANCE

Approximately 35 students from the five special education schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will perform together for the first time as the One Flock Choir. The choir members range in age from kindergarten through age 21 and have a variety of disabilities. Some students are blind or deaf or in wheelchairs, while others have Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, or other developmental or physical disabilities.

The choir will sing One Flock Song written by Dr. Ellen M.E. Wedemeyer, Assistant Superintendent for Special Education, and director of the choir. The members will be performing for the elementary administrators (principals and vice-principals) of the 182 parish elementary schools in the Archdiocese.


1:15 p.m.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Drexelbrook
4700 Drexelbrook Drive
Drexel Hill, 19206 (Delaware County)



The One Flock Choir is made up of the 270 students that attend the five special education schools throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. These students will perform at various events throughout the Archdiocese as well as on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at the Concert for Excellence at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

The five schools of special education in the Archdiocese are: Archbishop Ryan School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children, St. Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments, Our Lady of Confidence Day School, Archangels Academy and St. Katherine Day School.

For more information about the Special Education Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit www.catholicschools-phl.org and click on "Special Education" under the "Our Schools" box.

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ABOUT THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, celebrating its Bicentennial in 2008, has 270 parishes serving almost 1.5 million Catholics. Currently there are 182 parish and regional elementary schools, 20 high schools and five schools of special education in the Archdiocese, located throughout Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. For more information about the Archdiocese of Philadelphia please visit www.archphila.org.


Contact
Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

One Thousand Archdiocese Of Philadelphia High School Teachers Gather To Discuss "understanding And Educating The 21st Century Learner"

September 23, 2008

ONE THOUSAND ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS GATHER TO DISCUSS "UNDERSTANDING AND EDUCATING THE 21st CENTURY LEARNER"

Unique In-Service Program Highlights Innovation in Curriculum, Social Networking and Neurobiological Learning Patterns


PHILADELPHIA (September 23, 2008) - 1000 high school teachers from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's twenty Catholic high schools will gather at Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, Chester County, at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, September 24 to participate in a day-long in-service program entitled "Understanding and Educating the 21st Century Learner." Speakers and workshops will address numerous topics associated with the unique qualities of today's student, including neurobiological differences in learning patterns, the growing influence of social networking and technology on young people, and the standardization of curriculum, instruction and assessment in Archdiocesan classrooms.

Two nationally recognized education experts are scheduled to present on groundbreaking trends and scientific guidelines for improving the learning process of modern students. Jim Warford, Executive Director of the Florida Association of School Administrators and a member of the International Center for Learning and Education, will deliver a keynote address entitled "Bringing Rigor and Relevance Framework to Reality in Our Classrooms." The Rigor and Relevance Framework was developed by the International Center for Learning and Education to provide a means of designing effective curriculum, measuring individual learners' progress and ultimately delivering a more meaningful educational experience to the student.

Dr. Paul Nussbaum, a clinical neurologist and adjunct associate professor of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburg School of Medicine and also a member of the International Center for Learning and Education will present on how best to work with individual students based on the mental learning processes inherent to that child. Additionally, attendees will hear from Dr. Nussbaum on the importance of ongoing brain health for adults and various methods of maintaining sharp reasoning, memory and communication skills throughout life.

Afternoon workshops will highlight best practices among the Archdiocesan high schools for connecting with 21st century learners, including blogs and other social networking content tools like "wikis", and digital video production. Dr. Ellen M.E. Wedemeyer, Assistant Superintendent for Special Education, will present to the group on how best to reach the struggling learner with advanced technology methods.

"Students today are dramatically different than they were thirty years ago. Even the last three years have brought about changes in technology and communication that create new opportunities for educators," said Nancy Caramanico, Director of Technology K-12 for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office of Catholic Education. "Even email is too slow for today's young people. They can easily multi-task, they place a high value on interactive learning, and they are better equipped than any previous generation to learn independently. Web-based learning tools are teaching them to collaborate with their peers in new ways."

"It's an exciting time for educators everywhere," Carol Cary, Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction for the Office of Catholic Education. "The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is committed to keeping up with and even anticipating these trends for the 80,000 students we serve in our schools."


For more information about the 182 parish and regional elementary schools, 20 high schools and five schools of special education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, visit www.KeepingFaithinMind.org.

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ABOUT THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, celebrating its Bicentennial in 2008, has 270 parishes serving almost 1.5 million Catholics. Currently there are 182 parish and regional elementary schools, 20 high schools and five schools of special education in the Archdiocese, located throughout Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.





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Meredith Wilson
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215-587-3747

Dedication Of Blessed Teresa Of Calcutta Education Center In Limerick

September 26, 2008

DEDICATION OF BLESSED TERESA OF CALCUTTA EDUCATION CENTER IN LIMERICK

On Sunday, October 5, 2008 Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will dedicate the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Education Center in Limerick. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish was established in July 2006 by the merger of St. Clare's Parish in Linfield and St. Peter's Parish in Pottstown. The opening of this Education Center is the result of the hard work of many people over a relatively short period of time. Many parishioners have worked tirelessly along with the cooperation of Limerick Township and the determination of Dolan Construction Co. to develop 30 acres of land and build a 21,000 sq. ft. building within a thirty-eight week period. The result of this hard work is the development of this state-of-the-art Education Center which meets the needs of families within the parish and throughout the community.

The Education Center accommodates the 226 student parish school, the 526 student PREP (Parish Religious Education Program) and 40 child comprehensive Child Care Program. The opportunity for these programs is greatly appreciated by the parish and local community. The parish school enrollment reflects a 40% increase from last year while the PREP program reflects a 15% increase. The initiation of the Child Care program gives families the convenience and confidence of having their children at one location.

Beginning in January, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Education Center will function as a satellite campus for local colleges and universities. Next summer, the campus of the Education Center will host numerous camps for school age children.

The dedication ceremony will take place at the 12:00 noon Mass on Sunday, October 5, 2008. For any further information contact the pastor, Fr. Brandt. 215-651-4454.

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ABOUT THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, celebrating its Bicentennial in 2008, has 270 parishes serving almost 1.5 million Catholics. Currently there are 182 parish and regional elementary schools, 20 high schools and five schools of special education in the Archdiocese, located throughout Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. For more information about the Archdiocese of Philadelphia please visit www.archphila.org.


