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Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill, will recognize its 2009 Hall of Fame inductees at a ceremony to be held Saturday, April 25, 7 p.m. at the school, followed by a cocktail reception. The public is welcome and tickets are available by calling 856-663-2267, ext 49. This year’s inductees in the Hall of Fame Academic and Arts group are: Yolanda Aguilar de Neely, ’63 – A neighborhood activist in Camden, Aguilar de Neely serves as assistant to Camden City Mayor Gwendolyn Faison and concurrently on the Camden County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Holcim Cement Community Advisory Panel, District Community Collaborative Board I, and Cooper Lanning Improvement Association. Frederick Keating, ’66 – With a long career as a university professor, Keating has devoted much of his professional life to the areas of special education and community service. He is currently the superintendent of the Gloucester County Special Services School District. Sister Mary Pauline Kuntne, RSM, CCHS ’52-’77 – As the former head of the CCHS Music Department during her tenure at the school, Sr. Pauline took charge of the school’s legendary plays, the marching band, the orchestra, the chorus, and every other aspect of the performing arts program at the school. After leaving CCHS, she established a career in nursing. She is a resident of Passaic. David A. MacDonald, CCHS ’65 -’04 – MacDonald served as geography history, sociology, economics teacher and was a club advisor for the yearbook, ice hockey, the TV crew, and the senior class. Dr. Constance McAneney, ’73 – Physician, pediatric specialist, professor, lecturer, researcher, McAneney  currently is on the staff of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and is a faculty moderator of the Medical Student Pediatric Club of the Cincinnati College of Medicine. Hon. Joseph H. Rodriguez, ’49 – A Camden native, Rodriguez currently served as Senior Judge, U.S. District Court. Before becoming a judge, he was Chairman of the State Commission of Investigation and New Jersey State Board of Higher Education, as well as a New Jersey State Public Advocate and Public Defender.  Rear Admiral Joseph C. Strasser (Ret.), ’58 – Strasser is a recipient of the Defense Distinguished Service Media, the highest peacetime award given by the military. He served as Rear Admiral, commanding Cruiser-Destroyer Group Three and USS Enterprise Battle Group. He also served two tours on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in Strategy, executive assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and president of the Naval Ware College. Father William Hart, CCHS ’65-’09 – Father Hart served as guidance counselor and scholarship advisor. He was well known for leading college tours during his tenure at CCHS. For years, he led the Al Carino Basketball Club of South Jersey, while he himself was a member of the South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame. Sister Mary Simon Robb, RSM, ’54 – A champion of senior citizens, Sister Mary Simon has worked in, and organized, older adult programs throughout Central New Jersey most of her years as a Sister of Mercy. After teaching in elementary schools for nearly 20 years, she eventually turned her attention to the older population. Her rich career includes founding the Bayshore Senior Day Center, serving as executive director of Monmouth County Office on Aging, and serving on the board of the Senior Citizens’ Activity Network. Richard J. Corbett, MD, ’55 (Deceased) – A family physician and specialist in substance abuse, Dr. Corbett opened Operation Concern for addicts and alcoholics, treating patients all over South Jersey.  He was instrumental in the construction of the Stanfill Towers Senior Citizens Complex in Haddon Heights and was Haddon Heights High School’s physician on call. Hon. Joseph Nardi Jr., ’49 (Deceased) – A former Mayor of Camden, Nardi was appointed New Jersey Superior Court Judge in 1989.  Other legal posts he held were Camden City Attorney and Assistant Prosecutor for Camden County. For 13 years, he served in the Family Court, including a post of presiding judge.  This year’s inductees in the Hall of Fame’s Athletics group are: Justin Phoenix, ’92 – Phoenix was one of the most prolific basketball scorers of his era, earning First Team All-South Jersey and averaging 22.5 point a game in his senior year and finishing his CCHS career with 1,302 points. Bob Kenney ’52 – Retired Sports Editor of the Courier-Post, Kenney is best known for putting the recognition of female athletes on a level with their male peers in scholastic sports. He initiated the practice of upgrading the female athletes to All-South Jersey teams, which brought an award from the National Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.  Richard “Dick” Scott, ’51 – Scott was a starting quarterback for the CCHS football team from ’48-’51, and helped lead the team to a 9-0 record in 1949, the first perfect season in CCHS history. His varsity career led to All-South Jersey honors.  He also played three varsity seasons of basketball and baseball, helping the school win a Camden City Series his senior year.  James Delaney, CCHS ‘60s-70s – Starting at CCHS as a teacher, Delaney made history as a football coach with the most victories – 62 – during his 13 seasons coaching and achieving the school’s only three unbeaten-untied seasons. He began with a 0-9 season but in just few years produced the 9-0 1966 season earning CCHS the South Jersey Parochial Group A Championship. He was recognized as the only football coach other than Tom Kenney to have five consecutive teams with winning records and six straight non-losing seasons. Katie Caputi Robine, ’98 – Caputi was such a dominant athlete, she was named to the Courier-Post All-Century team in two sports: First Team Softball and Honorable Mention Basketball. She earned 12 varsity letters while at CCHS and earned First Team All-South Jersey three years in softball and twice in basketball. The Olympic Conference also selected her First Team Softball four times, three years in basketball, and one in soccer. Virginia Onofrio, ’81 – Four varsity letters in softball, three in basketball, and two in field hockey are impressive accomplishments, as are the many All-Conference, All-Parochial, All-South Jersey, and captaincy honors he earned. By her senior year, she earned the Courier-Post’s All-South Jersey selection in softball and field hockey and a team-high 13.7 points, leading the Irish to a Group 3 Championship and into the state finals.  Timothy R. Bieg, ’97 – During his four years playing basketball and baseball at CCHS, Bieg earned long list of awards and achieved great accomplishments, such as his still-standing 1,503 career basketball points and his Courier-Post All-South Jersey, McDonald All-American award and the Street & Smith High School All-America Honorable Mention.  During his four years at CCHS, the Irish were 91-16 and the team was the recipient of All-South Jersey, All-Parochial, and All-Olympic Conference recognition. In baseball, he topped out with a .486 batting average. Susanne Schooley, ’60 – While at CCHS, she captained the basketball and field hockey teams. Later, she played lacrosse at Glassboro State College, now Rowan University. She founded the Women’s Lacrosse Club of south Jersey and the West Jersey Lacrosse Association. He is a member of the National Lacrosse, New Jersey Lacrosse, New Jersey State Scholastic coaches, and Rowan University halls of fame. She began her coaching career in Cherry Hill High School East in field hockey and lacrosse and later took over as the gymnastics coach. She also coached other organizations, including the Japanese National World Cup Team. William A. Seitzinger, ’53 (Deceased) – An outstanding running back at CCHS, Seitzinger reputation in football earned him a football scholarship to the University of Georgia. While playing football at CCHS, he had multiple touchdown games, including the only scores to lead the Irish 13-0 win over Seton Hall Prep during his junior year.
Thursday, 16 April 2009 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill will hold its fifth annual Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday, April 16, honoring teams and individuals who have excelled in the world of academia, arts or athletics, as well as contributed to their community. Seven of the alumni will be honored in Arts and Academics, and two of them are brothers in the military. Five others are recognized for accomplishments in athletics, another for coaching, and the initial induction for upholding the spirit of the school, as a student and alumnus. Additionally, the 1947, 1948, and 1949 football teams, which combined for 25 wins, one tie, and one loss, will be inducted, cited as the Renaissance of Camden Catholic Football. Inductees in Academics and Arts include: Dr. Richard Callahan, DPA, Class of 1978; Associate Dean and Director of State Capitol and Leadership Programs, University of California in Sacramento; Dr. Raymond M. Holzalski, PhD, Class of 1986; Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering, University of Minnesota, specializing in the quality of drinking water distribution systems; Msgr. Andrew Martin, Camden Catholic High School Principal, President Emeritus, for his 26-year dedication to the school; Col. Gary S. Graham, U.S. Marine Corps, Class of 1979; decorated fighter pilot, first African-American to command a USMC Squadron and Air Group; Capt. Michael Ray Graham, USN, Class of 1981; decorated sea officer, currently serving as Ship Program Manager, Sea Systems, Washington, D.C. Barbara Yeager Conforti, Class of 1976; dancer, Broadway actress, choreographer Inductees in Athletics include: Gabby Bieg Funke, Class of 1994; All-South Jersey in field hockey, four-year starter in field hockey and lacrosse, highly recruited Division I athlete, four-year starter in field hockey and two-year started in lacrosse at Boston College; Stuart Green, Class of 1960; All-South Jersey football running back, First Team All-Conference and leading scorer at University of Delaware; Donald Kennedy, Class of 1950; Camden Catholic’s first single-season four-letterman, standing out in football, basketball, track, and golf his senior season, and named CCHS Athlete of the Year in 1950; Mike Kondrla, Class of 1967; All-South Jersey and All-State end who earned Knute Rockne Award while playing at the University of Notre Dame; Gary Papa, Wrestling Coach 1992-2005. His teams compiled 245 wins and only 52 losses, while winning seven NJSIAA State Championships; Rick Slininka, Class of 1966; All-South Jersey two-way lineman, Honorable Mention All-State, three-year varsity offensive tackle at the University of Maryland; Renaissance Football Teams, 25-1- and one state championship by teams in 1947, 1948, and 1949; the successful 1947 season was the second year of reopening the program under Tom Kenney, after the school shut it down in 1941, without a winning season. Inductee in Special Achievement: Kurt Schmidt, Class of 1985; graduate of the Special Education program; bowler, basketball manager, multi-sport Special Olympics medalist; selected to the U.S. Special Olympics bowling team, which will compete in July in Athens, Greece. Posthumous Inductee: Mary Woods Kelly, Class of 1933; Dance Instructor, Camden Catholic annual music show producer, world-wide performer. Tickets for the 7 p.m. ceremony and celebration on Saturday, April 16 are $45 pre-sale, of $50 at the door. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served immediately following the ceremony. For more information, contact Meghan at 856-663-3347, ext. 34.
