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Center City: Life Through the Lens of an Out Pastor

Center City: Life Through the Lens of an Out Pastor

Inside an Oregon storage unit a few days after their engagement in July, R. Eric Thomas learned something about his fiancé, Rev. David Norse (above), through some old photographs. “We both realized that we were pretty lonely teenagers,” Thomas said. “That is what it is, but I got to see parts of him that I recognized as […]

 

Center City: ‘Come as You are’ at Broad Street Ministry

Center City: ‘Come as You are’ at Broad Street Ministry

When Broad Street Ministry opened in 2005, the staff realized quickly the church had to be different. “We knew right away this needed to be a church for this zip code,” said Rev. Andy Greenhow, minister of stewardship, congregational partnership and belonging. “That has to incorporate three blocks from City Hall. That has to incorporate, too, […]

 

Logan Square: Philadelphia’s Mormon Temple Expected to be Completed by Summer 2016

Logan Square: Philadelphia’s Mormon Temple Expected to be Completed by Summer 2016

It has been nearly three years since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began constructing its Philadelphia temple (above). Standing tall on Vine Street, between 17th and 18th streets, there are only a few more additions needed before it is open to the public next summer. However, the temple is only one of three […]

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Center City: Valuing the Individual at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia

Center City: Valuing the Individual at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia

For Hugh Taft-Morales (above), the closest he came to a religious experience was “Star Trek.” Taft-Morales, the leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, grew up in an intellectual home with his father a scientist. He attended an Episcopal church for four years. “I was sent there to get musical training, to develop my ear […]

 

Olney: Music School Serves as Cultural Beacon for Residents

Olney: Music School Serves as Cultural Beacon for Residents

Situated on the crowded commercial blocks of Olney dwells one of the last bastions of music education in the community. The Gibson School of Music and Arts seeks to preserve musical tradition in the community through inspiring its youth by teaching them the value of the creative arts. This year marks the institution’s 20th anniversary. According […]

 

Center City: Freedom Church Keeps Their Young Crowd Engaged

Center City: Freedom Church Keeps Their Young Crowd Engaged

Walking by the Prince Theater at 9 a.m. on a Sunday and you will wonder, “What are all those lights doing on so early?” That’s because Freedom Church is preparing for their weekly Sunday morning worship at 9:30 a.m. Rather than a formal church building, this parish uses the performing arts theater for its service, along with […]

 

Overbrook: Pope Francis’ Visit Makes Lasting Impression on Seminarians

Overbrook: Pope Francis’ Visit Makes Lasting Impression on Seminarians

The Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary had the privilege of hosting Pope Francis for a night when he arrived in Philadelphia. “I think the mood before he came was one of anticipation and unknowing,” said Deacon Matthew Biedrzycki. “While he was here, it was an overwhelming reality that this was the person you’d seen on TV, and now […]

 

Kensington: Buddy Osborn Fights … With Faith

Kensington: Buddy Osborn Fights … With Faith

The corner of Kensington Avenue and Somerset Street in Kensington is amongst the most notorious drug corners in the city. Heroin draws addicts and dealers, making it an open playing field for crime and violence, and for many, death. Around this corner is a building, which houses a man with a message that just might save his […]

 

Olney: Francis Festival Makes Its Way To Cardinal Dougherty High School

Olney: Francis Festival Makes Its Way To Cardinal Dougherty High School

In celebration of Pope Francis’ arrival in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families, approximately 3,000 Vietnamese Roman Catholics gathered at Cardinal Dougherty High School to celebrate. “That’s not a church,” objected one child as his mother led him through the flag-festooned gates. The scene at the school doors defied his observation. Dozens of priests […]

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Bella Vista: Parishioners Study Family Teachings, Offer Church Tours Ahead of Papal Visit

Bella Vista: Parishioners Study Family Teachings, Offer Church Tours Ahead of Papal Visit

People all over the world have anticipated the arrival of Pope Francis to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families, which is the largest gathering of Catholic families in the world. One local South Philadelphia parish in Bella Vista shared plans and preparation for the pope’s visit to Philadelphia. Saint Paul and Saint Mary Magdalen […]