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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali Announces Spiritual Initiative To Address Violence The Power Of Prayer: Opening Doors And Hearts To Peace

September 29, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI ANNOUNCES SPIRITUAL INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS VIOLENCE THE POWER OF PRAYER: OPENING DOORS AND HEARTS TO PEACE

Cardinal Rigali made the following announcement
after the Funeral Mass of Sgt. Patrick McDonald


At this moment I wish to address the issue of violence in the city of Philadelphia with a prayer and peace initiative. I am asking our Catholic churches in the city of Philadelphia to welcome all people of good will next Wednesday evening (October 8th) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for "The Power of Prayer: Opening Doors and Hearts to Peace." This will be a time of quiet prayer and reflection. The parish churches in the city of Philadelphia will open their doors, turn up their lights and invite all who wish to visit a Catholic church to pray for an end to violence and for peace in our city. In a particular way I invite police, firefighters and other emergency responders who are able to come to Church to join in this prayer.

As we pray for an end to violence in our city and for the blessing of peace, I also ask God's protection on the men and women who work every day in this city to maintain peace. This is a powerful moment for the Church and indeed for all of the people of Philadelphia. In the recent past, five police officers, all of whom were Catholic, have made the ultimate sacrifice. In this simple initiative which we believe can have a powerful impact, we hope to unite clergy, religious and lay faithful, as well as people of all faiths who wish to visit one of our churches. This is a moment for us to stop and raise our voices to God in thanksgiving for police officers and all who serve, risking their lives each day to protect us. Together, let us ask the Lord to keep our public servants safe from harm and to assist us to bring an end to the violence that plagues our city.

Editor's Note: There are 270 parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. 105 of the parishes are located in the City of Philadelphia.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Immaculate Heart Of Mary Parish School In Andorra To Hold Peace Rally

October 2, 2008

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish School in Andorra to Hold Peace Rally

On Friday, October 3, 2008, Immaculate Heart of Mary School, 815 Cathedral Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128, will hold a Peace Rally after our First Friday Mass at approximately 10:00 a.m. in front of our school building. We will hold this rally to extend our support to the Philadelphia Police Department and to offer our messages of Peace for our city. Each student, teacher, and staff member will be placing a Peace flag, which they designed onto our front lawn of the school. This will be a visible witness to our prayers for Peace in the world. Families are encouraged to come and participate with us. They are also being invited to make donations to the two funds for our most recently fallen heroes, Officer Nazario and Officer Mc Donald. Since many of our school families serve in the Police Department, our school community wanted to give something back to them for all that they do in our name. Our local Police District, the 5th, will be specially invited to attend, too.

For more information please contact Mrs. Kimberly Szypula at (267) 408-8778.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Volunteers To Build Playground In One Day At Drexel Neumann Academy

October 2, 2008

VOLUNTEERS TO BUILD PLAYGROUND IN ONE DAY
AT DREXEL NEUMANN ACADEMY

Volunteers including Keystone Mercy Health Plan (DMHP) will build a playground from the ground up in one day for the students of Drexel Neumann Academy. DMHP and a coalition of community organizations will be building a new, safe and healthy playground for the children. Keystone Mercy's leadership team and associates, along with community organizations, will be joined by employees at Neumann College and students from Mercy Vocational High School.

Groundbreaking for a new playground and basketball court will take place on Monday, October 6, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. The building of the new playground will take place on Thursday, October 9, 2008 between 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Drexel Neumann Academy is an independent Catholic school located in Chester, Pennsylvania. The Drexel Neumann Academy is co-sponsored by Neumann College, Saint Katharine Drexel Parish, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and the Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia.

For more information about Drexel Neumann Academy please contact Sr. Maggie Gannon at 610-872-7370 or mgannon@osfphila.org.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
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Cardinal Rigali To Celebrate Mass Marking Fifth Anniversary As Archbishop Of Philadelphia

October 3, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI TO CELEBRATE MASS MARKING FIFTH ANNIVERSARY
AS ARCHBISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and homilist at a Mass celebrating the fifth anniversary of his Installation as Archbishop of Philadelphia. Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia; Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia; Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia and Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, will concelebrate Mass.



12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia



All are welcome to attend. Students from the following Archdiocesan schools will be in attendance for Mass: Roman Catholic High School for Boys, John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School, Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School, Saint Francis de Sales Parish School and Drexel Neumann Academy.

Following Communion, Cardinal Rigali will be presented with a Spiritual Bouquet of prayers, special intentions and Masses which the students of the parish and schools of the Archdiocese have offered for His Eminence.

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Editor's Note: Cardinal Rigali's biography can be found at http://archphila.org/rigali/biorigali.htm

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Meredith Wilson
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Cardinal Rigali Hosts The Gift Of Innocence Screening - Unveils Theology Program On Sexual Violence

October 6, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI HOSTS THE GIFT OF INNOCENCE SCREENING
- UNVEILS THEOLOGY PROGRAM ON SEXUAL VIOLENCE

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia today unveiled The Gift of Innocence, a 20-minute video presentation that will be shown this month to Archdiocesan high school students in tenth through twelfth grade theology classes. It will become a regular part of the curriculum after this year. There are twenty high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It was produced by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Child and Youth Protection and the Office of Catholic Education. Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, hosted the premiere screening of the video for approximately 300 people, including many Archdiocesan high school students. In the video, young people hear from Delaware County District Attorney Mike Green, Victim Services Center of Montgomery County Executive Director Mary Onama and Reverend J. Brian Bransfield, a theologian with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Cardinal Rigali leads the video.

"There is so much at stake for our young people, so much sexual violence attempting to enter into their lives. The dangers are so real. Our young people are bombarded by the possibilities of this assault," Cardinal Rigali said. "It's important that they be assisted so they know what those dangers are. They must know they are there and how to confront it in order to save their lives and save their sexuality."

The Gift of Innocence starts with the statistical reality that sexual violence is prevalent in the lives of youth, and that most young people do not come forward to report or seek assistance. The video looks at the issue of sexual violence in the context of Catholic teaching. The Archdiocese forges a partnership with area law enforcement and victim assistance experts to focus the program's message on the following themes: Sexual violence is a crime; it is never the fault of the victim; it is always the fault of the offender; and the victim's value as a person is never diminished in the eyes of God.

This program also provides Archdiocesan theology teachers with a study guide that include resource materials and background information about sexual violence; guidance for class discussions; and information about responding to disclosures of sexual violence from students.