Thursday, 07 April 2011 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Photo by James A. McBride The following students graduated from Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill, on June 7. Commencement was held at the school. Karlee E. Adair Tochi M. Ahiarakwe Daniel L. Albright, Jr. Korey M. Alston Alexandra Alvelo Anthony Arreaga Donovan T. Barry Zachary B. Bearint Lauren T. Benns Jahna M. Bigge Shaniqua S. Biles Alexandra R. Blackton Patrick R. Boyle Anna R. Britton Jahseer A. Bronson Benjamin J. Brouse Tyler J. Brown Timothy N. Bruckner Ryan R. Brumbaugh Bryan P. Burrows Elijah A. Burton Richard Busch Elizabeth A. Campbell Alexis Candelaria Donald J. Carfagno, Jr. Peter J. Carmody-Burns Katie L. Cassady Hyung Ah Chang Alicia M. Charles Danielle E. Clarke Devon A. Clarke Jennifer Cole Samantha L. Colosi Christine M. Conn Caroline P. Connelly John J. Connelly Michael E. Conway Francis X. Cornely, Jr. William J. Cornely Katherine L. Creelman Sarah B. Crist Karen H. Cuneo Madelyn M. Cuzzupe Anthony L. Davis Julianna Davis Davina de Hart Joseph P. DeMarco Nicolas Diamanti Wendy Diep Olivia M. DiGerolamo Jennifer A. DiGiovanni Andrea R. DiMedio Scott J. Disbot Dana M. Dougherty Devon A. Dougherty Craig M. Dudek Christopher J. Duffner Amanda L. Duffy Julie A. Durmala Alan J. Dyer, Jr. Andrew J. Ennis Milan Ervin Brian Evans, Jr. Carla F. Evans Brittany R. Everett Merfred Feliz Elizabeth Figueroa Molly C. Finnegan Emily E. Forchione Anthony T. Gallo, III James L. Gibson, III Tiffany M. Gonzalez Anthony J. Gordon, Jr. Quentin T. Griffith, IV Michelle L. Haggerty Justin Harty Randy S. Harvey Jeffrey M. Henderson Stephanie M. Henwood Casey Hering Maureen G. Higgins Rachael Hiller Laura B. Hughes Zachary S. Hunkins Seok Beom Hwang De’Junae A. Irons Rashad A. Jamison Julianne Jaquez John T. Jaskel, Jr. Yi Huei Jiang Chad H. Jurman Ryan T. Kay Morgan L. Keating Khalil A.R. Kersey Marc D. Kowalick Min Ji Kweon Michael P.F. Lakjer James J. Lanahan, Jr. Anthony Le Mary E. Linka Nicole L. Lodato Samantha L. Long Kristina M. Lucci Alison M. Lusardi Shannon M. Lynch Catherine L. Madden William T. Magee Katie L. Markegene Kelvin Marte Luis E. Martinez Robert N. Martinez Arielle Mason Imir Massey Nizandra Z. Matos Matthew J. Mazzochette Sean P. McCann Brighid McCloskey Patrick R. McCloskey Mairead H. McConnell Malcolm D. McCoy Andrea M. McKeffery Brittani McKnight Timothy J. McNeely Shantel S. McNeil Brielle H. McNulty Ashley M. Medina Mayra Medina Robert M. Melia David Mercado Steven Meyers Joseph J. Moffa, III Kyle V. Mohan Nicole J. Molina Caitlyn M. Molony Anthony Morales Jessica M. Moran Anthony J. Morgan, III Edward G. Morlock Shelby I. Myslak Richard Negroni, Jr. Douglas News Luan Vu Nguyen Colleen A. Noga Matthew J. O’Donnell James P. Olivo, Jr. Stephen P. O’Neil Thomas E. O’Neil, III Rebecca M. O’Rourke John M. Osborne Patrick D. Osborne Zachary R. Pacana Katherine M. Pacione Anastasia M. Pagano Gisella G. Panchana Ronald C. Pataky, III Maura F. Petronis Nguyen Thao Pham Micaela S. Piccolo John C. Pluta Mary B. Popelak George W. Probasco, IV Janelle C. Quick Erin Quigley Shawn Ramos Lindsay G. Rauch Raghav Ravirajan Christine A. Ravold Lauren A. Reed Kayla P. Reilly Michele E. Reilly Brian A. Rice Cassandra M. Rivera Mario Rivera Christopher A. Roach Theodore D. Robinson, III Jose M. Robles Amy C. Rodriguez Jimmy L. Roque Peter S. Routzahn Andy Santana Danielle M. Santiago Anthony M. Saporito Dominick J. Schiavone, III Andrew B. Schwarz Emily A. Sherman Tyler P. Sikorski Morgan P. Silverman Meaghan R. Simpson Raymond L. Sippel Kathleen R. Slattery Shakia S. Smith Alicia M. Snyder Nikolai D. Sohanchak Samantha Spencer John M. Steidler Alice E. Stevenson Leonor E. Suarez Gianna Tamburrino Deborah A. Tanksley Christian D. Thomas Thi Huong Tran Edward A. Tretina Herbert J. Troendle, II Stefan A. Turan Don Urgo, Jr. Gerube Valdez Michelle Vallone Samantha Venezia Adrianna Vespertino Kirsten Volkert William E. Wambach, IV Jerry L. Watters Mary C. Whelan Cherie N. Wilson Kelsey R. Wilson Alison Worthington Thomas J.C. Wynne Grace P. Xerri Brittanie L. Yanzuk Lauren P. Zaso Maryanne Zazzera    
Thursday, 11 June 2009 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Photo by James A. McBride The graduates throw their hats. The following students graduated from Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill, on Sunday, June 5. Stephanie M. Albino Lucas C. Albright Tyler J. Albright Emmanuel C. Anyanwu Amir J. Armstrong Christian R. Baji Steven G. Barnett Brittany N. Barrale Gregory A. Barry Joseph Bottino Andrew L. Boylan Caitlyn E. Brostrand Mabelle L. Brown Sarah E. Brown Taylor M. Buck Jane A. Budzynski Shannon L. Cahill Gabrielle E. Camacho Alexis C. Carpenter-Wall Benjamin D. Carr Giavanna M. Castro Seung Ho Chang Alyssa J. Chapusette HyungKyu Choi JeeHye Choi Joseph J. Coffee John R. Coffey Louis B. Cole, Jr. Aubrey E. Conover-Gannon Aja B. Corchado Kevin M. Cornely Natalie B. Craig James Crane Taylor S. Cream Adrianna M. Crenny Nia I. Crosson Rebecca A. Crowell Christopher T. Dalia Nicholas J. DeFeo Nicole R. Deighan Francesca M. DelliGatti Derek A. DeNote Joseph J. DiGerolamo Drew C. Dougherty Jarrett N. Dykes Jacqueline M. Dymond Melanie S. Eckhardt Daniel P. Edgar Joshua M. Evans Amanda N. Ezeiruaku Paul J. Fagan Tyler A. Faiola Christopher Fallon Tyler F. Feriozzi Regina R. Figueroa Thomas P. Fisher, Jr. Michael L. Franz Landon L. Garcia Gregory E. Gardner Sean S. Garrity Andrew W. Gaus Jasmine M. Gonzalez Eric J. Goonan Ryan D. Graves Justin M. Griffith Yueying Guan Jasmine Y. Hayes Casey Henner Zachary S. Hensinger John L. Hensler Hay Thi Hoang Matthew F. Hoover Brandon J. Hunkins Brandon N. Hurd Courtney E. Jacot Hyunkyung Jang Seojin Jung Colten B. Kaiser Garrett P. Kashmer Matthew J. Kennedy Junior R. Kidd, III Michael T. Kiely Shick Kim Sungmin Kim Steven J. King Taylor N. Kneib Colleen A. Knight Al-Tariq L. Knox Michael J. Lamberti Amberly M. Langley Kevin J. Lawer Danielle M. Lawler Edwin Leach, III Emily F. Lenguadoro Alicia E. Leyman Quamerra L. Lightfoot Laura R. Lithgow Kelly A. Longaker Kevin E. Ludlam Victoria R. Luthe Margaret M. Madden Taylor A. Madden Elizabeth T. Marano Cristal M. Marte Dominic S. Massimo Latoya J. Mathis Sarah N. Mauro Matthew P. McBride Caitlin McCarthy MaryKate McCloskey Noah T. McFarlane Caitlyn Q. McGinley Alicia C. McGrath Germaine J. McMahon Marlen Medina Jessica C. Mercado Trae’ Von Nicole Merchant Laura M. Messina Brian J. Montgomery Daniel J. Morales Rebecca A. Morrison Jordyn A. Moss Matthew R. Mulhern Joseph G. Murray Rachel C. Murtin Phi Na Nguyen Suong M. Nguyen Thao Doan Thu Nguyen Anthoney C. Obasi Raymond K. Onofrio Danielle M. Palombi Andy Pan Emily G. Pandola Alvin Parache, Jr. Gianna K. Petrilli Danica F. Phelan Anthony D. Picozzi Matthew S. Podlinski Jade A. Pope Catherine E. Rachfalski Paul M. Raco, Jr. Samantha M. Rehrig Jennifer Reyes Vincent R. Riberas Erasmo F. Rivera Jenna Robinson Jonathan W.G. Rogers Angelica M. Rojas Jake K. Rossi Shayne P. Ruane Terry F. Russell, III Mauro J. Sanchirico, III Epifanio E. Santa Teresa Sean J. Sartor Matthew F. Sausman Charles Scavuzzo Tyler G. Schell Allison P. Scott Chelsea L. Seigle Keith S.A. Shareef Hye Rim Shin Andrew D. Snyder Youngchan So Sasha Soto Brooke N. Spagnolia Scott M. Sprindis Kelly J. Stine Nadine D. Strickland Dana M. Suters Anthony R. Townsend, Jr. Frederick Trieu James Urena Andrew D. Venafra Nykhia M. Walker Joel K.Wallace Alexandra M. Wambach Yuchao Wang Jessica M. Wheeler Katelyn M. Wheeler Jillian R. Wiler Melissa A. Worthington Tung Han Wu
Thursday, 09 June 2011 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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CHERRY HILL — Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill will open its doors to a boarding program for the 2011-12 school year. The students will be living on campus at the Nazareth House, a former convent that once housed the sisters who taught at Camden Catholic. It was later used by seminarians and eventually was host for the school retreats. Twenty-five new international students from China, Korea, Vietnam, Brazil, and India are enrolled at Camden Catholic this year. Of those 18 will live at Nazareth House. Students will be given a full schedule of classes with the same obligations and requirements as the other students, including fulfillment of the “Learning to Serve, Serving to Learn” program. Lisa Borreggine, English teacher and ESL teacher, is heading up the organization of the new students, including oversight of the preparation of the Nazareth House, the selection process for prospective students, the hiring of four resident assistants, and the execution of the program. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony held on the campus of Camden Catholic on Sept. 8 at 12 noon. For information about Camden Catholic, go to www.camdencatholic.org
Thursday, 01 September 2011 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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CHERRY HILL — Camden Catholic High School’s “Fields of the Future” fundraising campaign to build the school’s first state-of-the-art synthetic turf athletic field became a reality Oct. 4 with the grand opening of the new field before the football team’s first home game of the year. Prior to the game, school officials and the coaches and captains of the six sports teams which will play on it were led in a blessing of the field, in a prayer asking for the safety of the students who will play on its surface. In addition to the football team, the field will be used by girls’ field hockey, boys’ and girls’ soccer, and boys’ and girls’ lacrosse. The synthetic turf field – made possible by fundraising activities and alumni donations – is made by the Wayne, Pa.-based sports facility construction company Sprinturf. It is the same company that has installed fields for the Kansas City Chiefs as well as an abundance of local installations including LaSalle University, Temple University, Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia Eagles’ indoor training field at the Nova Care Center. The opening of the main athletic field is the first phase of the 122-year-old college preparatory school’s capital improvement campaign. Phase Two of the Fields of the Future campaign will include construction of a new six- or eight-lane track, beginning in 2010.
Thursday, 08 October 2009 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:Peter G. Sånchez
Photo by Peter G. Sánchez Eagles players Akeem Jordan and Moise Fokou, cheerleaders, and mascot Swoop pose with Camden Catholic student-athletes on Shamrock Field on Monday. June 7. The Cherry Hill school is the recipient of an NFL Grassroots Grant to help cover the cost of Shamrock Field’s artificial playing surface called Sprinturf. Below, Fokou and Jordan run drills on the field, showing the students how it’s done. CHERRY HILL — On Monday, June 7, Camden Catholic High School here with its Shamrock Field was the recipient of a $200,000 National Football League Grassroots Grant, in support of the school’s efforts to provide a safe playing surface and promote the health and well-being of its student-athletes. Last year, the school installed an artificial field called Sprinturf, in place of natural grass, allowing for better drainage, and for six of its sports teams (football, field hockey, mens’ and women’s lacrosse, and mens’ and womens’ soccer) to utilize the field. In a partnership that includes the NFL, NFL Players Association, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the Grassroots Program has awarded more than $28 million in grants over 12 years to local nonprofits dedicated to the health and welfare of their communities, particularly youth. The program also has resulted in the construction or renovation of 225 football fields nationwide, in the past 12 years. The 3 p.m. press conference, with student-athletes, school officials, and parents in attendance, saw Joseph Banner, president of the Philadelphia Eagles, and Mark Edwards, executive director of LISC’s Philadelphia Office, along with Eagles mascot Swoop, and Eagles cheerleaders, present the $200,000 check to Msgr. Andrew Martin, president of Camden Catholic. Expressing his “deep and hearfelt” gratitude for the grant, Msgr. Martin called the day “a special, happy moment” for the school and its desire to “continually improve opportunities to our students.” Noting that the school’s sports teams are “an integral part of our mission and ministry,” Msgr. Martin elaborated that sports values of teamwork, dedication, and physical fitness “are vital lessons that reach deep down, in the fabric of life.” “There is no more deserving, worthwhile, and dedicated” school than Camden Catholic, praised Edwards, adding that his office poured over thousands of applications, in deciding who should receive the grant. After the press conference, Eagles linebackers Akeem Jordan and Moise Fokou tried out the turf on Shamrock Field for themselves, running the schools’ student-athletes through drills, all the while providing encouragement and support. With a check and encouragement from the NFL and its professional athletes, the school’s athletic youth seemed to feel emboldened, realizing that with a little shamrock and a lot of hard work, dreams can be achieved.
