School enthusiasts work on communicating their message

Written by Mary Beth Peabody Joe Regina teaches middle school English at Good Shepherd Regional Catholic School in Collingswood. This summer, he’s added the role of enrollment specialist to his plate. It’s an unusual combination, but Regina believes it’s the perfect fit. He is excited about promoting the Catholic education...

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The 144th Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Written by Pete Sanchez The longest-running Italian festival in the United States concluded earlier this week, in gratitude and praise to Our Lady of Mount Carmel for her protection and intercessions these past 144 years. “She means everything to me,” said Eileen Bilder, waiting outside Saint Joseph Church on July...

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Local missionary disciples go to the Texas-Mexico border

Written by Mary McCusker In late June, 13 missionary disciples from the Camden Diocese embarked on the ninth Share the Journey Solidarity Pilgrimage to the Texas-Mexico border. Led by Brian Wagner of Catholic Charities and Matthew Davis of the Office of Life and Justice, this group consisted of seminarians and...

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Virtua acquires Lourdes Health System

By Pete Sanchez CAMDEN — Sixty-nine years to the day since its doors first opened on 1600 Haddon Avenue here and the Franciscan Sisters of the Allegany welcomed all to come in and be healed, a new era has begun for Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. On Monday, July...

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‘Thank God we are here’

Written by Mary McCusker CHERRY HILL — “We were forced to leave Myanmar,” Maria Hoih explained to the group of individuals seated around her table. “[My family and I] escaped from Myanmar to Malaysia, but Malaysia turned out to be just as dangerous.” Maria’s story was interrupted by her 3-year-old...

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The blessings of the priesthood and religious freedom

Some of our parishes will be receiving new priests whom I have assigned as pastors; other parishes will be receiving new priests whom I have assigned as administrators. Please, give them a warm welcome to the parish. They need the support of the faithful and, of course, your prayers. These...

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Farmworkers welcomed to Hammonton at Mass

Written by Pete Sanchez During these hot summer months, hundreds of Haitian farmworkers pick the blueberry fields in this Atlantic County community. With sweat on their brows and dirt under their fingernails, they make possible the delicious pies, cakes, muffins, pancakes and milkshakes that have given Hammonton the title of...

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A young woman others see as ‘a holy person’

By Carl Peters Christina McNasby has endured numerous surgeries — 33 of them so far. Disproving the bleak medical prognosis she was given at birth, she learned how to talk after years of speech therapy, and recently graduated from high school. But now the disorder is attacking her kidneys and...

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The diocesan soccer cup runneth over

By Peter Sanchez Cleats? Check. Fast-paced game play? Check. Passionate fans?  Check. Energetic announcers?  Check. Orange slices? Probably. The diocesan Soccer Cup, held June 15 on the fields at Saint Augustine Prep in Richland, was the first of its kind in South Jersey, as young adults, their friends, and family...

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