A deacon reflects on his years of ministry

Written by Carl Peters Throughout most of his life Deacon Leo McBlain has relied on the direction of the Holy Spirit and his wife, Barbara, often almost seeming to speak with the same voice. He recalls buying a house and moving his young family to Cherry Hill, only to learn...

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New teachers looking forward to a new year

Written by Mary Beth Peabody Monica Potito had a successful career in pharmaceutical sales, but something was missing. “I didn’t want to make money. I wanted to make a difference,” she said. So she put it in God’s hands and people kept asking her if she was a teacher. Now...

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Reading, writing, and summer nights

Written by Matthew Janis Oh, those summer nights — biking, swimming, roasting marshmallows — oh, and at Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Haddon Heights, reading and writing, too. For the past 15 years, the parish’s annual Summer Literacy Program has students from kindergarten to eighth grade gathering every Tuesday...

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The best response is prayer and fasting

Written by Father Jason Rocks Saint Paul uses the unity of the human body to teach us about the unity of the Church with Christ Jesus. The baptized form one body with Christ their Head. Saint Paul teaches that when “one part suffers all parts suffer with it; when one...

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Longtime diocesan CFO William J. Murray retires

Written by Carl Peters The church is eternal; popes and bishops come and go. William J. Murray has been somewhere in the middle. Murray, 66, is retiring today, Aug. 31, for, he says, afternoons of “bon-bons and soap operas,” but he’s been both a steady presence and an influential figure...

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Principals’ responsiblity includes being prepared for any emergency

“The bad guy doesn’t follow steps one, two, three and four,” said police sergeant Jay Brennan, referring to the unpredictability of a potential violent intruder. “Forget about your place. What matters is the process.” Brennan should know. Co-founder of Synergy911, which provides emergency response training, Brennan was in emergency management...

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Healthy snacks, lessons and a little Irish music

Written by Peter G. Sánchez The six weeks were coming to an end, but not without some Irish music.In the center of Gloucester Catholic High School’s library last week, Mark Jergensen strummed the banjo as Leniyah-Marie Osler practiced her skills on the tin whistle. In a corner, Aidan Grossman and...

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