Friday, 11 June 2010 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:Carmela Malerba
Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill will induct 16 individuals — 15 alumni and one faculty member — and two athletic teams into its Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Saturday, April 28. The sixth class of inductees will be honored in the Charles and Marie Grandi Auditorium of the Cherry Hill Campus, on Cuthbert Boulevard.The inductees are: Academics and Arts Robert DiStanislao ’78, president of Porsche of the Mainline and achieved success in the automotive industry, and advocate of Camden Catholic. Sister Philomena Gini, RSM ’49, guidance counselor, educator, for her unwavering dedication and service to Camden Catholic since 1974. Sister Patricia Kenny, RSM, 16 year service to Camden Catholic as an administrator and educator, specializing in communication. Instrumental in coordinating the Sisters of Mercy’s publication efforts. Dr. Joseph Loscalzo ’69, specializing in cardiovascular science, Hersey Professor of Theory and Practice of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and chairman of the Department of Medicine, and physician-in-chief at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Bernice Massi ’51, decorated Broadway actress, former Miss New Jersey, silver screen and television actress Dr. Joseph McEvoy ’55, physics scholar and author, penned books on world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. Honorable Joseph Mussomeli ’70, Former Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, former director of Human Resources at the U.S. Department of State, Assistant Chief of Mission to Kabul, Afghanistan and current ambassador of Slovenia. Dr. Peter Wish ’60, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina, professor of science education for 28 years, member of the Campbell University Sports Hall of Fame. Honorable Thomas Madden ’26, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, New Jersey, Advocate for Rutgers School of Law-Camden, Papal Knight of the Order of St. Gregory. Posthumous induction. William Palese ’57, Former CEO of Moulinex Products and Mr. Coffee, Business Mentor and major contributor to the CCHS music program. Posthumous induction. Athletics Ralph Beatty ’64, Lettered in football and track, received a football scholarship to Tampa University, received first Team All-Southern Conference William and Mary honors. Ed Bolis ’68, All-South Jersey athlete who received a football scholarship at the University of Cincinnati. Colleen Ready Wallace ’77, First Team All-South Jersey for field hockey, All-South Jersey Honorable Mention for softball, received her Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University. Tom Scranton ’78, 1977 State Champion in Golf, president and CEO of Patriot Environmental Services, instrumental in the cleanup of the BP oil spill of 2010, Wounded Warriors Project advocate, providing a free summer home in Strathmere for veterans to vacation. Joe Strippoli ’52, member of the All-Century Baseball Team by the Courier-Post, he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball, received All-State baseball honors and signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers. John Bach ’30, was the 1st ever CCHS varsity 4-sport letter recipient, member of 1929 National Basketball Championship Team and served as captain of the football team. Posthumous induction. For ticket information, call Janet Indelicato at 856-663-2247, extension 49, or e-mail her at jindelicato@camdencatholic.org. Proceeds from the annual Hall of Fame event are marked for a Hall of Fame scholarship fund.
Friday, 27 April 2012 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:Carmela Malerba
Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill, announces a year-long celebration commemorating its 125th year as a Catholic educational institution and 50th year in the current Cherry Hill location. The celebration officially kicks-off Friday, Sept. 21, as the current student body hosts a 125th birthday party and Mercy Day celebration followed by a football game and alumni football team gathering that evening. The school was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in Camden in 1887, and Camden Catholic has continued to honor Mercy Day annually. This year the school will honor Sister Philomena Gini, a Sister of Mercy for more than 55 years and school administrator for more than 30 years, who continues to volunteer as a guidance counselor at Camden Catholic. The kickoff week will also include the This Moment in CCHS History competition for students hosted by CCTV, the school’s in-house television station. Clues focusing on important moments in the school’s 125 year history will be hidden throughout the campus inviting students to participate for a $125 cash prize. The evening of Sept. 21, as the Fighting Irish football team prepares to take on Moorestown at 7 p.m. at Shamrock Field, alumni football players will meet for a pre-game gathering and then be recognized publicly during the team introductions. The CCHS class of 1962, the last graduates of the original school in Camden, will commence their 50th reunion weekend by enjoying a pre-game tailgate together prior to the football game at Shamrock Field. On Saturday, Sept. 22, the school will host the Fighting Irish 5K Run (http://www.camdencatholic.org/run). Starting and ending at the Cherry Hill school, runners will follow a route through Merchantville. Al Anderer ’59 is running in honor of his deceased classmates and has garnered donations from the class of 1959 in their memory for this event. The event is sponsored by the Haddonfield Running Company. The culmination of the 125th Anniversary Weekend occurs on Sunday, Sept. 23, with the anniversary Mass and brunch honoring the class of 1962 and the graduating class of 2013 (http://www.camdencatholic.org/brunch). Msgr. Andrew Martin, president emeritus and an administrator for more than 40 years, will preside, and Father Scott Pilarz, SJ ‘77, president of the Board of Trustees and current president of Marquette University, will preach the homily. Bishop Joseph Galante will be present. Singing at the Mass will be mezzo-soprano Barbara Dever ’69, accompanied by the CCHS Liturgical Choir and student musicians. Several graduates from the 1930s will be honored at the Mass. “Although so much has changed since 1887, when the first group of school children were taught by eight Sisters of Mercy in a room provided by the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Camden Catholic continues to stay true to our founding ideals of honor, faith, and loyalty,” commented Father Pilarz. “The tradition of excellent academics, meaningful activities, and competitive athletics, tied-together with a spiritual understanding, enables Camden Catholic to continue to thrive as a top college preparatory school. We are inspired by our past and excited for the future,” he said. At the brunch following Mass the class of 1962 will present a brick from the original school building in Camden to be placed in the school archives. Members of the class of 2013 will present the class of 1962 with the 1887 Award, bestowed on the class that most represents the spirit of CCHS. Events will continue throughout the year. Events next month include: — Oct. 24, 6 p.m. Boys Soccer vs. PVI, Alumni Night amd Honoring Original Team (1983) — Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Football Game vs. Gloucester Catholic — Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m. Field Hockey Alumni Game and BBQ — Oct. 27, 5 and 7 p.m. Girls and Boys Soccer “Rudderow Cup” vs. Pennsauken • Gold Star Mass Honoring Alumni Veterans: Sunday, November 11 at 9:30 a.m. at CCHS • “Celebrity” Bartenders Night: Friday, January 4, 2013 at 7 p.m., P.J. Whelihan’s Cherry Hill • Alumni Wrestling Night: Friday, January 18, 2013 (Varsity match vs. South Plainfield) • Alumni Basketball Day: Saturday, January 19, 2013 (Varsity double-header vs. Pleasantville) • Hall of Fame Golf Outing: Friday, April 19, 2013, Pennsauken Country Club • Alumni Revue of Past Play Performances: Sunday, May 4, 2013 at CCHS Event details can be found online at http://www.camdencatholic.org/125. For more information, contact Kate Madden Bieg ’98, 125th Anniversary Project Manager: kbieg@camdencatholic.org or (856) 663-2247 ext. 51.
Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Home football team the Camden Catholic Irish was handed its first loss this season, in Friday night’s game against the Shawnee Renegades. The 5-1 Irish were defeated 42-13. Left, Camden Catholic’s Jahseer Bronson breaks a tackle by Shawnee’s Ryan Wesley to score a touchdown. 
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Author:Carmela Malerba
Guidance councelor Jack Phipps comes forward to be recognized for his 50 years of service to Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill, during an assembly to celebrate the school's 125th anniversary on June 10. At far right, students lead the students and faculty in a cheer. Founded in 1887, Camden Catholic is the oldest Catholic co-educational college preparatory school in South Jersey, and has more than 15,000 graduates.
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Author:Rich Luongo
CAMDEN — The second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Community Organizing attracted more than 80 people on Jan. 17 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. to a workshop at St. Anthony of Padua Church, sponsored by Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP). “There were many groups around the nation holding a day of service to commemorate Dr. King’s birthday,” said Father Jud Weiksnar, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua, “but we were the only place in the country to hold a day of Community Organizing.” Father Weiksnar said those in attendance included community organizers, college students, immigrants, students from St. Anthony School, parishioners, and clergy from all around Camden. Marion Jones, CCOP co-chairwoman, said the workshops looked at the man and what he did to get his ideas across and how he influenced people. According to Father Weiksnar, the main point of the day of community organizing was that “community service is a good thing, but if it is the first thing that we associate with Martin Luther King, then we are doing his legacy a grave disservice.” “Younger generations especially,” the pastor continued, “might think of King only in terms of getting a day off from school to volunteer at a soup kitchen, and never know of King’s message of radical nonviolence, and his challenging of unjust structures.”   Churches respond to layoffs On Dec. 4 CCOP held a press conference on the steps of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral asking the governor, Mayor Dana Redd, and the municipal unions to show leadership during the city’s financial crisis and to avoid the layoffs of the police and firefighters. At 1:30 p.m., near the end of the MLK workshop, a press conference was held on the steps of St. Anthony of Padua Church, mirroring one that was held on Dec. 4 in front of Immaculate Conception Church when the governor, Mayor Dana Redd, and the municipal unions were asked to show leadership during the city’s financial crisis to avoid the layoffs of the police and firefighters. Marion Jones said at the time that she wanted the governor “to sit down with the mayor and with the unions to discuss public safety and how it applies to the people of Camden. We cannot put Camden and its people in jeopardy.” But the layoffs went through and nearly half of the police department and more than 60 firefighters and some 100 non-uniform employees were laid-off to help plug a hole in the city budget. “We still need to talk to the mayor and the governor,” said Jones after the lay-offs were carried out. “Nobody seems to be thinking about us with this triangle of the union, administration, and the people. Are we, the people of Camden, expendable because we’re poor? It looks that way.” “Our position is that the people of Camden need to be assured of adequate public services and public safety,” Father Weiksnar said, “and that the city, state, and public employee unions have had plenty of time to come up with a plan that will protect the people of Camden, which is already the poorest and second most dangerous city in the nation. While Martin Luther King fought for our civil rights, Camden is still beset by civil wrongs.” Jones said she felt that if there is a plan to lay-off a good percentage of the public safety personnel in the city then what is the backup plan? “There’s supposed to be a plan,” she said. “What is it? If you cut police and fire you have to have a Plan B. Will there be other law enforcement agencies coming into the city?” Rosa Ramirez, a former chairwoman of the CCOP, said people pulled together to tell city and state officials that Camden was in a crisis. “Officials are going to have to come up with something to help this city,” she said. “We are scared. If you live and/or work in Camden you have a right to be scared. We don’t know what’s going on with our police and fire departments. We are the second most dangerous city in the country yet the moves our city officials are making don’t make sense. We have to come up with a plan. We haven’t given up yet because we need a plan. We have to find ways to improve our city. We need a plan to improve the city. There’s still hope for it.” Jones said a meeting must be held with the governor and the mayor to discuss other issues, besides public safety. She wants to know how funds can be generated for the city. “We were under state control at one time,” she said. “But we have nothing to show for it. You’d think things would be better for us if the state was running us at one time. And don’t forget those arrested in drug busts, for example, are not from the city. The majority of the poor in Camden are not from Camden.”
Thursday, 20 January 2011 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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The Camden City Basketball League will have its season-ending tournament this Sunday, April 11, at Rutgers University-Camden gymnasium. Comprising 6-8 grade boys and girls from city schools (St. Anthony of Padua, Holy Name, Sacred Heart, and St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral), the league was started four years ago to give Catholic school students an opportunity to learn the values of sportsmanship, coming together in faith, and staying active. The league’s first year consisted of four girls’s teams; the following year, four boys’ teams joined. The four games on Sunday (two consolation, two championship) will cap off a season that started in December. Approximate game start times are 10:15 a.m., Girls’ Consolation (Holy Name vs. St. Anthony of Padua); 11:45 a.m., Boys’ Consolation (Holy Name II vs. St. Anthony of Padua); 1:15 p.m., Girls’ Championship (Sacred Heart vs. St. Joseph’s Pro-Cathedral); and 2:45 p.m., Boys’ Championship (Holy Name I vs. St. Joseph’s Pro-Cathedral). Free for the student athletes, the league has had to rely on donations from the Camden Diocese, L3 Communications, and the Camden Rotary Club and others to pay for such essentials as uniforms, and gym space. Parents, guardians, family members, friends, school staff and other supporters wishing to attend on Sunday are asked to bring a minimum $1 donation, to assist in paying for the children’s trophies. Call the league director Judyann Gillespie, at either 609-202-8470, or 215-901-6398 for more information.
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Author:Rich Luongo
CAMDEN — The City Council approved the demolition of 23 abandoned homes last week that were considered “imminent hazards” and awarded the project to Hargrove Demolition of Cramer Hill. But no contract has been signed by either the company or the city and no date has been set for the actual demolition. Pat Keating, director of public works for the city, said the properties must be presented to the local historic preservation group for “due diligence” to investigate their historic significance. “Demolition of structures in the city must go through historic review,” said Franciscan Father Jud Weiksnar of Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP). “Some 30 ‘imminent hazards’ were cited by the council but 23 were chosen for total demolition,” said Father Weiksnar, who is pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in the Cramer Hill section of Camden. One of the 23 was the abandoned house at 923 N. 27th St. in Cramer Hill which received the title of the Ugliest House of 2009. Father Weiksnar said it was a haven for drug addicts until it recently caught fire. Another house at 713 N. 10th St. was featured at the CCOP citywide meeting with Gov. Jon Corzine in September. At the meeting neighborhood resident Shelly McCargo-Braxton said, “This property is so bad that our family does not feel comfortable cooking and eating in our own home for the bad odors, fleas, roaches and rodents coming from the trash-filled abandoned property.” “The governor said that this house broke his heart and that the state needed to pay attention to the details that will give Camden residents hope,” Father Weiksnar said, who noted that both these houses have become symbols of state and city neglect. “When we met with Gov.-elect Christie we were told that he wanted to get the city back to governing itself as quickly as possible,” Father Weiksnar added. “Taking care of the abandoned house problem was one way of doing that.”