The Gift of Innocence is part of the Archdiocese's Safe Environment Programs. Safe Environment includes:
- Required background checks for anyone who comes into regular contact with children, including priests, deacons, teachers, and staff (the Archdiocese also requires all volunteers to have background checks although the law does not require these checks);
- Safe Environment Education, which assists priests, deacons, teachers, staff and volunteers in identifying the warning signs of sexual abuse and establishing appropriate boundaries with children;
- Internet Safety Program based on a nationally recognized curriculum developed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children;
- Called to Protect, an educational program designed to inform parents about steps for preventing sexual violence;
- Teaching Touching Safety, an educational program for students in pre-K through eighth grade that focuses on helping students understand appropriate boundaries, safe and unsafe touch, and the importance of telling an adult if someone is violating those boundaries.

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Donna Farrell
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Cardinal Rigali To Pray For Peace The Power Of Prayer: Opening Doors And Hearts To Peace

October 7, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI TO PRAY FOR PEACE
THE POWER OF PRAYER: OPENING DOORS AND HEARTS TO PEACE

On Wednesday, October 8, 2008, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will pray for peace at Christ the King Parish at 7:00 p.m. The Cardinal will be joined by The Honorable Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia, at approximately 7:30 p.m. Media are welcome. There will be very brief formal prayers offered at the beginning of the hour and at the end of the hour. The majority of the time will be spent in quiet prayer.

Christ the King was the parish of Sgt. Patrick McDonald, killed in the line of duty on September 23, 2008. The parish is located at Morrell Ave. and Chesterfield Rd. (3252 Chesterfield Road, Philadelphia, 19114).

Following the Funeral Mass of Sgt. McDonald, Cardinal Rigali asked all of the Catholic churches in the City of Philadelphia (105 parishes) to open their doors and turn up their lights for a prayer and peace initiative from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8, 2008. It is a time for quiet prayer and reflection. All are invited who wish to pray for peace and an end to violence in our city (Cardinal Rigali's original announcement follows below).

Cardinal Rigali extended a special invitation to any police, firefighters and other emergency responders who would be able to come to Church to join in this prayer.

Announcement of Cardinal Rigali
September 30, 2008

At this moment I wish to address the issue of violence in the city of Philadelphia with a prayer and peace initiative. I am asking our Catholic churches in the city of Philadelphia to welcome all people of good will next Wednesday evening (October 8th) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for "The Power of Prayer: Opening Doors and Hearts to Peace." This will be a time of quiet prayer and reflection. The parish churches in the city of Philadelphia will open their doors, turn up their lights and invite all who wish to visit a Catholic church to pray for an end to violence and for peace in our city. In a particular way I invite police, firefighters and other emergency responders who are able to come to Church to join in this prayer.

As we pray for an end to violence in our city and for the blessing of peace, I also ask God's protection on the men and women who work every day in this city to maintain peace. This is a powerful moment for the Church and indeed for all of the people of Philadelphia. In the recent past, five police officers, all of whom were Catholic, have made the ultimate sacrifice. In this simple initiative which we believe can have a powerful impact, we hope to unite clergy, religious and lay faithful, as well as people of all faiths who wish to visit one of our churches. This is a moment for us to stop and raise our voices to God in thanksgiving for police officers and all who serve, risking their lives each day to protect us. Together, let us ask the Lord to keep our public servants safe from harm and to assist us to bring an end to the violence that plagues our city.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Cardinal Rigali Presented Spiritual Bouquet For 5th Anniversary

October 7, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI PRESENTED SPIRITUAL BOUQUET FOR 5TH ANNIVERSARY

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, was the celebrant and homilist at a Mass on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of his Installation as Archbishop of Philadelphia on the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Concelebrating the Mass were the Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia; Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia; Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia and Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas as well as twenty-two priests of the Archdiocese.

At the conclusion of Mass, a student from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School, representing all of the young people of the Archdiocese, read a letter of thanksgiving to the Cardinal and presented him with a spiritual bouquet - a pledge of prayers offered for the Cardinal's intentions. The young people of the Catholic schools and religious education programs pledged:


- 609,484 Our Fathers

- 599,059 Hail Marys

- 502,747 Glory Be's

- 560,312 prayers to Saint Paul

- 108,243 acts of charity-86,011 Masses

- 84,536 Memorares

- 82,420 "Hail Holy Queen" - 81,612 Apostles' Creeds

- 64,334 Rosaries-64,037 visits in prayer to the Blessed Sacrament

- 22,391 Holy Hours-and 2,000 Morning Offerings


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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
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The Office For Youth And Young Adults Of The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Celebrates Reveal 2008: Our God, The Great I Am

October 17, 2008

THE OFFICE FOR YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA CELEBRATES REVEAL 2008: OUR GOD, THE GREAT I AM

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Youth and Young Adults (OYYA) in collaboration with parishes in the Archdiocese is hosting Reveal 2008: Our God the Great I am. The weekend of events is to celebrate National World Youth Day:

Night of Talent
Including Mass, Dinner & Talent Show

5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
St. Agatha - St. James Church
& Newman Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Cost: $5

Fall Fest
Including Mass, Fun Fall Activities & Food

5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
St. John the Baptist Church, Ottsville &
Schmerbeck Farm, Kitnersville
Suggested donation: $5

Night of Praise
Including Mass, Dinner, Speaker & Social

Keynote Speaker: Brett Illig,
Ex-professional baseball player for the Dodgers and Mets; Founder of Message of Hope
5:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
St. Norbert Parish, Paoli
Cost: $5


For more information, or to register for Reveal 2008: Our God the Great I am, please call the Office for Youth and Young Adults at 215-965-4636 or visit www.oyya.org.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
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Mary E. Rochford Named Catholic Woman Of The Year Philadelphia Knights Of Columbus Honor Archdiocese Of Philadelphia's First Female Superintendent Of Schools

October 20, 2008

MARY E. ROCHFORD NAMED CATHOLIC WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Philadelphia Knights of Columbus Honor Archdiocese of Philadelphia's First Female Superintendent of Schools

PHILADELPHIA (October 20, 2008) - Mary E. Rochford, the first-ever female Superintendent of Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has been named "Catholic Woman of the Year" by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Knights of Columbus. The Catholic fraternal service organization presented the award to Rochford at a ceremony on Sunday, October 19th at Twining Hall in Trevose, Bucks County. Also honored at the ceremony was Deacon Joseph Cella a Philadelphia police detective, who was named "Catholic Man of the Year."

"I can not think of someone more deserving of this recognition than Mary Rochford," said Dr. Richard McCarron, Secretary for Catholic Education in Archdiocese of Philadelphia. "Mary's years of service and dedication to the education and faith formation of our young people has touched the lives of countless children and adults, and it is our honor and privilege to work with her every day."

