Religion

 By Jenn Matusiak and Melanie Menkevich

Fishtown: Closing of Northeast Catholic Ends a Tradition

Fishtown: Closing of Northeast Catholic Ends a Tradition

Tears fell amidst empty desks and rules of grammar chalk-written on the blackboard.   Candace Morris held back more as she spoke of the Salesian tradition of Northeast Catholic High School for Boys. “We try to teach our students […] that you’re not expected to be everything; you’re only expected to be who you are […]

 By Wendy Borst and Justin Finneran

Olney: Mann Funeral Home Celebrates 100 Years in Business

Olney: Mann Funeral Home Celebrates 100 Years in Business

In looking back at a century of service to Philadelphians, history shows that the Mann family profession began as one small and ambitious service. Yet by staying committed to a philosophy of providing the finest level of service available, the business has grown into a proud tradition capable of performing all necessary functions for families […]

 By Meggan Kole and Lena Kravets

Germantown: Finding the Way Through Service and Prayer

Germantown: Finding the Way Through Service and Prayer

They come in broken and addicted. Twelve months later, they leave as happy, productive members of society.  Teen Challenge, a faith-based rehabilitation program in Germantown, is providing a place where lives are completely turned around.  But there are no twelve steps to overcoming your addiction here.  In fact, little focus is placed on the addiction […]

 By Dave Nescio and Kelly McManus

Logan: The Unwritten Word

Logan: The Unwritten Word

The Word of God has never sounded so cool. Meet Donte Holland, also known by his rapper name Beloved the Ghostwriter, gospel rapper from the Strawberry Mansion area of Philadelphia. Getting his start when he was 13 years old, Beloved has now solidified himself as a Christian rapper with lyrics based on the gospel. “Since […]

 By Michael N. Price and Shannon Spillman

Ludlow: Church Helps Battle Addiction

Ludlow: Church Helps Battle Addiction

Addiction is in the news a lot these days. While most of stories found in the local media tend to focus on their subjects due to celebrity or social status. Some are professional athletes or in Philadelphia their coach’s sons; others are musicians and entertainers. But most of the victims of addiction are found in […]

 By Dave Nescio and Kelly McManus

Olney: St. Paul is the Hand That Feeds

Olney: St. Paul is the Hand That Feeds

At the corner of Fifth and Nedro streets is St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Like many among the plethora of churches in Olney, regardless of faith, St. Paul’s has an ornate and somewhat old structure that many people pass without giving a second thought. However, it is what goes on behind the doors of St. Paul’s […]

 By Chris Zakorchemny and Ashley Campbell

Ridge Avenue: Share A Blessing Ministry

Ridge Avenue: Share A Blessing Ministry

It was 11:30 a.m. and people were waiting to to go inside Miller Memorial Baptist Church on North 22nd Street off Ridge Avenue. This isn’t uncommon for  a Thursday afternoon because this is when the church hosts the Share A Blessing Ministry. Created 14 years ago by Deaconess Sarah Lynch, the ministry serves lunch to […]

 By David Nescio and Kelly McManus

Logan: Mormons Go Mainstream

Logan: Mormons Go Mainstream

You may see them walking around your neighborhood wearing sharp-looking suit jackets, spotless white shirts, with backpacks and nice slacks. You may also see them stray away from the sidewalks and up the front steps of your neighbors’ houses to spread the word. Regardless of whether or not you’re listening, know this: many others are. […]

 By Vince Paravecchia and Christie Alderfer

Ludlow: Studying the Bible Makes a Difference

Ludlow: Studying the Bible Makes a Difference

They come to learn, to play and to pray. For the past 15 years, children and young adults from the Ludlow community and the surrounding area have gathered each and every Tuesday night at the Sixth Street Mennonite Church for a Bible study taught by volunteers and church leaders. While the reasons for attending vary […]

 By Kurtis Lee

Hunting Park: ‘Higher’ Education that Seeks Connection

Hunting Park: ‘Higher’ Education that Seeks Connection

On the second-floor of North Philadelphia’s, Deliverance Evangelistic Church, class is set to begin. The Center for Urban Theological Studies (CUTS), leases nine classrooms from the massive church, but typically only uses four. It’s just before 5:30, on this Thursday evening in early April, as men and women exit the floor’s lone elevator and retreat […]

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