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Bishop Dennis Sullivan has decided, after extensive consultation with the leadership of the affected parishes and with the diocesan Presbyteral Council, to approve the consolidation of two Camden County parishes with nearby parish communities. The Emmaus Catholic Community of Mount Ephraim will now be joined with St. Rose of Lima Parish, Haddon Heights. Mary Mother of the Church, now part of St. Rita's Parish, Bellmawr, will join with St. Joachim's Parish, also in Bellmawr. Those parishioners attending St. Francis Church, Barrington, now a part of St. Rita's, will become part of St. Rose of Lima Parish. The church buildings from the two parishes will become the responsibility of the new parish communities. St. Francis Church was originally a mission of St. Rose of Lima, as was Sacred Heart Church in Mount Ephraim, now part of the Emmaus Catholic Community. The consolidation was done to strengthen parish life and better serve the faithful in these communities. The decrees, effective June 30, can be found on the Camden Diocesan website, www.camdendiocese.org on May 9.
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Photo by James A. McBride Left photo: Bob Companick attends the Camden County Sports Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony, at Lucien’s Manor in Berlin Oct, 25 to accept the award for his sister, Sister Joan Companick. On Oct. 25, Camden County honored 12 local sports legends at the seventh annual Camden County Sports Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony, at Lucien's Manor in Berlin. Seven of the 12 honorees have shared their athletic talents with schools in the Diocese of Camden. Bill Andracki was an exceptional soccer goalie at Paul VI High School in Haddon Township, where he graduated from in 1987. The following year, 1988, he played on the national championship team at Mercer County Community College, and in 1990 he was first team All-American at Rutgers University, playing on a team that finished second in the country. During his 21 years as a professional soccer player, he played for Major League Soccer, United Soccer Leagues, and the Major Indoor Soccer League. Finishing his career with the Rochester Rhinos, he helped them capture three championships. Matt Brady was a leader on Paul VI's boys basketball team, guiding them to the State Parochial A Championship in 1983. He followed this up with a college career that included becoming the all-time assists leader at Siena College, where he is in the Hall of Fame, and is now men's basketball head coach at James Madison University. Sister Joan Companick (posthumous) was instrumental in gaining recognition for women's sports. She served at St. John Parish in Collingswood, forming teams and developing CYO leagues in basketball and softball. She also was an official in hockey, basketball and softball at Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill. Mark Lonetto was a boys' basketball standout at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in Pennsauken, as the leader of a team voted best of the century, and helped the Crusaders win three parochial state titles. He followed up his high school career with a successful basketball career at the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1989, he was inducted into the South Jersey basketball Hall of Fame. John McCarthy (posthumous), a former NFL punter, was a successful basketball coach at Camden Catholic, his alma mater, and Gloucester Catholic. His Camden Catholic team went undefeated and won the Camden City Series Championship in 1951. In 1983, he was inducted into the South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame, and is in the Camden Catholic Hall of Fame, and Camden Catholic Basketball Hall of Fame. Gary Papa was head wrestling coach at Paul VI, and Camden Catholic. In 12 years at Paul VI, his teams won eight state, five conference, and four district titles. In 13 years at Camden Catholic, he led his teams to seven state, 12 conference, and 10 district championships. Bob Viggiano, a 1954 graduate of Camden Catholic, was a sportswriter for the Courier Post for nearly 50 years, starting in 1963. In 1996, he was inducted into the South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sport.
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SOMERDALE — With three months left before they depart to Sydney, Australia, for World Youth Day 2008, which will hold the largest gathering of young Catholics from all over the world, youths and young adults from the Camden Diocese and their leaders are finishing three crosses being built specifically for the global event, that will serve as witnesses to God, and show the worldwide contingent the devotion that the youth of the diocese have to the Lord. Five priests, one religious sister, 12 adults, five young adults, and 20 high-school age students — representing 19 parishes in the Diocese of Camden — will make the July 15-20 trip to Sydney being sponsored by the Office  of Youth and Young Adults. Another five people, from three neighboring dioceses, are also making the trip with the Camden group. The biggest of the three crosses going to Sydney is nine feet tall, created out of cedar wood. Frank Seder, a Deptford sculptor whose daughter, Alexandra, is going to World Youth Day, has had the cedar in his garage for 15 years and couldn’t think of a better time to put it to use. In November, he started work on the cross and will finish soon.
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The annual Camden Diocesan Charismatic Conference will take place at the Wildwood Convention Center from Friday, Oct. 11-Sunday, Oct. 13. This year's theme is "Every Act Should Be Done With Love" (1 Cor 16:14). This year's gathering represents a milestone: it will be the 25th anniversary conference. The charismatic movement received an unexpected boost this year from none other than Pope Francis. Speaking to reporters on his return from Rio on July 28, he said that "at the end of the 1970s and the beginning of the 1980s, I had no time for" charismatics. "Once speaking about them, I said: 'These people confuse a liturgical celebration with samba lessons!'" "Now I regret it," he said. "Now I think that this movement does much good for the church, overall." Though not even half a century old, the movement claims that at least 120 million Catholics in 238 countries have been "baptized in the Holy Spirit," according to a 2012 document published by International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services. The movement, which started in the United States, reports fast growth in Asia and Africa. But the world's largest concentration of charismatics today is in Latin America. Like Pentecostalism, charismatic Catholicism emphasizes the Holy Spirit, features faith healing and speaking in tongues and is spread by door-to-door evangelists. But the important roles it gives to Mary and the Eucharist ensure that charismatic devotion has a clear Catholic identity. "I don't think that the charismatic renewal movement merely prevents people from passing over to Pentecostal denominations," Pope Francis said. "No! It is also a service to the church herself! It renews us." The master of ceremonies for the weekend in Wildwood will be Father Ariel Hernandez, pastor, Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Newfield. Guest speakers include Father Pio Mandato, a Franciscan priest living as a missionary hermit in the Diocese of Scranton, Pa.; Father Yvans Jazon, pastor of St. Monica Church, Atlantic City; Sister Theresa May, founder of the Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth, in Tunkhannock, Pa.; and Kathleen McCarthy, host of In His Sign, a Catholic radio station broadcast out of Philadelphia. The youth tracks, coordinated and co-led by Sandy and Jim Scheiner, are designed to inspire the young church with musicians who perform modern praise and worship songs. CatholicFX will bring the message of Christ to the senior high youth. A ministry of young adults, the band plays a blend of upbeat, high-energy rock music with quiet, contemplative songs. Working with the junior high youth will be the band Paging Samuel, based in Southeastern Pennsylvania, but with strong ties to South Jersey. The Junior High track will include music, skits and activities to help youth live their faith in new, exciting, and meaningful ways. Conference registration for both youth and adult tracks is $40 at the door, which includes admission to the three-day conference only, and does not cover food or housing. For more information, call 609-522-5010, or e-mail support@camdencharistmatic.org.
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Each year, the Church throughout the world prepares for the celebration of Easter by entering into a forty-day period of reflection and renewal centered on the spiritual works of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Marked with the “Sign of the Cross” in ashes, we begin this “pilgrimage” with the reminder to “repent and believe” for “we are dust and unto dust we shall return.” By works of penance and charity, we set our hearts on the heavenly kingdom and strive to deepen our faith by loving God and our neighbor. This year the parishes of the Camden Diocese invite you to make your Lenten journey a true pilgrimage by participating in the many Masses and spiritual exercises being offered. On each day of Lent parishes are designated as “stations” of prayer. The parishes extend an invitation to the faithful throughout the diocese to make a visit and participate in scheduled activities. Your participation may take several forms: actual (physically visit the parish), virtual (visit the parish’s website), and/or spiritual (pray for the priests and parishioners of a given parish). No matter how you participate, the hope is that by uniting in prayer and works of charity Catholics in South Jersey will be renewed in spirit and become more faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus. From Bishop Galante's letter to pastors: Pope Benedict reminded us in 2008: “Each year, Lent offers us a providential opportunity to deepen the meaning and value of our Christian lives, and it stimulates us to rediscover the mercy of God so that we, in turn, become more merciful toward our brothers and sisters. In the Lenten period, the Church makes it her duty to propose some specific tasks that accompany the faithful concretely in this process of interior renewal: these are prayer, fasting and almsgiving.” For Lent 2011, I would like to propose a program for the Diocese of Camden. Parish renewal has been a priority of our diocese. As part of that ongoing effort, I would like to encourage you to participate in our upcoming diocesan Lenten practice “These Forty Days: A Diocesan Pilgrimage”. In that spirit, the purpose of “These Forty Days: A Diocesan Pilgrimage” is to foster a more cohesive diocesan identity among parishes, especially given the recent restructuring, while at the same time cooperating to provide a variety of spiritual exercises in this season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving that lead to a renewal of faith. May this Lenten season spark ongoing renewal in our parishes and in the Catholic people of South Jersey. Week One Wednesday, March 9 (Ash Wednesday) Cathedral Parish of the Immaculate Conception, Camden www.cathedralcamden.org Mass at 7:55 a.m. Bishop celebrates Mass at 12:05 p.m. (Ashes will be distributed at each Mass) All Parishes Please consult your parish bulletin and/or websites for a full schedule of Masses and services with the distribution of ashes. Thursday, March 10 Holy Angels Parish, Woodbury www.holyangelsnj.org Mass at 6:45 a.m. (St. Patrick); 7:00 a.m. (St. Matthew); 9:00 a.m. (St. Patrick) “Sermon on the Mount” performed by Frank Runyeon 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Holy Angels Parish Worship Center + or + St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Mays Landing www.vincentdepaul.org Mass at 7:00 a.m. Part One of Weekly Reflections Series “Our Father” 7:00 p.m. (Church) (This series continues each Thursday evening through April 7) Friday, March 11 Saints Peter and Paul Parish, Turnersville www.peterandpaulchurch.org Mass at 9:00 a.m. Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. Christ the King Parish, Haddonfield www.christ-the-king-parish.org Mass at 8:00 a.m. and noon Lenten Series “Walk with Jesus” (continues for five weeks) Soup at 6:15 p.m. (reservations requested); Evening Prayer at 7:15 p.m.; Reflection at 7:30 p.m. All Parishes of the Diocese Please check your local parish bulletin and/or website for a full schedule of Lenten services and Stations of the Cross. Please note that participation in a parish Lenten supper requires the courtesy of pre-registering so that proper preparations may be made. Saturday, March 12 Saint Monica Parish, Atlantic City www.saintmonicaofac.com Charismatic Prayer Day Please contact Saint Monica Parish directly for information. 609-345-1786