Mary Rochford has been faithfully serving Catholic education for more than 30 years. During that time, she has worked as both an elementary school teacher and principal in Catholic schools throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and North Carolina, joining the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education in 1999.

The "Catholic Woman of the Year" award has been presented by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Knights of Columbus for over fifty years to deserving Catholic women. Each year, the recipient is chosen by a committee of regional Knights of Columbus members, and is presented during a celebration of Columbus Day, which honors the organization's namesake, Christopher Columbus. The Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic fraternal service organization in the world, with over 1.7 million members worldwide. The Philadelphia chapter was established 105 years ago and has grown to include 22 councils in the region.




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ABOUT THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, celebrating its Bicentennial in 2008, has 270 parishes serving almost 1.5 million Catholics. Currently there are 182 parish and regional elementary schools, 20 high schools and five schools of special education in the Archdiocese, located throughout Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.


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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

Statement Regarding Allegations Against Reverend Charles T. Plock, C.m.

October 20, 2008

STATEMENT
Regarding Allegations Against Reverend Charles T. Plock, C.M.

Reverend Michael Carroll, C.M., Provincial Superior of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians), has informed the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that Reverend Charles T. Plock, C.M. was arrested on Friday, October 10, 2008, in New York on an allegation of inappropriate behavior over the internet with a person he believed to be a minor. This is the only known allegation of sexual misconduct against Father Plock according to Father Carroll.

Father Charles Plock, C.M. was previously assigned to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from September 1996 to December 2000. An announcement was distributed this past weekend at the four parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where Father Plock had ministered. Father Plock was a member of the Hispanic Evangelization Team and he was in residence at Immaculate Conception Parish, located at Price and Ardleigh Streets in Philadelphia. As a member of that team, Father Plock participated in ministry at the following parishes: Ascension of Our Lord, St. Joachim, Our Lady of Hope, and St. Helena. Father Plock does not currently have an assignment in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia provides assistance to parish communities and victims of clergy sexual abuse. If you have need of support or assistance please call the Victim Assistance Program at 1 888 800 8780 or 215 965 4630 (designated Spanish line). Bi lingual staff is available.


INFORME
Referente a las acusaciones contra el reverendo Charles T. Plock, C.M.
(Español)


El reverendo Michael Carroll, CM, superior provincial de la Congregación de la Misión(Vicentinos), informá a la Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia que el padre Charles T. Plock, C.M. fue arrestado el viernes 10 de octubre del 2008 en Nueva York, alegando conducta impropia sobre el Internet con una persona que creía ser un menor. Esta es la única acusación de conducta sexual impropia conocida contra el padre Plock, según el padre Carroll.

El padre Plock estuvo asignado a la Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia, desde septiembre de 1996 hasta diciembre del 2000. Un anuncio fue distribuido este fin de semana pasado en las cuatro parroquias en la Archidiócesis de Filadelfia donde el padre Plock había servido. El padre Plock era un miembro del Equipo de Evangelización Hispana y residía en la rectoría de Inmaculada Concepción localizada en las calles Price y Ardleigh en Filadelfia. Como un miembro de ese equipo el padre Plock participaba en el ministerio de las siguientes parroquias: Ascensión de Nuestro Señor, San Joaquín, Nuestra Señora de Esperanza y Santa Helena.

La Arquidiócesis de Filadelfia les proporciona ayuda a comunidades de parroquia y a víctimas de abuso sexual de parte del clero. Si usted necesita apoyo o asistencia, por favor, llame al Programa de Asistencia a las Víctimas al 1 888 800 8780 or 215 965 4630 (número para español). Personal bilingüe está disponible.

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
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Cardinal Rigali To Host Memorial Service For Officers Cassidy, Mcdonald, Nazario Religious Leaders Offer Prayers For Healing And Hope

October 28, 2008

Cardinal Rigali to Host
Memorial Service for Officers Cassidy, McDonald, Nazario
Religious Leaders Offer Prayers for Healing and Hope

The Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia and the Mayor's Office of Faith Based Initiatives will hold a Memorial Service to conclude the period of mourning for Sergeant Patrick McDonald and Officer Isabel Nazario and commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of Officer Chuck Cassidy. The service to remember all victims of violence will be hosted by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia.

11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway


The ecumenical service with interfaith participation will include the presentation of City of Philadelphia flags to the officers' families by students from Cardinal Dougherty High School (Cassidy alma mater), Archbishop Ryan High School (McDonald alma mater) and St. Veronica (Nazario parish). Mayor Nutter will offer remarks and Cardinal Rigali will say a Closing Prayer for Peace. Commissioner Ramsey will lead police officers in the Policeman's Prayer.

At noon, the service will conclude with a procession to the steps of the Cathedral, where Jewish leaders will sound shofars signaling the start of a one-minute citywide silent "Pause for Healing and Hope." Cardinal Rigali has asked all pastors of the Archdiocese to honor Mayor Nutter's request for a ringing of church bells to begin a moment of silent prayer for peace and an end to violence. All citizens are asked to pause for prayer for all victims and reflect on how they can help end the violence in their communities.


The Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia was formed in 2006 to unite religious leaders, to build relationships of mutual support, to offer a moral and spiritual voice, and to take action on issues of critical concern in our region. The Council has identified the issue of violence as its first priority and has joined hands with the Mayor and leaders of this region to walk the ways of peace. The Religious Leaders Council is coordinated by the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia 3723 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19104, info@interfaithcenterpa.org, 215-222-1012.

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Kevin Mulligan
Associate Director of Communications
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Plans For Possible World Series Celebration - Catholic Schools To Remain Open

October 31, 2008

PLANS FOR POSSIBLE WORLD SERIES CELEBRATION -
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS TO REMAIN OPEN

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education announces school will be in session every day this week; even if a parade is held in Philadelphia to celebrate a World Series win by our Philadelphia Phillies.

Superintendent of Schools Mary E. Rochford said, "What an exciting time! While we join with the Phillies and the City of Philadelphia in celebrating this special victory, all schools within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will remain open and in session. Although schools will celebrate this event in their own individual ways, it will be within the context of a regular school day."

Go Phillies!

