Port Richmond: Placing Faith in Failing Parishes

Port Richmond: Placing Faith in Failing Parishes

A dull light quietly glowed through the empty window panes of the otherwise boarded school adjacent Campbell Square. Graffiti, vandalism and litter has transformed the Nativity Blessed Virgin Mary school into an unrecognizable memory. After six years of sitting vacant, a slew of community meetings and a battle in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court the Roman […]

 

Port Richmond: Fate Of Nativity BVM Lies In The Hands Of The State Supreme Court

Port Richmond: Fate Of Nativity BVM Lies In The Hands Of The State Supreme Court

Members of the Port Richmond community continue to pray a verdict will soon be reached on a proposal to convert the abandoned Nativity BVM School into senior housing. The school closed its doors in 2008. No ruling from the State Supreme Court has been announced and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is looking to secure an […]

 By Amay Smith and Christina Trinh

Port Richmond: Vacant School is Site for New Senior Housing

Port Richmond: Vacant School is Site for New Senior Housing

[vimeo 25661980] Port Richmond senior Eileen Woods said she and her girlfriends were excited to hear about future senior housing at Nativity because it was their former grade school. She said it would be nice to go back and return to her roots. “Sure, it’d be great for a bunch of us to live in […]

 By Amay Smith and Christina Trinh

Port Richmond: Senior Residents Ready for New Housing

Port Richmond: Senior Residents Ready for New Housing

[vimeo 25661702] Due to limited housing for the seniors in the neighborhood, many opt for housing opportunities in neighboring areas such as Fishtown, Bridesburg or Kensington to better serve their needs. Some senior residents of Port Richmond have moved to the Neumann Senior Housing (formerly St. Mary’s Hospital) at 1601 E. Palmer St. and others […]

 By Dan Koob and Josh McAdams

Port Richmond: Three Years Later, Our Lady of Port Richmond Survives

Port Richmond: Three Years Later, Our Lady of Port Richmond Survives

Principal Sister Mary Ripp patrolled the hallways of Our Lady of Port Richmond on her way to  supervise the lunch room. The hallways were alive with second-, fourth- and sixth-graders making their way to the school basement for their lunch period. Addressing every one she passed by name, the principal of one of the three […]