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This year the parishes of the Camden Diocese invite you to make your Lenten journey a true pilgrimage by participating in the many Masses and spiritual exercises being offered. On each day of Lent parishes are designated as “stations” of prayer. The parishes extend an invitation to the faithful throughout the diocese to make a visit and participate in scheduled activities. Your participation may take several forms: actual (physically visit the parish), virtual (visit the parish’s website), and/or spiritual (pray for the priests and parishioners of a given parish). No matter how you participate, the hope is that by uniting in prayer and works of charity Catholics in South Jersey will be renewed in spirit and become more faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus. Sunday, March 13 (First Sunday of Lent) St. Rita of Cascia Parish, Bellmawr www.theparishofsaintrita.org Redemptorist Parish Mission at 7 p.m. in the church (Continues each night at 7 p.m. through Thursday, March 17) Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit, Mullica Hill/Woodstown www.holyspiritweb.org Parish Mission at 7:30 p.m. each night through Wednesday, March 16 Sunday, March 13 at Woodstown; Monday, March 14 at Mullica Hill; Tuesday, March 15 (with Penance Service) at Woodstown; and Wednesday, March 16 (with Mass) at Mullica Hill Monday, March 14 St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Egg Harbor Township Weekly Parish Mission at 7 p.m. “Give Us Living Water” (Continues at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 21 and Monday, March 28) St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Camden www.stanthonycamden.org 8:30 a.m. Mass; 7-9 p.m. Adoration and Confessions (English and Spanish) St. Mary Parish, Cherry Hill www.stmarycherryhill.org 8 a.m. Mass (chapel); 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Adoration (church); 7 p.m. Benediction; 7:30 p.m. Evening of Reflection for Women presented by Sr. Marcy Springer, SSJ titled “Jesus’ Call to Women As His Disciples” (chapel) Incarnation Parish, Mantua www.incarnation-church.org Mass at 9 a.m. 5:30-7 p.m. Soup & Scriptures (on all Mondays of Lent – please contact the parish to participate) Tuesday, March 15 St. Peter Parish, Merchantville www.stpeterrcc.com 6:45 a.m. Mass (church); 9 a.m. Mass (church); Benediction 7 p.m. (church); Evening Prayer 7 p.m. (church); Confessions 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (church); Prayer at the Cross at 7 p.m. (church and hall) Holy Family Parish, Sewell www.churchoftheholyfamily.org Mass at 9 a.m. Forty Hours Devotion begins at noon and continues until 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 17 St. Monica Parish, Atlantic City www.saintmonicaofac.com Creole Mass and Stations Please contact St. Monica Parish for additional information: 609-345-1786 Wednesday, March 16 Our Lady of Hope Parish, Blackwood www.ourladyofhopenj.org 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Mass in chapel; 7 p.m. Evening of Reflection with Exposition, Adoration, Scripture, Song Christ Our Light Parish, Cherry Hill www.christourlight.net 7:30 p.m. (Resurrection School Cafeteria) Dealing with Loss and Disappointment presented by Fr. Kevin Anderson Our Lady of Lourdes/Queen of Peace, Glassboro and Pitman www.churchofourladyoflourdes.org 7-9 p.m. Lenten Divine Mercy Mission at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Thursday, March 17 St. Simon Stock Parish, Berlin and Pine Hill www.stsimonstock.net 8 a.m. Mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel 7 p.m. “Extraordinary Women of the Bible Series” in Parish Meeting Room – Our Lady of Mt. Carmel site St. Bridget - University Parish, Glassboro www.churchofstbridget.com 8 a.m. Mass 6 p.m. Lenten Mass and Soup Dinner (Continues on Thursdays through April 14 – please call ahead) Friday, March 18 Incarnation Parish, Mantua www.incarnation-church.org Mass at 9 a.m. Franciscan Mystery Players at 7 p.m. in the church Divine Mercy Parish, Vineland http://home.catholicweb.com/DivineMercyParish Morning Prayer at 7 a.m.; Masses at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Stations of the Cross in English at 7 p.m.; Stations of the Cross in Spanish at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19 (Solemnity of St. Joseph) St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral Parish, Camden www.stjosephprocathedral.org 8:30 a.m. Mass Please contact the parish for other scheduled activities on this, its feast day Holy Trinity Parish, Margate www.trinitymargate.org Mass at 8 a.m. in St. James Church, Ventnor At 9:30 a.m., a three-mile procession commemorating the Stations of the Cross (in English, Polish and Spanish) will be made visiting the three downbeach churches beginning at St. James, Ventnor then proceeding via the beach to Blessed Sacrament, Margate and on to Epiphany, Longport. Transportation will be provided by the Knights of Columbus for those in need. Please park in Longport, carpools will be available to Ventnor. Our Lady of Lourdes/Queen of Peace, Glassboro and Pitman www.churchofourladyoflourdes.org 1:30-4:30 p.m. “God…A Woman…and the Way” A Reflection of the Seven Sorrows of Mary at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Confessions at 4 p.m. and Sunday Vigil Mass at 5 p.m. Holy Family Parish, Sewell www.churchoftheholyfamily.org 6 p.m. Messa Italiana (Italian Mass) in Honor of St. Joseph 7 p.m. Festa Italiana in the Aquin Center
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This year the parishes of the Camden Diocese invite you to make your Lenten journey a true pilgrimage by participating in the many Masses and spiritual exercises being offered. On each day of Lent parishes are designated as “stations” of prayer. The parishes extend an invitation to the faithful throughout the diocese to make a visit and participate in scheduled activities. Your participation may take several forms: actual (physically visit the parish), virtual (visit the parish’s website), and/or spiritual (pray for the priests and parishioners of a given parish). No matter how you participate, the hope is that by uniting in prayer and works of charity Catholics in South Jersey will be renewed in spirit and become more faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus. Sunday, March 20 (Second Sunday of Lent)   St. Anthony of Padua, Camden www.stanthonycamden.org 8 a.m. Mass (English); 9:30 a.m. Mass (Spanish); and 12:10 p.m. Mass (English); 6 to 8 p.m. Charismatic Prayer and Music Meeting, “Walking With Jesus” in the church basement St. Andrew the Apostle, Gibbsboro www.standrewsrc.com Parish Mission: “The Presence of God” conducted by Msgr. Louis Marucci 7 p.m. in the church (continues through Tuesday) Monday, March 21 St. John Neumann Parish, North Cape May Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Raymond’s Church, Villas 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Peter Parish, Merchantville www.stpeterrcc.org Parish Mission 7 p.m. in the church (continues through Thursday) St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Egg Harbor Township Weekly Parish Mission at 7 p.m. “Give Us Living Water” Tuesday, March 22 St. Mary Parish, Cherry Hill www.stmarycherryhill.org Evening of Reflection for Men: “The King's Men” presented by Msgr. Michael Mannion, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 Christ Our Light Parish, Cherry Hill www.christourlight.net 8 a.m. Mass; 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; 9 to 10:30 a.m. “Your Sorrow Is My Sorrow” presented by Sr. Peggy Devlin, OP; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Holy Hour in church; 1 p.m. Benediction; 7:30 p.m. Male Spirituality Prayer Group in the Parish Ministry Center Thursday, March 24 St. Rose of Lima Parish, Haddon Heights www.strosenj.com Masses at 6:30 a.m. (chapel); 8:30 a.m. (chapel); and 7:30 p.m. (church) Morning Prayer 8 a.m. (chapel) Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (church) Confessions 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. (chapel) Benediction 7 p.m. (church) St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish, Hammonton www.stmarymtcarmelhammonton.parishesonline.com Masses at 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. at St. Joseph Church Healing Prayer Service 7 p.m. at St. Anthony Church Friday, March 25 (Solemnity of the Annunciation) St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Washington Township www.saint-charles-borromeo.org Mass 9 AM Franciscan Mystery Players 7:30 PM in the church St. Rita of Cascia Parish, Bellmawr www.theparishofsaintrita.org Franciscan Mystery Players 7:30 PM in the church Saturday, March 26 Holy Child Parish, Runnemede www.holychildparish.net Morning Mass 8:30 a.m. at St. Teresa Church Vigil Mass 4 p.m. at St. Maria Goretti Church Vigil Mass 4:15 p.m. at St. Teresa Church Or visit your local parish
Thursday, 17 March 2011 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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This year the parishes of the Camden Diocese invite you to make your Lenten journey a true pilgrimage by participating in the many Masses and spiritual exercises being offered. On each day of Lent parishes are designated as “stations” of prayer. The parishes extend an invitation to the faithful throughout the diocese to make a visit and participate in scheduled activities. Your participation may take several forms: actual (physically visit the parish), virtual (visit the parish’s website), and/or spiritual (pray for the priests and parishioners of a given parish). No matter how you participate, the hope is that by uniting in prayer and works of charity Catholics in South Jersey will be renewed in spirit and become more faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus. Sunday, March 27 (Third Sunday of Lent) St. Thomas More Parish, Cherry Hill www.stthomasmorenj.org Parish Mission with Fr. Dennis O’Donnell 7:30 p.m. in church (continues on Monday and Tuesday) Monday, March 28 St. Thomas More Parish, Cherry Hill www.stthomasmorenj.org 9 a.m. Mass and conference, “Putting on the Attitude of Christ - Part I”; 10 a.m. confessions; 1 to 4:30 p.m. quiet prayer with time for individual interviews for spiritual growth; 7:30 p.m. conference, “Putting on the Attitude of Christ - Part II” St. Mary Parish, Cherry Hill www.stmarycherryhill.org 7:30 p.m. (chapel) presentation about Sacrament of Penance titled “The Healing Mercy of God” St. Aloysius Parish, Oaklyn www.staloysiusnj.org 6:40 p.m. Rosary; 7 p.m. Mass; 7:30 p.m. Miraculous Medal Novena St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Egg Harbor Township 7 p.m. Parish Mission, “Give Us Living Water” Tuesday, March 29 St. Joseph Parish, Somers Point www.stjosephsomerspoint.com 7:50 a.m. Rosary; 8:15 a.m. Morning Prayer; 8:30 a.m. Mass; 9 a.m. Adoration throughout day, concluding with Benediction at 7 p.m.; 7 p.m. evening of music, prayer and reflection titled “Change Our Hearts” presented by Carl Granieri and Hearts Afire St. Thomas More Parish, Cherry Hill www.stthomasmorenj.org Parish Mission with Fr. Dennis O’Donnell 7:30 p.m. in church Wednesday, March 30 Notre Dame de la Mer, Wildwood www.notredamedelamer.org 7 a.m. Mass at St. Ann Church; 8:30 a.m. Mass at Assumption Church Soup-er Speaker from 5 to 7 p.m. St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Washington Township www.saint-charles-borromeo.org 9 a.m. Mass; 6:30 p.m. Simple Supper and Part I of “Passion of the Christ” Thursday, March 31 Holy Eucharist Parish, Cherry Hill www.stpiusx.net 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Masses; 7 p.m. Lenten meditation, “God's Invitation: Come Back to Me” presented by Sr. Beth Butler, MSBT of the Mother Boniface Spirituality Center Christ Our Light Parish, Cherry Hill www.christourlight.net 8 a.m. Mass; 7:30 p.m. “Prayer Around the Cross” in church Friday, April 1 St. Gianna Beretta Molla, Northfield www.stgiannanorthfieldnj.org 8:30 a.m. Mass followed by Stations of the Cross; 6:30 p.m. Via Crucis in Spanish followed by 7 p.m. Mass in Spanish Our Lady Star of the Sea, Atlantic City www.olssparish.com 5:15 p.m. Mass; 5:45 p.m. Stations of the Cross; 6 p.m. Adoration with Scripture Reflection; 7 p.m. Benediction St. Peter Parish, Merchantville www.stpeterrcc.org 6:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. Masses; 6 p.m. Soup, Stations and Solidarity - Enjoy Father Anthony’s pasta fagioli followed by Stations of the Cross in church at 7 p.m.