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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Catholic Life Congress 2008 Celebrates The Year Of Saint Paul

November 3, 2008

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
CATHOLIC LIFE CONGRESS 2008
Celebrates the Year of Saint Paul

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is hosting Catholic Life Congress 2008, an educational gathering for laity, religious, deacons and priests. The program is designed for those who wish to learn more about the Church, its teachings and practices and for all who serve in leadership positions in the Church. Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass at 9:30 a.m. Catholic Life Congress features a keynote speaker, presentations and workshops, and will be held:

8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m. Bishop Maginnis will celebrate Mass
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Archbishop John Carroll High School
Matson Ford Road, Radnor 19087-4590
Delaware County


At 11:00 a.m. Brother Michael O'Neill McGrath, OSFS and Ms. Meredith Augustin will deliver the key note address titled At the Name of Jesus: A Celebration of Art and Music. Various sessions and workshops will be presented throughout the day.

For more information about Catholic Life Congress 2008 please contact 215-587-0500 or visit www.archphila.org.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist
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Archdiocese Appoints Gerald Maginnis To Board Of Education

November 6, 2008

ARCHDIOCESE APPOINTS GERALD MAGINNIS TO BOARD OF EDUCATION


The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has appointed Gerald (Jerry) J. Maginnis to the 2008-2009 Archdiocesan Board of Education. A graduate of Saint Joseph's University, Maginnis serves as Managing Partner for KPMG's Philadelphia office. In addition to serving on the Archdiocesan Board of Education, Maginnis is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Saint Joseph's University Loyola Society Executive Council.

"We are honored and excited to have Jerry serve on the Archdiocesan Board of Education and the board's finance committee," said Gerald Parsons, Chairperson, Archdiocesan Board of Education. "As a board member, Jerry will take part in achieving the Archdiocesan mission of providing students with a superior academic foundation in a safe environment where qualified, dedicated teachers instill moral and spiritual values."

Maginnis joins the following Archdiocesan Board of Education members:

Officers
Chairperson:
Mr. Gerald Parsons, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, CTDI
Vice-Chairperson:
Mr. Frank A. Farnesi, KPMG (retired)
Secretary:
Dr. Richard McCarron, Secretary for Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Directors
Mr. Gerard P. Cuddy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Beneficial Bank
Mrs. Eleanor M. Dezzi, President, The Dezzi Group
Sister R. Patricia Fadden, I.H.M., Ed.D., President, Immaculata University
Mr. Daniel Fitzpatrick, President and Chief Executive Officer for Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, Citizens Bank
Mr. Paul M. Henkels, Chairman, Henkels & McCoy
Mr. John V. Killen, Senior Vice President and Corporate CRA Officer, Sovereign Bank
Rev. Msgr. Joseph T. Marino, Regional Vicar, Chester County
Mr. James D. O'Hara, Marketing Director, CTDI
Mrs. Sharon O'Neill, Consultant, Merck & Company, Inc.

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Meredith Wilson
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Conwell-egan Catholic High School Uses High Technology To Revolutionize Community Service Mary Rochford, Superintendent Of Schools, Visits Students To Get A Hands-on Technology Lesson

November 11, 2008

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School Uses High Technology to Revolutionize Community Service
Mary Rochford, Superintendent of Schools, Visits Students
To Get a Hands-On Technology Lesson

WHAT: Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, the only school on the East Coast to participate in the national Environmental and Spatial Technologies (EAST) Initiative, will welcome Mary Rochford, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, for a lesson in community service - fueled by high technology.

The 57 students involved in the school's EAST Program use high-tech programs to revolutionize the way they approach community service projects. During her visit, Ms. Rochford will learn about past service projects whereby students leveraged technology, including a green roofing project for the school, a conceptual playground for special needs children at the Easter Seals, Interfaith Housing projects and other various community-based initiatives. Ms. Rochford will also participate in student-run business meetings, collaborate on upcoming projects and get a hands-on overview of the technology the students are using daily in the classroom.

In its third year at Conwell-Egan, the EAST program's classroom contains state-of-the-art workstations, software, and accessories -- including GPS/GIS mapping tools, architectural and CAD design software, and 3D animation suites. The EAST Initiative is a non-profit organization that provides new ways of learning for modern students through state-of-the-art technology.


WHEN: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 11 a.m.

WHERE:Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, 611 Wistar Road, Fairless Hills, PA 19030
215.945.6200

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Cardinal Justin Rigali To Host Book Signing For Father Anthony Russo, C.ss.r Author Of In Silent Prayer: A History Of Ministry With The Deaf Community In The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia

November 18, 2008

CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI TO HOST BOOK SIGNING FOR
FATHER ANTHONY RUSSO, C.Ss.R
Author of In Silent Prayer: A History of Ministry with the Deaf Community in the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will host a book signing for Father Anthony Russo, C.Ss.R, the author of In Silent Prayer: A History of Ministry with the Deaf Community in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Most Reverend Robert P. Maginnis, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, who oversees the Secretariat for Evangelization as well as the Deaf Apostolate for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will also be in attendance. Also attending the book singing will be students from Archbishop Ryan School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children, priests from Father Russo's Order - the Redemptorists, Sisters of St. Joseph and Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as well as representatives from the deaf community.


11:00 a.m.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Archdiocesan Office Center
222 North 17th Street, Auditorium
Philadelphia, 19103



In Silent Prayer traces the history of this special ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Father Russo has devoted himself to the deaf community for over forty years.

For more information about In Silent Prayer: A History of Ministry with the Deaf Community in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia please visit www.squareonepublishers.com/titles_SilentPrayer.html.

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"the Cardinal Rigali Show" Debuts On Big Talker Wpht 1210 Am

November 18, 2008

"THE CARDINAL RIGALI SHOW" DEBUTS ON BIG TALKER WPHT 1210 AM

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will host a live, monthly radio talk show on the Big Talker 1210 AM WPHT that will debut on Tuesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. The one-hour program will be moderated by talk show host Dom Giordano from the WPHT studio in Bala Cynwyd.

"The Cardinal Rigali Show"
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
WPHT 1210 AM Studio
2 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd



The radio show will include Cardinal Rigali answering questions from callers and discussing pertinent topics with Mr. Giordano. Cardinal Rigali has been a periodic guest on The Dom Giordano program.

"I am grateful to have this opportunity and very much look forward to collaborating on a regular basis with Dom Giordano and the staff at WPHT," Cardinal Rigali said. "The Church has always been interested in social communications and we are constantly looking for new ways to reach out to the faithful and to the wider community."

Mr. Giordano said that he and the station are very excited to be adding Cardinal Rigali to their popular talk show lineup.

