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Passyunk Square: Father Vincent Farhat Pays Homage To His Family With Unconditional Love In And Out Of Church

Passyunk Square: Father Vincent Farhat Pays Homage To His Family With Unconditional Love In And Out Of Church

Vincent Farhat (pictured above), pastor at St. Maron’s Catholic Church located at 1013 Ellsworth St., has taken the guidance from his upbringing to provide love and compassion to all people. Farhat’s relationship with his family has led him to dedicate his life to his church and to his faith. The 53-year-old Lebanese American was born […]

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Fishtown: Jesse Gardner Opens Doors to Help Save St. Laurentius Church

Fishtown: Jesse Gardner Opens Doors to Help Save St. Laurentius Church

Jesse Gardner is the key holder to the art gallery, Unsung Heroes . Here, at 2024 E. Arizona St., double life-sized painted portraits of firefighters hang on the walls. But on the first Friday of each month, Gardner’s gallery takes on a very different role as he welcomes Fishtown residents into his creative space. Even though he […]

 

East Oak Lane: Church Leader Creates Kitchen Program to Bring Members Together

East Oak Lane: Church Leader Creates Kitchen Program to Bring Members Together

Oak Lane Presbyterian Church, located in the East Oak Lane area of the city, offers many programs geared toward creating a tight-knit congregation. The church’s pastor, the Rev. Judith Brackett, had this goal in mind when she created her Tuesdays in the Kitchen with the Pastor program, which allows members of the congregation to spend time with her, […]

 By Carine Lavache and Stephanie Hirsch

Strawberry Mansion/Allegheny West: Loaded with History Worth Visiting

Strawberry Mansion/Allegheny West: Loaded with History Worth Visiting

Strawberry Mansion and Allegheny West have been marred by news reports of violence and drug problems for many years. What people may think are dangerous areas in North Philadelphia are unique subdivisions with their own rich history, from the Revolutionary War period to the modern era. These neighborhoods hold secrets to the past that enrich these […]

 

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 […]

 

Germantown: Pastor David Fitzgerald Compels People to Christ

Germantown: Pastor David Fitzgerald Compels People to Christ

Whether it’s through feeding the homeless or counseling community members, Pastor David Fitzgerald stands out in the Germantown region. In an area facing a plethora of societal issues, namely poverty, the pastor actively seeks to make change day and night. He and his wife, Jocelyn, co-founded Compelling People to Christ two years ago. It is only the […]

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Germantown: Influencing the Community Through Religion

Germantown: Influencing the Community Through Religion

When you walk down Germantown’s antiquated cobblestone streets, you see a diverse pool of people from block to block. On one block you see people wearing Muslim clothing, and on another block you see people dressed in regular street wear. Christianity and Islam are the two dominating and integral religions in the Germantown community. Religion, in […]

 

Passyunk: Non-denominational Fellowship Welcomes All in South Philadelphia

Passyunk: Non-denominational Fellowship Welcomes All in South Philadelphia

When Sean Roche’s pastor at Calvary Fellowship, one of the biggest church groups in Philadelphia, brought up the idea for a South Philadelphia location, Roche jumped at the chance to help. Roche, a teacher at the Calvary Christian Academy, is not a pastor by training nor does he get paid for his work, he simply sees […]

 

Mantua: Five Churches to Know

Mantua: Five Churches to Know

Here is a list of five out of several well-established churches in the Mantua community. The motto of First United Baptist Church (above) is “Keep this Church Alive.” The pastor-teacher is longtime Bishop Samuel Adkins, who has held the position for over 20 years.   The St. Jude Baptist Church sits at 38th and Wallace streets. The pastor […]

 

South Philadelphia: Influx of Youth, Dwindling Faith and a Shifting Cultural Melting Pot

South Philadelphia: Influx of Youth, Dwindling Faith and a Shifting Cultural Melting Pot

The idea of South Philadelphia generates several common images of cheesesteaks, rabid sports fans and scenes of Rocky Balboa running through the Italian Market. The South Philadelphia area, particularly east of Broad Street, had been one of the most popular landing spots for Italian immigrants moving to Philadelphia in the 19th and 20th centuries. The […]

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