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This year the parishes of the Camden Diocese invite you to make your Lenten journey a true pilgrimage by participating in the many Masses and spiritual exercises being offered. On each day of Lent parishes are designated as “stations” of prayer. The parishes extend an invitation to the faithful throughout the diocese to make a visit and participate in scheduled activities. Your participation may take several forms: actual (physically visit the parish), virtual (visit the parish’s website), and/or spiritual (pray for the priests and parishioners of a given parish). No matter how you participate, the hope is that by uniting in prayer and works of charity Catholics in South Jersey will be renewed in spirit and become more faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus. Sunday, April 3 (Fourth Sunday of Lent) Holy Family Parish, Sewell www.churchoftheholyfamily.org 7:30 p.m. (church) Parish Mission with Fr. Michael Sullivan, OSA (continues through Wednesday; Penance Service on Monday) St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Absecon www.stelizabethannseton.com 12:30 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; 1 p.m. Stations of the Cross through the Eyes of Mary; 1:45 p.m. Reflection by Deacon Joseph Becker; 2:30 p.m. Miraculous Medal Novena and Reflection by Father Michael Speziale; 3:45 p.m. Evening Prayer and Benediction; 6:45 p.m. “The Passion, Death and Glory of Jesus Christ through Scripture and Song” presented by “Suite Inspiration” Monday, April 4 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Absecon www.stelizabethannseton.com 8 a.m. Morning Prayer; 9 a.m. Showing of “The Passion of the Christ” followed by group discussion; 2 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; 4 p.m Evening Prayer and Benediction; 6 to 6:45 p.m. Confessions; 7 p.m. Healing Mass with Father Perry Cherubini presiding and Fr. Cosme de la Pena preaching St. Mary Parish, Cherry Hill www.stmarycherryhill.org 7:30 p.m. (chapel) “The Changing and Changeless Mass,” a presentation on the Liturgy Holy Family Parish, Sewell www.churchoftheholyfamily.org 7:30 p.m. (church) Parish Mission with Fr. Michael Sullivan, OSA, Penance Service with opportunity for individual confessions Tuesday, April 5 Mary, Queen of All Saints Parish, Pennsauken www.stceciliapennsauken.org 8 a.m. Mass; 7 p.m. “Called to Serve” presented by Rev. Rico Ducle, CM St. Thomas More Parish, Cherry Hill www.stthomasmorenj.org 7:30 p.m. (church) Living Stations of the Cross Holy Family Parish, Sewell www.churchoftheholyfamily.org 7:30 p.m. (church) Parish Mission with Fr. Michael Sullivan, OSA Wednesday, April 6 St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, Avalon and Stone Harbor www.stbrendanthenavigatorparish.org 7:45 a.m. Rosary and 8 a.m. Mass at St. Paul (Stone Harbor) St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Washington Township www.saint-charles-borromeo.org 9 a.m. Mass; 6:30 p.m. Simple Supper and Part II of the “Passion of the Christ” Holy Family Parish, Sewell www.churchoftheholyfamily.org 7:30 p.m. (church) Parish Mission with Fr. Michael Sullivan, OSA Thursday, April 7 St. Isidore the Farmer Parish, Vineland www.stisidorefarmer.org 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. (chapel) Mass; Adoration throughout the day and night concluding at 6:45 a.m. Friday Friday, April 8 St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Camden www.stanthonycamden.org 7:45 p.m. (church) Franciscan Mystery Players Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit, Mullica Hill and Woodstown www.holyspiritweb.org 8 p.m. (Mullica Hill) Franciscan Mystery Players, “Jesus the Healer” Please make a visit to your home parish or a virtual visit to www.vatican.va
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This year the parishes of the Camden Diocese invite you to make your Lenten journey a true pilgrimage by participating in the many Masses and spiritual exercises being offered. On each day of Lent parishes are designated as “stations” of prayer. The parishes extend an invitation to the faithful throughout the diocese to make a visit and participate in scheduled activities. Your participation may take several forms: actual (physically visit the parish), virtual (visit the parish’s website), and/or spiritual (pray for the priests and parishioners of a given parish). No matter how you participate, the hope is that by uniting in prayer and works of charity Catholics in South Jersey will be renewed in spirit and become more faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus. Sunday, April 10 (Fifth Sunday of Lent) Infant Jesus Parish, Woodbury Heights www.theinfantjesusparish.org 7 p.m. Lenten Journey with Suite Inspirations, a Catholic musical group, taking listeners through the awe-inspiring final days of Jesus’ earthly life to the glory of Easter though Scripture and song. A free-will offering will be accepted for Good Counsel Homes of South Jersey for homeless, pregnant mothers and their children. Monday, April 11 Holy Eucharist Parish, Cherry Hill www.holyeucharistcherryhill.org 7:30 p.m. regional penance service with individual confessions Tuesday, April 12 St. Peter Parish, Merchantville www.stpeterrcc.com 1:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross and Benediction Wednesday, April 13 Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Cape May www.ladystarofthesea.org 11 a.m. Mass; 11:30 a.m. confessions; noon to 1:30 p.m. luncheon of soup and bread in hall with donations made to Operation Rice Bowl; 1:30 to 4 p.m. Reflection on Nature prayer walk on promenade, beach and Cape May Point Park; 4 to 5 p.m. faith sharing and vespers; 7 to 8 p.m. communal penance service St. Monica Parish, Atlantic City 6:30 p.m. parish mission (continues through Friday, April 15 with penance service on Thursday, April 14 and Mass and Benediction on Friday, April 15) Thursday, April 14 St. Monica Parish, Atlantic City 6:30 p.m. parish mission and penance service with individual confessions St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Mays Landing www.vincentdepaul.org 7 p.m. weekly reflection on the Lord’s Prayer, “...and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” speaker: Andres Arango, “Dealing with distractions in prayer and what distractions reveal to us about our attachments to things of this world.” Friday, April 15 St. Monica Parish, Atlantic City 6:30 p.m. parish mission with Mass and Benediction Resurrection Parish, Marmora www.thechurchoftheresurrection.org 7 p.m. choir-sung Stations of the Cross St. Bridget - University Parish, Glassboro www.churchofstbridget.com 7 p.m. bilingual Lenten reconciliation service Saturday, April 16 All Saints Parish, Millville www.theparishofallsaints.org 8 a.m. Mass; 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. confessions and silent adoration; 9:30 a.m. coffee and donuts; 10 a.m. silent adoration and palm braiding; 1 a.m. to noon Scripture study class on Matthew’s Passion; noon lunch; 1 to 2 p.m. Scripture study class on Resurrection Narratives; 2 to 3 p.m. palm braiding and silent adoration; 3 p.m. rosary; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. silent adoration and confessions; 4:30 p.m. Passion Sunday Mass with Benediction St. Josephine Bakhita Parish, Camden www.stjosephinebakhita-camden.org 6:30 p.m. Concert for Haiti at St. Joan of Arc Church, 3107 Alabama Road, Camden, donation: $5 per person
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This year the parishes of the Camden Diocese invite you to make your Lenten journey a true pilgrimage by participating in the many Masses and spiritual exercises being offered. On each day of Lent parishes are designated as “stations” of prayer. The parishes extend an invitation to the faithful throughout the diocese to make a visit and participate in scheduled activities. Your participation may take several forms: actual (physically visit the parish), virtual (visit the parish’s website), and/or spiritual (pray for the priests and parishioners of a given parish). No matter how you participate, the hope is that by uniting in prayer and works of charity Catholics in South Jersey will be renewed in spirit and become more faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus. Sunday, April 17 (Passion Sunday) Jubilate Deo Chorale and Orchestra www.jdco.org Jubilate Deo Chorale and Orchestra present “O Divine Redeemer” 3 p.m. – Paul VI High School Auditorium, Haddon Township Holy Family Parish, Sewell www.churchoftheholyfamily.org 7:45 p.m. – Franciscan Mystery Players present the “Way of the Cross” Monday of Holy Week, April 18 Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Linwood www.ourladyofsorrows.us 7 p.m. – regional penance service with individual confessions St. Bridget – University Parish, Glassboro www.churchofstbridget.com 7 p.m. – Tenebrae Service Tuesday of Holy Week, April 19 Diocese of Camden www.camdendiocese.org 3 p.m. – Most Reverend Joseph A. Galante, bishop of Camden, will celebrate the Chrism Mass at Our Lady of Hope, Blackwood Wednesday of Holy Week, April 20 St. Rita of Cascia Parish, Bellmawr www.theparishofsaintrita.org 7 p.m. – penance service with individual confessions Holy Thursday, April 21 Mass of the Lord’s Supper at your local parish Good Friday, April 22 Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at your local parish Holy Saturday, April 23 Easter Vigil at your local parish Thank you to all of the parishes that participated in this inaugural Diocesan Lenten Pilgrimage. A Blessed Easter!
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The Diocese of Camden collected $259,798.38 for recovery efforts in the Philippines, following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. The typhoon swept in from the sea with 195-mile-an-hour winds and a tsunami-like storm surge on Nov. 8, 2013. As of Jan. 29, more than 6,200 people had died and more than 28,600 were injured in the storm while nearly 1,800 remained missing, according to the Philippines' National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. More than 4 million people were displaced by the storm. Damage was set at $877 million by the council. Two tropical storms swamped parts of the same regions in January, forcing some who lost their homes in November and were living in tents to flee to higher ground again. When the typhoon hit, Bishop Dennis Sullivan called for a special collection in all parishes of the diocese to collect funds for recovery efforts. Donations will "support the humanitarian efforts of Catholic Relief Services and for the rebuilding of the infrastructure of the parishes, schools, catechetical centers, clinics, etc. in the dioceses impacted by the storm," the bishop wrote in a letter to pastors at the time.
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Following are remarks given by Sister of St. Joseph  Roseann Quinn, Bishop’s Delegate for Lifelong Formation, before Bishop Galante and representatives of Georgian Court University and the College of St. Elizabeth signed agreements for the Camden Diocese’s Lay Ministry Formation Program: Welcome to the great initiative about to be undertaken by the Diocese of Camden, Georgian Court University and The College of St. Elizabeth! We bring together today representatives from both campuses for a Signing Ceremony held on the campus of the Diocese in downtown Camden, asigning long-awaited and whole-heartedly welcomed by all! Yesterday and today mark many reasons for great celebration and rejoicing,  here in the Diocese of Camden and its parishes, as well at Georgian Court University and the College of St. Elizabeth. Two renowned institutions of higher learning are coming to South Jersey! A University and a College, as well as other Centers for Ministry Formation, are coming to South Jersey to provide both graduate and undergraduate education and formation programs for ministry of every sort!
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Author:Peter G. Sånchez
On March 31, a signing ceremony will take place in the Camden Diocesan Center to formalize the partnership between the Diocese of Camden’s Office of Lifelong Faith Formation and the Villanova School of Business in providing a church management degree program for parish leaders and managers. The 30-credit master of science degree in church management, part of the diocese’s Lay Ministry Formation Program, will teach business skills and professional ethics to pastors, parish business managers, diocesan department heads, and those managing church-related social service ministries. Bishop Joseph A. Galante of Camden called the upcoming partnership “a very exciting time for us in the Diocese of Camden as we form the partnership with Villanova University. This master’s degree in church administration will be of inestimable benefit to laity and clergy as they serve our parishes and institutions.” Calling the program a “faith-focused business curriculum,” Charles Zech, director of the Center for the Study of Church Management at the Villanova School of Business, noted that the program is “uniquely positioned to provide the very best in faith-based managerial education, enabling church leaders to apply sound business approaches” to pastoral issues and decision making. Courses include “Civil Law and Church Law for Church Administrators,” “Stewardship and Development,” “Human Resource Management in a Ministry Setting,” and “Pastoral Strategic Planning.” Applications are being accepted for the May cohort. All courses are offered online and can be completed in two years of part-time study. The only travel requirement is a one-week residency at the Villanova School of Business, which is part of Villanova University in Pennsylvania. Candidates accepted into the program pay one-third of the discounted tuition cost; parishes and the diocese pay the remaining cost of tuition. The upcoming partnership with the Villanova School of Business is the lastest addition to the offerings of the diocese’s Lay Ministry Formation Program. Lay Ministry Formation has partnered with numerous institutions of higher learning to offer college and university certificate and degree courses in 15 areas for parish leaders and staff members who serve in various pastoral ministries. For more information about this program and other Lay Ministry Formation programs, call Linda K. Robinson at 856-583-6116, or go to www.camdendiocese.org and click on “Lay Ministry Formation Program.”
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CAMDEN — An independent audit has found the Diocese of Camden to be in full compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which was adopted by the U.S.bishops in June 2002. The audit of the Diocese of Camden was conducted Aug. 6-10, 2007 by the Gavin Group, Inc. of Boston, an independent firm of experienced compliance auditors, many of whom are former FBI agents and law enforcement officers. The Gavin Group was retained by the U.S. bishops’ Office of Child and Youth Protection to measure the progress made by each diocese to implement the Charter. The Diocese of Camden was found to be compliant in three previous audits, which were conducted in 2003, 2004 and 2005. No audit was conducted in 2006. The 2007 audit covered the period of Aug. 22, 2005 through June 30, 2007 and reviewed the diocese’s outreach to victims, including pastoral care and victim assistance; its programs of prevention, including safe-environment programs and criminal history background checks; the reporting of allegations by the diocese to civil authorities; its long-standing cooperation with law enforcement; its safe-environment and prevention programs; and its open, active communication with parishioners and the public.
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Author:Carmela Malerba
Pictured are Jack Smith (alt.), Jack Walter, Liam Duffy, Jake Dawkins, Chris Smith and Breandan Rosolia (alt.). Kneeling (left to right): Julia Mayo, Juliana May, Myranda Christy, Carly Murphy and Madison Brown (alt.) The Camden Diocese Penn Relays Boys and Girls 4x100 meters races were held on April 29 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The results are as follows: Boys 1. St. Rose (Haddon Heights). Time: 51.50. Chris Smith, Jake Dawkins, Liam Duffy, Jack Walter 2. St. Mary (Williamstown). Time: 52.65. Tyler Kells, Will Barclay, Nick Schleider, Paul Uffen. 3. St. Peter (Merchantville). Time: 53.26. Nicholas Ricci, Adam Girodano, Kristofer Noone, Isaiah Fisher. 4. St. Michael (Clayton). Time: 54.07. Billy Asterino, Matt Slowinski, Anthony Novak, Stefone Moore-Green. 5. St. Mary (Gloucester). Time: 54.15. Shane Kenney, Nick Arey, Chris Kain, Tyler Berglund. 6. Our Lady of Mt Carmel (Berlin). Time: 54.55. Tyler Tartaglia, Tim Caruso, Christian Narciso, Jonathan Linden. 7. Our Lady of Hope (Blackwood). Time: 57.03. John Rooney, Antonio Tarantino, Jack Vacca, Brian Bologitz. 8. Guardian Angels (Paulsboro). Time: 61.18. Tyler Barnett, Andrew Sammartino, Bryce Prozillo, Nick Hallam. Girls 1. St. Rose (Haddon Heights). Time: 55.43. Julia Mayo, Juliana May, Myranda Christy, Carly Murphy. 2. Guardian Angels (Paulsboro). Time: 56.64. Veronica Tortella, Ashley Clerval, Cheyenne Zubec, Morgan Gilcrest. 3. St. Peter (Merchantville). Tme: 56.72. Brianna Zimmerman, Meghan Giordano, Mackenzie O'Drain, Megan Kilpatrick. 4. Good Shepherd (Collingswood). Time: 56.94. Kaylin Blacks, Morgan McConnell, Gina Gabris, Victoria Duva. 5. Our Lady of Mt Carmel (Berlin). Time: 58.97. Barbara Caruso, Daemani Frazier, Julia Klekotka, Krista Nichols. 6. St. Michael (Clayton). Time: 59.36 Juliana Valeno, Jackie Kukon, Caitlynn Marcano, Danielle Baxter. 7. St. Mary (Williamstown). Time: 60.39. Lauren Feldman, MaryKate Crowley, Natalie DiGiacomo, Francesca Vecchio. 8. Bethel Prep (Sewell). Time: 60.48. Bella Villari, Kumbah Givens, Christina Rodriguez, Carissa Court.