"Cardinal Rigali is a major voice and a critical moral force in Philadelphia," said Dom Giordano. "And this moral force is part of everything in Philadelphia at the highest levels. When you have someone who is this imminently involved in national and international levels, that makes it even more of a treat for our listeners to get his insight, given the things that he's doing on a daily basis."

The second "Cardinal Rigali Show" is scheduled to air on December 15, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.

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The Office Of Catholic Education Responds To Charges Filed Against Technology Assistant At Saint Eleanor School In Collegeville

November 21, 2008

The Office of Catholic Education Responds
to Charges Filed Against Technology Assistant at Saint Eleanor School in Collegeville

The Collegeville Police Department came to Saint Eleanor School on Thursday morning, November 13, 2008 requesting that Mr. Vito Granieri come to the station for questioning. No information had been received by the school or the parish prior to the contact by the police. Mr. Granieri was immediately placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. Upon learning of the investigation, the school was fully cooperative. Just today we learned of the charges filed by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.

Mr. Granieri has worked part-time with the Saint Eleanor School technology program since 2004. He also assisted with the lunch program along with other staff and parents. Saint Eleanor School has on file all required state police and child abuse clearances for Mr. Granieri and he had participated in the Archdiocesan Safe Environment training. His contract with the school has been terminated and he will not be hired at any school in the Archdiocese.

Ms. Mary Rochford, Superintendent of Catholic Education said, "As educators who place the well-being of children at the forefront day in and day out this is a truly devastating situation. We are very upset to learn of these charges and pledge that we will continue to cooperate fully with authorities. The pastor and principal are communicating with school families today to ensure that parents are kept informed. In a communication sent today, the school assures parents that we have been and will continue to be vigilant in safeguarding the children entrusted to our care."

Saint Eleanor Parish School in Collegeville, Montgomery County is one of 182 elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. This school and all of the schools of the Archdiocese are dedicated to improving efforts to protect young people.

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Oldest Living Marine Turns 102 At St. Francis Country House Sgt. Major Alfred Deserio Honored For Service In Three Wars

November 24, 2008

OLDEST LIVING MARINE TURNS 102 AT ST. FRANCIS COUNTRY HOUSE
Sgt. Major Alfred DeSerio Honored for Service in Three Wars


Saint Francis Country House resident, Sergeant Major Alfred DeSerio, will be honored as America's oldest living retired United States Marine as he celebrates his 102nd birthday on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia nursing facility.

11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
U.S. Marine Corps 102nd Birthday Ceremony
Tuesday, November 25
Saint Francis Country House
1412 Lansdowne Avenue, Darby


Sergeant DeSerio, who lost his eyesight due to glaucoma, is a decorated veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. General James T. Conway, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, will conduct a special flag presentation and honors ceremony that will be attended by several active Marines stationed in Pennsylvania.

Mr. DeSerio was born and raised in South Philadelphia as a member of Epiphany of Our Lord parish. His service to his country as a United States Marine began with his enlistment in 1940 and assignment at Camp LeJune in North Carolina. His wife, Mary, passed away in 1984. Mr. DeSerio has been a resident under the care of St. Francis Country House since December 2002, after suffering a stroke.

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Cardinal Rigali To "bless The Baby Jesus"

December 1, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI TO "BLESS THE BABY JESUS"

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, invites families and individuals throughout the Archdiocese to a unique Advent Prayer Service - Bless the Baby Jesus. Cardinal Rigali initiated this event four years ago in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Bless the Baby Jesus is sponsored by the Family Life Office and Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Everyone is encouraged to bring an image or figurine of the Baby Jesus, perhaps from their family Nativity Crèche, to be blessed by Cardinal Rigali during the service. The adult and youth choirs of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Media, Delaware County will provide music.

3:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia


Advent is a time when Catholics prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Bless the Baby Jesus is an opportunity to reinforce the central place of Jesus Christ within the family.

Families and individuals are also invited to support those in need during this holiday season by donating new infant clothing, infant formula or monetary donations for the less fortunate. Contributions will be given to the Archdiocesan Catholic Social Services' Family Service Centers and Residences for Women as well as Casa del Carmen.

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Archdiocese Of Philadelphia To Induct Six Honorees Into Hall Of Fame

December 5, 2008

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA TO INDUCT
SIX HONOREES INTO HALL OF FAME

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will honor six remarkable Catholic school graduates with 2008 Distinguished Graduate Awards for their life-long professional and personal accomplishments. Also known as the Archdiocesan Hall of Fame, the Distinguished Graduate Awards have a grand tradition of honoring Catholic school alumni who have not only achieved professional success in their chosen field, but also have demonstrated a commitment to living their lives by the Gospel Values that guide and define Catholic education in the Archdiocese. The awards will be bestowed as part of the 2009 Catholic Schools Week celebration.

"Our Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have graduated thousands of academically, artistically, and spiritually gifted students," said Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia. "The Distinguished Graduate Award allows us to recognize some of those graduates who, by their outstanding contribution, achievements, and continuing commitment to a Catholic life, have inspired an appreciation for the values of the Catholic school tradition."

To purchase tickets for the 2009 Distinguished Graduate Awards, please visit www.promisedfulfilled.org.


Friday, January 30, 2009 at 6 p.m.
The Crystal Tea Room - Wanamaker Building
Broad and Juniper Streets
Philadelphia, PA


The six honorees being inducted into the Archdiocesan Hall of Fame exemplify the Promise Fulfilled by Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia:

Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J. - Professor Emeritus, Department of Biblical Studies, Catholic University of America
St. Hugh of Cluny Parish School - 1934; St. Joseph's Preparatory School - 1938

Rev. Joseph Augustine Fitzmyer is a Jesuit priest who has devoted his life to studying and teaching sacred Scripture. Currently teaching at Georgetown University, Fitzmyer is also a Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at the Catholic University of America. In addition to his teaching contributions, Fitzmyer has served as editor for numerous Biblical journals and publications, and has authored dozens of books on scripture, theology, and Christology, among other topics.

"I have come to realize the importance of my Catholic education," said Fr. Fitzmyer. "I owe a debt to the teachers at St. Hugh's and St. Joseph's who taught me so much. I have spent most of my life studying and teaching -- and the Catholic education that I received enabled me eventually to do that."

Dennis M. O'Brien - Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Our Lady of Calvary Parish School - 1966; Archbishop Ryan High School - 1970

A lifetime resident of Philadelphia, Dennis M. O'Brien is the current Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Since 1976, O'Brien has been an advocate for the residents of Philadelphia's 169th Legislative District. Over the years, he has prioritized health care, educational choice, veterans' rights, economic development initiatives, early intervention and the maintenance of nursing services. He has also worked fervently as an advocate for autism spectrum disorders and serves on several boards and caucuses committed to autism.

