Matt Bernardini

Center City: Roman Catholic’s Nazeer Bostick Becomes a Leader

Center City: Roman Catholic’s Nazeer Bostick Becomes a Leader

While basketball is not a major contact sport, aggressiveness and toughness are certainly important traits. Nazeer Bostick possesses both of these and has used them to become a leader on one of the top high school basketball teams in the state. “He’s very aggressive, always wants the ball and wants to run up and down […]

 

Northeast: Catholic High Schools Mixed About Pope

Northeast: Catholic High Schools Mixed About Pope

George Todt looked at Archbishop Ryan High School’s rear grounds as he reflected on Pope John Paul II’s Oct. 3, 1979 visit to Philadelphia. John Paul II had come to a city where 1 million people had attended his open-air Mass, at the Cathedral-Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, in Logan Circle Todt remembered John […]

 

Fox Chase: Soccer For Club and Community

Fox Chase: Soccer For Club and Community

Tucked away in Northeast Philadelphia behind Fox Chase Elementary lies Fox Chase Soccer Club. From the outside, it might not appear to be much – a red and white concession stand that doubles as a meeting/trophy room with a large grass field, muddied and puddled from a combination of the rain and snow from the […]

 

North Philadelphia: Speedy Morris, Philadelphia’s Coach

North Philadelphia: Speedy Morris, Philadelphia’s Coach

Few people ever get their dream job. Fewer people get to do that job for over 45 years. And far fewer get that job without a college diploma. St. Joseph’s Preparatory School head coach Speedy Morris has done all of those things. Morris’ claims to fame include being the winningest basketball coach in La Salle […]

 By Charles Brown

Fairhill: Demolished Landmark Symbolizes Tough Times for Catholic Parishes

Fairhill: Demolished Landmark Symbolizes Tough Times for Catholic Parishes

The image is all too familiar of Industrial Era edifices – crumbling walls, blown-out windows, a palpable eeriness from the abandonment.  But this isn’t a description of the typical forsaken warehouse that has come to define North Philadelphia’s landscape. The blighted building in question is the remains of St. Bonaventure, a once-looming Gothic church that […]

 By Najee Clancy and Tyler Dougherty

Hunting Park: Home for Incurable Cancer Helps Patients Prepare for Death

Hunting Park: Home for Incurable Cancer Helps Patients Prepare for Death

For more than 80 years, the Sacred Heart Home for Incurable Cancer has housed cancer patients on the corner of Park and Hunting Park avenues in North Philadelphia. Sister Marie Edward serves as director of nursing and religious superior to all of the sisters living in the home. “We’re seeing patients that are coming in […]