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The Diocese of Camden is receiving financial help from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy, which quickly became a super storm, wreaked havoc on the Eastern United States in October 2012, killing 125 people in the U.S. after causing more than 70 deaths in the Caribbean. According to a report from The Associated Press, the storm caused about $62 billion in damage and other losses in the U.S. making it the second-costliest storm in U.S. history after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 which caused $128 billion in damage. Damage in South Jersey was significant but minor compared to North Jersey and New York. The collective property damage losses in the Diocese of Camden are valued at roughly $1,635,000. Insurance-related property claims reported for 57 of the 65 buildings damaged range from $500 to $303,000. Other than a few random wind-related claims, Sandy's damages to buildings in the Diocese of Camden territory were caused by water. The most severe losses were at the diocese's shore points, which resulted from tidal surge. The highest concentration of losses were at St. Joseph's in Sea Isle City; St. Monica, Our Lady Star of the Sea, St. Michael and St. Nicholas of Tolentine in Atlantic City; and Holy Trinity Parish at its Ventnor, Margate and Longport locations. Although the diocese sustained $1,635,000 in claimed damages, the diocese is expected to be reimbursed at $816,182 by its excess insurance carrier, leaving a non-insured exposure of $817,318, which church officials described as a "substantial and significant financial burden on the diocese." Recognizing our financial burden and those of other dioceses along Sandy's path of destruction, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions under the leadership of Bishop Peter F. Christensen of Superior, Wis, offered grants to those dioceses most affected. Accordingly, the USCCB provided the Diocese of Camden a grant of $375,000 which reduced the financial non-insured burden by approximately 50 percent.
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Photo by James A. McBride Fran Montgomery, principal of St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral School, East Camden, holds the Principal of the Year award. Also pictured are, from left, Sister Karen Dietrich, executive director, Catholic Partnership Schools; Mary Boyle, superintendent of Schools; and Msgr. Robert T. McDermott. CAMDEN — Fran Montgomery was chosen as Elementary School Principal of the Year by the Office of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Camden. Principal of St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral School for the past six years, she received the honor at an awards ceremony held at St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, East Camden, on Tuesday, April 3. “It is a great honor and privilege to be at St. Joseph’s and to work in Camden,” Montgomery said. “I wouldn’t be able to do my job without the help of a fantastic staff. It’s great to get up each morning to go to work. And I have the great support of our pastor, Msgr. Robert T McDermott, and many, many others at the school.” Montgomery was graduated from college in 1973 but stayed home to raise her children. She has five children and four grandchildren. In 1982 she began teaching pre-school while still raising her children. In 1990 she went to St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral School where she taught the first grade and computers, later teaching the second grade, and finally becoming principal in 2006. “My specialty has always been reading,” Montgomery said. “I’m certified to teach kindergarten through the eighth grade and certified for pre-school through the second grade. I also have a master’s in education leadership.” School superintendent Mary Boyle said the Office of Catholic Schools chooses the principal of the year by the qualities of dedication and commitment to the mission and ministry of Catholic education. “When one enters St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral School,” Boyle said, “you are immediately struck with the reverence and awe that are shown to each child. Fran exemplifies the motto: ‘Jesus is the reason for the school.’”
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What was there about North Camden that challenged Jesuit Father Richard Malloy? What nudged the Irish Catholic priest into thinking like a social scientist and nurtured the seeds of his new book, "A Faith that Frees: Catholic Matters for the 21st Century"? (Orbis Books. 232p, $18). Father Richard Malloy, assistant professor of anthropology and sociology at St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pa., served 15 years at Holy Name Church, Camden, from 1988 to 2003.
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CAMDEN — Locating a methadone clinic here in the Waterfront South neighborhood would violate the right of privacy of addicts who would come there for help, said Msgr. Michael Doyle, pastor of Sacred Heart Church that was host Monday night to a rally protesting the relocation of the Parkside Clinic from near Cooper Hospital to Waterfront South. The rally, which attracted more than 175 interested residents, was co-sponsored by Sacred Heart and Camden Churches Organized for People . City officials and police brass were invited but only Councilman Bill Spearman showed up. Police officials were forbidden to attend the meeting,according to Pat Mulligan of Heart of Camden Housing Corp., a member of CCOP,which rehabilitates abandoned homes.
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Camden Churches Organized for People represents all faiths, all people and they gather with common cause: to better their home base of Camden, a city where the odds seem to be stacked against many residents. This organization is a recipient of the Monsignor Michael Doyle and Monsignor Robert McDermott Award for Parish and Community at this year’s Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden’s, “Justice for ALL” awards dinner, recognizing leaders in social justice. CCOP brings together families from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, different religious traditions, different neighborhoods around the city and region in a common effort to address the serious concerns which affect families and communities.  CCOP has thrived in Camden for 23 years, through various member congregations working with partners in the public and private sectors.
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CAMDEN — Four people will be inducted into the new Hall ofFame of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Fatima Parish in ceremonies to be held at Auletto Caterers of West Deptford on Feb. 22. The individuals represent the spirit of the church and fortheir longstanding dedication to Mt. Carmel/Fatima, according to Vincent DiPasquale, one of the organizers of the Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be part of a Doo Wop Party slated for that night which could be an annual event along with inductions into the Hall of Fame, said DiPasquale, co-chair of the Doo Wop Party along with Digna M.Quiles. Slated to be named in ceremonies are Camden City Judge Joseph Rodriquez, Frank Vespe, Jimmy Auletto, and Lucy Alicea.
Thursday, 14 February 2008 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
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More than one hundred parishioners and pastors from three Camden city parishes, Holy Name, Our Lady of Mount Carmel/Fatima and the Cathedral  of the Immaculate Conception gathered at the Cathedral Thursday, May 15 for an evening prayer service, which included time for reflections on the announcement last month by Bishop Galante that the parishes will merge. In his April 3 announcement, Bishop announced his intention that the Cathedral would be the primary worship site, with a secondary worship site at Our Lady of Mt.Carmel/Fatima Church. The service was held to bring parishioners together, to provide an opportunity to get to know one another better, and to do it in the context of prayer and fellowship. Musicians from the parishes present chose the music for the service. Prayers and music were in both English and Spanish. A social followed with coffee, cake and homemade desserts.
Thursday, 22 May 2008 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
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Author:Peter G. Sånchez
Phil and Kari Janisse of Williamstown, with Camden seminarian Josh Nevitt, are pictured at the Via della Conciliazione during the canonizations of John Paul II and John XXIII April 27 in Rome. Left, while Pope Francis passed by, Nevitt threw an iRACE4Vocations T-shirt into the popemobile. Somewhere in Rome, Pope Francis is (possibly? likely?) wearing an iRACE4 Vocations T-shirt. On April 27 an estimated 800,000 converged in Rome to celebrate the canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII. Their successors, current Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI, concelebrated the liturgy. After Mass, Pope Francis waved to the crowds from his popemobile, and soon a bright green shirt was hurtling toward him. Josh Nevitt, a third-year seminarian of the Diocese of Camden studying at Pontifical North American College, wadded up the iRACE shirt like a baseball and threw a perfect strike into the popemobile. Five thousand miles away from Rome, in Glassboro, the Diocese of Camden was holding its 3rd annual iRACE4Vocations 5K Run/1 Mile walk at Rowan University. A crowd of over 600 came together to pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life, to pray that young men and women might understand the call to holiness, much like John Paul II and John XXIII, the newest members of the communion of saints. In Rome, Nevitt, as well as priests and laity from the Camden Diocese were among the pilgrims near St. Peter's Square in Vatican City to witness the historic occasion: two popes coming together to recognize the sainthood of their predecessors. Kari Janisse, a resident of Williamstown and director of youth ministry at Our Lady of Peace Parish, traveled to Italy with her husband, Phil, and met up with Nevitt. The night before the canonizations, the three camped out on the streets of Rome, off of the Via della Conciliazione, with blankets, food and rosaries in hand, joined by thousands of other pilgrims from around the world. As the crush of attendees made it impossible to move closer to St. Peter's square, the trio moved inside at a local Polish church. "The church was holding an all-night adoration vigil, and then, in the morning, streaming the papal canonization Mass on a jumbo screen set up outside their church," Janisse said. "It was a beautiful way to watch the canonization, being so close but not in the mix of the very large crowd," she said. "At the end of Mass, we walked up the street into the Via della Conciliazione and received the final blessing from the pope, which was extended to bless religious sacramentals and our items we purchased for friends and family." After the blessing, as Pope Francis was driven off in his popemobile, saying farewell, the three snapped pictures, and Nevitt did his best imitation of Steve Carlton. "My husband and I came to Italy to bring a personal, prayerful intention, and other's intentions, to the canonization of John Paul II," Janisse said. Father Timothy Byerley, pastor of Mary, Queen of All Saints in Pennsauken, who traveled to Rome with Father Frederick Link, senior priest at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Haddon Township, and 31 other pilgrims from the Diocese of Camden, called last Sunday "heavenly." He and Father Link joined the estimated 150 cardinals and bishops and 6,000 priests in attendance. "Every aspect of the Mass, from the music to Pope Francis' charisma, was unforgettable," he said. "While there is no denying the crowds were challenging, it was a tremendous privilege to participate in this historic and inspiring event," he said. "These new saints have left a profound mark on the life of the contemporary church and the response of the faithful confirms that Pope Francis' decision to canonize these two models of sanctity was in perfect accord with the sentiments of Catholics around the world."
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CAMDEN — Twenty members of Sacred Heart Parish/Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP) held a prayer vigil Saturday, Dec. 20, at 438 Emerald Street, an area known for drug dealing, prostitution and trash dumping. Community leaders called on all those present to remember the Christmas message. Processing around the block, they prayed and sang Christmas carols, and talked with neighbors about their concerns and desires for the area.  At the Emerald Street lot, surrounded by candles, the group read a prayer and vowed to say the prayer each night for the neighborhood. “We are an army of people who pray,” said Barbara Coscorello, Sacred Heart Neighborhood/CCOP leader. “We won’t give up, because with faith all things are possible!” Andrea Ferich, Sacred Heart Neighborhood/CCOP leader, said that the group is like the expectant Mary. “We have faith in the good things to come for our community.” The group is taking its concerns to  Councilwoman Dana Burley. One person a day for the next 22 days is going call the councilwoman’s office and say, “Ms. Burley, I’m praying that you find a solution to the Emerald Street Lot.” In related news, earlier the same day 450 people, including children, gathered at Sacred Heart Parish for prayer and song before delivering 1,120 Christmas baskets plus turkeys to area households. Rev. John Parker of Antioch Baptist Church led the people in prayer, and Msgr. Michael Doyle, pastor of Sacred Heart, addressed the crowd before the baskets were delivered.
Tuesday, 23 December 2008 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:Carmela Malerba
Photo by James A. McBride Hillary Peralta accepts the 2014 David T. Coghlan Young Catholic Leader Award Scholarship from Kathy Coghlan. Also pictured are Joan Lind, center, who sponsors the scholarship, and Frances Montgomery, principal of St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral School. Hillary Peralta, an eighth grade student at St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral School in Camden, is the first place winner of the 2014 David T. Coghlan Young Catholic Leader Award Scholarship. Hillary has received a $1,000 tuition scholarship for her freshman year at Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill. In her winning essay, Hillary expressed her gratitude for the gift of her Catholic education, saying, "To me, Catholic education is not based solely on academics. To succeed in society, you need to have grit, character and passion. These are the qualities that are nurtured in a Catholic school." Two second place scholarships of $500 each were merited by Stephen Grimmie of St. Joseph Regional School in Somers Point and Michael A. Macera of St. Mary School, Williamstown. Stephen will attend Holy Spirit High School in Absecon and Michael will attend Camden Catholic High School. The David T. Coghlan Young Catholic Leader scholarships are presented each year to eighth grade students who will be attending a diocesan Catholic High School. The scholarship is a memorial in honor of Dr. David Coghlan, who was the superintendent of schools from 1994-2004.