"My Catholic school education set the foundation for my approach in life and in my profession from a values-driven perspective," said O'Brien. "Catholic education stresses the importance of the well-rounded person within the context of the Gospel message of caring for others."

Mary Lou Quinlan -Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Just Ask a Woman
St. Helena Parish School, Philadelphia - 1967; Cardinal Dougherty High School - 1971

Mary Lou Quinlan, named "the Oprah of Madison Avenue" by The Wall Street Journal, is a leading marketer and the founder of Just Ask a Woman, one of the country's leading strategic marketing consultancies focusing on marketing to women. Quinlan started her business in 1999 after building a 25-year career with companies such as Avon, DDB Needham Worldwide and N.W. Ayer. She has authored several books, including the best-seller "Just Ask a Woman: Cracking the Code of What Women Want and How They Buy."

Although she is the talk of Madison Avenue, the streets of Philadelphia are where Quinlan got her start. A graduate of St. Helena's Parish School, Cardinal Dougherty High School, and Saint Joseph's University, Quinlan says that "every role that I play in my life is influenced by my Catholic education."


Ellen Hanway & H. Edward Hanway, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CIGNA Corporation
Ellen M. Hanway: Nativity B.V.M. Parish School, Media - 1965; Notre Dame High School, Moylan - 1969
H. Edward Hanway: Nativity B.V.M. Parish School, Media - 1966; Cardinal O'Hara High School - 1970

This year, the Office of Catholic Education will recognize a couple whose contributions to the Catholic community makes them true Distinguished Graduates.

Ellen M. Hanway embodies the principles and values of a Catholic education. Hanway attended Nativity B.V.M. Parish School and Notre Dame High School before graduating from the Keystone School of Business in 1971. An ardent supporter of Catholic education, Hanway is a past Board member of the St. Francis de Sales Lenni Parish Council and Home and School Association. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Drexel Neumann Academy.

H. Edward Hanway is the current chairman and chief executive officer of CIGNA Corporation, and is recognized as a national leader in the effort to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of health care in the United States. Hanway, who attended Nativity B.V.M. Parish School and Cardinal O'Hara High School, says his Catholic education provided him with the educational foundation to succeed in his career. "It instilled in me a respect for myself and for others, as well as the responsibility to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than myself," said Hanway.

Sergeant Patrick McDonald - Philadelphia Police Officer (posthumously)
Christ the King Parish School - 1992; Archbishop Ryan High School - 1996

Patrick McDonald, a Sergeant beloved by his colleagues as a loyal servant of the Philadelphia Police Department, is being honored posthumously.

A proud product of Catholic schools, he graduated from Christ the King Parish School, Archbishop Ryan High School and St. Joseph's University. With a degree in Criminal Justice, Sergeant McDonald joined the Philadelphia Police Department in January 2000 and took tremendous pride in serving the people of Philadelphia. A well-decorated officer, Sergeant McDonald received many honors in his brief career, including Commendatory Citation (July 2000), Commendation for Merit (January and August 2006), Commendatory Citation (September 2006) and the Commendation for Valor (September 2008).

Sergeant McDonald was fatally shot in the line of duty on September 23, 2008 at the age of 30. In celebrating him as a Distinguished Graduate, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia humbly recognizes-and honors-all those graduates who dedicate their lives to making the Philadelphia area a better and safe place to live, work and pray.

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Cardinal Justin Rigali To Host 53rd Christmas Party For Children

December 10, 2008

CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI TO HOST 53rd CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR CHILDREN


Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will host the 53rd annual Cardinal's Christmas Party for Children for approximately 400 children who received services from community or residential agencies of Catholic Social Services this year. The Honorable Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia, is expected to attend. The party begins with a colorful parade, followed by presents and entertainment.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel
17th Street between Vine and Race Streets, Philadelphia


2:15 p.m. - Cardinal Rigali finishes greeting children and poses for photos with high school student volunteers.
2:35 p.m. -- Parade of marching bands, clowns, jugglers enters ballroom.
3:00 p.m. -- Santa's arrival and gift distribution.


Cardinal Rigali will speak to the children after the parade. There will be a musical presentation at 2:50 p.m. by students from the West Catholic High School String Ensemble and the All-Catholic Jazz Band to welcome Santa Claus at 3:00 p.m. Students from John W. Hallahan High School and Roman Catholic High School will assist Santa with distribution of gifts to all of the children. The Drum Lines from Archbishop Ryan, Archbishop Wood and Cardinal O'Hara also will perform.

The Cardinal's Christmas Party for Children not only provides entertainment and presents for the children, it also raises funds to support programs of Catholic Social Services throughout the year. Catholic Social Services assists more than 137,000 children, adults and families throughout the five-county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Chester and Montgomery Counties).

As in past years, the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel will generously provide its services for this event. Mrs. Jacqueline Delaney is the event chairperson. Deacon John Hunter, Director for Development and BLOCS for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is the event coordinator. Students from Catholic high schools throughout the Archdiocese will provide the entertainment.
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Cardinal Rigali To Make Christmas Visit To Philadelphia Prison

December 18, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI TO MAKE CHRISTMAS VISIT
TO PHILADELPHIA PRISON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will visit the men of Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center (PICC) in Northeast Philadelphia to celebrate Mass for approximately 100 inmates. Cardinal Rigali has made prison visits and Mass a part of his annual Christmas ministry. In his fifth year as Archbishop of Philadelphia, Cardinal Rigali returns to the site of his first Archdiocese Christmas prison visit in 2003. Last year's Christmas Mass was celebrated at Bucks County Prison.

Father Gregory Cozzubbo, Director of Chaplaincy Services; and Father Paul Morrissey, Roman Catholic chaplain of the Philadelphia Prison System; will concelebrate. Inmates will participate in the liturgy as readers and altar servers.

9:30 a.m. Mass
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center
8301 State Road, Philadelphia


Following the Mass, Cardinal Rigali has asked to meet with approximately 130 juveniles under the age of 18 who are charged as adults but can not attend the service. No media access will be permitted for Cardinal Rigali's meeting with the juveniles. In December 2004, Cardinal Rigali visited Graterford Prison in Montgomery County. In December 2005, Cardinal Rigali visited Curran-Fromhold Correction Facility in Northeast Philadelphia, where he celebrated Mass and visited with the men. Cardinal Rigali's 2006 visit was with the women of Riverside Correction Facility in Philadelphia.

