Religion

 By Kristina Leon and Chesney Davis

Allegheny West: Church Thrift Store Sells, to Give

Allegheny West: Church Thrift Store Sells, to Give

[vimeo 18392191] Eleven years ago, Rev. Roger Riggins pondered what to make of all the extra space in the building that houses the Word of Life Worship Center in Allegheny West. “I was standing there one day and I just sensed in my spirit, the thrift store came to me,” said Riggins. A minister of […]

 By Rebecca Hale and Patrick McCloskey

Feltonville: Local Church Helps Heal Community

Feltonville: Local Church Helps Heal Community

[vimeo 18393099] The small and diverse congregation of the Wyoming Avenue Baptist Church listened to Pastor Luis Centeno with rapt attention. During the songs, all the members stood up and immersed themselves in the music. They closed their eyes and held their heads up.  Although only about 35 people attended the service last Sunday, the […]

 By Kymberly Bays

Kensington: Ministry Reaching At-Risk Teens Through Boxing

Kensington: Ministry Reaching At-Risk Teens Through Boxing

[vimeo 18391408] It’s an unlikely scene just half a block from the Kensington and Somerset stop under the Market-Frankford line. Amid the shadows of “the El” and barely past the illicit activities of the intersection, there is a building that’s easy to miss. It doesn’t help that at one time it was vacant for 15 […]

 By Jennifer Reardon

South Philadelphia Parishioners Await Unveiling of New Statue

South Philadelphia Parishioners Await Unveiling of New Statue

[vimeo 18393082] The Rev. Joseph Genito, the pastor at St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church and Shrine at Broad and Ellsworth streets in South Philadelphia, has listened to confessions and absolved parishioners of their sins for 35 years. One person he has not heard a confession from, though, is the individual who vandalized the St. […]

 By Kevin Cook

North Philadelphia: Open Door Baptist Church Celebrates its 60th Anniversary

North Philadelphia: Open Door Baptist Church Celebrates its 60th Anniversary

Open Door Baptist Church, located at 1632 N. 26th St., celebrates its 60th anniversary.

 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 […]