Thursday, 12 June 2014 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:Peter G. Sånchez
Photo by James A. McBride Timothy Heatwole Shenk, physical education teacher at Sacred Heart School, Camden, helps students participate in a sport stacking event. CAMDEN — On Thursday, Nov. 18, Sacred Heart School students here “stacked up” with individuals from all around the globe to break a world record. Seventy fourth- fifth- and sixth -graders participated in the World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA)’s 2010 Stack Up!, which aimed to break its own 2009 Guinness World Record for “Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day.” In sport stacking, participants up stack and down stack 12 specially designed cups, called Speed Stacks, in predetermined sequences and in various pyramids, as fast as they can. At Sacred Heart, students stacked for 30 minutes, joining other participants from the United States, Germany, Japan, Australia, Columbia, Singapore and the U.K. The WSSA reports that sport stacking is in more than 32,000 schools and youth organizations worldwide. Two years ago, the school’s physical education teacher, Timothy Heatwole Shenk introduced his students to sports stacking after learning about its benefits at a physical education convention. “The students found it to be engaging,” he said. “It’s a great activity for hand-eye coordination, concentration and focus.” Shenk noted that the students’ response to sport stacking has been so positive that he ordered a set of 12 cups for each student to use during physical education classes, and one set for each classroom. As well, students have also gotten sets to practice at home and to teach their family members how to stack. Sport stacking “is something they can get excited about, see their progress and challenge themselves in a tangible way,” Shenk said. After completing the 30 minutes of stacking on the 18th, Shenk sent in his numbers to the WSSA. The 2009 Guinness record of 276,053 stackers was broken this year, with the official 2010 count of 316,757 sport stackers from 1,627 schools, in 25 countries.
Thursday, 02 December 2010 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:Father Jeff Putthoff, SJ
A few weeks ago, Camden had its deadliest July since 1949. That was the year that Howard Unruh, America’s first serial killer, killed 13 people on one day. This year, 13 people were murdered over the course of 31 days. At the time, I commented on how differently the violence in Camden would be covered by the news media if it had been done by a single serial killer as opposed to many killers. Amazingly, with the killings in the movie theater in Aurora, Colo., we see how gripping one killer of many is to the country. We also now have a case of domestic terrorism — and significant international news coverage — with the horrible killings outside a Sikh temple in Wisconsin this month. Both of these incidents were unimaginable tragedies that have sparked hundreds upon thousands of debates and even more news stories. Both have elicited outrage and even responses from President Obama. Here in Camden, where more people were killed last month than in either of the tragedies in Colorado or Wisconsin, there has been limited outrage and media coverage. In fact, there has been more attention and news about the new medical school than there has been about the people that are dying right outside its walls in the streets. Just recently, I had in my office a young man who was speaking of his grief about losing a friend last month to a shooting. This was his second friend in a year who has been shot and killed. The loss is real, the trauma of the violence is deep, and most alarming is the lack of moral outrage that accompanies the “domestic terrorism” visited upon the people of Camden. Across the river, in State College, the crimes of Jerry Sandusky have been met with outrage. The outrage is not only about what was done to many young people, but the fact that so many people seem to have known or had some information about what was going on and chose to put Penn State’s image or football program first. In Camden, murders are not being properly prioritized. Not only is our city being traumatized by ongoing, incessant violence and the trauma of losing life, but there is also a terrible public acquiescing that keeps it protected and perpetual. Such a lack of outrage is itself abusive. It “normalizes” the violence, making the unconscionable acceptable and continuing to wound the already wounded. The question to be asked is, why do 13 murders in 31 days in a city of 77,000 find so little voice, so little reaction in our world today? A movie theater, a temple, and a football locker room all engender a response that the streets of Camden don’t seem to warrant. Camden is facing escalating crime and death. And yet the outrage is muted, the TV networks don’t send news trucks, and no memorial is held. Indeed, Governor Christie asked that the flags be flown at half mast for the Colorado killings while no such action was taken on behalf of the people of Camden. It is the ultimate bullying: collusion with an abusive situation. In State College, such collusion is why Joe Paterno’s statue was taken down and why some officials may go to jail. As long as we continue to know and not act, the systemic and repeated abuse of Camden will continue. The ongoing abuse and violence that is occurring in Camden needs to stop. The lack of action around this issue is an outrage. Jesuit Father Jeff Putthoff is executive director, Hopeworks ’N Camden. E-mail him at jeff@hopeworks.org. A version of this essay was first printed in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday, Aug. 19.
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Camden Volunteers for this year (2011-12) gather for a photo with Father Michael McCue of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Camden; Sister Helen Cole, Holy Name of Camden Ministries; and Kevin Moran, volunteer support. The Camden Volunteers consist of Franciscan Volunteers, Jesuit Volunteers, DeSales Service Works and Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (from Germany). The young people, all recent college graduates, make a commitment to social justice by living in the city for one or two years and working in church ministries. They are pictured before a commissioning Mass Oct. 17 at DeSales Service Works, 522 State Street.
Thursday, 03 November 2011 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Camden youth are participating in a non-partisan “Be My Vote” campaign. A rally was scheduled to take place on Friday afternoon, Oct. 30, at the steps of Camden City Hall, four days before Election Day. The event is sponsored by Camden Churches Organized by People (CCOP), a non-partisan organization that in the last six weeks has organized a series of public meetings to educate voters and voice their concerns. CCOP leaders have met with Gov. Jon Corzine, Gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie, and all four mayoral candidates (Angel Cordero, Roberto Feliz, Mujiba Salaam Parker, and Dana Redd). The teen-led rally was to include an excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s April 18, 1959 speech, where the civil rights leader spoke to 26,000 high school students before a youth march; a preview of the five-day campaign; and a non-partisan youth appeal to all registered New Jersey voters. “The Be My Vote campaign is not about voting for any particular candidate. We are not going to tell you how to vote; you are an adult and should do you own homework,” said Erasmo Rivera, youth leader from St. Anthony of Padua Church in Camden, and one of Friday’s speakers. “What we are going to say is that you have a responsibility, and you need to take it seriously. The youth of Camden are watching you and are counting on all of you not to let us down. Our futures depend on it.” Camden faith-based youth groups expected to attend the rally include those from three Catholic parishes, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Bartholomew and St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, as well as Faith Tabernacle Church of the Living God, and Camden Bible Tabernacle.
Thursday, 29 October 2009 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Photo by Alan M. Dumoff/More photos www.ccdphotoalbum.com The CamdeNerz, consisting of students of the Catholic schools serving Camden City, stand behind their project in the LEGO robotics regional qualifying tournament held at Rowan University on Saturday, Dec. 5. GLASSBORO — A team of self-described Catholic school nerds went to Rowan University on Saturday, Dec. 5, and won the Judges Award in a LEGO robotics competition. The 10-person team — the “CamdeNerdz” — included students from the five Catholic elementary schools serving students in Camden City. They joined together for the first time to participate in the national LEGO robotics regional qualifying tournament. The competiton presented real-world engineering challenges to students aged 9-14. This year students were asked to research a transportation problem in their community and develop an innovative solution. Drawing on math, science, engineering, and technology skills, the students designed, built and programmed LEGO robots to respond to the challenge. During the competition, each team presented their project to a panel of judges, participated in technical interviews about the robot design, and explained how the project responds to the particular challenge. The members of the Camden Team were: — Yoceline Tenorio and Elijah Hines, both seventh grade, from St. Anthony of Padua School, — Johangeliz Febo and Samantha Thach, both eighth grade, from St. Cecilia School, Pennsauken, — Lisa Hoang and Kimtom Vork, both sixth grade, from St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral School, — Elodie Fofana and Tony Barr, both seventh grade, from Sacred Heart School, and — Jamil Santiago, sixth grade, and Christian Colon, eighth grade, from Holy Name School. The Camden team was sponsored by Mount St. Joseph Academy in Flourtown, Pa., which itself boasts an all girls robotics team. Their team, the Firebirds, which was formed 10 years ago, is only the second all girls team formed in the national competition and is now the longest running all girls team in the nation. The formation of a single robotics team with representatives from all five Camden-area schools is the natural outgrowth of a larger initiative now underway to strengthen Catholic education in the nation’s most dangerous and impoverished city. Last year the Diocese of Camden and the International Education Foundation (IEF) / CSDP formed the “Catholic School Partnership,” a major initiative that has brought together the expertise of top education, management, finance and advancement executives to strengthen the Catholic elementary schools that serve some of the most disadvantaged students in South Jersey. With the Partnership, the five schools, which together serve more than 1,000 students, have been brought under the direction of a five-person management team and a 12 person board of directors. Sister Karen Dietrich, executive director of the Partnership, said, “We are providing a strong education for students in this struggling city through a first-rate education in the classroom, but we also want to provide opportunities outside the classroom that will expand horizons for these talented students. It is our hope that their participation for the first time in the robotics competition will encourage the value of team-work, apply critical-thinking skills they’ve learned in the classroom to real-life problems, and inspire today’s Camden city students to be the innovators of tomorrow.”
Thursday, 10 December 2009 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:Admin2
On Dec 15, 1937, it was announced that the first bishop of Camden would be Father Bartholomew J. Eustace of New York, then 50 years old. On May 3, 1938, 5,000 people lined the streets leading from the railway station at Haddonfield as the new bishop made his way in a motorcade down Haddon Avenue to the rectory of his new cathedral, Immaculate Conception Church, in Camden. The past history of Catholicism in South Jersey strongly inspired Bishop’s Eustace’s homily at his installation May 4 in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. He dedicated the new diocese to the Blessed Virgin Mary “to take under her care and protection from this moment henceforth the infant Church of Camden.” In the homily, Bishop Eustace committed his whole self to Camden when he said: “By the cross I bear I vow to be a faithful leader, gentle father and true bishop. Floreat Camdenum! (May Camden flourish).” He pointed to the many challenges that he and his people were to face and said, “In proportion as afterwards a building rise high, so the foundation must be deep, and all that Camden is ever to be is rightly founded in commencement on my heart.”
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Author:Carmela Malerba
Throughout the Diocese of Camden, parishes held celebrations marking Jesus' birth. Photos from left: Shepherd Mike Santana with his camel, Quasi, during the live Nativity at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Galloway on Dec. 21; youngsters of Divine Mercy Parish, Vineland, sing Christmas carols to residents at Bishop McCarthy Residence, on Dec. 20; Father Piotr Szamocki, pastor of St. Joachim in Bellmawr, speaks to children during a recent Christmas gathering at the parish. Photos at left and in middle by Alan M. Dumoff, photo at right by Andrew Ennis
Thursday, 02 January 2014 | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report
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Photo by James A. McBride                   Bishop Dennis Sullivan instituted two seminarians, Edward Kennedy and Matthew Corbett, to the Ministry of the Acolyte at St. Peter Church in Merchantville on March 10. Above, the two men kneel before the bishop. Above, standing with the bishop and the Knights of Columbus, are Edward Kennedy; his mother, Theresa McGettigan Kennedy; Maryann Corbett, Matthew’s mother; Corbett; his uncle, Bill Baker; and Father Michael Romano, director of vocations.
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Nine candidates in the diaconate formation program were instituted to the Ministry of Acolyte during a Eucharistic Liturgy on Feb. 24 at Church of the Incarnation, Mantua. Bishop Joseph A. Galante presided. The men are Craig Arthur Bickel of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Haddon Heights; James Joseph Hallman of Our Lady of Peace Parish, Williamstown; Robert William Hamilton of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Haddon Heights; Mark Jude Lacy of St. Josephine Bakhita Parish, Camden; John Michael Lynch of Transfiguration Parish, Collingswood; Robert George Oliver of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Mays Landing; Joseph Gerard Rafferty of St. Mary Parish, Gloucester City; Aaron Gene Smith of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Haddon Heights; and J. Peter Traum of Incarnation Parish, Mantua.
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On Sunday, Feb. 10, two parishes in the Diocese of Camden hosted the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion for those catechumens and candidates confirming God’s call to be his. St. Isidore, Vineland, and St. Agnes, Blackwood, drew a total of 236 candidates and 108 catechumens, according to the Camden Diocese’s RCIA Office. Sponsors, parish RCIA teams, and relatives also came out to support those preparing to enter the Catholic Church. Those catechumens and candidates from the Camden, Gloucester, and Atlantic counties celebrated the 2 p.m. ceremony at St. Agnes, where the presider was Msgr. Robert T. McDermott, vicar general and pastor of St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, Camden. Those from Salem, Cumberland, and Cape May counties attended the 6 p.m. ceremony at St. Isidore, with Msgr. John H.Burton, vicar general and pastor of St. Isidore, presiding.
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