PICC opened in 1986 and remains the headquarters and showroom for Philacor, the prison industries program of the Philadelphia Prison System. The showcase industry at PICC is the extensive carpentry trade program. Approximately 1100 inmates reside at PICC awaiting trial, with about 35 percent serving a "county term" of less than two years.

Editor's Note: Media planning to cover are kindly asked to contact Robert Eskind, Public Information Officer for the Philadelphia Prison System at 215-685-7888 or 215-906-6757 (cell). Faces of inmates may not be on camera. Prison staff will seat inmates who agree to be on camera in a designated area. Selected residents may be available for media interviews following the service. Street parking only.

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

December 19, 2008

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

Below is Cardinal Justin Rigali's Christmas Letter to be communicated to the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on December 20th and 21st. Please feel free to quote from the letter or to print it in its entirety.

Christmas 2008

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you and your families as we celebrate His birth!

The words of the humble shepherds proclaimed to us this Christmas Day remind us of the centrality of the birth of our Savior in history and the importance of our celebration of this awesome event: "Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known" (Luke 2:15).

God the Father reveals His plan to the shepherds and they go to see this wondrous event that has taken place. God speaks to the shepherds and these humble men make known the message that has been told them about the child.

The great event of Christ's birth evoked a response from the shepherds, it changed them. After our days of Advent preparation, the shepherds show us the manner in which we are to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. Our celebration of the Lord's birth calls us to deepen our faith in God's tremendous love and to share with others what has been so freely and generously given to us: the very Son of God who has emptied Himself for our salvation.

May the Lord Jesus continue to bless you and your families and may Mary our Mother watch over you now and always.

Sincerely in Christ,

Cardinal Justin Rigali
Archbishop of Philadelphia

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

December 19, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS LITURGIES
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia

Christmas Eve: Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, is the celebrant and homilist of all Masses
5:00 p.m. Christmas Vigil Mass
7:30 p.m. Christmas Vigil Mass Please note that the Archdiocesan Boy Choir will be singing carols at 7:00 p.m.
There will not be a mult-box feed for the Christmas Vigil Masses. Media planning to cover any Masses at the Cathedral are asked to call the Cathedral Rectory at 215-561-1313 and leave a message.

Midnight Mass
Please note that beginning at 11:00 p.m. the Cathedral Basilica Choir and the Cathedral Basilica Brass Quartet will provide prelude music.
12:00 a.m. - Music provided by the Cathedral Basilica Choir and the Cathedral Basilica Brass Quartet.

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. Please enter on 17th Street, between Race and Vine Streets. Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck or a live truck. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral. Television Crews please contact Daniel Kearns with any technical questions, 215-888-0305 cell.

Christmas Day
Christmas Day in the Cathedral: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. There will not be a mult-box feed.
Masses will be celebrated by the priests of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Media planning to cover any Masses at the Cathedral are asked to call the Cathedral Rectory at 215-561-1313 and leave a message.


Cardinal Rigali will be the celebrant and homilist for Christmas Mass at 10:30 a.m. Saint Anastasia Parish, West Chester Pike and Radnor Road, Newtown Square, Delaware County. If there are any questions, please contact Saint Anastasia Parish directly at 610-356-1613.

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Cardinal Rigali, Mayor Nutter Host Memorial Service For Sergeant Timothy Simpson Religious Leaders Offer Prayers For Healing, Hope And Peace

December 19, 2008

CARDINAL RIGALI, MAYOR NUTTER HOST MEMORIAL SERVICE
FOR SERGEANT TIMOTHY SIMPSON

Religious Leaders Offer Prayers for Healing, Hope and Peace





The Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia and the Mayor's Office of Faith Based Initiatives will hold a Memorial Service to conclude the period of mourning for Sergeant Timothy Simpson. The service will be hosted by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia.

10:30 a.m.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway


The ecumenical service with interfaith participation will include the presentation of a City of Philadelphia flag to the officer's family by students from Father Judge High School (Simpson son a student), St. Hubert High School (Simpson daughter's school) and St. Timothy's School (Parish school). Mayor Nutter will offer remarks and Cardinal Rigali will offer a Closing Prayer and Blessing for Peace.

The service will conclude with a one-minute Pause for Peace. All citizens are asked to pause at noon in prayer for all victims and reflect on how they can help end the violence in their communities.


The Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia was formed in 2006 to unite religious leaders, to build relationships of mutual support, to offer a moral and spiritual voice, and to take action on issues of critical concern in our region. The Council has identified the issue of violence as its first priority and has joined hands with the Mayor and leaders of this region to walk the ways of peace. The Religious Leaders Council is coordinated by the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia 3723 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19104, info@interfaithcenterpa.org, 215-222-1012.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For those unable to attend the Memorial Service, it will be streamed live on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia website at www.archphila.org. An audio and video mult-box feed will be provided in the parking lot of the Cathedral. Please enter on 17th Street, between Race and Vince Streets. Television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. Reporters and still photographers will be permitted in the Cathedral.



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Santa And His Elves Are On Their Way To Needy Children The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia's 41st Annual Operation Santa Claus

December 19, 2008

SANTA AND HIS ELVES ARE ON THEIR WAY
TO NEEDY CHILDREN
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's 41st Annual Operation Santa Claus

164 teams consisting of four teenagers per team will spend Christmas Eve delivering toys to families in need throughout the Philadelphia area. The teen volunteers from Archdiocesan youth programs will dress as Santa and his elves and meet at St. Joseph's Preparatory School before delivering the toys.

Christmas Eve
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
1:00 -1:30 p.m.
Saint Joseph's Preparatory School
1733 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia


Approximately 20,000 toys will be delivered to 5,000 needy children. The toys were collected from donation boxes at all branches of Beneficial Bank, Archdiocesan schools, parishes, private academies and a number of Philadelphia businesses.

The Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant for the closing liturgy attended by approximately 800 people.
4:45 p.m.
Closing Liturgy
Drexelbrook Country Club
Drexelbrook Drive & Valley Road
Drexel Hill, Delaware County


SPECIAL EDITOR'S NOTE: Because of confidentiality, the media are asked NOT to accompany the teens to the homes of the families receiving toys. However, you may obtain footage of the teens gathering and preparing to make deliveries from St. Joseph's Preparatory School. Contact St. Joseph's Preparatory School on Christmas Eve: Kerry Jacoby at 215.205.8105.

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